Saturday, March 17, 2012

Boracay still the best beach for us!

Despite numerous beach travels around the world, hubby agrees with me that Boracay is still top of the list. Okay, we haven't been to Maldivea yet (though it's on top of my next go-to place)... But if you were to compare price, Boracay is definitely more affordable for the average Joe (or Juan, as we would say in the Philippines).

This March 2012, I went back to Boracay (Caticlan) for a 4-days, 4-nights stay. At this point I would like to highlight that we feel it wasn't enough. I swear the next booking I do to Boracay will at least be 4 nights!

My little toddler (2yrs old) loved playing on the powdery white sand. Even at 12noon when the sun is hot, the sand is cool to the feet. The water was so clear you can see your own pedicure! The sand is so fine, you can walk and run barefoot without having to be cautious about stepping on sharp rocks.

Recently I discovered a new boutique hotel which I adored after our stay. We used to stay at Discovery Shores but I found out their price is ridiculously high now that I opted to try something else. That is the other beauty of Boracay, there are tons (and I mean tons) of accommodation that fit every kind of traveller.

We stayed at the boutique resort called Astoria at Station 1. The rooms were clean, spacious and well designed. Choose a "luxury room" which is moderately priced. The location is pretty good, giving you quick access to D'Mall ( where u can find almost everything you need: gourmet food, wine, cheese, bikinis, Starbucks, Havaianas shop, souvenirs and ATM). It is also easy access to the beautiful white sand stretch of station 1.

We recently exams adventurous. I think this is probably my 15th trip to Boracay (if not more) and I have never been to the famous market area called Talipapa in station 3. We took our hired tricycle (php60- per way) and he brought us there. It was lobster heaven! We shopped at the market for our own lobster, fish, crab and squid. Then there are many small restaurants beside the market which offer cooking services. This is a very humble place so don't expect 5-star ambience. We truly enjoyed our scrumptious meal (we used our hands to ravage the seafood spread!) we spent about php 3,500 for everything inclusive of cooking, rice, seafood and drinks. That was for 5 adults and one toddler. I literally had an overdose of lobster.

Speaking of overdose, I also went overboard with mango shakes. The Philippines is famous for its mango shakes and no trip is complete without it!!! It is a m-u-s-t !!!

We took the Cebu Pacific flight from kL to Manila and then stayed few nights in Manila. Then we took a domestic flight Cebu pacific from Manila to Caticlan. I noticed some China people who took straight flights from China then connecting to Caticlan. Folks from KL can do the same thing and fly straight KL-Manila-Caticlan without having to change airports nor wasting time in Manila.

Sigh, I am already planning for our next Boracay trip. It really is paradise and so far nothing beats the sea, sand and sun experience!
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