I longed for returning to the island paradise as this was my first domestic flight destination way back 2013, with my college friends. That month of August, my birthday month, was the time where we had few days of vacation on the island packed with activities but welcomed by a stormy day that led us to stay in our accommodation for a day.
Boracay, Philippines’ premier tourist destination, is flocked by tourists all year round. Famous for its white beaches and party life, it’s known for foreigners and local tourists alike. Hence, over the years, the island destination found unprecedented influx of income as well as…pollution. Last April 2018, our beloved president announced 6-month closure as part of the government’s efforts of island’s environmental rehabilitation. As part of the closure, Boracay would be closed except to registered island residents and employees of its business establishments. It was met with criticisms and protest from local and foreign media, but may believed it was for the sake of island’s sustainability. Anyways, there are various options and islands to explore.
Last March 2018, I booked a promo fare bound to Caticlan (Boracay) Airport. I knew this would be perfect hitting two birds in one stone: visiting rehabilitated Boracay and exploring Aklan province slated on February 2019. But after few months, on August, Cebu Pacific released another seat sale for Caticlan promoting flights on upcoming soft opening starting October 26. I was like: “Should I go for it?” I was tempted but lately gave in and booked! I thought of booking my return flight at Kalibo when my flight date approaches. Good thing we don’t have office work on holidays. Saving my leaves at last!
Boracay is in the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak in the municipality of Malay, in Aklan Province. The island is administered by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority and the provincial government of Aklan.
As I walked on the beachfront path, there are still some establishments waiting to be accredited. Hence, constructions are ongoing, some building still cordonned and the main road is dusty, so make sure you have protective covering against dust. I salute all the citizens and inter-agencies for making a #BetterBoracay and let’s do our part to protect our very own tourist spots. I bid farewell to Boracay but not after taking a selfie on the newly-built BORACAY SIGN!
EXPENSES: Php799 Manila to Boracay (Caticlan) flight Php100 Trike from Caticlan airport to Jetty Port Php200 = Php75 Environmental fee + Php100 Terminal Fee + Php25 Pumpboat Fee (Caticlan to Cagban) Php20 E-trike from Cagban Port to Main Road Station 2 Php1200 Boracay Travelodge Beach Resort 2D1N at Standard Room with Breakfast (good for 2 pax) Php99 McDo Steak meal for lunch Php31 Mineral water 1L at Budget Mart Php105 Jollibee Chickenjoy meal for dinner Php140 Jonah’s Mango Banana fruitshake Php100 Boracay ref magnets 4 pcs Php20 E-trike to Cagban Port Php125 = Php100 Terminal Fee + Php25 Pumpboat Fee (Cagban to Caticlan) TOTAL: Php2939
Hoping I could be back soon at #BetterBoracay with water activities resuming. (n_n)