Beetle Juice would of Loved this Place

Trip Start Feb 20, 2014
Trip End Mar 14, 2014

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Flag of Philippines  , Western Visayas,
Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our travel from Manila to the Island of Boracay was alot cheaper flying into a town called Kalibo, about a two hour bus ride from the ferry that would take us to Boracay. About $200 cheaper, way more than the cost of my fancy hotel in manila. We arranged the transfer from the airport, bus, ferry and ride to our guesthouse.. $11 . Transportation here is cheap, sometimes our tricycle rides are only 50 cents.
Ive heard a lot about Boracay over the years. Its rated one of the 10 ten islands in the world, it makes this list almost every year. Knowing that making that list, and alot of people reading that same list as me, this place is no secret. Boracay has been a popular island for many years now. I was told several years ago by fellow travelers.. " Beautiful island.. But you missed it, too late, its already discovered.. Too built up, too many people go there now."
With the Philippines being on my list, it would be hard to come here and not see it. Christine and I had a wonderful taste of traveling through undeveloped land, beautiful , still local, quaint and very few people.
Were they right about Boracay? Am i too late?
There were really big ferries parked at the dock, ready to take the waiting tourists across. A far cry from my boat to port barton where we had to wait 6 hours before they could find just three people interested in taking the boat onward the next day with us.
My first impression was there was a lot of locals living here. With one main street behind the famous long strip of white sand beach, it was the California highway 101 basically .
Our guesthouse was tucked back through a small alleyway in station 3, on white sand beach. The beach is so long here, one of the longest, most accessible beaches in the word , stretching 3 miles in length, that they split it in stations, 1-3. Station 3 was know to be the least developed. More of the backpacker side, quieter, cheaper, and more of how it used to be... Which equals.. No keroke bars, less people selling you cowboy hats, and no McDonald's.
Our place, Daves straw inn got great reviews on trip advisor, one of my favorite sites to find my places i stay. Our place is a solid, concrete room, with air con, a small deck, and a cute courtyard, amazingly sweet staff, but i honestly prefer, the more genuine, creatively built bungalows with a ceiling fan and a couple of geckos sharing my space. But this place will do for a few days while we explore boracay.
I love to find off the beaten path places to eat as well on my trips, and tonight on our first night here, we were going to one of them.
Spider house got great reviews. It was at the end of the beach on station 1, up on a cliff, through a cave, and built like a treehouse on the rocks with a great view of the ocean. Even a deck that you could dive right into the water. Sounds amazing! Carla and i took a $2 trike ride there. It was then down a path, across a small rickety bridge to get to the entrance.
Spider cave, was written across the entrance in bright orange lights,, how creative! Looks like Halloween! We tucked inside the cave and climbed the stairs up leading to the treehouse restaurant.
They were right, this place was really cool and unique. Lots of great lounge places with cushions decorated with spider web designs. High ceilings, and an amazing wood carved deck with a surround view of the ocean. Great, cafe house style music playing in the background. You can even stay there ! They have loft rooms up above! i was just starting to get my appetite back from my oyster incident, so surprisingly we ordered sushi, which this place was know for.
We hung out for a couple of hours, enjoying a couple of local San Miguel Beers, enjoying the view.
After dinner, we asked the bartender while taking some pictures walking around the place , " so why do they call this place spider house ?"
He said.. " well, have you looked up ? When we built this place we realized its home to lots of spiders. They kept coming back, so we decided just to let them live here"
What?!?! Carla and i looked up, and there we saw tons of cobwebs.. Full of spiders. Hundreds of them. All over the place. Carla's face was priceless. Her jaw dropped open, her face turned white and her eyes gazed back and forth across the ceiling . They were everywhere. How did we not see them when we came in. How did we not put it together.. Spider house? Cave? Cobweb pillow cases? Not one person mentioned this on trip advisor. We looked in amazement, and ducked and walked carefully out, now spotting every single spider and web as we made our exit. That place was cool! But so creepy. I think my daughter Sarah might of had a heart attack there, and we would of had to blindfold her, or throw a pillow case over her head , sedate her, and carry her out just to get her out of there once we discovered all those spiders living above us.
How are they not in the kitchen , in those rooms people stay in? What kind of rating would the health inspector give this place back at home.? Ha, I'm sure it wouldn't pass very well. A restaurant that serves food, and lets hundreds of spiders live in its ceilings and all through out the place? I don't think so.
So if you think I'm a little crazy for not catching this all sooner, we passed a place called Monkey Attic on our way there. A small bar upstairs. Not one monkey in that place. So, its not always in a name.
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Rachel on

I like the husband day care center =)

maureen mason on

All I can do is laugh and laugh and laugh. Perhaps the spiders eat sand fleas or mosquitos or some other bug to keep the ecosystem in check. There are some Filipinos at the club that have enjoyed my tales about your intrepid travels!

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