Heading to Boracay

Trip Start Jan 13, 2007
Trip End Jan 28, 2007

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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Up early and packing for a trip to the island dreams are made of, Boracay.

First thing, though, into Kalibo and Allan's High School Reunion. We met first for coffee at a pretty nice coffee shop and then over to the venue for an outside lunch.  And it was a great lunch, and lots of Allan's old friends from throughout the Philippines, and some others came from overseas too. After some speeches from the teachers from 20 years ago that taught this group a number of us took off to prepare for the island. The reunion was to continue at the resort.

First to the grocery for snacks and liquor...then trying to get through the traffic in Kalibo to where we met our bus. Since Ati Atihan was getting started, traffic was horrendous. Imagine the busiest traffic you can imagine, and then take away stop signs and traffic signals. (and the rules of the road)

We got to the bus station, but some of the group was not there yet, so we went across the street for a couple of beers at a pool hall - pool halls are pretty much the same wherever you go.

Once everyone got there, we piled into our Minibus, and off we went. Kalibo is about 90 minutes from Catilcan, which is the port to Boracay. It was a very nice drive, and lots of great scenery.

Once we got there, we entered the port building and paid our terminal fee and bought our tickets for the ferry. And the ferry was a pontoon boat!

It was about a 20 minute trip across to the island and we landed at the port. Hundreds of tricycles were lined up to take tourists to the various resorts. We rode for about 10 minutes, and then we had to walk along a laneway for about 200 meters. When we got to the end of the lane, we were on the beach...right beside our hotel...the whitest sand and the bluest water I have ever seen!

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