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My 4-Day Boracay Itinerary 2011 Part 1

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I promised myself to go back to Boracay this summer since my last year's trip was focused on doing land and water activities and, thus, fell short of time for relaxation. This time, I wanted my itinerary to give me opportunities to do beach bumming and food tripping.

Note: All amounts in Philippine Peso, and all shared expenses (e.g. accommodation, food, tricycle) are divided by two
Photo and Video Credits: Paul, my travel buddy

Tickets and Accommodation:
Since our travel period is already on peak season, the most decent rates I found were:
Manila to Caticlan via Cebu Pacific (CEB) = P1,846.88 per pax
Kalibo to Manila via Philippine Airlines (PAL) = P2,304 per pax
I know it's not budget-friendly, mas mahal pa eto sa Singapore ticket ko! The only consolation with our PAL tickets, since we have the Fiesta Saver class, is that we were able to select our seats right upon purchasing the ticket.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) T3 for CEB, NAIA T2 for PAL

Like last year, we reserved a room at Tan's Guesthouse (TGH) in Station 2. What I like about TGH is its clean rooms, proximity to places of interests, good service and, of course, budget-friendly rates. Surprisingly, we got better rates than last year. The staff quoted P1,500 on e-mail against P2,000 on the website. And as returning customers, we got a 20% discount so it's down to just P1,200 per night with daily buffet breakfast - budget deal!
Tip: When doing a reservation, mention that you learned about TGH in an online forum such as PinoyExchange - it's an instant 10% discount ;)

Ticket and Accommodation Expenses:
Round-trip Airfare = 4,150.88
NAIA 3 Terminal Fee = 200
Tricycle: Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port (50/chartered trip)= 25
Environmental Fee (up from 50 last year) = 75
Caticlan Jetty Port Terminal Fee = 50
Pump Boat: Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Port = 25
Tricycle: Cagban Port to D' Mall (100/chartered trip) = 50
Tan's Guesthouse (3,600 for 3 nights) = 1,800
Miscellaneous (taxi, Jollibee, water, etc.) = 273.50

Day 1:
It was noon when we arrived so we first had our lunch at Smoke Resto in D' Mall. We had two of their best sellers - chili chicken (P95) and beef salpicao (P99). Really good food at relatively affordable prices. However, their mango shake (P60) disappointed us, also the calamansi juice (P40) which tastes almost just like water.
Smoke Resto has two branches in D' Mall, this one is in the market area

chili chicken can be served mild or spicy - a must try

When I searched in PinoyExchange for a reliable third party contact for the activities, Mang NiƱo seems to be the most famous. True enough, he offers one of the lowest, if not the lowest, activity prices. We hired his service and had ATV for P400 per head per hour. For your reference, his contact numbers are +63.922.8876639, +63.920.9060466 and +63.915.8722855.
better looking ATV's by Borayd's compare to what we hired last year
compare and see the difference here

The most common route for ATV ride is the Mt. Luho and Butterfly Garden combo. Mt. Luho is Boracay's highest point and provides a 360-degree view of the island, entrance fee is P50.
we could have had a better view if not because of the gloomy weather
tama si Kuya Kim - it's a wet summer

Butterfly Garden inside Fairways and Blue Water bored us last year. We were hoping to have a better experience for this trip but it even disappointed us more. With its cheap entrance fee of P60, it's still not worth it.
aside from this frame, we've seen not a single butterfly that day - promise, no exag!

The real highlight of going there is this...
don't you think it should have been called BATterfly garden?

To end up the afternoon,
our favorite - Jonah's Banana Choco Peanut shake, the best seller
a famous line: you haven't been to Boracay without zipping Jonah's shake

We've seen three branches of Jonah's: one in the beach front and two along the main road - all in Station 1 area. The shakes range from P95-110; and unlike before, they don't collect service charge anymore.

