cebu to boracay

Boracay Travel Blog

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our pit stop in cebu was not that spectacular: another manila like city - although a lot greener and cleaner - with funky churches and crappy hotels but great malls.

so we decided to use the flight voucher on a flight to kalibo, the budget stop for flights to boracay, as caticlan, the more direct connection point, is only accessible by (more expensive) propeller planes.

as always with cebu pacific, organizing it was quite a mess... as long as you book online and in advance you are fine, but if things get complicated (read: people are involved), they will get really complicated.

i value the philippines a lot for being different than the other se asian countries, but it seems like everyone well educated and ambitious seems to have left / wants to leave the country as fast as possible; what is left in the service industry does not seem to be the creme de la creme and i've encountered a lot of problems just because of the stupidity of employees.
quite sad as in fact everyone speaks english and the culture is very americanized.

still, people are a lot friendlier than those grumpy old ladies serving your 3$ coffee in a restaurant in switzerland :)

with the mandatory flight delay we arrived in kalibo, hopped on a 200php ride to caticlan, paid the rip off 'environmental' and terminal fees, arrived at cagban port on boracay, haggled with a rogue tricycle driver for a 20php ride to boat station 3 where our guesthouse for the night was.

dave's straw hat inn is really good value for money, unfortunately it's a bit far away from boat stations 1 / 2 where the action and d*mall is situated, so we changed to hey jude for the next 2 nights which is conveniently located inside d*mall.

so, about boracay.
.. first things first: the sunset is unbelievably beautiful and by far the best i've seen on this trip. every day postcard perfection. i will honor it with an own blog entry after this one :)

the beach, one of the top beaches in the world, is very nice too... if there is a beach that is - the tide goes almost up to the walkway until after lunch time at the moment, so at least there's a good reason to sleep in :)

reviews about boracay / white beach always mention the obnoxious vendor clan roaming the beach... which is only half as bad and about the same level of harassment as in vietnam (which is, to be fair, hard to top)

two gourmet recommendations are necessary:

1) walking up to station 1 on the beach front and enjoying a huge shake at jonas fruitshake on a plastic chair watching the sunset... perfection

2) pizza at aria, the italian restaurant at d*mall... amazing pizza, simply unbelievable considering you can eat this on a small island in the philippines

weather once again destroyed hopes for a nice sailing boat trip and on the day we left the sun gods laughed at us showing off the most beautiful sunshine / turquoise water morning i've ever seen.

TravellinChic says:
Very nice to read your candid observations and comparisons with other SE Asian countries. Happy to see the positive things one would appreciate about Phils. :)
Posted on: Jan 09, 2012
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