About two weeks ago, JP and I went to Boracay to witness the union of his two friends, Greg and Jhanice. The wedding happens to fall on our anniversary as well, so we also took this opportunity to celebrate our four years of being a couple.
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines that has received numerous awards from travel publications and agencies. The place is a favorite among tourists for its white sands and crystal clear waters. It’s my first out-of-town trip with JP alone, and my first time to visit the island so I was really excited to see what other people have been raving about.
Although our trip was very brief, I’d like to thank my boyfriend for handling everything: our flight, airport transfers, hotel bookings, and so on.
How To Get There?
There are two ways to get to Boracay: by air and by sea.
By Air: Boracay is served by two airports in the Aklan province: one in Kalibo and the other in Caticlan (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport). Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines are some of the domestic airlines that fly to both airports.
By Sea: From Manila, it may take more or less 14 hours to reach the Caticlan Jetty Port. This option is cheaper and you get to visit different places along the way (Mindoro, Roxas, etc.).
Whatever mode of transportation you choose, your second-to-the-last destination is the Caticlan Jetty Port. Since Boracay is separated by a narrow strait, both tourists and locals can only get to the island through the boats operated at the jetty port.
To get to the Jetty Port, you can take the tricycle for PHP50 or walk for 10 minutes. At the port, you’re required to buy three different tickets: a boat ticket & boarding pass (PHP25), an environmental & admission fee ticket (PHP75) and terminal fee ticket (PHP100). The boat ride going to the Jetty Terminal takes about 15 minutes.
Once you’re on the other side, you either walk or take a tricycle to reach your hotel. Tricycle ride roughly cost PHP100 for two. Cash only basis.
What To Do?
Since Boracay is a popular destination, expect the rates of the activities to be pricier than other beaches in the country. Common activities include Parasailing, Scuba Diving, Banana Boat, and Helmet Dive. Other non-water activities include hair braiding, henna tattoo and oil massage. A lot of people along the beach will be offering you these activities and services. Just try to haggle or canvass whenever you stroll along the three Boracay stations. In the evening, Boracay is vibrant with lights and music especially during the peak season. You can listen to live bands, chill with your friends over an ice cold beer or dance until dawn. :)
Unfortunately, JP and I weren’t able to do any of the activities I’ve mentioned because of time constraint. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do all these in our next Boracay trip.
What To Eat?
I think it’s safe to say that you’ll never get hungry in Boracay. There’s a wide variety of places to eat, fit to satisfy all of your cravings. We had dinner at Epic and I thought their steak was fantastic. Lemon Cafe is quite popular but we never had a chance to try their food. D’Talipapa is the place to go to for fresh seafood. Shakey’s, Army Navy, Starbucks and McDonald’s are also available on the island.
When To Go?
Boracay is awfully crowded and expensive during Holy Week, April and December. If you’re on a budget, it’s better to visit during off-peak seasons (June to November). The algae, that makes the sea greenish rather than crystal blue, is also seasonal. My friend said that they’re usually not that prominent during August and October.
An obligatory selfie!