Sunday, May 5, 2013

Boracay Summer Getaway

The waiting is over! Finally, I had a chance to travel in Boracay with my family last Sunday until Wednesday.   I won't bother much to tell all our adventures, but some glimpses and tips for a newbie traveler like me.

As we all know, summer is a jam pack season, especially in a tourist destination like Boracay and to avoid any hassle, we booked our flights and hotel accommodation as early as November and December. From all the hotels and inns I've e-mailed, Veli's Inn offered the cheapest price for a family room.

At the airport while waiting for our flight

Our flight going to Kalibo was scheduled at 8 PM, so to make it a hassle-free, we tried the round trip (van + boat) services of Southwest Tours. We made a booking through online, but you can also check their booth just outside the airport. From Kalibo to Caticlan Port, it was a two- hour travel. At Caticlan, SW Tours paid for our environmental and terminal fees and ferry boat going to Cagban Port. In Cagban, we were transported in our hotel.    

Island hopping in Boracay  where you can do snorkeling
Veli's Inn is just near Crafts Convenience Store and Panorama Beach Resort. After checking in, we took a chance to have a glimpse of how Boracay night life was. Some establishments like bars, restos were so alive while tourists come and go. Warning! Foods are twice the price in Manila except those from known fast  foods establishments like McDonald's, Mang Inasal, Andok's at D'Mall.

Since this is a budget tight tour (just for me), we made sure that we tried some activities Boracay can offer. Our list consists of swimming, island hopping, snorkeling, bar hopping, watching fire dancers, fine dining and souvenir panic buying (cousin and sis). If you are more on the adventurous side, you can take some water activities. The 3-day vacation is worth waiting! White and Puka Beaches are just awesome. Even the atmosphere of well-known hotels gives a new view of Boracay. 

As our last day had come, we decided to check-out before 12 PM to visit some attractions in Kalibo. However, when we got there, the day was freaking hot. We ended up visiting Gaisano Mall, where I bought some pasalubong. We went back to Airport two hours before our flight.

Bongbong's Pasalubong located in Gaisano Mall
If you want to contact the inn and Southwest Tours, here's their contact details:

Veli's Inn
Station 02 D-Mall de Boracay, Balabag, Malay, Aklan 
Contact No: +63-362886620,+639193518793, +639177087717

Southwest Tours
Contact No: +63-362685100, +63-36268000, +639478911658, +639173221901

How to get to NAIA Terminal 3 from Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan:

1. Ride a van/bus from Tabang to LRT 1  Roosevelt Station. You have options to take off in Balintawak and Monumento, but I prefer in Muñoz.
2. Take LRT 1 going to EDSA Taft.
3. Walk going to SOGO Hotel, near  McDonald's and Chowking. At the back of the hotel and these fast foods, there's a shuttle bus going to NAIA Terminal 3/Resorts World. fare cost P20 only.
4. The shuttle will tell you off the drop off point. It is actually in front of the parking lot of NAIA 3. Just walk inside this lot.

How to get to Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan from Clark Airport:
1. Ride an airconditioned jeep from Clark to Dau Terminal.
2. When you are in the terminal, walk and look for the van terminal with trip going to  Plaridel/Baliaug/Pulilan. The last trip is around 9PM. If you missed it, then the next option is in San Fernando.
3. Another option: Walk outside the Dau Terminal, and look for the jeepneys going to San Fernando Intersection. 
4. Drop off in Robinsons Starmill or in the mall terminal. and ride a jeepney going to Calumpit/Apalit.
5. Drop off in Calumpit and ride a jeepney going to Marilao/ Meyacauayan/Malinta.
6. Drop off in Eurobake.

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