My First Boracay Adventure: Making Memories and Soaking in the Sun!

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Visiting Boracay was never on my radar, considering my aversion to hot temperatures and my hesitation to go shirtless due to my perception of not being physically fit or conventionally good-looking. My partner, though, convinced me to give it a shot, and I’m glad I did!

DIY to Boracay

Hailing from Pasay while my partner calls Batangas home, we opted for a sea adventure. Join me as I share my step-by-step travel experience from Manila to Boracay via 2Go passenger ships and fast ferries.

Ticket secured online, with choices ranging from Super Value to a deluxe State Room for three. Although our initial choice was a Super Value ticket (PHP 1800+), we opted for an on-the-spot upgrade to the more comfortable Tourist Class on the ferry (the cost of the upgrade is PHP 400).

  • Travel from Pasay City to Batangas

Commencing from Shore Residences, I hopped on a tricycle heading to Buendia Bus Station, targeting the Batangas Bus marked ‘Batangas Grand Terminal’ or ‘Batangas Pier.’ The travel cost from Pasay to Batangas is PHP 249.00, promising a 2 to 2.5-hour scenic road trip.

  • Travel from Batangas to Caticlan

Setting sail from Batangas Port, our 2Go Ferry journey to Caticlan spanned from 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM, a remarkable 11-hour adventure. Despite the extended travel time, the experience was etched in memory. The onboard entertainment was genuinely enjoyable, and the chance to meet people from diverse cultures added an enriching layer to the journey. Adding to the enjoyment of the 2Go Ferry, the entertainment includes karaoke challenges, offering a chance to participate and win exciting prizes. My partner, showcasing excellent singing skills, emerged victorious and proudly took home a 2Go mug. It added a fun and unexpected highlight to our journey.

  • Travel from Caticlan to Boracay

Departing from Caticlan, we secured boat tickets (PHP 50) and settled the terminal fee (PHP 150) and environmental fee (PHP 150). Following a stroll through the streets of Caticlan, we embarked on the boat journey to Boracay, a swift and scenic ride lasting approximately 10 minutes.  Subsequently, we hopped on an e-jeep bound for Station 2 and opted for an early check-in at our accommodation, La Carmela De Boracay Hotel.

Wrapping up this unforgettable experience feels almost as challenging as capturing the beauty of the beach itself. The overwhelming awe inspired by the stunning vistas and serene shores of Boracay is beyond words. Each moment is etched in memory, leaving me with a deep appreciation for the unparalleled beauty of this remarkable destination.

Food Experience in Boracay

  • Kors Cafe

Inasal Chicken in Kors Boracay
Bindonggo and Chicken Inasal

This hidden gem isn’t the typical spot you’d find in popular vlogs about Boracay. Discovered during off-the-beaten-path sightseeing, it revealed the local’s best—Bindonggo and the delightfully affordable chicken Inasal. Our satisfying meals for two only cost us 150-200 pesos. We were so enamored that we revisited this tucked-away eatery every night of our three-day stay.

  • Mango Shake for PHP 100 in D’Mall

Affordable Mango shake in Boracay
Queen Bee Fruit Shake

While it may not align with the preference for upscale mango stores like the often-featured Halo Mango, we stumbled upon a hidden gem near the smoking area in D’Mall. This particular mango shake store stood out as one of the best in Boracay, offering an affordable yet exceptional experience. Less sugar and more emphasis on ripe mangoes made it our go-to choice, having enjoyed it four times—though we explored other mango stores, this one truly delivered the ultimate mango shake experience.

  • Andoks Restaurant

Andoks foods
Roasted Liempo and Roasted Chicken in Andoks

Encountering Andoks with a dining area was a first for me, and I relished this inaugural experience. Opting for both chicken and pork, perfect for sharing, we found ourselves enjoying their dine-in restaurant on three separate occasions. An unexpected delight in the familiar setting of Andoks.

  • La Carmela Breakfast Buffet

Enjoyed two days of complimentary breakfast buffets, despite not being a regular breakfast eater. The spread offered an abundance of options—from pasta and pastries to seafood and a variety of beverages. While the dishes may not have been exceptionally unique, the diverse selection, including unlimited coffee, juices, and fruits, ensured a satisfying start to the day.

  • Local Barbeque Stores

Exploring the less-traveled streets of Boracay led us to hidden gems—pocket-friendly yet fulfilling barbecue spots around the corner. Perfect for satisfying cravings for the aroma of roasted meat while keeping the budget intact, especially considering the pricier options near the beach. A delightful find off the beaten path.

