Last week (August 21-24), my family spend our first Boracay vacation. Without a doubt, Boracay is the number one beach in the Philippines and one of the best in the world.
Although it is frequently raining during the night, we had a great experience spending our vacation there. But I think it is best to go in Boracay during the summer season in the Philippines because of the strong winds during rainy season (July-September) that creates big waves.
We spend less than P20,000 (my estimate) for our 4 days & 3 night-stay in Boracay including our air fare. Our original plan is to go there just me and my wife for our next honeymoon. However, my son (Gideon), doesn’t want anymore to be left behind with his grandparents so we have decided to bring him along.
Our (my wife and I) round trip ticket to Boracay costs only P2,500 (around $61). Since I bought my son’s ticket one week before our trip, his round trip ticket (Manila-Caticlan-Kalibo-Manila) costs almost twice of our ticket around P5,000.
Going there, our flight is from Manila to Caticlan that took 45 minutes. After landing on Caticlan airport, you will ride a tricycle going to the jetty port where you will ride a small boat going to the Boracay island.
All of the fees you can pay at the airport so you won’t need to pay each along the way. The fees include the tricycle, terminal fee, environmental fee and payment for the boat. It costs around P150-200 per person (it is what I remembered).
When we arrived at the island, we have to take a tricycle again to go to our hotel. It costs P100 for a special ride so you don’t need to wait for other passengers. I think the tricycle fee is fair considering we are three persons. The tricycle can accommodate up to 4 or more persons.
We have stayed in Boracay Holiday Resort which I think is a 3-star hotel. Its location is strategic and very accessible although it is not located near the beach. It is a 2-minute walk from the beach.
Boracay Holiday Resort charges around P2,800 per night on a Standard Superior room. All-in-all, we have paid around P8,400 for our 3-night stay in the hotel.
The hotel has good amenities and services. It has nice swimming pool for adult and kids. It also serves free buffet breakfast that can reduce your food cost during your stay in Boracay.
Here are some of our pictures during our stay at Boracay.
The food in Boracay is not cheap based on our recent purchases when we are there. Unless we go to fast food restaurant, our one meal costs us around P400-600 on the average.
Returning to Kalibo International airport for our flight going back to Manila is not hard because there are many vans or jeepneys going there. From Boracay island to Kalibo, it costs around P200 per person, P100 for little children.
I have enjoyed the beach although there are big waves. The sand is almost white and very fine like grains of flour. If you don’t want to experience big waves in the beach, you should go there during January to April. My friend told me that during these months are the best time to experience the beautiful beach of Boracay.
Also, during month of July to August, there are many seaweeds along the shore carried by the waves and you can also see some trashes as you walk along the beach. However, it doesn’t degrade the beauty of the place but it will be better if the people there becomes more caring about the environment.
If you want to spend your vacation in Boracay, you should plan it ahead so you can buy cheaper airline ticket. It will lessen your cost in big amount. You may also book your hotels near the beach but not those in front because it normally costs higher.
It will also help if you just wear slippers when going to Boracay because your feet will be wet when riding the boat. You should also buy a small bag (water-proof) which you can use to put your camera, phones or some bills so it will not be wet when you go to the beach.
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