Who would have thought that I’d be able to visit this place?
I sound that way since when you say Boracay, it’s about beach life and expenses and that’s true especially to travellers from outside Visayas but I hope our itinerary could help you in budget matter if you’re planning a trip to this island.
Anyway, this is really a very late post since it happened last August of 2013. For some reasons, I wasn’t able to post it as soon as it happened because I feel too overwhelmed and out of words with the experience and was too ideal on how my post should be until I got other priorities and ended up less active in blogging. (feeling bad)
3 months ahead we have already booked our flight to Kalibo, Aklan and avail the promo through Cebu Pacific Airline. I don’t have any idea of the regular fare to Kalibo from Davao but ours cost 1800php (4 days and 3 nights) for a round trip. I was supposed to be with my 7 sisters/officemates namely Ate Jikay, Ate Sarah, Ate Lyn, Ate Bev, Ate Niña, Ate Yessa and Ate April but due to some unexpected happenings, 3 of them were not able to make it to the trip 😦
DAY 1 – AUGUST 15, 2013
With flight #5J 986, we departed from Davao City International Airport at 12:25n and arrived at Kalibo International Airport at around 1:45pm.
From there, you will be welcomed with people offering tour packages to the island of Caticlan Boracay but we preferred with our DIY itinerary and decided to commute. Thanks to those friends of one of my travel buddies who were also with the same flight with us for suggesting this because it costs lesser than we expected.
We took the tricycle ride going to Van terminal which was just few minutes away from Kalibo Airport. From there, we spent 2 hours of travel via Van before reaching Caticlan Port. (Here’s Kuya Noel contact number 09092895372- our van driver). We reach Caticlan Port at around 3:30pm. This time, you will ride a boat to reach the Island of Boracay but before that you need to pay for the Environmental Fee (for non Aklanons only) and a Terminal Fee. It took around 10minutes of travel before reaching the island of Boracay and ofcourse I was expecting to see the white sand and the beach then but no we still need to take one last means of transportation which is the tricycle again going to Boracay Station 2 where we stay. I think its almost 5 minutes of travel from the port.
Finally we reach the place at around 4:00pm already and St Vincent is the name:) and I highy recommend their place. For 3 days and 2 nights in Boracay it costs 4000php only but the care taker discounted it to 3500php so each of us cost 600php. It’s airconditioned, good for 6 persons, has 3 beds, you have your own rest room, flat screen tv, refrigerator, wifi (just on the lobby) and what’s even more nice is it’s just walking distance from the heart of Boracay beach and very near to the Police Station plus Kuya Jun and his staff has good customer service. (Here’s Kuya Jun’s contact number 09086323210 in case you are interested to stay in St. Vincent). We started to arrange our things, did some budgetting and were all excited to explore Boracay for the rest of the night.
Almost 6:00pm when we went out of our room and experience the Boracay life. When I reach the beach proper, I wasn’t that overwhelmed. Yes! thats for me and please I don’t wanna sound harsh I mean I appreciate everything there but the view was not that really new to me since I grew up in a province surrounded by white sand and all other type of sand beaches. The big difference is the busy people shopping, roaming around, not to mention their beach outfits, eating in expensive restaurants, hotels, singers in bars, in short the city life in front of the beach and that’s again the big difference which is the one new to me and which I enjoyed so much. We were able to witness one of the most awaited scene in Boracay beach, the sunset.
After the pictorial session and a short walk, we had our dinner at Mesa. Spent the rest of the night at Starbucks, more window shopping, walk and laughters.
For the adventures you wan’t to experience , you don’t need to worry where to inquire because along your walk in the busy sea side of Bora, many individuals will be offering adventure packages and lucky us to find our official tour guide, Kuya Gil:) We encounter different people offering the adventure package with just the same amount of what Kuya Gil did offer but he seemed to be the one destined to us. (haha what a term) Yes he is amazing seriously! I’ll discuss on my next post why. (Here’s Kuya Gil’s contact number 09392127015). So before the nights ends, we settle with short negotiation with Kuya Gil for our planned adventure the following day:)
Day 1 random thoughts:
One of the most amazing part when you travel especially in a place you’ve never been to is that you know you are experiencing something not your first time but everything seems new to you, you are seeing strangers in which you do almost everyday, you see buildings and establishments, you eat food you have tried already but since it’s your firs time in that place there’s something within you that’s causing you with overwhelming feeling of happiness and appreciation. I feel so much blessed because even if it’s our first time to travel to Boracay, everything went so smooth and I think the people we met including the drivers of the diffrent source of transportation we had, our co passengers/travellers, the weather and everything else made this day extra special. We thank God for providing us good people along the way:)
Day 1 Expenses:
Round Trip Airfare – 1800php each
Davao Airport Terminal Fee – 200php each
Snacks/Lunch at the plane – 100php
Tricycle ride from Kalibo Airport to Kalibo Van Terminal – 10php each
Kalibo Van Terminal ride to Caticlan Port – 100php each
Caticlan Port Environmental Fee – 75php each
Caticlan Port Terminal Fee – 100php each
Tricycle ride from Boracay Port to Boracay Station 2 – 20php each
Room (3days and 2nights) – 600php each
Dinner at Mesa – 215php each
Coffee at Starbucks – 170php each
TOTAL – 3440php
Davao Airport to Kalibo Airport – 1hr. and 20mins. (Airplane)
Kalibo Airport to Kalibo Van Terminal – 5mins. (Tricycle)
Kalibo Van Terminal to Caticlan Port – 2hrs. (Van)
Caticlan Port to Boracay Port – 10mins. (Boat)
Boracay Port to Boracay Station 2 – 5mins. (Tricycle)
TOTAL – 3hrs and 40mins.