Day 3 (Manila - Boracay)

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Finally, we arrive in Kalibo Airport
Finally, we left for Boracay. Six of us. Pom deliberately skipped her class so that she could also come. It wasn't a smooth journey though. We left early in the morning using two taxis to get to the airport. Apparently the domestic and international airports in Manila are located in two different places and one of the taxi (not mine =D) strayed to the international airport first. But everyone boarded the plane eventually despite the panic "Where are they?!?!" while waiting for the other taxi  to arrive.  The flight only took about half hour and then we landed at Kalibo airport, a very small airport, and still had to travel by car to reach Caticlan and then take the ferry to Boracay.
the minivans outside Kalibo airport
We had read that there were air-con buses we could use but no busses were visible upon our arrival. Instead there were lots of minivans and lost of people came to offer the ride in their minivans. When we asked about the bus, all people said that no, there's no bus at all. Feas, my Thai friend, finally made a deal with one of the men. Each person should pay about 150 pesos and off we were swept into an old hot minivan. Of course, we should have checked the condition of the minibus first before we decided to pay but none of us thought about it!! Silly ...

It's a terrible two-hour trip. The minivan was very hot and packed. And we had to ride through winding roads. The thing is: even when I travel on land using a comfortable car, I tend to get sick along the way. So I knew it's only by miracle that I could arrive in Caticlan in a quite well condition.
our shady hostel
There's still a short ferry trip to cross to Boracay Island and there're fees to pay, including the ferry tickets and the conservation fee to enter the island. But I was immediately soothed by the clear blue sea that stretched from the ferry port towards the island.

When we arrived on the island, we got a nice surprise. The owner of Trafalgar Hostel was already there waiting for us. We didn't arrange for him to come and pick us up when we booked the rooms so it's really just lovely. Felt that we're being well taken care of. He chartered a  motorized tricycle and it's absolutely amazing that this little vehicle could actually took all six of us in with our luggage plus the hostel owner and the driver himself.  The hostel was located in  station 3, so a bit  farther from the city centre (station 1) but we didn't mind because it's shady and cool.
the hammock under the shade
I immediately fell in love with the hammock hung under the shade in the front of our bungalow. It's very very hot in Boracay so I would be happy if I could just spend the rest of my day napping on that hammock.

But my friens had different ideas. They were all hungry so we walked out of the hostel into the heat (what torture!!) to get lunch. And that's when we saw the white beach for the first time.  It's gorgeous, especially under such bright sky. It looks just like a postcard. So after lunch, we chartered a boat. We tried snorkeling in the clear water and fed the fish with bread and visited the crocodile island. There's no crocodile there, only it's shaped rather like one. We went back to the white beach right when the sun was about to set. The colours displayed on the sky was like a magical show. I have never seen such colours in the sky before. It's just so beautiful that I lost words to describe it. So I just sat on the sands and looked up till the sky grew dark. Went to station 1 to have seafood dinner at night and back to hostel with a bottle of cherry vodka that we finished together that night. Happily.

 
lakerjames says:
I loved Trafalgar Cottages, not only were they the cheapest but it was a beautiful place and Joel and his family were great.

Plus as mentioned above its nice to have someone meet you when you arrive.

check 'em out at www.TrafalgarCottages.com

Posted on: Jun 17, 2011
WorldXplorer says:
Seems to be a wonderful place!
Posted on: May 02, 2008
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Finally, we arrive in Kalibo Airpo…
Finally, we arrive in Kalibo Airp…
the minivans outside Kalibo airport
the minivans outside Kalibo airport
our shady hostel
our shady hostel
the hammock under the shade
the hammock under the shade
the view from the hammock
the view from the hammock
the postcard white beach
the postcard white beach
on the boat, ready for snorkeling
on the boat, ready for snorkeling
very very clear water
very very clear water
on top of the crocodile island
on top of the crocodile island
the view from the top of the croco…
the view from the top of the croc…
dana and me on the crocodile island
dana and me on the crocodile island
the amazing sunset
the amazing sunset
the colours Ive never seen before
the colours I've never seen before
sunset and the sailing boat
sunset and the sailing boat
the little girl on the beach who k…
the little girl on the beach who …
see ... she posed like us and want…
see ... she posed like us and wan…
buffet sea food dinner - available…
buffet sea food dinner - availabl…
lobster for dinner
lobster for dinner
our dinner
our dinner
the souvenir shop in station 1
the souvenir shop in station 1
spending the happy night with cher…
spending the happy night with che…
311 km (193 miles) traveled
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