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I’ve been hearing about the famous fruit shakes at the Jonah’s. This fruit shake and snack bar is located at Station 1. There are claims that a visit to Jonah’s Fruitshake is one of the must-dos when in Boracay. Our energy was drained from the morning water activities and we were starving.

We flagged a tricycle from the main road to go to Jonah’s. We just need to say “Jonah’s” to the driver. The locals definitely know where it is located. The traveling time was around 10-15 minutes, slightly longer because of the traffic. Most of the tables were occupied by dining-in customers. We were lucky to get our seats without waiting. There were people came for take-out too.  Yea, Jonah’s is that popular…

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The entrance from the beach front

Full-house

Looking at their menu, they have many kinds of fruit shake. As I could not decide, I asked the staff about their best seller. She recommended Choco Banana Peanut Shake and Mango Banana Fruit Shake. So we ordered both. Besides the shakes, we also ordered a must-eat local delicacy, Crispy Pata, a deep fried knuckles served with a soy-vinegar dip.

For dine-in, the fruit shakes will be served in tall and wide glasses. As for take-out, it will be served in plastic bottles. Ours were served in plastic bottles, I guess they ran out of glasses.

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Choco Banana Peanut Shake (middle) and Mango Banana Shake (right and left)

Honestly, I was disappointed with their choco banana peanut shake. I could not taste any chocolate, but peanut. It tasted funny to me. As for the mango banana, it tasted more banana, not so much mango. But their Crispy Pata was so yummy! Served with rice and vinegar, the skin was sinfully crunchy but the meat was tender. Say NO to diet.

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata, super yummy!

While enjoying our food, I became aware that most people ordered the Mango Shake. Still curious about how Jonah’s got its reputation, I was tempted to try their mango shake and so we did. The mango shake tasted much better than what we had. If I were to come back to Jonah’s, I would order the mango shake instead.

We went back to Jonah’s on the next day. But we did not order the shake on our second visit. We came to try other local delicacies: the satay BBQ, burger and the spring roll.

Pork intestine and pork meat (Left), Burger

Pork intestine and pork meat (Left), Burger

Spring Roll

Spring Roll (Lumpia Shanghai)

There were a few choices of the satay: pork meat, sausages, pork intestines, pork liver, pork skin, and chicken. I tried the pork meat and the intestines They were pretty good. I don’t recommend to order the burger though. I could only taste the bun, not the meat. See how tiny the meat is haha…. It reminded me of the side-street burger that I used to buy when I was a kid.

The spring roll or also called Lumpia Shanghai, was good. The difference between the normal spring roll is the stuffing. Filipino spring roll is stuffed with minced meat. Usually it is served with a sweet sour dipping sauce.

Most Filipino dishes contain pork meat as the main ingredients. But, for Muslims who plan to visit Philippines, not to worry, there are dishes with chicken, beef or seafood.

Back to Jonah’s… Overall, I had a good experience dining in Jonah’s. They serve a variety of shakes, from fruit based or milk based. If you prefer fresh and fruity or a mango lover, I’d recommend their mango shake. Not only that, as it is dubbed as “The Best Fruitshake in the Island”, one should pay a visit to this one of the most visited snack houses while in Boracay.

 

Address:
Boracay Station 1
Balabag Boracay Island, Malay
Aklan Philippines

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white1White Beach is one of the main attractions of the island, which is also the most crowded tourists spot.  The beach is about 4km long, with tourism related business such as resorts, hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and souvenir shops are lined along the beach.

Sail boats in Station 1

Sail boats in Station 1

The area is divided into 3 sections : Station 1, 2 and 3. Most resorts and hotels are located at Station 1. As a result, Station 1 is the most crowded place among these 3 stations. My guesthouse was located at Station 2, the crowd was lesser.

My favourite was to wake up early and took a leisure walk along the White Beach. I could not resist to soak in the ultra clear waters and admiring the beautiful scenic. With its sugary white sands meet the clear blue sky, Boracay succeeded in mesmerising everyone, even me who used to be not a beach person.

