We happened to vacation in Boracay during one of the busiest tourist times of the year, Chinese New Year
. This was not by choice, but it happened to be the only spare two days we had open in our "unplanned" itinerary. Unfortunately, hotel prices and packages were at a premium. Normally, during low season, you can visit Boracay on a much more budget-friendly way. Translates to really cheap if you're converting your US dollars to pesos. Boracay is a beautiful narrow island that is 7 km long. It's located in the Visayas and truly has the softest sand I've ever touched and walked in. The sand is white and feels like baby powder. No joke. Beer is (at the time of my visit) a little over a $1 USD. There's plenty of seafood offered and fresh fruit juices sold along it's boardwalk. The hotels are broken up into Stations 1-3. Boracay Regency in Station 2 is centrally located. You won't have to worry about food (do you ever in the Philippines?, c'mon!) because there is an abundance of different types. Everything from pizza to Korean cuisine. Plenty of shops and all along the boardwalk you can opt to have super cheap one hour massages (see my review here
), plan and purchase water sports/activities, get henna tattoos, or get your hair braided inexpensively. The feel of the island is very similar to the Caribbean. Locals are very friendly and helpful.
The hubs bought a Lonely Planet guidebook while we were in Manila and it had recommended Siam Chili as a good place for cheap Thai food. And it was great. I love eating spicy food while in hot, humid weather. At night, the area around this place transforms into a nightclub atmosphere with a DJ spinning tunes all night. For more info, visit my blog
. The remainder of our evening had us swimming, eating, shopping, and drinking!
Geez, I've been wanting to come here since my last visit to the Philippines in 2003, and finally, I made it. I even brought along my husband and NO KIDS! Woo-hoo! Boracay is about an hour flight from Manila on a small jet plane. The closest airport (and slightly more expensive to fly into) is Caticlan, which might have the smallest baggage claim I've set foot in. My cousin and aunt graciously found us a package deal that included airfare, all transfers, and two nights at the Borcacay Regency. From Caticlan, there is a short ride from the airport to the dock of where the boats take you to Boracay. It's so funny because they hoist your luggage on top of the boat (all I kept thinking was, hope we don't tip over, cause there goes my stuff). The boat ride is no more than 15 minutes and once on the island, if you have a shuttle provided from your hotel or included in your package, you board it and they drop you off at your hotel. You can also take a really cheap tricycle or pedicab.