Boracay Birthday Celebration

dsc_4555-01This trip was my birthday celebration and of course I wanted to celebrate it with all the people who I love and some of them were not able to be there in that little celebration.

DAY 1

My flight going there was supposed to be via Caticlan but due to typhoon Karen all the flights of Cebgo was cancelled and of course I wanted to be in Boracay for my celebration so I grabbed the 3:30 PM Kalibo flight for us. After waiting for hours at Terminal 4, where there are a lot of Β Cebu Pacific also cancelled that flight and of course I have no right actually we do not have the right to complain since it was all due to the weather, so they transferred us to 5:15 flight with bigger aircraft in Terminal 3. So originally from 12NN flight via Caticlan our actual flight was 6:15 PM via Kalibo.

After an hour of flying we landed to Kalibo. The airport was small, upon exit there would be a lot of people on your way offering transportation to Caticlan, some would offer P200 ($4) just the fare for the van; some would offer P250 ($5) van and boat fare included; some would offer P600 ($12) van and boat transfers plus hotel transfer with the terminal fee and environmental fee included, if you wanted to feel safe and do not want to haggle and be annoyed by all the people outside the airport Cebu Pacific offers the same service on board for P650 ($13). Of course we did not take any of those since I was handling a group of 13 it was easier to haggle for a lower price, we took 2 vans for our group so we could have a comfortable 2-hour ride.

At first we were worried that we could not take any boat anymore since we arrived late in the evening but in relief our drivers told us that the ferries going to Boracay Island is already available 24 hours (night differential rate applies after 10PM). Considering typhoon Karen creating strong winds and waves in Caticlan Jetty Port, all ferries was transferred to Caticlan Tabon Boat Terminal, better because cheaper prices in this port hahaha. We paid P100 (around $2) Β for the terminal fee and environmental fee; and another P30 (less than a dollar) for the boat fare.

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The trip was just 15 minutes.

At the Tambisaan Jetty port there were minivans there that would take you to your hotel, if your hotel was in station 2 near D’mall it should only be P250 ($5) for the whole van so if you are a group of 10 that’s just P25 per person πŸ™‚

For our first night we stayed at W hostel a few steps away from D’mall through Agoda. (click here for our detailed experience in the hostel). I took a dormitory-type room good for 8 persons.

After a couple of minutes we went to the main beach at station 2 and my friends were already at the Epic Bar waiting for us and we spent the night there, I mean you know party. πŸ™‚

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DAY 2

It was already past 4 when we were abed last night after the Epic party and it was good news that we were able to get our free breakfast at the hostel, well thank goodness my mom’s flight was not cancelled or delayed that day and she was at the hostel by 7 O’clock. Β After we had our brunch we changed clothes and headed to the stations.

D’mall was still the same scene except for the new shops there but the beach stations it was devastating I mean I was there few year ago but it was so much different now, it is still beautiful of course but Β I could see that everything was all about money, they do no care about preserving the beach putting all those barriers, (because of the typhoon) Β it was okay since maybe they’re also trying to protect the tourist from strong winds but I suggest put on some decent ones like what Hennan Resort did and not the ones that looks like trash. I’m sorry but I love Boracay that is why I am so concerned to it.

We checked out from W Hostel at around 12NN and waited for an hourly van service to Alta Vista, Β but we just decided to take a tricycle going there (we do not want to wait for an hour just to get there), we paid P250 ($5) each tricycle, it was 10-15 minutes ride from D’mall and is near Puka Beach.

We booked 2 loft-style rooms for our group for P3,200 ($67) , and a deluxe room for Jerwin’s parents.

After few minutes of preparation we head back to D’mall through our free shuttle πŸ™‚

The beach was a little bit dirty not with junks but with all the debris from the typhoon but the sand still powdery beneath my feet. Whew! It was always such a pleasure to be there again. The waves were stronger and bigger but still safe to swim. (click here for the video).

There were beach beds around stations 1 and 2 that you can use but of course for a fee, we paid P300 ($6) to use it until sunset. As I’ve said Β everything there comes with money.

We ended celebrating my birthday at Alta Vista drinking all the Β 4 tequilas I bought that caused me the 5kg over baggage from my purchased 15kg.

Day 3

Our reservation comes with free buffet breakfast and everybody’s loving it, we ate by the restaurant viewing the infinity pool and the construction site. I was not feeling well as I woke up, after I ate my breakfast I got high fever and its really bad I had to rest while the others would be going to Puka Beach 😦 . Alta Vista offers free shuttle going to and from Puka Beach πŸ™‚ they left the resort at 10am and me and Raymond were left behind since I need to rest I couldn’t even move 😦

By 12NN they were back from the tour and I still am sick, since we wanted to try other resorts in Boracay we needed to check out in Alta Vista and check in at Fairways and Bluewater Resort, and its hassle free since we had our free shuttle accompanied us to the other resort.

The Fairways is big and they had to fetch us from the entrance by the guard house to the reception area, we booked for only 2 rooms since we thought that 4 adults in a room would be okay but they were very strict regarding extra persons. Β We paid P900 ($19) for the extra persons on top of the P3,600 ($75) we paid per room. We waited for another half an hour for the rooms to be ready.

When our rooms were all ready we were again transferred to our villa the Michaela. It was like 5 minutes away from the reception by a shuttle, room was okay, not as big as the one we had in Alta Vista.

It was already past 3 in the afternoon when we prepared to go out in the stations again, its really kind of Β time consuming the waiting of the shuttle going in and out of the resort and going to and from D’mall.

We ate our late lunch at the “paluto” area in the “palengke” where you got to buy your own ingredients and have it cooked by the restaurants. We waited for around 30 minutes to have all our foods cooked it cost us P380 ($8) each person. I suggest that you just eat at the restaurants beach side at stations 1 and 2 it’s all the same Β minus the time consumed going to the “palengke” and the shopping your own food thing πŸ™‚

We did not have enough time to do some other activities since it was already late but we were satisfied enjoying the whole stretch of white beach, walking through its powdery white sand, looking through its blue water, and the sun touching our skin. We ended our day sipping at Jonah’s delicious shake. Then we head back to our resort.

Thought we ended our day but late in evening we decided to go back to the stations and drink cold beer in front of the famous beach, I did not drink any and I had to wear my jacket since I was sick 😦 huhuhu.

Day 4

We woke up early for our buffet breakfast, the resort is big so you have to know where you should take your breakfast, ours was in Terraza by the infinity pool overviweing the private beach. Food was awesome there are so many to choose from.

After we ate we went down to the beach where we spent our remaining hours before checking out.

We checked out and left the place around 11:30 am for our Caticlan flight, the tricycle from Fairways and Bluewater resort to the port costs P250 ($5), while boat and terminal fees together costs P55 ($1) each, it took us 15 minutes to get to Tabon boat Terminal. Tricycle from the port to the airport costs P200 ($4).

Our flight was scheduled to leave at 1:45 pm, due to delayed flights we left Caticlan 6:15 PM c/o Cebu Pacific.

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