Food,  Lifestyle,  Travel

Where to Dine and Stay in Boracay

Boracay is a small island located in the Western Visayas Region which is known for its fine white sand and diverse water sports activities. The island is adored both by locals and foreigners and awarded to be World’s top destinations for relaxation. 

How to go to Boracay? (from Manila)

You basically have two options, to travel by plane or by sea.

If you’re traveling by plane, the flight is just 1hr. You can either book a trip from Manila to Kalibo or Manila to Caticlan. Kalibo is 1hr plus land travel to Caticlan. Fare varies depending on the airlines and its availability. We got a chance last September 2016 to book Air Asia‘s Piso fare and luckily we got our tickets at around Php600 back and forth. The twist is, the date we got is for August 2017.

BUT if you’re an adventure seeker just like me, you can choose to travel by sea. We just booked our tickets in less than a week from our departure date. You can book online on their website at www.travel.2go.com.ph

Destination Cost
Bus from Buendia to Batangas Pier (JAM Liner)      168.00
Batangas Pier to Caticlan Jetty Port (2Go Travel Super Value Class)   1,164.00
Terminal Fee        25.00
Caticlan to Cagban Jetty Port (Oyster Ferry)        60.00
Total   1,417.00

Travel time from Buendia to Batangas Pier via Skyway is 2hrs and travel time from Batangas Pier to Caticlan Port is Minimum of 10hrs.

No worries coz 2Go Travels provides rice meals inclusive in the fare and comfy solo beds. They also have snack bars available.

Our beds

Upon arrival from Cagban Jetty Port, you just need to pay necessary terminal fee’s and buy tickets going to Boracay island and you’re good to go!

Cagban Jetty Port
ferry boat
Interior of the oyster ferry

We just rode an electronic mini-cab going to the hotel which only costs 20 pesos per person.

Where to stay in Boracay?

I and my friends stayed in Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds for 3 days and 2 nights.

 

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the bedroom

 

Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds is a family-run business located along the Main Road in Station 2 which is very accessible to Boracay’s famous spots – White beach, D’ Mall, D’ Talipapa and etc. They have 28 available rooms which are good for 2 to 6 pax.

Agos Boracay 2018-8

Aside from the complementary goods and toiletries, all their rooms are equipped with AC units, ceiling fans, personal refrigerator, LED TV, hot & cold shower, mini vault, and water kettle.

 

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refreshers upon arrival

 

Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds is awarded to be Tripadvisor Top 9 B&B/Inn the Philippines for 2017.

Other recognitions of Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds:

  • 4-Time Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winner (2015-2018)
  • 4-Time Booking.com Excellence Awardee (2014-2017)
  • 3-Time Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence (2015-2017) 
  • Agoda Gold Circle Awardee (2015)

If you’re visiting Boracay from March 1-June 15, 2018 (Except April 29-May 3, 2018), you can avail their SUMMER SALE PROMO (50% off ) valid for deluxe rooms (good for 2-4 persons). Booking period is until February 28, 2018.

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Starting June 2018, Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds will implement their new rates.

Agos Room Rates

Aside from their daily stays, Agos Boracay also offers Weekly/Monthly/Long Term Stay and Corporate Housing/Office Space for Lease. (www.facebook.com/rowhouseboracay)

And to know more about Agos Boracay, you can visit their website at www.agosboracay.com.

Where to Eat in Boracay?

Thai Basil is a recommended restaurant located in D’ Mall, Station 2. Thai Basil offers authentic Thai dishes that will surely indulge your taste buds!

Must Try Dishes:

Soup
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Tom Yun Goong (Hot and Sour soup with shrimp)
Price:
Single – Php200.00
Sharing – Php400.00
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Tom Kha Gai (Hot and Sour soup with coconut milk and chicken)
Price:
Single – Php180.00
Sharing – Php340.00
Salad
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Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad without Dried Shrimp)
Price: Php280.00
Main Course
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Pad Ka Pao Moo (Stir Fried minced meat infused with Hot Basil)
Prices:
Chicken – Php260.00
Pork – Php300.00
Shrimp – Php350.00
Vegetarian – Php300.00
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Gaeng Ped Gai (Red curry in coconut milk with pineapple and crispy potatoes)
Prices:
Grilled Pumpkin – Php360.00
Grilled Chicken – Php380.00
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Kai Pad Med Ma-Muang (Stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts)
Price: Php280.00
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Pad Thai Goong (Stir-fried rice noodles)
Prices:
Chicken – Php430.00
Shrimp – Php480.00
Vegetable – Php390.00
Dessert
 
