Ok, so Boracay was going to be my vacation beach destination for the year. Taking advantage of Cebu Pacific’s promo flights and following a friend’s booked flight schedule, the rest of us booked a trip to Boracay the 1st week of September.
We left on a Saturday bound for Iloilo and touched down around 9am. Upon arrival at the airport, we took a map from their tourist information desk and rode a van to take us to SM. There was a Ted’s near SM so we ate Batchoy, Iloilo’s specialty for breakfast and took some pictures of the sights outside the restaurant. I took a shot of an old tower from afar which was infront of a church because I was too lazy to go any nearer under the heat of the sun. Once everyone was done with the short sightseeing, we took a jeep going to the bus terminal. It was a long 5 hour bus ride to Caticlan. I felt a little nauseous so I slept almost the entire trip. We arrived the jetty port terminal around 4pm and it was bustling with local and foreign tourists. We were also surprised that the Terminal Fee has become 100 pesos already and since it looked cloudy and was windy, we took the Fastcraft to allay our fears of riding a smaller banca with strong currents. The Fastcraft was big, airconditioned and clean which made the ride comfortable and worth its 50 peso fare.
Upon arriving at the Boracay port, we took a tricycle to Station 1 and headed to Bans Beach Resort. They have a big compound with an open space in the middle of the resort houses which made it relaxing and soothing in the eyes. Their rooms were clean, well-maintained and spacious which made me very happy and satisfied.
We spent all our nights in Boracay drinking which drained my pocket at 70-80 pesos per bottle. Whew. But what fun we had! My favorite haunt were Epic and Summer Place. They’re not too far, nor too big, just enough for one to get around and spot people to dance with. They were full of local and foreign tourists looking to party, which I think mostly was Koreans as when Gungam Style was played, they all sang, bobbed their heads and headed to the dance floor. This song can really stick to your head!
Days were spent sleeping until lunch time as we always went home before sunrise. Late afternoons was spent swimming and lazing around the beach. Ole is a restaurant worth mentioning. Their Fajitas was darn good! Red Coconut coffee was good too. The sweetness of coconut complemented the bitterness of coffee. We were also offered a free buffet at Astoria, but be warned, you need to sit down with them after and listen to their sales talk for around 90 minutes. Well I guess it was worth it, considering it was free and we had nothing better to do early in the evening.
I can’t talk about other water activities as our money were all spent on booze and food. And when in your late 30’s, you can’t party all night and wake up early to do more activities. We need our sleep!
It was a fun trip, it was my birthday, we got wet in the rain a couple of times, partied, ate like kings and enjoyed the water and the beach. What more can you ask for?