  • Jasper’s Tapsilog & Resto Boracay

Jasper's Tapsilog & Resto Boracay
Kare-Kare and Fried Liempo

Influenced by YouTube vloggers’ hype, we decided to try this restaurant. While we enjoyed the Kare-kare, the overall experience was overrated considering more affordable and tastier alternatives. The Pork Liempo, although pricey, didn’t match up in taste and quality. Despite our less-than-glowing reviews of the food, the service crew’s kindness stood out. However, for the ultimate verdict, we’ve decided not to revisit this restaurant.

Scenic Views in Boracay

Boracay offered us a fresh perspective on the world. It made us realize our small place in this vast expanse, where life continues with or without us. Witnessing the beauty of the world, particularly the Philippines, taught us to savor each day to the fullest. Here’s my perspective, sharing the scenic views of Boracay that left a lasting impression on me.

  • Boracay Beach Sunset

Sunset in Boracay
Sunset in Boracay

To witness the breathtaking beauty of Boracay’s sunset, make sure to start your wait at 5 PM or later to ensure you don’t miss the mesmerizing display of colors. The magic unfolds, painting the sky with hues that are truly worth savoring.

  • Bulabog Beach

Bulabog Beach is like Boracay’s laid-back cousin—quiet, less crowded, and embraced by the locals. It’s not all silky sand, a bit rocky, but hey, it’s spotless. Perfect for a peaceful escape, whether you’re flying solo or with a buddy. Lucky for me, I got to enjoy this chill vibe with my partner. Sharing a quiet moment, we secretly lit cigarettes, discussing our excitement for what Boracay had in store for us on our very first day at the beach. The anticipation and the whispers of the waves set the stage for a journey filled with unknown adventures and unforgettable memories.

  • Puka Beach

Puka Beach
Puka Beach

Though a bit distant from Boracay’s main beach, Puka Beach draws crowds seeking its unique charm. Here, you can opt for a crystal kayak ride, navigating the clear and calm waters. I relished my time here, taking a leisurely swim for about 30 minutes, enchanted by the serene ambiance of the beach.

  • Lambros Point

Lambros Point
Lambros Point

Lambros Point, a hidden gem in Boracay, took us by surprise near Station 1 and Diniwid. Nestled like a small cave entrance, we spent 30 minutes to an hour soaking in its beauty and capturing a truly memorable photo that I’ll cherish. A friendly local even offered to take a photo of us. Boracay locals are incredibly kind and hospitable, making it easy to capture this small but scenic site from various angles.

  • Boracay Stations 1, 2, and 3

Station 1, 2, 3 Boracay

Boracay, a stunning island in the Philippines, is known for its white sand beaches and vibrant atmosphere. Each of its stations—Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3—offers a unique experience, catering to different preferences and interests.

Boracay Station 1: The Tranquil Paradise

Station 1 is often regarded as the most upscale and serene area of Boracay. It boasts the widest stretch of powdery white sand and is less crowded compared to the other stations. Visitors to Station 1 can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful beach retreat. Luxury resorts, high-end accommodations, and a handful of upscale dining options characterize this part of the island. The beach in Station 1 is perfect for sunbathing, romantic strolls, and enjoying the breathtaking sunset views.

Boracay Station 2: The Vibrant Hub

Station 2 is the beating heart of Boracay’s social scene. It’s known for its lively and bustling environment, making it a favorite among those who enjoy a more energetic and vibrant atmosphere. Here, you’ll find D’Mall, the island’s main commercial center, offering a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment options. Station 2 is popular for its nightlife, with beach parties and fire-dancing performances. Accommodations in this area range from budget-friendly to mid-range, providing options for various travelers. If you’re looking for a lively experience with a mix of shopping, dining, and nightlife, Station 2 is the place to be.

Boracay Station 3: The Vibrant Hub

Station 3 is the southernmost section of Boracay’s White Beach and is often considered the more laid-back and budget-friendly option. It offers a quieter atmosphere compared to Station 2, making it suitable for travelers seeking a more relaxed beach experience. While the beach area is narrower than in Station 1, Station 3 provides a good balance between tranquility and accessibility. Visitors can find a range of budget accommodations, eateries, and water sports activities here. It’s an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy the beauty of Boracay without the hustle and bustle of the busier stations.

Opting for a budget-friendly approach, we checked into Shoretime Dormitel for PHP 350 per person, considering our limited stay of 3 days and 2 nights in La Carmela de Boracay Resort. Although our time at Shoretime Dormitel was brief, we utilized it to leave our belongings and explore Boracay in the remaining hours before our departure.

Summary of Boracay Experience

Wrapping up my first experience in Boracay, it was nothing short of great! Filled with unexpected adventures and memorable sights, the best part was sharing it with my partner. Amidst the breathtaking landscapes, we had meaningful conversations about life and our journey together, making this getaway truly unforgettable.

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