Category Archives: Boracay

Budget Place to Stay in Boracay, Philippines: White Beach de Boracay

Boracay is well known for its nice beach. It is said to be comparable to the beaches in the Carribean, with its powdery white sand and beautiful cobalt-blue waters BUT the good thing in this tourist destination, is that you can have a nice vacation without bankrupting your savings account!

beautiful.

Boracay might seem expensive to anyone, especially for most Filipinos, but because of its popularity, a lot of hostels, guesthouses or even homestays have already mushroomed all over the place, making it a not-so-expensive-place-to-be for your summer vacation!

One of these hotels that cropped up is the White Beach de Boracay. We availed of their early bird promo, by which we reserved our room about 1-2 months before our arrival. We decided to book it beforehand since our vacation will be during a very peak season, as it is would be in April. ๐Ÿ˜€ The room we stayed in is a quadruple, since we are “supposedly” 4 people traveling together. We paid P2000.00 each for the whole 4 days 3 nights stay.

facade of the garden view white beach de boracay, sorry for the blurry pic, my camera got water/fog on the lens ๐Ÿ˜€

They have two hotel areas, the other one is situated in Station 1 near Starbucks, which they call as the white beach de boracay beach front view. While the other one is located between Astoria and D’Mall, this area is what they call as the garden view. We stayed in the garden view, since it is cheaper. Although it is not beach front per se, it is just 2 minutes away from the beach, and the serenity during the night is the best. no loud music. just the hum of the air condition! ๐Ÿ˜€

The place has its own bathroom with hot and cold water, clean white sheets, television with cable and aircondition. There is no free breakfast, but the location is just a few minutes away from D’mall where you can eat your breakfast in the trusted-Andok’s Chicken (for affordable food) or buy bread in Julie’s Bakeshop and other groceries in D’mart.

However, there is no mini-bar but there is a refrigerator where you can put your groceries or liquors. There is also no hot-water boiler/kettle, but you can ask the caretakers who are staying behind the hotel building to heat some water for you. ๐Ÿ˜€

When we arrived in the front desk/reservation office, which is situated in the beach front area,ย  the staff immediately gave us orange juice to quench our thirst. And they were very courteous.ย  They also gave us some snacks to eat. Then, after few minutes, we were guided by one of their staff to transfer to the garden view area. And then…. we immediately put sunblock on and enjoy the beautiful view of Boracay!

This hotel is a hassle-free, no-frills hotel. It is cheap, but clean, and beautiful. There is house-keeping, so you won’t have a problem of staying in a sandy room. Or if they don’t come that day, you can always ask the caretakers.

CONTACT DETAILS:

CELLPHONE NO:ย 0905 473 2200

TELEPHONE NUMBER: Manila (02) 359 8804

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FB ACCOUNT:ย https://www.facebook.com/whitebeachdeboracay

HAPPY WANDERING!

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Boracay, Philippines: Cliff Diving in Ariel’s Point!

MY EXPERIENCE!

I’ve always been a daredevil, but my devil’s tail curled up when I saw the 15m high jump!

Ariel’s Point diving board. ๐Ÿ™‚ yeee

I know that I should do this. It is part of my bucketlist. It is a must-do. This is what I wasted my P1500.00 for. I should dive.

With this sign? I think I’m not gonna jump!

Well, yes, I always told myself that I can do it! But when I was in the board, I almost killed myself because of nervousness! I can faint in horror just thinking of what may happen to me… I’m a worry freak, so basically, I worry too much and worry of everything that might happen to me if I take the plunge! I worry if ever I hit a stone and die, or I worry if I can’t swim up and die by drowning. I was scared.

People are telling me to jump…. no, they are not telling me, they are cheering for me, telling me that I can do it… and somebody almost pushed me from behind. He is a guy from the Middle East, I looked at him with worried eyes and he saidย  “Don’t think just Jump!” I looked at the horizon, exhaled, then I did it. I flew for a second and two and it felt nice… except that I was gasping for air when my body was swallowed by the water. I felt scared but I felt proud. It’s an exasperating experience!

It’s true what the man said, If you think too much, you won’t know how good it is… It is good, and I will say that I will do it again!

ABOUT ARIEL’S POINT BORACAY

Ariel’s Point is basically a cliff-diving area, it is not located in Boracay itself, so you need to take their private boat towards the area, which is around 45-minutes away.

the boat and the floating hut ๐Ÿ˜€

You need to pay and reserve for your slot for the next day,ย  and just come to the meeting point at 11am. The meeting point is in Station 1 right beside Obama’s Grill. And to reserve you should go to Boracay Beach Club, which is located right behind the meeting point. Just ask someone in the meeting area about where to pay and reserve for your cliff diving adventure, then someone from there will be escorting you.

the Boracay Beach Club registration office. Just behind the waiting area. ๐Ÿ˜€
the waiting and registration area during the D-day
the waiting area
with free baller upon registration ๐Ÿ˜€

the whole package costs P1500.00. It includes the ferry/boat ride, with unlimited drinks while you are cruising :D, buffet lunch, unlimited liquors and unlimited diving, use of small boats for island exploring and snorkeling gears as well as Merienda or afternoon snacks are also provided.

the view while cruising! ๐Ÿ˜€
Other sight to behold during the journey towards ariel’s point
Approaching the cliff of Ariel’s Point Boracay

There are a lot of diving boards with different heights, 15m as the highest, then followed by 10m, 8m, 5m, 3m, and then the 2m. It seems safe but your mind will be crazy when you saw how crazy high it is! Well, it doesn’t seem high in the pictures!

