Boracay: A Beach Lover’s Dream

Lush palm trees, clear turquoise waters, white powdery sands will welcome you in Boracay, Philippines. This jewel in Western Visayas was declared No. 1 Best Island in the world by Travel and Leisure back in 2012 and No. 2 last 2013 (Palawan, Philippines was No. 1). Last year, Condé Nast Traveler awarded Boracay as The World’s Best Island.

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Few days ago, I went to Boracay and as I stepped in its fine white sands and dipped my feet in its crystal clear waters, I remembered wonderful memories in this playa. Boracay blew me away when I first visited last 2005 when my team joined the 1st International Dragonboat Competition.

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I fell in love with the island and came back thrice. My last visit was last 2011 with friends.

Boracay Getaway from Owa Alegre on Vimeo.

Five years later, I am still in awe with this paradise. A lot has changed – new resorts, restaurants, bars and shops. Everything’s upgraded to accommodate all the needs of different types of tourists – from cheapskates to big spenders.

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What I love about Boracay is its fine white sand. I will never get tired walking barefoot on this 7 kilometer beach.

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I watched the clear waters go back and forth in the turquoise sea and buried my tanned feet on the powdery sand.

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I witnessed a spectacular show late afternoon when the sun painted the sky with flaming colors.

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The sun bid goodbye and neon lights illuminated across the island. The night life just started. Live bands performed under the palm trees while dancers played with fire.

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Aside from chilling at the beach and chasing sunsets, there are lots of exciting activities to try in Boracay like scuba diving, helmet diving, island hopping, paddle boarding, kite surfing and many more!

You can contact Kuya Edgar – +639208047001 for water and land activities. He’s very kind, honest and helpful. He assisted my mom when she tried helmet diving :p

 

HOW TO GO TO BORACAY

BY AIR

There are two flights from Manila – Caticlan and Kalibo. There are also flights from Cebu and Romblon to Caticlan.

From Caticlan Airport

Ride a van going to Caticlan Jetty Port (15 mins) then take a boat going to Cagban Jetty Port (15 mins)

From Kalibo Airport

Ride a van or bus going to Caticlan Jetty Port (1.5-2 hours) then take a boat to Cagban Jetty Port (10 mins)

Kalibo Airport – Caticlan 200
Boat to Boracay (5AM-6PM) 25
Boat to Boracay (6PM-10PM) 30
Terminal Fee 100
Environmental Fee 75

BY LAND and SEA

The cheapest way to go to Boracay from Manila is RORO (Roll-on – Roll-off). You’ll ride a bus in Manila to Batangas, get off the bus and ride a ferry to Calapan, ride the bus again to Roxas and take a ferry to Caticlan Jetty Port!!  Travel time is about 14 hours 😉

There are lots of RORO bus in Manila like Philtranco in Pasay, Manila and Dimple Star in Cubao, Quezon City.

Another option is take a bus (Jam Liner,  Alps Bus, etc) from Manila to Batangas Port then take 2GO  ferry to Caticlan Jetty Port .  Travel time is about 12 hours.

This world-class island is definitely a MUST visit destination. Pack your swimwear and flipflops now and have an unforgettable getaway! 😉

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