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It’s Thye’s birthday and I didnt know what to get him (yes he is someone who doesnt want anything) so I’ve decided to gift him an experience instead- a trip to Boracay!!
Before we start, here are some tips(as usual):
- Boracay consist of 3 areas which are situated along a loooong beach. However, you can walk from one end to the other in about 20mins so it actually doesnt really matter which area you stayed. Also, their “Tuk tuk” is cheap so we just take it from one end to another.
- There is another secluded beach and its own resort- Fairway & Bluewater which is located at the far end of Boracay. They have their own beach but if you want to visit the other beach can just take a cab.
- There are alot of activities to do which you can just book/buy right on the site. They have tons of sales people walking along the beach and they can be REAL pushy. Just politely decline and walk away (note they will tend to follow you for a short distance before they leave you alone, just get used to it). Also, do haggle for the prices cause there are so many different operators there providing the same services.
- Boracay only have 1 airport- named Kalibo. And you have to arrange a transport from your hotel cause you will have to take bus to the ferry site to take ferry then transfer transport to the hotel. So its best for the hotel to arrange everything for you for convenience sake.
- Please avoid the monsoon season if you really wish to enjoy the place fully. It rained almost every day and night which spoiled most of our nights there as we had totally no mood to chill at the bars with the rainy weather. We ended up chilling in our hotel room every night and its a bummer.
Likewise, you can download the itinerary at the end of this post or here.
Landed in Kalibo Airport and its a pretty different airport as compared to elsewhere. Its a standalone building and there is only 1 custom area which divide the arrival exit and the departure exit.
At the arrival exit, you will be greeted with tons of drivers outside, some waiting to pick you up and some promoting their services.
You can get wifi card right outside the airport too but, the connection is pretty bad.
The hotel we stayed at is Lime Hotel Boracay which I will recommend you all to stay here as its located near White Beach 2 and near the seafood market. The location is so convenient that we can walk to and fro the main beach and market place. However, its just a 3 star hotel so if you are looking at somewhere nicer, you can try Fairway & Bluewater which was what I initially wanted to try but was fearful with the location.
However, after having been to Boracay, its actually ok with the cheap Tuktuks and you have your own secluded beach.
As its already evening period by the time we checked in due to the land and ferry transfer, we explored the place and head to the D’ Talipapa for dinner before calling it a day.
D’ Talipapa is a market place whereby you shop for your own seafood- prawns, crabs, shell fish, fish etc and then you bring your “shopping buys” to any restaurant nearby and they will cook the food for you as per what you want. Steam, fried or whatever. They will charge a minor cooking fee.
A pretty cool experience I would say! But as we were new to the place, we were pretty bad at haggling so the prices were kinda ex for us.
Was looking forward to this day cause its the first full day in Boracay! Hotel breakfast(yes the hotel does provide breakfast but its at the cafe next to it) and off to make our booking for Ariel’s Point!
This is a standard package whereby it include ferry to this place named Ariel’s Point and you can do stuff like cliff diving, snorkelling, Kayaking etc and its all inclusive. They also cover lunch during the trip there.
Everyone will gather at the spot right outside the Ariel’s Point shophouse and the ferry will come to pick us up.
We were thankful for the weather on this day cause it pretty much rained every other day and night during our trip there(totally overlooked the monsoon season).
The beach is sooo pretty I literally went WOW when I first saw it in daylight! The sand is soo white and the water is SO clear!
A must in Boracay- Jonah’s Fruitshake! Apparently everyone who goes to Boracay must try this. Thye loves it so much we had it almost everyday.
But, I will not recommend for the sweet tooth cause it may be too sweet for your liking!
You can spot this sign from where. This is where you book the tour for the cliff diving.
Free beer and drinks during the ferry ride! Yes all inclusive in the tour.
An entire day in the nature!
There are 3m, 5m, 8m and 15m. The highest I went was 5m while Thye tried for the 8m. However, both of us doesnt dare to try the 15m cause it looks and sound pretty scary.
Some of the tourists in our group attempted it. If you didnt land properly, you will end up in HUGE bruises on your body.
We get to do other water activities like kayaking and snorkeling around the area.
Lunch buffet with everyone. You basically just chill around the place the entire afternoon with free flow food and drinks.
Met so many friendly and nice people of different nationalities in the tour!
Back to the hotel to wash up and change after that. Dinner at this famous BBQ shop- Hawaiian Bar-B-Que which I had researched before the trip. The food were goood. The only downside was that queue were pretty long and it was raining.
Back to hotel to rest after that cause too sian of the rainy weather.
Water + Land activities day! However, as we didnt bring enough cash cause I kind of underestimated the cost required here, we cant do as much activities as I wanted to.
Wanted to try the sunset sail, diving, zipline etc but due to limited budget, we decided to go for the Helmet Diving + ATV to the other beaches cause both of us had not done those before yet.
So happy to see the bf enjoying this trip so much!
The Helmet Diving lasted for only 10 mins (in the sea) excluding the travelling time- ferry out to the platform in the sea where we geared up but omg, ITS SO FUN AND CALMING I TOTALLY LOVE IT.
We can literally walk around on the seabed with fishes swimming around you.. a must try!!!
The package include a video CD too.
If you are wondering how it works, basically the tube at the top of the helmet will pump out the water so we have space to breathe in the helmet. Note NOT to tilt your head backwards or forward if not the water will gush in!
But even if you do, dont worry the guide there will help you to adjust back to order.
This boy up to no good…..
Was pretty sad that its over so soon.
Walked around the shopping area after that and have some BBQ chicken for lunch.
Last full day in Boracay! 🙁
Breakfast and its off to Mt Luho’s look out point for some view. After that, its to the other beaches to explore. We went to Puka Beach (Shells) and please put on your footwear when you’re there. The entire beach is made up of shells its quite painful to walk on.
Back to our hotel and decided to chill by the pool for the rest of the evening.
Went for some massage and its not bad. We went to the massage parlour which is located at the 2nd level of the shophouses.
Since its our last day and we have spare cash left, we decided to treat ourselves to a 4 star hotel buffet which luckily, was at a real cheap price.
Back to the hotel to pack after that.
Home sweet home! Got our hotel to arrange the transport back to the airport. By the way, if you all are travelling via cebu air, kindly note that so far I had heard from my friends that their flights were all delay. As for us, our flight got delayed for close to 4hrs too.
And thats the end of our trip!
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