Who says Boracay is impossible when there are tropical depression, isolated rain showers, dominating hanging habagat, and scheduled 2 midterm exams the next day? As for I, Kimy, Cherry and Hazel, since we’re all too excited, ready and game, nothing could really hinder the much awaited fun in the sun and vacation grande.
It was last February when Buyanihan (a group buying site) offered their ultimate Boracay deal which includes a 3days,2nights stay in the newly-opened Crown Regency Boracay Station 2 plus a choice of Parasailing or Jetski. To our luck, PAL had a seat sale that week too. Instead of paying 3k+, we could get it for 700 per way; however, the travel time is from July-September. For people who can’t wait to finally have the Boracay experience, without much thinking and computation, right away..we bought the deal and booked the flight!
HURRAAAH for now came the 2nd week of July!!!
Since PAL didn’t offer a promo for their Caticlan flight, we settled for a Kalibo destination. It was a smooth one hour flight. To avoid the hassle of looking for transfers, we opted to take the hotel’s offer. We paid P375 for Kalibo to Caticlan bus ride and the ferry boat that would bring us to the hotel. Yet normally it is just P200 pesos for the bus ride from Kalibo and P50 for the boat transfer, but yeah for the convenience and private transfer. Feeling VIP and RK’s =)) From the airport, since we tied-up with Crown Regency, the moment we landed, there was already a guide for Rizelle Malabanan and friends. We took the Southwest Bus from the airport to the Tabon Port in Caticlan. It took us about 1 and a half hour travel. From there, Crown Regency private ferry boat was waiting for us. The boat transfer was about 15 minutes. Then, a private van was waiting to transfer us from the port to the hotel.
Arrival at the Kalibo International Airport
Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center, Station 2 Boracay
The moment we saw the hotel, the room where we would stay and the rates, right there and then we realized that we really had a good deal with Buyanihan. The hotel was very new as they just opened January of this year. We had the deluxe room, yet the room was too nice for a deluxe. Our room had 2 queen size beds, good enough for 4 and a very nice toilet and bathroom. Besides the room, the food was really really good too. Five spoons! Yeaaaha for a super full and sumptuous breaky! Most importantly, kudos to their excellent customer service. The staff were all too nice. They woke us up in the morning. They arranged our transfers. In one request, they would give us anything we wanted. [Add the secial favors since Kuya frontdesk had a crush on me=))] Keep it up Crown Regency!
Thumps-up for Crown Regency’s excellent customer service
The Bora Night Life
Since I was quite prepared and organized, I made a detail itinerary. And for our first day/night.. we had our dinner in Gasthof (known for its baby back ribs) and experienced the Boracay night life. I wouldn’t give much details about this as it’s quite ’nuff said and some would just remain with us 4. Things you would not like to find out. =)) (insert our favorite inside joke here) Just a little tip: Choose wisely which bar you will go to. Trust me, you don’t wanna bump in or rub elbows with some yikes, ’nuff said. =)) As for the four of us, our first destination was a failure. Yet, we still had the awesomest night! The secret is the people you are with, really. And yeah, if you wanted to master the art of flirting, make eye signals and all that jazz, the bars in Boracay would be the perfect place. =))
Boracay night life
And as for our second (and almost the last day) in Boracay, the whole day was for swimming and outdoor activities. It was to everyone’s surprise that I woke-up so early. For the first time, I was the one to wake-up everybody. Hoorah for excitement. When I woke-up, it was raining so hard. Almost zero visibility. Being the panikera that I am, immediately went online and checked for weather updates; found out that there was a typhoon, Goring. And from isolated rainshower, it went to heavy rain. I even called the reception if the parasailing would still push through with that weather. To our huge luck, it stopped and came Mr.Sun! Mother Nature had been very supportive all throughout the trip. Anyway, as we were waiting for Diamond Sports to fetch us from the hotel for parasailing, we took the time to swim in the kiddie pool. Since Crown Regency Station 2 is new, the kiddie pool is the only one available for use yet. We were just like 7 year old kids who enjoyed so much the slides, falling water and tumble buckets.
