I have never been to Boracay with my friends that’s why I’ve never experienced the Boracay night life. In the past, I always went there with my family or by myself. Our trip to Boracay last July 24-26 as part of our bestfriends Cez’s balikbayan itinerary was another weekend to remember.
|Fab 5+1 In Boracay 2015!|
July 24, 2015
We booked our trip through DeannTravel and Tours, an agency owned by a friend. We paid Php 7,000 each for a package that included: airfare (via Cebu Pacific) and 3 days/2 nights hotel accommodation at Grand Prix Hotel (Sitio by the beach) Station 1 with complimentary breakfast, airport transfers, and other necessary fees.
|Our first photo in NAIA Terminal 3.|
We left Manila around 3pm, landed in Kalibo at 4pm, and reached Caticlan around 7pm. We were transported to Caticlan by Southwest bus. We boarded a ferry from Caticlan to Boracay and then were brought to Grand Prix Hotel by a van.
|We landed safely after 45-minute plane ride!|
|Touchdown, Kalibo, Aklan!|
|There's my name, in different font type.|
|Inside the bus, while waiting for other passengers (2-hour-ride to Caticlan)|
|Inside the ferry that would transport us from Caticlan to Boracay!|
|Inside the van that would bring us to our hotel|
Grand Prix Hotel is situated beside Astoria Boracay. We were booked in triple sharing rooms with clean beds and toilet and bath. Herbert, Rhose, and myself shared the room on the first floor, while Harold, Cez, and Karen, shared the one on the second floor. WiFi was available though we could not connect to it.
|The cozy lobby of Grand Prix Hotel|
|Oh, the beds!|
|And the toilet and bath!|
|Follow the instruction before you can exit|
After we freshened up, we went out to have our dinner at Pamana. I’ve been seing Pamana in Metro Manila and Tagaytay but I haven’t had the chance to eat in those branches. We ordered Lechon Kawali, Laing (really yummy!), Sinigang, and Rice. Cez ordered Bibingka. I was surprised that the prices were quite affordable. We spent not more than Php 1,500.
|Dinner at Pamana Restaurant, Boracay|
|Pamana has this beautiful interior, perfect for photo-ops, but it's better to eat outside.|
|Tasty Sinigang na Baboy!|
|One of the best Laings!|
|Bibingka (or more of Bibingkinitan, haha!)|
After having our dinner, we strolled along the shore until we reached Station 3, and decided to rest for the next day’s adventure! On our way back, we bought crepes at Crazy Crepes and watched an awesome performance from Boracay fire dancers.
|While waiting for our crepes!|
|Fabs calling it a night!|
|Fire dancer performance - free public viewing!|
July 25, 2015
We had our breakfast at 8am. We told our activity coordinator to fetch us at around 9am. We planned to go on an island hopping where we would have our photoshoot, and then experience parasailing afterwards. We were able to get the island hopping and parasailing (for 5 people, Rhose did not opt to go) for Php 7,000.
|Good morning, Fabs!|
|Tocilog for breakfast? Not bad.|
|Tapsilog? Good choice, as well.|
The ladies bought wide-brimmed hats and I bought a Fedora and white sandos at D’Mall. Our concept for the shoot was “white summer”.
|On our way to D'Mall to buy our photoshoot props!|
The first island that we visited was Crystal Cove where we went caving. What we noticed wherever we went was that there were more Koreans in Boracay than any other nationality. This wasn’t bad at all. To take advantage of this, the locals could study Korean language, and not just English.
Then my friends went on spelunking and fish feeding, while I chose not to!
|Oh, I love this shot!|
|At the Crystal Cove entrance|
|Groufie at Crystal Cove|
|Guess who's the happiest of the 4?|
|On our boat going to our next destination!|
|I took the groufie this time since I never dived into the waters.|
Afterwards, we went to Puka Beach where we changed outfits and proceeded with our white summer shoot!
|Wacky shots while in white, at Puka Beach|
We had our lunch in an island (I forgot the name) where they were selling overly priced food! Imagine, fresh coconut juice inside its shell for Php 200! A Korean family behind us ordered 11 and was surprised that it cost them Php 2200, and this excluded 10% service charge! We had Hot Spicy Prawns (4 pieces of prawns) for Php 280, Bicol Express for Php 280, Pork Barbecue (6 pieces) for Php 280, Vegetable Rice Platter for Php 300, and assorted drinks which totaled Php 1,606! Monopoly pricing, indeed, since they had no competition.
|I would not eat in this pricey resto again, haha!|
|6 pieces barbecue for Php 280|
|4 pieces Hot and Spicy Prawns for Php 280|
|Bicol Express for Php 280|
Then we tried parasailing! Cez, Karen, and Harold went first, while Herbert and I flew together. I felt nervous at first, seeing you parting from the boat and slowly being hoisted and suspended in the air! The key was to enjoy the experience – and just shoooouuuutttt!!! This experience erased the disappointment that we felt towards the food that we ate for lunch, hahaha.
|Karen, Harold, and Cez|
|Me and Herbert|
After our parasailing, we bought the shakes at the famous Jonah’s before heading to our hotel. We rested for around 30 minutes and then went back to the beach to enjoy the sunset.
|At Jonah's, trying out the famous fruitshakes|
|Waiting for the sunset|
We had our dinner at Reyes Barbecue and availed of their buffet for Php 300 per head. An acoustic band was playing to entertain guests. To make this trip even memorable for me, I jammed with the band and sang John Legend’s “All Of Me”.
|Night 2 Dinner at Reyes Barbecue|
|Eat-you-can buffet! Just be cautious of eating oysters.|
We went home and took some rest. Around 11pm, we decided to go on clubbing. Again, another first for me in Boracay! Rhose chose to stay in the hotel while the five of us went to Wave Bar. We partied until 2am! It’s been a while since the last time we went to a bar and party together!
|Harold, Karen, Me, Cez and Herbert at Wave Bar|
July 26, 2015
On our last day, after our breakfast, we just went to the beach and had another set of photoshoot! Sexier shoot, this time – at least for Karen and Cez!
|I had omelette for breakfast|
|Good morning, Fabs!|
|The two ladies having fun!|
|Rhose and Harold were in the hotel this time.|
We had our lunch at Yellow Cab just bedside our hotel and we were picked up by the van around 1pm. We reached Kalibo Airport around 4pm. And good thing, our flight was not delayed as we reached Manila on schedule.
|Lunch at Yellow Cab|
|At Kalibo International Airport, waiting for our flight|
Cez would be back again in two years. We promised to go on adventure and create memories, again and again, as long as we can. We hope to be on an international travel next time.
|Until our next adventure, Fabs!|