If you are following my blog, you will notice that I do travel with my family once or twice a year; and mostly these travels happen at the last quarter so to spend the holiday season with them. Few months ago, I arranged a trip with my family as a treat to them, well me and my brother shared the expenses. Since I learned from my travel experiences with my family when we went to Zamboanga City, Cebu and Bohol, I thought of bringing my family to a place wherein there’s not much of transfers. Just a place to relax and stroll around, and so Boracay popped out into my mind. Aside from that, they’ve never been to Boracay and that alone will surely excite them to visit the place. Well, being one of the best destinations in the world, who wouldn’t want to go to this spectacular beach.
I am supposed to give this post a different title such as ‘family vacation’, ‘family getaway’ and alike phrases but I settled into ‘family time’ which I supposed suites this post best. Come on let’s admit it, traveling with family is stressful at times. What could be more stressful when one of your relative’s flight got cancelled and when you arrived at your accommodation, your room reservation got cancelled. Yes, those horrible things happened on our travel which really ruined our supposed vacation. But there’s no other remedy to that now but to move on so I’ll not pinpoint anymore. 😀
Going to Boracay
We left Manila early morning and arrived at Caticlan airport an hour after. Before leaving the terminal we registered our names at the visitors logbook. After which, we went out and rode a tricycle bound to Caticlan Jetty port. The tricycle could only fit a maximum of 3 passengers even the tricycle could fit 1 or 2 more passengers. I think that’s there regulation there. The standard rate is PHP 50.00 for the tricycle ride.
There’s a lot of people lining up to get inside the terminal when we arrived in Caticlan Jetty port. We then proceeded to the three windows located outside to pay for our boat ride which costs PHP 25.00, environmental fee which costs PHP 75.00 and terminal fee which costs PHP 100.00. I was really disappointed about this numerous fees that have to be paid when entering Boracay. I’m fine with environmental fee but the terminal fee of PHP 100.00 is too much when you will only spend about 5 minutes on that terminal.
Anyway, we reached Cagban port in about 10 minutes. We rode a tricycle (special trip for PHP 100.00) to get to our accommodation in Station 3. Since I’m hearing good reviews about some cheap accommodations on this part of the island I’ve decided for us to stay here. When we arrived to our supposed accommodation, I learned that the person I sent an email to didn’t really confirmed our reservation, their alibi was we didn’t make any down payment for our rooms. Well if the owner told me then I would probably do so but he never asked for an initial payment and just confirmed our reservation. Good thing there are much better and cheaper places to stay around that area so we moved on.
A travel in Boracay wouldn’t be complete without trying the best of its water sport and in land activities. Considering I’ve done the ATV ride already, I accompanied my family and tried this activity again. Since my youngest brother couldn’t drive the ATV, we settled for buggy.
We were charged PHP 250.00 each for the ATV and buggy ride. It’s an hour course with two stop overs, the Everland Aviary Farm and Ocean Tower. An entrance of PHP 90.00 for the two attractions.
“My Mama looking cool on the ATV ride”
Since the first attraction doesn’t interest me I told them that we will not be going and we were only interested in going to the viewpoint, and so we did.
The Ocean Tower gave us a 360 degree view of the island.
Afterwards, we went back. Since we still have much time to waste we spent time roaming around at the Happy Dreamland.
Happy Dreamland is one of the newest attraction in Boracay which offers a lot of cool and exciting rides. We planned to go-kart but upon knowing the rates we backed out as we couldn’t afford it that time. Tipid mode. 😀
Since I’ve done para-sailing and reef walking already on my first visit, I’ve decided to remove them from our itinerary. Also, the fees for these activities are too expensive for us.
Two of the things that I’ve been longing to do are Zorb and Banana Boat. Good thing my brothers and cousin are game for these activities. Both of these activities cost PHP 250.00 per person.
I really enjoyed my Zorb ride, I never thought that it will be that fun while I fell short for the Banana boat ride. It wasn’t that exciting after all. Maybe I should have tried Fly Fish.
Because my mom has a relative in Boracay, we were able to have those activities on a cheaper rate.
Food and Nightlife
Two of the specialties in Boracay that are said to be must try are Jonah’s Shake and Real Coffee’s Calamansi Muffin. I was able to try the shake before and it was good but this time I found it not refreshing anymore. I don’t know maybe it’s just that day. The drink is too thick that it doesn’t feel refreshing anymore.
We also dropped by at Real Coffee and Tea Cafe and tried the famous calamansi muffin. Not that something that I can rave about but it was good.
They say never bring your family when in Boracay. As being one of the best places to party, a night being spent with family might sounds boring. One should be partying and drinking; and good thing my brother and cousin was game to party on our first night. Also, it was good that I have a couple of blogger friends who are in the area too for a vacation. I can say I was able to have a great night out during my time in Boracay.
During our nights in Boracay, we had buffet by the beach during dinner then spent the night at Club Paraw and Sand Bar.
One of the activities that I would like to experience next time that I’ll be visiting this place is Boracay Pub Crawl. The activity really sounds exciting so I hope I could join the activity next time, maybe someone could sponsor me. 😀
Catching the Sunset
No doubt one of the best places to catch the sunset is in Boracay. The view of the sunset is just amazing. It is really dramatic. I hope next time I go to Boracay I could spend the same view with someone. :p
Nothing else could be better in ending the day in Boracay but to see this wonderful sunset by the beach.
Boracay never failed to amaze me with its grace. The place might be very different now from how it was 5 years ago but it was still indeed beautiful as it is.
Our trip lasted for three days. It might sound short (and it really was) but it was really a pleasing and fun family vacation. This family travel might have gave me stress in some points but certainly, nothing beats spending a time with them. Surely, a lot of of travels are still in line with my family. International travel? Maybe! 😀