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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!


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.


CELLPHONE NO:ย 0905 473 2200

TELEPHONE NUMBER: Manila (02) 359 8804

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


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!


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!


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.



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


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


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…


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






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


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.


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™‚


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


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


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™‚




Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Reliable Van Service

We met Kuya Edwin the day when we were touring the Crocodile Farm. He told us that the price of the van rental with driver going to the Underground River is P3,500.00 which is the uniform price for all van rentals in Puerto Princesa.

Kuya Edwin and his van ๐Ÿ™‚

He owns a very brand new van. I was amazed on how new it was! There are plastic covers in the seats!!! Haha! Anyway, here is his contact number.ย ย 09173335340. Haggle as much as you want! ๐Ÿ™‚ He is really kind and he helps you all the way. He suggests places you should visit… and also he is really a very safe driver! He doesn’t speed up that much! He is really careful especially he owns the van being rented, so he is extra careful…

If you will look at his plate number is still not in rainbow colors (well, during the time of our visit), which is usually the color of the legal tourist vans’ plate numbers. He reasoned out that the van has already a pending registration with the tourism office and that he is already an operator ever since. The franchise of his old van will be transfered in this new van, he is just awaiting approval. So no worries about it! And he is Legit because Yannah the Wanderer had already tried and tested his services!!!

Here is his number:ย 09173335340

The brand new van! ๐Ÿ™‚


Starfish Island, Honda Bay, Palawan: SERENITY at its finest!


starfish we found in starfish island.

It is named as such because of the existence of various starfish in the island. It has a fine white sand(though, It looks color flesh in the photos).ย  Warning however, is that in the shore there are bits and pieces of shells that may wound you if you’re not careful, so I advise that you walk with your slippers on. Amidst those shells lie a fine sand that it so good to touch! It is like polvoron or powder… I just love rubbing it in my feet… It feels like walking in a carpet ๐Ÿ™‚

Another starfish, also, look at the sand, there are bits of shells with it ๐Ÿ™‚

I think, the best thing in this island is the fish feeding area where you can feed the fishes with the bread while you are doing your snorkeling—so basically, you are swimming while feeding them ๐Ÿ™‚ There are various kinds of fish swimming and awaiting for you to throw them a piece of bread, so doing this activity is really a great experience, especially for the kids and kids-at-heart (like me! Lol!)ย  It is so cool. Anyway, I don’t have pics with the fishes because I’m busy feeding them :)_

fish..fish..fish… so colorful!

My experience with the fish feeding is that at first, I was really scared, it seems that I feel threatened because of the various kind of fishes swimming towards me every time I give them bread, I’m so scared that they will eat me or bite me… so I stayed in the floater until the assistant boatman (he is actually a kid) showed me that they are harmful and won’t bite ๐Ÿ™‚ย  (thanks for the movies Piranha and Jaws, which made me think that I can be eaten alive of this cutesy little friends).

Anyway, the island itself is somehow less crowded than the more well-known Pandan Island, since when we docked here, there are not much people roaming or swimming, so basically we had the island for ourselves. By the way, upon entering this island, you need to pay P20.00 or P40.00 as entrance fee (sorry forgot the exact amount, it’s been too long after I wrote in my blog), You can also eat here if you brought with you food and snacks. It is better to eat here if you have a packed-lunch because the other island—Pandan Island— is totally crowded! Moreover, there are a lot more vacant cottages here than in pandan Island!

Cottages in the Starfish Island. Not much people here
Ruins of an Old restaurant which once stood here. I somehow feel lonely looking at this pic… ruins of man made structure amid a nature-made wonder

Another photo of the ruins:

My colleague and I, together with the boatman and his assistant, walked towards the seemingly disappearing piece of land because of the tide change. It is almost high tide, and we can see that the path we walked through is now covered by shallow water.

there is a picture wooden frame there suggesting that the view is indeed picture perfect! btw, we walked that path and it’s really amazing! see the narrowing way? it is almost high tide!!!
we walked towards that cottage/shelter… looking at this picture melts my heart…. hmmm.. and also, look at how the waters cover some parts of the path… so interesting!
we are now going back…. look at the winding path and the island itself. beautiful isn’t it. the man in orange is our boatman… see, no people?? You can say that this an “almost deserted” paradise!
The path where we walked was already covered by the waters….

One more interesting thing in this island, is the existence of mangroves or in tagalog, bakawan. However, when I imagine places where mangroves are planted, I always fear piranhas or crocodiles swimming towards me! But Nah! that’s only me. Aside from the fears I got from watching too much movies, the awe that my heart felt while savoring the peaceful atmosphere that this island provides, is indeed one of a kind experience, it is really relaxing–it made me forget about my endless hardship in school ๐Ÿ™‚ … I feel serene deep in my heart, and somehow made me feel blessed… that I don’t know why… don’t ask me, just experience it yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

Mangroves in the other side of the island… so beautiful…
look how calm and serene the place is!