After taking some rest and freshening up for our "night activities", we headed our way to look for a  dinner buffet by the beach. That night, we tried Alf's Resto located in front of D' Mall.
all these for P350

rating: forgettable, nothing stands out

Programs and events are common during summer especially on weekends. For that night, it was a bikini contest sponsored by Star World.
too bad, it was almost the end when we dropped by

Fire dancers entertain the tourists during the wee hours of Boracay night life. They are usually seen in Boracay Regency area in Station 2 and along some bars of Station 1. Tip ranges from P20-50, depende na rin kung gaano ka ka-kuripot :p.

fire dancers are the stars of the night

Boracay is not complete without a party. We headed to Club Paraw in Station 1 where, as they say, lots of memories are made.
what happens in Boracay stays in Boracay

Midnight really is just the start of the day.
the party place where I can wear tanks...
white tank for extra brightness - thanks to the UV light :D

Day 1 Expenses:
Lunch (Smoke Resto) = 137
ATV = 400
Mt. Luho Entrance Fee = 50
Butterfly Garden Entrance Fee = 60
Merienda (Jonah's) = 110
Dinner (Buffet at Alf's Resto) = 350
Fire Dance Tip = 20
Night Life (Club Paraw's Melon Bull) = 160
Miscellaneous (water, tricycle, etc.) = 70
Total = 1,357

Day 2:
We woke up late because of earlier's last night's gimmick. We had brunch at the rooftop of TGH, this is already inclusive in the accommodation.
eto na lang ang natira s'min, tanghali na kasi :(

We were supposed to do water activities but the weather is not cooperative so we decided to skip them for the next day, hoping for a literally brighter tomorrow. We just strolled along the windy, a bit cold and gloomy beach.
end of March and it should be scorching hot; is this what they call climate change?

It's true, the municipal government doesn't allow locals to make sand castles anymore. As we wander, we saw these kids trying to stand a discreet sand structure. They make it significantly smaller so it won't be easily noticed by local officials and destroy it. Dolphin prototypes are also becoming the new sand castles (errr, no picture).
KJ naman ng local government

It's lunch time and we still feel full due to the late breakfast. So we decided to just zip, guess what - our favorite Jonah's shake! We also tried another best seller this time - Mango Melon.
Mango Melon and our favorite Banana Choco Peanut

Honestly, mango melon tastes good but not above average. Maybe because mangoes and melons are not rare to us Pinoys, so there's no surprise factor. This could also have been better if they used riper mangoes. We noticed that other Asians and Westerns love them though. Banana Choco Peanut shake is still our top pick ;).
view from Jonah's new location in Station 1 beach front - the famous grotto

It was not the best moment to do beach bumming because of the weather; so we instead went on some food trip for the rest of the afternoon. First stop - Ti Braz at the southern end of Station 1.
 their best seller - mango amour at P215 plus service charge - overpriced

Mango amour didn't amaze us  because the mango used is sour and the filling is not generous enough for its price. Still nice to try if you have some spare money, can be good for two.

Next stop: Bite Club Grilled Burgers located in D' Mall...
"choose your burger + add your choice of topping = create your own burger" -Bite Club

bombarella with hickory smoke bbq sauce as topping at P225 - good for two
I intentionally removed the upper bun for less calories; bondat na ako ;))

Bite Club's burger has a potential. Our only regret is that we should have had Cheddar Cheese Cream or Quick Melt Cheese Slice for the topping instead. We like hickory sauce, but maybe not in a burger.

For dinner, we tried another buffet by the beach - Sunset Grilled Buffet located at the southern end of Station 2.
P295 per head including own iced tea pitcher per table

rating: well-organized, but the food doesn't taste good enough

We are so entertained by the fire dancers the previous night that we decided to have an even closer encounter with them at Sand Bar in Station 1. It is a bar by the beach known for fire dancing shows while customers lie down a comfy low seat sofa with throw pillows. Feeling sosyal muna kami hihi.
entrance fee is to have at least P295 per head worth of consumables

People like it when customers are teased with fire.
quite expensive yet a fun (and funny) experience with the gay fire dancers

We ended the day with our second grinding party night at Club Paraw. We just love Boracay's night life!

Day 2 Expenses:
Lunch (Jonah's) = 110
Merienda 1 (Ti Braz) = 118.25
Merienda 2 (Bite Club) = 112.50
Dinner (Buffet at Sunset Grilled Buffet) = 295
Night Life 1 (Sand Bar) = 310.75
Night Life 2 (Club Paraw) = 30 --> just bought a bottled water ;))
Miscellaneous (bottled water, tip, etc.) = 50

48 non-violent reactions so far.