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For a non-expert in beaches, I would say White Beach is outstandingly beautiful, one of the cleanest beaches that I’ve ever visited. It is one of the places to be when in search for a truly fun and absolutely relaxing atmosphere.

 

I have never imagined myself travelling to an island where the main attractions are mostly about beaches. Yeah, I’m not a beach person and not in favour of the idea of sun-tanning. I see myself being tanned enough. But thanks to my dearest friend who initiated to go for a short get away, I had my chance exploring Boracay island. This place surprised me so much. And the moment I reached the island, it was the beginning of my short little adventure…

The journey from Red Dot to Boracay need an effort. Nevertheless there is a direct flight, we still need to hop on a minivan/coach, board on the boat and took a tricycle before reaching our guesthouse. We board on a 9.30AM flight and landed at 2.40PM at Kalibo Airport (this including the short lay-over at Cebu). Outside the airport, there were counters selling SIM Cards and transport service to Caticlan Ferry Port. Just approached any one who can give a good deal for a 2-in-1 package for both coach and ferry services.

A counter selling SIM Cards

A counter selling SIM Cards

Counters for coach and ferry transport services

Counters for coach and ferry transport services

After purchasing the coach and boat transport package, what we need to do was just to sit down and enjoy the view… It took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port. Kalibo herself looks very similar to small cities in my country. As the coach drove further away from the city, the scenic slowly converted to small houses with paddy fields, rivers and seasides, all about the people blend in natures.

Once we reached the Caticlan Jetty Port, although we had purchased the ticket to ferry, we still need to buy the environmental fee and the terminal fee. There will be porters helping you to carry your luggage all the way to boat, but you need to give them some tips (normally 20PHP-30PHP is enough, depends on how many luggages you have).

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The journey on the boat was only 25-30 minutes. Once we reached the island, the local time was almost 6PM. We were exhausted and could not wait to check in to our guesthouse. Outside the port, there were many tricycles around. Tricycle is the local transport in Philippines and their tricycle can accommodate up to 8 passengers. This is where we need to use our bargain skill. The price depends on the destinations too. Our guesthouse was located at Station 2, it took about 15-20 minutes.

Although it was tiring to get to Boracay, everything just went away once I caught a glimpse of the glistening sand and turquoise water of Boracay.

*Next post is Fresh Seafood at D’Talipapa

INFO

  • SIM Card (for 7 days unlimited data) : 300PHP
  • Coach & Boat Package : 200 – 250PHP / person
  • Environmental Fee / Terminal Fee / Boat Ticket : 75PHP / 100PHP / 25PHP
  • Tricycle : 60PHP – 100PHP (depends on sharing / not sharing with other people)
  • Boat Operating Hours: 5AM – 10PM

Boracay is about beaches and beaches are about water sports.

Before we flew to Boracay, we searched around for some water sport packages in Singapore, but eventually we decided to get it at the island instead. I would recommend you to do the same. There were locals who will approach tourists offering different package deals along the White Beach.

Water activities we could do were varied from island hopping, helmet diving, parasailing, snorkelling, flying fish, jet-skiing, scuba diving, cliff diving, etc. There were also land activities, such as ATV, sky-lining, zorbing, etc. The package we bought included boat transport, helmet diving, parasailing, snorkelling, fly fish and cliff diving. We were very contented with the package deal, so much cheaper than Bali’s.

Our adventures began early in the morning. After having a hearty breakfast at Real Coffee, the travel guide fetched us. The first activity was the helmet diving. On our way to the jetty port, it poured so we need to wait until the rain stopped… Fortunately, the rain stopped after 30 minutes. And, here we go!

On the jetty

On the boat

There were different stations for each water activity and we need to hop from each station by boat. Once we reached the helmet diving station, we were briefed by the instructor on the hand signals and the underwater precautions. The time limit underwater would be 15-20 minutes. I was pretty nervous as it was my first time being under the sea. But, all nervousness just went away once I was underwater. The water was clear with little fishes swimming around and I was able to touch the sea anemon. It was amazing!