Cliff Diving boards
when I took this picture. I’m shocked!haha

The trip starts at 11am then leaves ariel’s point at 4pm.

Anyway, the food is nice and there’s a lot of variety! Cold drinks, beers, water, juice are provided.

By the way, if you jump, make sure you have a straight posture, hands on your side, legs straight, so that it won’t hurt that much when you fall into the water Unless you are a professional diver. ๐Ÿ˜€

If you cannot jump, because you are afraid, don’t worry there are a lot of things to do for the half day trip, like snorkeling, or visit the nearby island or just plain swimming! You can enjoy sightseeing too! The sight is awesome!

The beautiful and serene landscape. This is my favorite photo!

TIPS:

1. For girls, wear one piece swimsuit, since usually your 2 piece bikini might go out of place after plunging the waters and somebody might see your boobies. ๐Ÿ˜€ You don’t want that don’t you? My friend and some of the girls in our group experienced that! :S

2. If you have some food request, say your concerns during the time you are reserving and paying for your slot so they accommodate your needs

3. Register 2 days or a day before your target date, since Ariel’s Point is becoming more and more popular! ๐Ÿ˜€

4. Bring a lot of sunscreen and don’t forget to go to the other island to see some species of starfish. There are a lot of starfish with different colors and shapes (though it still looked like a star!) ๐Ÿ˜€

5. Eat some coconut in the nearby island, and chill for awhile. The place is beautiful and serene, so better yet enjoy the scenery, you can canoe yourself towards there or ask for the employees to transport you there.

HOW TO GET TO BORACAY FROM KALIBO?

UPDATED: MAY 2013

Kalibo is one of the main hubs towards Boracay. It is about a- 2 hours bus or van ride away from Caticlan jetty Port, where you will ride a boat (about 5-15 minutes ride) to get to the beautiful island of Boracay.

The Kalibo International Airport

Kalibo is a good choice if you are in a budget–except of course if there is an ongoing sale for Caticlan which rarely happens— It is a good way to save money, and of course the mountainous or forested scenery is a plus if you choose Kalibo. Manila to Caticlan fares (regular fares) are usually PhP 7,000-10,000 while Manila to Kalibo the regular fares are around P3000-P4500, so as you can see there is a big difference! *Advise: Wait for airline seat-sales because they lower the price for about 75% so you can save a lot.

After your arrival in Kalibo International Airport, you can see a lot of stalls offering a package of either bus or van with ferry ride. This package usually costs from 200-300PhP depending on the bus/van company. During my visit we opted to ride a van which costs P250.00 (the company that runs it is KIATA).

The stalls are located right in front the baggage-claim area.

The Baggage claim area, in front of this are the stalls
the stalls that offers van/bus+ferry ride packages and also the tourist assistance help desk ๐Ÿ˜€
bus services
UPDATED PHOTOS AS OF MAY 2013
UPDATED AND NEW PHOTOS AS OF MAY 2013

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Here is the van service we used (Kiata)

After 2 hours of traveling we were dropped off to Caticlan Jetty Port where we paid environmental fee, terminal fees and other kind of fees. We were also required to sign up in the visitors’ log sheet where everyone is required to sign in order for the local government unit to monitor the number of people coming into the island.

So, here are the other KIATA vans lining up for alighting passengers towards the jetty port

CATICLAN JETTY PORT

BEFORE YOU ENTER CATICLAN JETTY PORT, there are counters waiting for you at the side of the entrance. You should not go inside the jetty port UNTIL you already paid the things you need to pay, such as terminal fee, environmental fee and alike. If you are such a naughty kid “so makulit” you will be told to go out again to do what you should do, which only means that you’ll be hassled again because of the tedious security check. Save yourself the hassle of opening your bags and repeating the same procedure. So, Before you get inside please pay your dues…

THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED: 1. TERMINAL FEE 2. ENVIRONMENTAL FEE 3. PUMP BOAT TICKET
THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED: 1. TERMINAL FEE 2. ENVIRONMENTAL FEE 3. PUMP BOAT TICKET

ย  ย Environmental fee:ย  P100.00 (updated May 2013).

Terminal Fee:ย  P100.00 (Updated May 2013)

*Students and senior citizens are given discounts, for environmental fee, you will only pay ย P75.00 . ๐Ÿ˜€ so, present your ID’s!!!

Those that are exempted for paying the ENVIRONMENTAL FEE

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TERMINAL FEE:

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PUMP BOAT TICKET IF YOU DID NOT AVAIL OF PACKAGE RATES IN KALIBO

HOW TO GET TO BORACAY FROM KALIBO

inside the caticlan jetty port

You also need to sign up your names if you are visiting Boracay, so that LGU’s will have information regarding the number and the names of the people who visited this number 1 tourist destination in the Philippines.

