My trip to Boracay last Friday was the first time I’ve been to the tropical escape that is Boracay. I know I’m such a loser for that fact alone but what the hell. At least now I’m no longer a Boracay ignoramus.
|Instagram photo from Babe (Paolo Ramos)|
We flew from Manila to Kalibo (yes, not Caticlan) via Cebu Pacific. Our round-trip tickets cost us almost Php4,000 each. Our flight was delayed for about one hour, which sucked because our shuttle van to Caticlan was waiting for us in the airport. We finally arrived in Boracay at around 1:30PM. The van ride was long as it took us over an hour (and that’s without traffic na!). The ride was relaxing because it was a steady drive to the port with no traffic at all.
Upon arriving in Caticlan, we were whisked away to the payment counters for the ticket, environmental fee and another that I forgot what for. The boat ride was short (that’s why ticket is only Php25). Once we were in Boracay, we boarded a tricycle that could carry an average of five passengers. We paid Php20 each from the port to D’Mall.
As we were heaving our bags off the tricycle, I first noticed how commercialized Boracay has become. All I could see were concrete buildings. When you look farther, more buildings were being built. It was fairly dusty because of all the construction work happening. As we were navigating our way through D’Mall, I wondered if the ground we were walking on used to be powdery white sand.
|There are two Andok’s in Boracay. This one’s in D’Mall.|
It really has become a tourist hotspot because of all the common Manila establishments here. They have Pancake House, Andok’s, Starbucks, All Flip-Flops, Shakey’s, Gerry’s Grill etc. A multitude of posh restaurants sit by the beach as well, which I assume, caters to the foreign visitors (and local celebrities, perhaps).
|The breathtaking beach|
When we finally reached the beach, I couldn’t help but let out a little smile at the sight. The beach, remains the same. The crystal clear waters, fine white sand, soft waves and sunny blue skies are all a far contrast to what’s happening in D’Mall–beyond the shore. Boracay is slowly becoming an irony. One thing that I appreciate about the local government here is that they have banned smoking on the beach. Hurray for that!
|A clean beach thanks to the local gov’t!|
Numerous banners and signs were in plain sight to inform tourists of the ordinance so no one can pull of that “I didn’t know” excuse. Sadly though, I saw several people walking in the beach with lighted cigarettes. Even more frustratingly sad is that they were foreigners. Babe mentioned that the local officials probably didn’t have the guts to reprimand the foreigners because, well, they were foreigners.
|Crowded beach? Nu-uh! 😀|
Our trip was super short though memorable. I truly want to come back and bask in all the gloriousness that this island has to offer. There’s so much to do here that three days and two nights is impossibly too quick a travel experience.
Find out where we stayed, how much we paid, and where we ate in upcoming posts.