As part of our Buyanihan deal, we had an option between parasailing and jetski. Eh bakit naman ako magjijetski, baka matanga lang ako dun and tumalsik. Besides, I can try jetski anywhere. So we opted for parasailing. The usual price of parasailing is P1500 and can go about to P2000. But this, we had it almost free. :) Diamond Watersports was the most popular company for extreme sports like jetski, parasailing, flyfish and the like. They provided us transfer from the hotel to the the pick-up point. From there, a speed boat transferred us to station then to a bigger speed. Life vest, harness are checked, ready set fly. Parasailing wasnt as scary as I thought it was. I was expecting it would felt like a thrill ride. Except for the sound of loosening screws and harness that would scare you to death. It was actually relaxing. Add the cool breeze and beautiful view of the island. We were about 800 feet high. It was one exciting, fun and relaxing fifteen minute ride. Actually, the fifteen minutes is the ideal time since I think once you go beyond 15, nakakahilo na siya. When the fifteen minutes is almost over, they pulled us in and down into the water first before pulling us back into the boat. Super saya and I’m super I got to slash off item the parasailing item in my bucket-list.
Haze-Kimy-Cherry-Me, somebody’s got really excited
Parasailing = another bucket list item slashed off
While walking along station 1, we saw bunch of ahente’s of different water sports companies. We were choosing what else we could do, it was a fight between island hopping and helmet diving. Since helmet diving is cheaper and would take less time, we chose it. It is P400 per person, everything else included -transfer, helmet gear and DVD of your pictures and video. It is usually priced at P800 but since it’s off-peak and I was good in haggling, we got it at a discounted rate. The same process, we went to the offshore station where all watersports companies are there. A speedboat took us to the helmet diving location. Before, we had a short briefing of what and what not to do’s while diving. First, the key is to know how to release pressure from your ear, the technique which you hold your nose, sneeze as to release the pressure. Second, they taught us diving signs like doing the money symbol which means youre okay, moving your hand sidewards which means I’m having a problem and doing the okay sign which means you dont wanna continue and go up already. The usual price of parasailing is P1500 and can go about to P2000. But this, we had it almost free. :) It wasn’t scary and one doesnt have to be a swimmer since there are professional divers who guided us well. They would tell you when to release pressure, point you the fishes and corals and would check every once in a while if you’re okay. We were given bunch of breads to feed to the fishes. What I did was I kept the bread between my two fingers so they would go always near me and feel as if they were biting my fingers.
Diving instructions ☑ Diving shoes ☑ All geared-up!
Hooraah for the 20-minute Helmet Diving
Look at the happy kid after the dive!
Boracay Beach Experience
And of course, for first timers like us, who wouldn’t appreciate the pristine waters of the beach, beautiful shore and the finest white sand of Boracay? The view of the beach and being finally able to step on the sand and experience the beach made the trip even more worth-it.
Finally stepped on the island
YEAAAAH Bora 2011!!!
The sandcastle was actually built by the kids locale in that area. We just had to give them P20 for the building the castle and for taking our pictures. According to the kids, the bigger and nicer Boracay castles are only during the summer. So the kids had to build miniature versions of those.
Though it was super bitin and wasnt as sunny as we hoped for, the Boracay escapade was still a blast. And even I cried like a baby the moment I arrived in our condo since I had to cram a midterm paper due a few hours and study for another midterm. That trip was still one of the vacations I enjoyed the most!
I finally understood why people got so hooked with the island and keep on coming back. As for me, let’s hope it wont be that long till I go back here. Thank you Boracay for that fast yet one of the most awesome out of town! See you, soon. :)
This might help:
- From Kalibo Airport to Caticlan – 1 and a half hour travel. Bus fare is around is around P200-250 (vans and buses)
- Caticlan to White – around 15 minutes. Fare is around P50
- Get Diamond Watersports for extreme sports like Parasailing, Jetski, Flyfish, Banana Boat. Service and safety!
- Recommends Red Coral for Helmet Diving. You can comment on this post and I’ll give you their number. Cheapest and safe.
- From July-October expect the beach to be maalon brought by the hanging Habagat.