Yeah! You read it right! I spent less than 7 thousand pesos (< $150) for my 4 days/ 3 nights stay in Boracay. Well if not for my katangahan and alcohol addiction (that’s overstatement; an exaggeration for this literary piece), anyway, I would have spent way less.
Boracay in all its glory can shut you up and take all your hard-earned money. BUT my quick escape will show you that it’s possible to spend less and enjoy more…
Boracay has been consistently named one of the best, if not, the best beach in the world. And I felt terrible having to live with the fact that most of my friends got to set foot on that island. Even other nationalities fell in love with Boracay while I sulked in misery.
But not anymore.
A friend from Couchsurfing hooked us up with a roundtrip ticket (dated July 25-28) to Boracay via Cebu Pac. It was worth a staggering 700 pesos. I was skeptical at first… Kidding! Hahah I jumped right in the second he offered to book me one.
I’m guilty of the airport selfie… (sungit ni ate)
We landed on a one fine, hot afternoon in Kalibo. Opposite to the Pagasa forecast, thank God. It took us about an hour and half to reach Caticlan port and about 20 minute boat ride to get to my dream destination this year.
The boat selfie… (I can see you Boracay)
Well now it’s a dream come true! I’m in frigging Boracay!
My jaw dropped as soon as I saw the beach front. Since it’s off peak season, less hotties, cheap hotel rates, affordable foodporn certainly went unnoticed. Yeah, there will always be a compromise. But on second thought, less populated Boracay allowed me to fully enjoy the island (which was really the point why I was here in the first place and not the sizzling bods I secretly hoped for… Hmmmm)
Okay enough selfies for one day (sorry I just can’t help taking these picturesque views with myself spoiling it hahah)
My friends and I hopped from one station to another. We really took our time to see all the establishments this island has to offer. And we can conveniently choose where to eat, to chill, to drink due to low volume of tourists on our goddamn time. How cool is that?!
Might I add, we also stayed here in Station 1. No silly, I didn’t go to Boracay to waste money on hotels. But I’m not kidding either – we did stay in Station 1 for three days and I paid 1350 pesos for my entire stay! That’s 450 per night and it’s an A/C room of course.
Imagine I get to drink beer for 39 pesos in Station 1.
39 pesos for a beer, Station 1 and this goddamn view. I cannot stress it enough. This is the life!!!
Perks of off-peak season.
Since the night’s still young, I managed to invite a friend I haven’t seen for 13 long years (he’s now living here in Boracay). We’re friends during our freshman year in high school but due to personal matters he transferred in Kalibo. Thank you Rian for dropping by! I will see you again when I get back.
L-R: Mark (the I.T guy soon to be PAL cabin crew), Mik (Chief Finance Officer of Sen. Nancy Binay), Rian (Concierge in this freakin island!), myself, Darren (Attorney & businessman)
Please check out Fairways & Bluewater Resort and look for my buddy there. He gives discount! (Kidding!)
The “I woke up like this” selfie…
Behind is Balabag beach where the sun sets, while on the other side, Bulabog beach is where the sun rises and most of the water activities take place.
Speaking of water activities, Kuya Ferdinand and our group agreed on paying P1,700 for 5 activities which include:
Helmet diving (make sure to equalize!)
The fifteen minute Fly Fish ride that will drain the shit out of you (so much competitiveness not to fall)
Snorkeling (be careful not to step on anything, well that’s not really a problem here…it’s crystal clear!)
Puka Beach (sea shells everywhere, perfect for pasalubong shopping!)
10 meter cliff jumping in Magic Island (of course I jumped! Video will be posted if I have the funds to upgrade this site hehe)
That my folks was a whole day run of fun activities. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world! Such a hot, tiring, yet exhilarating day in paradise.
We had so much fun during the day, it’s just right to reciprocate that during the night. Hashtag equality. This is the ever jampacked Exit Bar (at first I thought the bar was named that way cos people are already at the exit partying).
To minimize beer expenses, you can buy a handful at sari-sari stores then bring those to the bar of your choosing. Voila, the rave is on! You can easily lose yourself in this island; just know your limits and you’ll be fine.
My friends were knocked out last night so I sneaked out the room and started another selfie journey. Don’t waste that precious time on your bed people! You can do that at work (hehehe)
Well I stand corrected as my friends did catch up with me. We scoured the shores of Boracay til we reached this far end of Station 1…
Apparently, we are not alone. Look at that, you can even see the shadow of that guy snorkeling. So frrracking amazing!
Thanks Mik for letting me borrow your breathtaking shots.
And why would I not include the infamous Willy’s Rock where the grotto is situated:
This sanctuary all to ourselves…
I realized that even if we didn’t avail all the water sports being sold in our faces as we took the shores of Boracay, the feel of the water hitting your soles is more than enough.
My first attempt on stand up paddle boarding. Mik and I got this deal for 275 pesos for 1 hour.
Struggled at first but hey got to take this priceless cloudgasm. And yes I was standing when I took the photo, not defensive.
Savoring our last night in paradise…
Last selfie stretch before I leave this already-taking-a-special-place-in-my-heart island..
I can lie on this beach for hours (or before the sun roasts my fair skin).
So long, Boracay! You know I love you…
Itinerary x Expenses
Day 0: Php 700 Air fare via CebuPac (roundtrip)
Day 1 (approximately Php 1,600)
Breakfast at ILLY: 245
Kalibo to Caticlan (taxi + boat ride): 1,000 / 3pax (333/person)
Environmental fee: 100
Lunch at Island Chicken Inasal: 175 for inasal w rice, 90 for unlimited iced tea
Dinner at Victory Diver (seafood buffet): 280
1.5liter bottled water: 50 at station 3
Beer at Gerry’s (in front of Mito’s place): 70
Club Paraw entrance: 100 + 90 (san mig light)
Day 2 (approximately Php 1500)
Breakfast (beside Mito’s place): 130 (chicksilog w coffee)
Water activities 10am – 4:30 pm: 1,700 / 4pax (425/person)
Pasalubong: 100 (I have matured and definitely have the will power to limit myself from over spending on pasalubs)
Bottled water: 15 at Crystal Clear
Dinner at D Mall: 200
Beers at Exit Bar and District rooftop: 700 (sorry for party rocking)
Day 3 (approximately Php 650)
Breakfast at Jasper’s: 80 (cornsilog w coffee)
Jonah’s shake: 120
Lunch at Big Meal J: 130
Stand up paddle boarding: 275/pax for 1 hour
Dinner at Caruso, Station1: Mik’s treat so hell yeah
Day 4 (approximately Php 2,500)
Breakfast at McDo: 130 (forgive me, this is my last day here)
Mito’s Inn: 1,350 for 3 day stay
Caticlan to Kalibo (boat x van): 250
Terminal fee at Caticlan port: 100
Terminal fee at Kalibo airport: 200
Pasalubong 2.0: 200
Dinner at Burger King, NAIA: 110 (I advised not to but we’re starving, so there)
Cab to Pasay: 100
Total Expenses: Php 6,950 (roundtrip air fare included!)