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Monday, September 10, 2012

Taste of Paradise: Boracay Island

Early 2012, Boracay was named best beach in Asia and ranked second in the world from a travel website. Aside from this, July of same year when Boracay was also included in the 2012 edition of the U.S.-based magazine Travel + Leisure's annual "World's Best Awards." Boracay is ranked No. 1 in its Top 10 list of the "World's Best Islands" – One big thing that we Filipinos should be proud of.

Boracay Islands is situated at the north-western tip of Panay Island in the province of Aklan. This beautiful island is much like a bone-shaped terra firma with approximately 7 kilometers long white beach perfect for swimming, relaxing and water activities. Boracay has become one of the favorite amongst white beaches in the country and tourists from all over the globe visit our country just to witness its alluring beauty.

Boracay beach

Our group was lucky enough last February 2011 when we visited Boracay Island and experienced its beauty. Thanks to Cebu Pacific seat sale promo (Manila to Kalibo) we’ve been able to enjoy beach life in the wonderful paradise of Boracay.

There are 2 flights you can consider in visiting Island of Boracay. First, Manila to Caticlan which is the easiest way and Manila to Kalibo wherein you need to travel 1 and ½ to 2 hours by van to Caticlan jetty port (van fare is 200php including environmental fee and ferry ride).  From Caticlan jetty port you need to ride a motorized outrigger boat for about 15 minutes to the island. Arriving at the Island, there are shuttles and trikes that will take you to white beach or to any resort/hotel you preferred staying. Moreover, Boracay is divided into 3 stations to wit Station 1 where the high class & 5 star resorts are located, Station 2 a combination of high & middle class resorts where nightlife comes alive, and Station 3 where you will find good deal for some inns & budget resorts.

Kalibo International Airport with Cebu Pacific Airline

Motorized outrigger boat from Caticlan Jetty Port

And because we’re on a budget travel, we preferred staying at Ocean Breeze Inn in Station 3.  Aside from having a very affordable rate, they also offered rooms for big groups and allows you to cook in their centralized kitchen. Staying at OBI is like staying  in your own home with comfort and relaxing views. Their room amenities include air-conditioned Bedrooms, television, private bath and shower.  We also notice that in Ocean Breeze mostly their tenants are foreigners and backpackers, and we really enjoyed greeting them with Ola, Ciao and Bon Diorno, especially in the morning. Tourists keep coming back to OBI because they are enjoying the relaxing, peaceful place and the friendly staffs.

Ocean Breeze Inn : +639278518604; +63 36 2881680

Ocean Breeze Inn room

white orchid on Ocean Breeze Inn garden

Cutesy Fuschia Flower on Ocean Breeze Inn Garden

Ocean Breeze Inn's friendly black cat.

Here is Ocean Breeze Inn’s pricelist for your reference:

Rooms & Prices

Room Type (Rate for 2 guests occupancy)
Low Season

June 1 - Oct 31
High Season

Nov 1 - May 31
Peak Season
Dec.15 - Jan 04
Jan14- Jan 26
March 31 - April 9
Nipa Hut Cottage
Queen size bed, ventilator, Cable TV, radio, private shower/CR, balcony
590 PHP
890 PHP
1190 HP
Guesthouse groundfloor center room
Double bed + double deck bed, Aircon, Cable TV, radio, hot/cold water shower
890 PHP
Guesthouse groundfloor smaller extension room
Single/Sofa bed, Aircon, Cable TV, radio, hot/cold water shower
790 PHP
Guesthouse upper right room/s
Double bed + double deck (bunk) bed, Aircon, Cable TV, clock radio, DVD Player, Safety deposit box,
Refrigerator, hot/cold water shower. Sleeping room, bath room, living room + verandah
Guesthouse 1st and 2nd floor A room
Double bed, Aircon, Cable TV, HiFi mini components, clock radio, DVD Player, Safety deposit box, Refrigerator, hot/cold water shower, balcony
Guesthouse 1st and 2nd floor B room
Double bed or 2 single beds or single bed + bunk/double deck bed, Aircon, TV, radio, hot/cold water shower, balcony
990 PHP

Additional guests; (children below age of 6 years, no charge)

Nipa Hut Cottage
150 PHP
200 PHP
250 PHP
Guesthouse room
200 PHP
250 PHP
300 PHP

For other good resorts in Boracay Island, here are some of them:

Station 1

Waling Waling Villa

Fridays - +63 2 892-9283; +63 2 810-1027 +63 2 810-2101

Ambassador in paradise - +63 36 288-1541

Astoria - +63 2 687-1111; +63 2 910-0270  

Boracay Beach Club - +63 36 288-6770

Royal Park Hotel Boracay - +63 36 288-6666

Station 2

Boracay Regency - +63 36 288-6111 to 117

Regency Lagoon - +63 2 353 7273

La Carmela de Boracay - +63 36 288 5423

Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel – +63 36 288 3444

Red Coconut - +63 36 288 3758

Boracay Garden Resort – +63 2 353 1111

Boracay Topics - +63 36 288 4034

Boracay Holiday Resort - +63 36 288 4085

Station 3

Mandala Spa and Villas - +63 36 288 5858

Boracay Ocean Club - +63 36 288 5053

Boracay Crown Regency - +63 36 288 1088

Tonglen -   +63 36 288 3457 or 5190

Tans Guest house - +63 36 288 6878; +63920 2481

If you’re traveling on a shoestring like us, it is advisable to get a room with just basic amenities, perhaps you’ll go to Boracay for its beach and water activities. You need your room for just resting and sleeping. For budget food, there are food chains on station 2 (D’ Mall) that will suit your pocket including Andoks, Mang Inasal, and even Paluto restaurant in D’ Talipapa where you can buy your meat or seafood on wet market then let the restaurant cook it for you with minimal charges. You can also invite as many friends you want to lessen the contribution especially on room rates. Moreover, you need to watch out for best deal on airfare like Cebu Pacific’s piso fare for big savings. Just don’t forget to haggle on water activities particularly if you’re in a group that will lessen the price.  With an effective & efficient planning, you will surely enjoy your Boracay experience without hurting your pocket! So what are you waiting for? Plan ahead of time to experience this kind of paradise. Enjoy Boracay! ^_^

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