  1. Anonymous April 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM
    ang cute ng video mo with fire dancer :)
  2. Ry April 11, 2011 at 1:51 PM
    thank you. usually picture taking, naisip namin mas Ok cguro kung video - kita talaga ung fire movement ;)
  3. Vindicatedme80 April 12, 2011 at 9:46 PM
    I'm gonna use this for reference..
    tnx ah!
  4. Ry April 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM
    @vindicatedme80: sure, wait for the part 2 of this post also. enjoy boracay!
  5. Johanna April 12, 2011 at 11:32 PM
    aww...bitin... we'll be going to boracay in july 1-13,,your blog could help in establishing our itinerary for 4 days.. :))
  6. Ry April 12, 2011 at 11:39 PM
    @johanna: wow 13 days! busy kasi lately. try ko tapusin on or before weekend ;)
  7. Johanna April 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM
    sorry..it's supposedly 10-13.. my bad,, :)) but still im waiting for the part two.. :)
  8. Vindicatedme80 April 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM
    Hi Ry, August pa ko and hopefully, the weather would cooperate.
    Yep, I looked for part 2 nga.
    We were there last year with family and like u I committed to comeback.. this time, alone
  9. Ry April 14, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    @Vindicatedme80: that's exciting. actually my original plan was to also go there alone. kaso mahirap in terms of expenses at wala ka tga-picture (hassle ang tripod). enjoy ur moments there!
  10. Anonymous April 16, 2011 at 2:37 AM
    I was in Boracay in early March, (the week of the 7th,) and the weather was awesome. Sorry to hear that it didn't cooperate for you. :(

    Looking forward to the next installment!
  11. Ry April 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    what's good about boracay is you can still do so much even if it's drizzling. in our case, it's food trip :)
    im writing the 2nd installment na, hope to finish it by tomorrow
  12. Johanna April 18, 2011 at 8:12 PM
    question: was mang nino also your activity provider last year?
  13. Ry April 18, 2011 at 11:27 PM
    @Johanna, ndi po cia ang contact namin last year. ndi ko ni-save ung number kc ndi cia kasing honest ni mang nino sa rates. pero ung reef walk ko last yr mas Ok, Red Coral yata un
  14. Chyng April 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM
    i should have tried choco peanut instead of mango shake at Jonah's. parang di kasi outstanding. hehe

    ps- walang crepe na hindi masarap! haha
  15. Ry April 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM
    @Chyng: yup parang regular lang ung mango shake. ung crepe ok naman, OA lng kasi ung price at 200+
  16. Ruby April 26, 2011 at 1:55 PM
    nice blog! Thanks RY at least i have a head up for my first time boracay trip!
  17. Ry April 26, 2011 at 7:52 PM
    you're welcome Ruby, and thanks too :)
  18. Caryl May 8, 2011 at 6:17 AM
    Hi Ry,

    Nice blog.. I'll be back to Boracay this June.. Nung first time ko sa Bora, di kmi nag-foodtrip.. I promised to my self na this time, I'll make sure to try all delicious food in Bora.. So excited to try "Jonahs Banana Choco peanut Shake" (tama ba?).. :)
  19. Ry May 8, 2011 at 6:25 PM
    @caryl: thanks! yup, it's banana choco peanut. go food tripping! enjoy :)
  20. catherine May 10, 2011 at 9:59 PM
    awww.. na excite nmn ako sa Bora.. parang gusto ko na pumunta now na!! hahaha :)) thanks for sharing :D) looking forward for your another trip / blog entries ;) Godbless!
  21. Ry May 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM
    @catherine: punta na! you're welcome and thanks for dropping by
  22. sweetchiqchel June 9, 2011 at 8:35 PM
    Thank you for this post! I will make this as my guide.

    By the way, is the place you stayed in (Tan's Guesthouse) a good one? Thanks for your response!
  23. Ry June 9, 2011 at 11:32 PM
    @sweetchiqchel: yup, good find na rin ang Tan's Guesthouse for its price.
  24. sweetchiqchel June 15, 2011 at 7:06 PM
    Thanks po! :) I might as well use your itinerary na tlga.. :) Very helpful !
  25. sweetchiqchel June 15, 2011 at 7:06 PM
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  26. Anonymous June 19, 2011 at 11:46 PM
    Hi Ry,