You will register here, put your name and signature in their logbook. ๐Ÿ˜€

The ferry ride is just 15 minutes, so basically, after 2 hours and 15 minutes of travel you will arrive to the mesmerizing island of Boracay…

the ferry/fast crp that will transport you from Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay

BUT! after that 15 minutes ferry ride, you still need to ride a trike (tricycle) which costs at around P100.00 or 2USD to get to the White Beach where most of the hotels are located. P100.00 is for the whole trike, so you won’t share it with anybody, it can carry up to 4-5 people. But, if you are really in a budget, you can share the tricycle with other people. ย Our hotel is located near D’Mall (in between station 2 and station 1) so maybe if your hotel is in Station 1, the price will be higher.

ย As for the boat rides, it is P25.00 per person for trips starting at 5am to 6pm and P30.00 for trips starting at 6pm onwards except if it is part of the package.The ferries end their operations at 10 pm. Which means that it operates from 5am until 10pm.

Although it seems tiring to get to Boracay after deplaning in Kalibo… Everything just seems to go away once you catch a glimpse of the glistening sand and turquoise water of Boracay.

the beauty of boracay

HAPPY WANDERING!

Boracay, Philippines: Still a Paradise.

Boracay, Philippines is well known for its long stretch of fine white sand and as the place-to-be for parteyying.

the beauty of boracay

It is a paradise for sightseers, adventure-seekers and party-goers, if you fall into any of these categories, then this place is for you.

Some Infos you Might need to Know:

There are two (2) gateways to get you to Boracay through air travel. The first, which is the easiest and fastest way is to fly towards Caticlan Airport, which is 15 minutes away from the island itself, you just need to hire a tricycle to arrive at Caticlan Jetty Port and then ride a boat towards Boracay. The second is flying towards Kalibo International Airport. It is a cheaper way to arrive in Boracay, however, it is quite uncomfortable because of the additional 2 hour van/bus ride,. The air tickets towards Kalibo Airport is much more cheaper than getting a ticket to Caticlan.

Tickets Manila-Kalibo-Manila, regular fare is P3500.00 or $82USD, while Manila to Caticlan-Manila ranges from P7000.00 -15,000.00 ($163 – $350USD) regular fare. But, you can always spot an airline sale and get 50-70% slash of the regular airfare. Like my facebook page and I will always make sure that airline, hotel and other kind of sales will not miss you! —Yes! I’m proudly promoting my FB page! haha!

However, anyone seeking adventure may still opt for a challenging bus ride or an almost 24-hour ferry ride which most of us call RoRo. I’ve seen a bus there, it was Philtranco, I don’t know how it get there but it says ARANETA-CUBAO, haha! Maybe there is really a bus going there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I’ll get details about it later.

There are 3 stations in Boracay, the 1st station has the best sand but the hotels here are more expensive than the other 2 stations. The 2nd station has the most party-places and more affordable accommodations. The 3rd station has rocky sand but still white, but it has the most affordable accommodations/hotels in the island.

SIGHTSEERS:

The place is scenic.I don’t have anything to add anymore. It is beautiful, peaceful–in the mornings. and entirely different for beach lovers, in the sense that it is a long–very long– white sand beach. I walked towards the start until the end of Station 1 and I’m really tired after, I ended up sleeping the whole night! ๐Ÿ™‚

beautiful.

The sand is pearl white especially if the sun is shining brightly. It somehow sparkles, and it is quite hard to glare at since it is really white. This is the 2nd time I see a bond-paper white kind of sand. It is indeed beautiful. And the sand is really cuddly. I love putting my feet beneath those sand. It is really soft to the touch! I just love the sand!

What I love in this island is its amazing sunset. It is so dramatic that I wanna cry.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ No words can amount to what I felt looking at it! see for yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

amazing sunset

ADVENTURE-SEEKERS

There are a lot of water/land activities in the whole island, like para-sailing, jet skiing, cliff-diving, diving, reef/helmet diving, banana boat riding, ATV riding, horse back riding and so much more.

TIP: especially for the foreigners, don’t talk to those people who are selling you or offering you with activities since they will tend to increase the price 3x.

I tried the Cliff-Diving in Ariel’s Point and it was a -one of a kind- experience! It is awesome!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll post about my experience in Ariel’s Point later.

Ariel’s Point diving board. ๐Ÿ™‚ yeee

PARTY-GOERS

There are a lot of clubs and bars, you will love bar hopping, mingling or just plain having fun. The life there is really great, though the price is high.

If you wanna mingle, there is a club that organizes what they call as pub crawl. There you will meet other people, drink to your heart’s desire and simply enjoy the nightlife in Boracay… I almost tried this, but during our time it was cancelled since there are few attendees.

By the way, I’ll be back in Boracay this May!! If you are there then see you! ๐Ÿ™‚

THIS IS MY FIRST POST FOR MY BORACAY SERIES. THIS IS AN INTRODUCTION!

 

HAPPY WANDERING!