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.
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).
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
- 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