Friday, January 6, 2017

Boracay 2016 and my little secret

Let me tell you a secret. This is actually my first time to step foot in Boracay. Yup, Ive lived in the Philippines for 26 years in my life and I have never been to Boracay. To be honest, my first opinion of Boracay was OVERRATED. What with Bantayan Island all within my reach. But It all changed when I actually went there. Let me bore you with the story as to why I was there in the first place. It started with Cebu Pacific and their Seat Sales. It was very random, me choosing Boracay was also very random. We went there around November of last year and i heard that, that season was actually the most perfect time to visit Boracay because its off peak season which means there are less people (but for me it wasnt even less), hotel and activity rates are also very much affordable. Getting there was a nightmare though all thanks to Cebu Pacific. Our flight was supposedly at 1PM but it got delayed and eventually got cancelled and we were re-booked to 8PM and re routed to Kalibo so we had to travel to Caticlan, one day got wasted because of the damn airline. You get what you pay for and WORST. We got to Boracay Island around 1am and we were pretty darn exhausted! But amidst the flight fiasco what greeted us the next day was beyond worth it.

 On our first morning in Boracay, we already pre-arranged activities that we can do. There are TONS of things you can do in Boracay but we chose Parasailing and Helmet Diving because duh I can always paddle board and Kayak in Cebu? We went Parasailing first and MAAAANNNN it was UNREAL! Im not even sure how many ft up high we went. It was very SURREAL. It felt like one of my dreams. You can see the WHOLE island up there. I would definitely do it ALL over again. After the activity we were supposedly scheduled for helmet diving but I opted to have it the next day since I got seasick from the speedboat.

 What a first timer's gotta do? Explore the island! Which I did and I was blown away by how Boracay is. It is like a little city on an island. Rows and rows of souvenir shops, restaurants of all kinds, convenience shops, starbucks, you name it Boracay prolly has it. I was amazed by the fact that I get to wear a bikini inside McDonalds! The island girl and the city girl in me approves! I finally understood why Boracay has become a top destination for travelers all over the world even though its overrated. Its overrated for a reason. Although I really must point out that the TAXES are OVERPRICED and RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE. Not to mention the 5 min boat ride to the Island from Caticlan Port, 100php? EXPENSIVE!

 But it was so damn worth it. Every cent.The experience was worth it. Just look at that gorgeous sunset.

 On our first night on the island, I wanted to experience the night life. The next morning I got me some morning taho fix. I swear every morning I was there, I bought taho since it was just right outside our Hotel. Speaking of Hotel, I highly recommend Alice Boracay Hotel. We booked through Agoda. Its very affordable considering you are several steps away from the beach, it is in front of a police station which makes you feel safe as a tourist and it's surrounded by restaurants and convenience stores like 7/11 and the local ones. I would definitely book there again the next time I come back.

 On our second day we went Helmet Diving and I swear you would want to try Diving after the experience. It was MAGICAL. I would also highly recommend this activity provider as he has the cheapest offers there in Boracay, but you can also haggle if you opt to arrange activities there. I forgot his name but this is his number 09087647670. 

For our last night in Boracay we went all out seafood for our dinner. Explored some more. Hit the beach. Eat. Ahhh I relish those moments. Boracay, I have underestimated you and for that you have my word that I will always be coming back for you. I must admit, I missed portions of my life judging this amazing island!

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