Travel Date: August 12, 2015 – August 16, 2015
Destination: Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines
The first day of our Boracay travel gave me goosebumps all over, not because of fear of heights or anything like that; but with full excitement, because this trip was OUR first trip. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep the night before as I keep on imagining us walking along the sandy beach hand-in-hand. Alright, I guess that was a bit too cheesy. Don’t fret, it did happen but it wasn’t as romantic as I thought it would be. (Haha!) I did learn a lesson from this, though. The first thing you should remember when going on a trip is to not expect too much to avoid disappointments, particularly with the hotel or with the tour if you are joining group tours.
Choosing the right airline to your destination is quite tricky especially when you are on a tight budget. For this trip, we decided to trust Philippine Airlines for our round trip tickets as we always experience exemplary service from them. We boarded our plane from Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport Terminal 3 to Caticlan Airport. To those of you who are flying from within the country, I would suggest you guys to take the flight from Manila to Caticlan Airport instead of to Kalibo International Airport. It may be a bit more expensive but it saves you the hassle of having to ride a two-hour bus from Kalibo International Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port. It was fine with me to ride a two hours bus but my partner hates long bus rides.
We booked 8:30 AM flight and we arrived at Caticlan Airport around 9:30 AM. We rode a tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port for PHP 50($1)/head, then from Caticlan Airport we rode a small boat to Boracay Island. The boat ride costs PHP200($4)/head and takes 20 minutes only. Be sure to wear the life vests as the ride may be a bit bumpy especially during off-peak seasons. When we finally arrived at Boracay Port, we rode a mini van good for ten to our hotel. You may also opt for the small tricycle for a cheaper price. The prices of both the minivan and the tricycle depend on the distance from the port to your hotel. We spent P200/ride for the minivan from the port to Sandcastle The Apartments which is situated in between Station 1 and Station 2.
We arrived at the hotel around 10:00 AM. We had to wait for 2 in the afternoon to be able to check in the hotel we booked but they were kind enough to let us leave our luggage in the reception area while we roam around the place.
It wasn’t my first time in Boracay so I simply roamed around the place like it was my home. We bought water and instant noodles for our midnight snacks. Well, there are a lot of 24-hour restaurants but I rather rest at the hotel at night. I didn’t pay for the hotel to just leave my stuff anyway. I just want to relax be on a full mode stay-cation.
To sum it all up, here’s my first day itinerary:
– Flight from Manila to Caticlan Airport
– Rode Tricycle from Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port
– Rode pump boat from Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay Port
– Rode tricycle from Boracay Port to hotel
– Eat Breakfast at Cozina (or anywhere else)
– Visit D’Mall and buy a gallon of water at the grocery
– Check-in at the hotel by 2:00 PM
– Free time; prepare for the adventure the next day
I always keep my first day clear of schedules to prepare for the following days. Planning a lot of activities for the first day is not a good idea, there are delays in flights and all those other unexpected things that may happen, so I always advise people to keep the first day for relaxation as flight rides may be tiring especially when you’re from a far away place.
I’ll just post the first day for now. I’ll post the rest the next time around.
For the whole itinerary, you may view it at the Boracay 5D/4N Trip Itinerary.