This place is indeed a paradise! A place where you can feel nature at its finest! No noise… no crowds.. just you and nature! ๐Ÿ™‚

Things not to forget:

1. Visit this first and eat your lunch here, savor the peaceful vibe of this island, it is really amazing!

2. Don’t forget to bring bread, buy it in the stores in the metro or in the port, a loaf of bread is only P20.00, I suggest you buy 2 packs of bread (2 loaves) because I assure you that you’ll have tons of fun feeding and swimming with the fish

3. Don’t forget to rent snorkeling gears, you will need it to look at the fishes underwater.

How to Get to honda bay: Click here to see my previous post about Information, Tips and How to’s for Honda Bay Palawan


Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Honda Bay: Tips and Infos

Honda Bay is a cluster of beautifulย  islands and islets in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The islands here have fine white sand beaches, and cobalt blue waters.

I really recommend that anyone going to Puerto Princesa to visit this place at least once.ย  This is a serene and photogenic place! ๐Ÿ™‚

PARADISE in Honda Bay, Palawan

To explore the islets/islands of this bay, one should rent a boat (which is usually provided by the city tourism office) for a price of 1500.00 (depends on the boat size)ย  So basically, this trip is an island hopping adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

There are 3 main islands/islets in this bay, namelyย  Pandan Island, Starfish Island and the Snake Island. Although there are more islands in this bay, only the 3 mentioned is open to public. They are named as such because of the existence of Pandan and Starfish in those islands while the snake island is named that way because of it’sย  long and winding characteristic similar to a snake.

Why is it that when I look at this picture, I feel lonely… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ hmmm…

In my visit last April, I was not able to visit the Snake island because it is undergoing beautification However, this would not hamper me in giving and presenting to you the other two beautiful islands of Honda Bay, but first let me tell you the process on how the entire trip came about.


The Philippines is a sunny place throughout the year however, due to climate change, strong typhoons or heavy rains visits the country a lot more often… The Philippines has only 2 seasons, wet and dry. Dry or summer months starts from March to June or July while wet season starts by August til December. The wet season is where a lot ofย  low pressure areas are formed, However, I can say that it is a game of luck, or a gamble if you want to visit the Philippines during the wet season, since just because it’s called wet season it would rain the whole time… there are only days that it would rain while the rest is sunny…
However, for foreigners who will visit the Philippines (especially for those in the far most corner of earth) I think you need to plan your visit during the summer months, so you will be sure that no rain would ruin your vacation.


Honda Bay is about 20-45 minutes drive from the city center. The mode of transportation from the city center towards Honda Bay Port is by land, you can rent either a tricycle or a van. I opted to rent a tricycle for P500.00 or $11USD. The road is well paved/cemented, so going here by tricycle isn’t a problem. If you decided to rent a van, it will cost at around P1,500-2000.00 (this is the price that was given to us by the van driver we hired going to the underground river). We left the city center at round 6:45 am and arrived in the port at around 7:15.


Upon arriving in the port, you will notice that people are lining up, that line is where you will pay for the boat rental, environmental fee, and where you can get your permit. Unlike the underground river, there is no need to get a prior permit before heading there, so it easier to tour than the latter.

There are 4 simple steps in getting your permit and paying for the fees and these are:

First, you need to line up for the lane stating no.1 and where you will fill up a form and state how many passengers or tourists that are coming with you, you also need to put up their names, you should also know if what type of boat you are going to use, whether it is a 6passenger boat (which is the smallest) which costs P1200.00 while there are 10-12 passenger capacity boats which costs at around P1400-1800.00…

the 2nd step is where you will get your permit and pay for the boat rental fee and in exchange, you will receive the name and number of your boat.

The 3rd step is again filling up a particular form and paying for the environmental fee. The 4th step is waiting for your name to be called and VOILA, you are good to go.

The boat we used for our island hopping adventure


However! before you go anywhere else, you need to buy water, food or rent a snorkeling gear. Food and Water is expensive on the island itself, and it is advisable if you bring them with you at the start of the journey, so if anytime you feel thirsty you have a water/drink with you. But, I suggest that you go grocery shopping while you are still in the metro, since it is cheaper there than buying in the port itself.

Snorkeling gears and swimming shoes

As for the snorkeling gear, Part of your itinerary is to visit a snorkeling site with lots of fishes and various corals! Moreover in Pandan and Starfish island, you can snorkel and feed the fishes which is quite interesting because the fishes swarm around you if you give bits and pieces of tasty bread.

The fish and coral sanctuary

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