    Hulog ng Langit ang blog mo. :) I read it the whole day and researched and now i'm almost done with my tentative itinerary with all the details possible (price, location, contact, etc.) Thanks so much, we're going there July 1-3 i'm really excited. :) By the way, How much did you pay your Guide/contact so il know how much to give. :) thanks a lot!
  27. Ry June 20, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    hello mr/ms. anonymous, thanks for the nice words. hindi na kami nagbigay ng separate tip/payment sa contact nmin kasi may commission/cut na cia sa price na binayaran namin sa activities e. so it's upto u n lng if gusto mo cia bigyan ng tip like 100-200. there are still a lot more to try in boracay, try mo rin ung iba ;)
  28. Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM
    I really appreciate your vivid descriptions and have learned a lot through this blog. Will use this for our Bora trip this weekend :) Thanks for posting!
  29. jeric August 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM
    Nice post. :) I'm going to Bora Sept. I'll use this as reference. :)
  30. magbits October 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM
    thanks for this blog. :) it's so helpful..i'll be going to bora next week and will be using this as a reference. :) i also saved mang nino's number.
  31. Anonymous October 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM
    Really thanks to your blog.. a really big help especially for the first timer.. Question, since we have restricted time at boracay... how minutes to go to Mt. Luho from reef walking? do we need to take a trike?
  32. Ry October 21, 2011 at 2:45 PM
    i went to mt.luho kasi through ATV. so punta ka muna sa ATV site (around 10minutes) and from there bibigyan kau ng briefing/orientation then 1hour ATV ride w/c includes Mt. Luho route. ung activity contact nyo ang bahalang magdala sa nyo sa ATV site.
  33. Anonymous October 26, 2011 at 10:18 PM
    Like one person said above, "hulog ng langit" ka at ang blog mo Ry! Hehehe. Tamang tamang i-pattern ang itinerary namin sa iyo dito. My family (wife and 2 teen sons) will be in Boracay this weekend, 3 days- 3 nights, our first time. Thank you for a well written and presented blog.....Alex
  34. Anonymous January 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM
    Thanks for this very wonderful blog. I'll be going back to bora in a lil while! :)
  35. Ry January 24, 2012 at 8:39 AM
    thanks for the compliments :)
  36. blissfulguro February 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM
    i will take note of this post.. good job! thanks for this :)
  37. Anonymous February 27, 2012 at 9:01 PM
    Hi Ry. Me and my gf went to Boracay last August for the first time and your blog was really very helpful (especially the "how to get there" post). In fact, we based our itinerary similar to yours. :)

    This also inspired me to start my own food and travel blog as well, to be able to help other tourists. Do check out my Boracay post and tell me what you think.;)


  38. jlin2 April 5, 2012 at 8:44 AM
    nice blog! very very helpful. specially for the water sports.
  39. melvin April 15, 2012 at 3:55 AM
    thanks for your boracay posts,they will come in handy.i'm going there on tuesday and i hope i wont be gloomy tulad noong pumunta kayo.too bad.
  40. Private Resort Boracay October 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM
    Boracay resort has a lot to offer like snorkeling, island hopping and a lot more of fun filled activities too. If you looking for party place, Boracay is also the best I can recommend. You will meet a lot of people and experience an extra ordinary fun you would never forget.
  41. Anonymous October 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM
    Nice blog! thanks for tips.
    Going for the 2nd time this december. Laking tipid pag may kakilala ka dun. We got our tickets from PAL Php2500 round trip via kalibo. Stay kami 6 days!!
  42. Keith January 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM
    Hi Ry, Maulan ba nung panahon na yan? Enjoy talaga sa boracay kahit minsan magulo ang panahon, right? are you going to boracay this year?
  43. Ry January 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM
    it was supposed to be sunny, mejo na-tyempuhan lng na may ulan. and oh yes, ill be coming to boracay this april 2013, yay!
  44. Anonymous January 31, 2013 at 5:34 AM
    nice blog ... i will go to boracay by the end of march .. wish me luck regarding the weather, cause i hate bad weather especially on the beach , thank you for sharing your experience, ..
  45. Private Resort Boracay February 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM
    Wow! This is really amazing! I hope that you enjoyed your stay in Boracay. Nice photos and videos. You really had a great adventure in Boracay. Each photo really speaks for your enjoyment.
  46. Vicky Kurniawan March 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM
    Hi Ry. I will going to Boracay on September for the first time and your blog was really very helpful. Thank's a lot. Love it very much
  47. Robertus Sutardi November 17, 2013 at 6:08 AM
    The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Cebu and stuff. Travel Oh Travel
  48. Anonymous April 17, 2014 at 12:07 AM
    very helpful! Thanks! Keep on traveling! ^_^

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