Sunday, December 9, 2012

A detailed guide on how to go to Boracay

As promised, I will post our adventure we had in Boracay when me and my boyfriend celebrated our 7th Anniversary. yey! But before that, I thought of putting a quick post on how to go to Boracay. It's not for those who managed to go to there already, but it's for the benefit of the first timers that needs a guide going there. Have you thought of that? right? ;) So guys there's a lot of things that you must consider when going to Boracay.  


First: The place you are going to stay. Boracay has 3 stations 
  1. Station 1- The most expensive station of all. It is tagged as the "sosyal" station because of their high rates. High end and Expensive hotels like Shangri-la and other boutiques can be found here that's why it's the non crowded area of the island. So if you're looking for peaceful and relaxing vacation, then this one is for you. 
  2. Station 2 - This is the main part of the island. You can see here the popular "D'mall" store where different restaurants and stores is located. The heart of the party is here during night time up to the next morning. Partying? Then you'll enjoy here.
  3. Station 3 - If you are on a tight budget and just want to enjoy the beach itself then you can stay here. The lowest rates among all stations. The famous talipapa can also be found here. Anyway, it's the beach you want to enjoy not the hotel itself. ;)
Second: The number of dates you'll stay here. 
It is important to keep track your days here, especially you'll have to take note of your flight going back to Manila. Remember also that Kalibo is waaay different to Caticlan. Read on and you'll know why. 

Third: Your Itinerary
It's a must for me. You have to know what are the different places you want to visit. How? Google it. Search all the raves in the internet. You'll find out the best places to eat and stay in Boracay. Ofcourse, you don't want to end up eating in a restaurant which is not worth of the money you pay right? So better google everything and list down your itineraries.

Fourth: Prepare your Money
VERY VERY Important. I'm telling you, you'll spend a lot of money when going to Boracay. Aside from everything on the island is expensive because it's commercialized already and with lots of tourist all over the world, expect everything is over rated. Plus the fact that you have to buy pasalubongs as you go home , your budget will be doubled compared to what is planned. Though wide ATM machines everywhere can be found there.

Fifth: Enjoy
Don't stress yourself when you're there. Just planned everything ahead of time and enjoy the white powder-y beach, the foods, and the sunsets. Loosen up and leave your problems and work at home even for that time. After all, it's your vacation! :)

So let's start. You have to keep in your mind the time of your flight. Be 2 hours in advance. The plane will not wait for you until you arrive, so make sure to come their on time to familiarize with the airport especially if it's your first time. 
``We had our electronic ticket via Travel Online for hassle free transaction. Just have to pay them through bank and upon their confirmation, you will receive an email with your temporary ticket and you have to print it. Upon arriving in NAIA, just present it and Tadaaah! they will give you your boarding pass. *You will still pay for another 550 pesos terminal fee per head
 ``Our flight is 07:50 and we arrived there at 06:15 am. So we took our breakfast there while waiting. Oh btw, we ate in Kenny Rogers and see sausage over there? Really good! There's a lot of restaurants and coffee shops to choose from so don't cha worry. ;)

``Check the gate number on your ticket. You must know these before strolling out in the airport, so you can go there directly 30 minutes before your flight.
``Kalibo is a 45 minutes plane travel.
``Just like what I told you earlier, Kalibo is waaaay different from Caticlan. A lot of people don't know the difference with this one. Remember that, if you had a flight going to Boracay via Caticlan you will take just 15 minute boat ride. The only thing is, the ticket I think is much expensive because you'll not going to ride a 2 hour road trip via land. While if you go to Boracay via Kalibo flight, upon going down and getting your check-in baggage you will have to ride a 2 hour travelling time via Van or Bus going to Jetty Port which is available just outside the airport. (*it's better to take van, because you'll end up waiting for so long just by filling up the seats in the bus ). 
``We had this package. Included is the 2 hour Van transpo and a 15minute boat ride going to Boracay. (500 pesos)
Then upon arriving at Jetty Port, you will pay for environmental fee costs 75 pesos and another terminal fee (100 pesos i think). 
After that you will have a 15 minute boat ride going to Boracay port 
``And finally take a tricycle going to the main part of the island. I think it's 10 minutes travelling time. You'll pass by Station 3, Station 2 and Station 1 respectively.

Then upon going home, still the same but you just do it in reverse. Please remember that: Leave in advance for your flight going to Manila. (especially if you have Kalibo>Manila flight) Remember that you'll have 2 hours traveling time going back at the airport. Make a 5-hour allowance going home. Why 5 hours? The van  going to Kalibo takes so much time filling up the van unlike when you're in Kalibo. A passenger right beside us wasn't able to catch up on their flight because they just made an exact time allowance. I know it will be very hard to leave the beautiful paradise, but it's important as well to end up the trip hassle free and worth while :)


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  2. going back to manila do we still need to pay 550 again?

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    1. Hello EJ!

      Nope you will not pay 550 pesos at NAIA when going back here in Manila. But you have to pay a minimum terminal fee (Something like 100 pesos or so) at Kalibo/Caticlan terminal. Hope it helps! :)

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