Helmet diving, say hello to little fishes...

Helmet diving, say hello to little fishes…

Still excited and amazed with the helmet diving session, we had to move on to the next activities : parasailing and flying fish. The weather was great, not too sunny and not too hot, thanks to the rain. As a first timer in parasailing, I felt nervous too, but not as nervous as the helmet diving. I knew the idea of up in the sky is scary, but it is not as scary as what I thought before. On the other hand, it was addictive. The view from up above was breathtaking. I had my regret not bringing my neck pouch to put my phone for taking photos.

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Fly fish, not for the weakhearted

Fly fish, it is not for the weakhearted. The sport is more extreme and more tiring than banana boat. I was fortunate to be seated in the middle. That spot was the most secured compared to the side or back seats. The ride was merciless and there were big chances for falling to the water if we did not hold to the handles firmly. My friends who sit at the side almost fell to the sea. We need to be aware of injuries too. After all, it was a great experience to try and I’m not sure if there will be a second time for me.

Moving on to our next activity, we hopped on the boat again and headed to the Magic Island for cliff-diving. On our way, we saw Crystal Cove, one of the main stops of the island hopping tours. We did not take the option, maybe next time. For cliff diving, the station was at the Magic Island. Only a friend of mine wanted to jump, my another friend and I just waited on the shores, picking shells.

The Crystal Cove as seen from our boat

The Crystal Cove as seen from our boat

Cliff-diving

Cliff-diving station

Cliff-diving can be risky. It is not just simply about jumping from some heights to the water. People might get injured from this. My friend who did the cliff-diving, did not land on the proper position and she had a big blue-black on her bum and thigh. But this is just some precautions from me, I hope I did not scare you off 🙂

Our last water activity was snorkelling. The station was not too far from the Magic Island. But the water was clear and we could see the corals, fishes and even spotted a seahorse!

I will not forget the whole experience and keep in my heart. I had a few ‘first time experience’s in Boracay from the addictive helmet diving, breathtaking parasailing, fun but exhausting fly fish, challenging cliff-diving, and relaxing snorkelling. All were worthed.

The 6 hours journey to reach Boracay Island left us starving so we wanted to reward ourselves with some decent meal: SEAFOOD TIME!!

The seafood market is located at D’Talipapa, at Station 2. It was only 10 minutes walk from our guesthouse. To reach D’Talipapa from the White Beach, we had to enter an small alley. Just around the corner of the alley, there was a Korean restaurant called “Taste of the Moon”. But it’s always better to ask around the locals. They know best.

D’Talipapa is a complex where the tourists to shop for the fresh seafood and souvenirs. As for the locals, it is a good place to find cheaper groceries, fruits or vegetables.

Souvenir shops at D'Talipapa

Souvenir shops at D’Talipapa

In D’Talipapa, we need to do ‘a little seafood shopping’ at the seafood market. The concept is pretty similar as Noryangjin Market in Korea, customers to buy the fresh seafood and have them cooked in nearby restaurants. Around the seafood market, there are dozens of restaurant just beside the market that accept the cooking service. The price for the cooking service is varied depends on how you preferred the seafood to be prepared.

Fortunately, the restaurant staff who served us was very helpful and friendly. Not only he helped us to pick the fresh seafood, he gave us hints for the best price to bargain too. Generally, you can bargain down the price by between 30% to 50%. We were starving and excited to have our seafood ready. Three of us wanted to have different kind of seafood, but crabs are a must. So we had crabs, jumbo prawns, squid and white clams. Yummy!

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Fresh seafood at the market

Fresh seafood at the market

Seafood feast!

Seafood feast!

The seafood was awesome! D’Talipapa is definitely one place that you should not miss when you’re visiting Boracay.

Price List for Seafood that we had (all based on 1/2 kg):

  • Jumbo prawn – 350PHP
  • Squid – 150PHP
  • Crab – 300PHP
  • White clams – 100PHP
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