January-February 2014, Boracay: The Arrival

BoracayWhen one talks about or thinks of the Philippines, hardly will s/he miss Boracay: the Philippines’s island haven and one of its most treasured tourist destinations. Is it the Philippines’s most beautiful beach area? That is very much debatable – but once you step into Boracay shores, you get to know one thing: it has one of the best atmospheres any vacation destination can offer you. Let’s explore this sandy gem, bit by bit!

Of course, we had to get there:

BoracayBoracayBoracayBoracayBeing from somewhere in the center of Luzon, we had to go by car to Batangas first, where the port of 2Go Travel is. And here, I would like to highly recommend 2Go Travel to you – my dad didn’t have a lot of problems booking and coordinating with its staff, and there was someone who met us almost immediately on the port to guide us all the way through the boat.

To be honest, when I was told that we were going to sleep overnight on the boat, I wasn’t mighty excited. I mean, how crowded and privacy-invasive can it be? Obviously, I was left speechless when I saw the boat’s interior. It’s not five-star, but it’s more than passable! And these are just the sleeping quarters – wait till you see the rest of the humongous boat:

BoracayBoracayBoracay2Go Travel’s main shade is bright pink, and of course apple green complements it well. In spite of the bright colors, the overall décor didn’t feel tacky at all. It still managed to give off this affordable-yet-sosy vibe – and I like it!

BoracayBoracayBoracayBoracayHere are all of us (I went together with my family and co-teachers) with the boat’s general manager, Alain. Happy vibes all around!

BoracayWe even got to have dinner! And take note: all throughout this journey, we felt only very minimal rocking on the boat.

BoracayBoracayBoracayBoracayThe food was not half-bad, although ridiculously expensive. :/ Which makes sense, because really, being on a giant boat in the middle of the ocean, do you have a choice?

BoracayBack to the sleeping quarters we went after dinner. The one you see above was not where we slept: this is the cabin, an upgrade from our big general room, the one in the pictures above. This cabin can hold four people, and obviously it’s more private; it even comes with its own restroom. It’s an upgrade from what we got, and upgrading was surprisingly only a few thousand pesos. We were ready to drop the money and upgrade, but it was fully booked that night. 😦 Later did we know that a lot of passengers do this; they book the middle-class rooms like we did, and then upon boarding rush and upgrade, because apparently this is cheaper than directly booking the cabin itself. Hmmm.

BoracayI slept quite soundly on the boat, actually. It can just get freezing cold after a while, so it would be a good idea to bring your own blanket, and wear sweaters and the like. (They provide one fresh pillowcase and sheet, the latter of which you can use as a bedsheet or blanket.)

BoracayBoracayPretty soon, we were off the boat. Adiós, 2Go boat! Until we meet again!

BoracayBoracayOf course, after we alighted, we had to ride a bangka, or small boat, for about ten minutes to get to the island. Oh my. Ever since Siargao, I have been terrified of getting on bangkas, and this time the waves were mercilessly reminding me of my harrowing experience. Good thing it was only for ten minutes!

BoracayMy first shot on Boracay land – not the sands or seas, but this yacht on the dock.

BoracayBoracayIf you know our family by now, it’s that we always scour for the cheapest good-quality place to live in. So for this Boracay trip, we didn’t stay at any fancy beachfront hotel (although we were actually supposed to!), but at this place called Faith Village New Life Conference Center. If you know Rizal Recreation Center, then this place has about the same vibe. It was quiet and nicely furnished, and that was enough for us.

BoracayBoracayBoracayOur pattern of life whenever we were here on our free time – lounge around, take pictures (especially of all the pretty flowers growing around), and eat. Eat. EAT. We cooked about half of our own meals here at our makeshift home!

BoracayBoracayBoracayBoracayBoracayOf course, being in Boracay, how can you NOT go out to the beach? That and more on the next post! Stay tuned. 🙂

Boracay

 

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8 thoughts on “January-February 2014, Boracay: The Arrival

  1. I have a reservation at Faith village new life conference center boracay
    its good to see some pics and posts u have here

    one of the things i want to know is
    how much the fare for riding the bangka from caticlan to boracay

    and

    • Hello,

      Thank you! I’m not clear about the specific price for the bangka from Caticlan to Boracay because all of that was arranged for us from 2Go Travel. 🙂

  2. I want also to know. How much is the transpo fee from Faith village new life conference center boracay to the beach of boracay
    so ill know how much i will bring for my pocket money
    thanks

  3. hi i’d like to know if the room you stayed in is it the one with the kitchen? how many can the room accomodate? tnx we actually have a reservation there .. be going on the 19th.. thanks!

    • Hi! Yes, it was 🙂 it had two rooms which can sleep 4 people max in each room. Then we also used the living room and laid out mattresses there, so that’s something you might be able to use. 🙂

  4. Nice Photos Ms. Dannah! 🙂 Seems 2Go Travel was nice and sounds great. I will try this 2Go Travel next time Im coming in Boracay. Hopefully with the whole family with me 🙂 I also enjoy my vacation in Boracay. Water Sports, Land Activities, Foods, amazing sunset and oh how can I forget the nightlife in Boracay 🙂 But I really look for a relaxing and peaceful place to stay and there I find The Orient Beach Boracay, it was affordable, 5 mins ride to D’mall, and from the world famous white Beach, its not hassle anyway because they have a free shuttle Service going to D’mall. It was also a Newly Opened Hotel, you can find great deals in many sites. Plus they serve really great Breakfast. It was very cozy and had a great ambiance. really had a great stay! 🙂

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