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Travel to Boracay White Beach 2015

Since I am working in Philippines, I must go somewhere popular over here, Boracay. 长滩岛. We always pronounced it wrongly as [bɔːrɑːkæ], but it's actually [bɔːrɑːkɑi], I knew it only after I went there.

One of my friends and I departed from Manila, and others were departed from Kuala Lumpur.

From Kuala Lumpur - Boracay takes around 8 - 9 hours.
Including travel to KLIA. 1 hour
Check-in and boarding in the airport, 2 hours
Flying time. KL to Kalibo Airport (KUL - KLB). 4 hours
Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty. 2 hours
Caticlan Jetty to Boracay Jetty. 15 mins
and Jetty to your hotel. 15 mins

While from Manila to Boracay, of course it takes shorter time, about 4 hours.
From Makati to Manila Airport. 30 mins
Check-in and boarding in the airport, 2 hours
Fly from Manila to Caticlan (MNL - MPH), 1 hour
Caticlan Jetty to Boracay Jetty. 15 mins
and Jetty to your hotel. 15 mins

So if you want to go to Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Tioman... from KL, they take about 6 hours ++, you can actually consider travel to Boracay... It sounds far jek, but actually there's not much different. Provided if you do not care about the money spending lar~~

We planned this trip for 4 months, actually I can't say we planned for 4 months, we just bought the ticket 4 months ago, and planned what to do 2 days before we went to Boracay. To beach jek ma, no need to plan so much derrr... But at least we wanted to know about the budget, we're not that rich though...

We went there 5 days 4 nights, and stayed in 2 different hotels. The first 2 nights we stayed in Fairways and Bluewater Resort with a private beach, this resort is in the opposite of the Boracay crowded area. Fairway is like a Villa, and there's a shared private pool in the villas. Breakfast was included, food was not bad, but unfortunately I got the room with the stupid aircon that not cold at all, my friends' rooms were fine, and Wifi is only available in the lobby. They provided a shuttle van for the guests who wanted to go to Station 2 from 9:30AM (from hotel) to 10:00PM (from D'Mall). And the last 2 nights we were staying in The Tides Hotel, this hotel is in Station 2, the D'Mall area, which is very near and it's walking distance to the crowded and happening area and to the beach. The breakfast was nice as well but the food has lesser variety than Fairways, but the Wifi provided is just for one device only. So how? I have 2 guests in a room... ==" 

We searched for our activities package in the first night we reached Boracay. It cost us 4500 PHP (around RM380 followed by the currency that time) for few activities, I hope it wasn't expensive. 

First Day:
- Helmet Diving
- Snorkelling
- Island Hoping to Crystal Cove, one meal was included
- Cliff Jump - You can jump unlimited times, but I was so timid, I just jumped ONE time only...XD
- Sunset Sailing

Second Day:
- Zipline + Cable Car back to the point

I'm not really keen on water sports or beach activities, or the ATV and Zipline. The activities could not make me excited more. For me I just follow my friends, but I still enjoyed myself with those activities. And normal thinking is like "tak kan you go to beach 5 days and you don't play those activities de ma...", so.. ok lor play lor.. I'm not complaining to play those activities ah, because I don't want to sit on the beach nor hotel for the 5 days also.

Below is my spending in Boracay in Peso, PHP:

25/4, Saturday (first day)
Reload card - 300
Japanese lunch in Manila Airport - 130
Drink - 70
Tricycle from Caticlan Airport to Jetty - 50/tricycle
Boat to Boracay Jetty - 25/pax
Jetty Environmental fee - 75/pax
Jetty Terminal fee - 100/pax
DInner @ Aria Gelato - 5,603.79 for 8 persons
Activities Package - 4500/pax
Hat - 150
16 Beers @ Budget Mart - 1059

26/4, Sunday
Tips we pay for the Island Hoping Boat - 100
Halowich Dessert - 150
Dinner @ CYMA Greek - 3932.32 for 8 persons
Drink in Fairways Resort Pool - 1000 for 8 persons

27/4, Monday
Lunch @ Smoke Restaurant Local Food - 1880  for 8 persons
Mount Luho Group photo - 150/photo
Tips for the package tour guide - 1600 total amount we gave
Dinner Fast Food - 89
Club - 3780 for 8 persons

28/4, Tuesday
Italian lunch - 762/pax
Massage - 300/pax
Postcard with stamp - 65

29/4, Wednesday (last day)
Tutu - 125/tutu
Boat back to Caticlan Jetty - 25
Terminal fee - 100
Tips for helping to me get the luggage - 20 (forced to give because the guy help me to take my luggage from the top of the boat, I thought he has to???)
Tricycle to airport - 50/tricycle
Airport terminal fee - 200

So the total I spent for my Boracay trip was around MYR 2000 including my flight and hotels.

Boracay is nice although it's crowded. I think it's because we went there in a peak season, End of April - May is the peak season. The water is clear, the sunset is nice, the sand is white and soft. The massage was not good, no feeling at all, maybe only for the girl who massaged me. There is many night clubs and the drinks aren't expensive. Lastly, there is many Korean girls with long sleeve outer wear with selfie sticks and the number of people who wear bikini is lesser than I imagined. 

Captured by GoPro

Before I went to Boracay, I read people blogs and reviews about Boracay. Most of them are like giving bad comments about Boracay. But luckily their bad experiences did not apply on us. For me, I will go again if there's a chance because I felt really relax there and I think that's a place that worth to go at least once in your life.


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去年12月去泰国丽贝岛 Koh Lipe,人家用了很简单的方法去那边,而我们就很白痴的用了一个很花时间的方法去这个岛。
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