Remember that time when I was telling you about Philippines being underrated? Boracay is that one place where a lot of visitors and other newcomers like myself can agree that IT IS definitely not underrated. I'm sure some of you might have heard of Boracay, but what is it or where is it really - this is where I come in and help you out :)
To start with, let's get acquainted with our Philippines map since this is the first post on the nation I've come up with. Just like Malaysians, with our West and East Malaysia segments, the Philippines a nation with over 7000 islands, too is rightly segregated to three types of areas ; Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The capital city of Philippines is Manila, a prime area that is the central of all businesses and main headquarters' offices (like most countries) are situated at. I will have a blogpost on Manila itself, tons of things to write about :)
Boracay is a small island of the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island is located off the northwest corner of Panay Island, and belongs to the Western Visayas island-group, or Region VI, of the Philippines. The island is approximately seven kilometers long, dog-bone shaped with the narrowest spot being less than one kilometer wide, and has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers. (Wikipedia, 2012)
I know it's not easy to visualize where it is exactly, so I've blue-squared the area where Boracay is, while black-squared the prime areas (basically the city) on the map above.
How do we get there?
If you're flying internationally, you can fly to Caticlan or Kalibo Airport. From both these airports, make your way by vans or buses to Caticlan Jetty Airport where you will then be transported to the island, Boracay.
So what's in Boracay?
It reminded me so much of Perhentian, and I think it's safe to say that Bali is going to be like Boracay too. Tons of things to do; relax, pamper, play, fun, beautiful beaches, beautiful people, party everynight and by the second or the third night, you would probably recognise some of the faces already (heck you'd even probably party with them) - you know the usual commercial beach life.
And there were really nothing to complain about. Boracay is just too beautiful.
Boracay is segmented to three sections; Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. We didn't knew what major differences they have from one another so the moment we jumped off from the ferry, came a lady tailing us from behind trying to help us out on our accommodation.
And we finally settled on Station 2. Well cause they're right in the middle.
Rumour has it that Station 3 has cleaner beaches and that Station 1 is the most happening, but truthfully once you're settled at a Station, you could barely hear anything else from other stations and the stations are within walking distance really. So if you don't fancy some spots, you could easily move.
How much did I spent?
Accommodation 3D/2N: 3800 Peso = RM 143.79
Leisure (oil massage): 450 Peso = RM 35.00
Water Sports / Activities (snorkeling): = 900 Peso = RM 68.11
Food & Drinks: 1050 Peso = RM 80.00
Bus Ride / Boat Rides: 500 Peso = RM 37.87
So for that 3Days 2 Nights inclusive of everything my budget went up to : RM 414.77.
So there you go - party everynight, hearty breakfast in the morning, filling up the day with all kinds of water activities, relaxing dinner meal, and back to party every night again. It's a cycle that never ends, and if you love all that beach hedonism life has to offer - then Boracay is an option :)
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.