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Khao Neo Ma Moung (Sweet sticky rice with sliced ripe mango in coconut cream)
Price: Php180.00
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Ice Cream Kluard Tod (Fried Banana with Ice Cream)
Price: Php180.00
Specialty Drinks
Your Thai experience wouldn’t be complete without this authentic Thai drinks!
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Thai Iced Tea with condensed milk
Price: Php120.00
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Magical Mango Shake (mango with lemongrass)
Price: Php160.00
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Elderflower elixir (mint leaves, basil, a slice of lime and elderflower)
Price: Php200.00
Happy Hour Drinks (2pm to 7pm)
You can either choose their Beer (San Mig Light / SMB Pale / Red Horse) or Tanduay Ice Bucket for only Php399.00. Plus this comes with a free appetizer: Fried Spring Rolls / Crispy Chicken Skin / Spicy Thai Chicken Wings.
Or you may opt to grab their Buy 1 take 1 promo, with 5 drinks to choose from Rum Coke (Php150), Rum Sprite (Php150), Margarita (Php180), Daiquiri (Php180), Tequila Sunrise (Php200) and Maitai (Php200).
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Tequila Sunrise
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Margarita
Aside from Thai Basil, you can also try this famous snacks and drink:
Strawberry Yogurt Drink of Tom n Toms
Mango Yogurt Ice Cream of Halo Mango Located in D’Mall (It’s worth the wait)

Usually, HaloMango has super long lines and were patronized mostly by the Korean Tourists.

Calamansi Muffin of Real Coffee

What to do in Boracay?

There are a lot of things you can do in Boracay, from the relax to the most intense activity. Here are some you might like to try!
  1. Sit Back and Relax – Witness the sunrise/sunset along the seashore.
    Chill Vibes
    Waiting for the sun to set

    Sunset
  2. You can either have a chill night at bars and be entertained by the fire dancers or you can also try Boracay Pub Crawl for Php900. It’s a way to meet new friends on the island!

    The friends I met during our Boracay Pubcrawl
  3. Island Tour – There are plenty of tours you can join. If you opt to choose their day tour, it usually starts at 9am and it’s inclusive of lunch. Itineraries may vary depending on the tour, but the usually the tour last for 4-5hrs which will en route to the Puka Beach, Crystal Cove, and Magic Island. They also a lot of time for you to experience snorkeling. (Better bring your own snorkeling gears if already have coz you will pay Php20.00 for the rent)
Relaxing View of Puka Beach
don’t miss the chance to have a picture in this area
Welcome to Puka Beach
  1. Paddle Boat – if you want an extra thrill, you can try the paddle boat. Challenge your friends and see who can stand longer on the board! We paid Php500 for 2 paddle boards in 30 mins. You may share it with your friends coz I bet you will not paddle alone for 30mins. 
  2. Helmet Diving – If you want to experience fish feeding under the sea, this is the one for you. Get a chance to see the fishes up close in their natural habitat.
  3. Parasailing – Fear of heights? Conquer it! Grab your friend/special someone and try this parasailing. It’s a breathtaking activity but definitely worth the stress! You’ll witness the beauty of Boracay up above the sky!
    Sail away!

    Look at our faces! So tensed to experience it for the first time
  4. Fly fish – If you’re really a thrill-seeker, must try their fly fish. It’s an extreme water sports activity that can make your muscles ache! You must hold on tight or else you’ll be left behind!

Other activities: You can also visit Mt. Luho for a view of the island, try their ATV or watch the sunset at Spider House.

 

All-in-all, let’s not forget to respect the nature. Always be mindful of our own wastes. Let’s not be the reason for the total damage to the island. LET US ALL SAVE BORACAY even through our little ways.

Me in my natural habitat

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