Boracay Island With Antique Side Trip

 

Activities: Parasailing, Island hopping, Helmet diving, Pubcrawl, Kawa bath, and Trekking

My friends and I went to our hometown last Nov 1 for All Soul’s Day to commemorate the faithful departed friends and loved ones. We decided to take a route Boracay Caticlan-Antique instead of the usual Iloilo-Antique via plane. This time we will take a sea trip from Batangas going to Caticlan and Antique. We have booked our ticket earlier to grab the promo rate of 2Go Travel. Our ship ticket cost P1,050 each with free dinner. Since 3 of us will come from Manila and in anticipation of people who will be going to provinces that day, we decided to leave work earlier. In my case, I took a half day leave and traveled by PNR from Sta. Mesa Station to Alabang station, the last station in the south. The train was a little uncomfortable but it was fast, though. Across the station is Alabang Bus Terminal where the buses going to Batangas Port are located. The bus waited few minutes and departed the station around 4.30pm

We left Batangas port Nov. 28 at 9 pm (Friday) and arrived at Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan the following day at 7.30am. We paid for a Terminal fee and environmental fee a total of P200.00 and ride a 20-seater boat for around 15mins to Boracay. From Boracay port, we transferred to a tricycle ride to Station 2 of the Island for P20.00 each. we dropped along the street of D’Mall and walked towards the alley going to our hostel. We rented a room overnight amounting to P1,500 which is good for 4 persons. We haggled it from P2,000. We rested for an hour, prepared ourselves for a tour. We also met with a friend who came from Bacolod in the morning.

 

Day 1

We walked at leisure along the beach of Boracay and dropped by Boracay Pubcrawl office to buy tickets (P650) and get our shirts (included in the package) and proceed to Station 1 for lunch. After a morning hunger strike, we finally ate at Jonah’s Fruitshake & Restaurant which cost each of us around P250.

 

Strolled along the shore and had our castle photo taken.

The scorching heat of the sun withered us so we went back to the hostel and sleep. Unfortunately, we overslept and woke up at 4 pm.

At 4.30pm we quickly searched for parasailing package and was able to get P750 offer rate. Again, we haggled.

 

And this happened. One of the best experience ever though it was already dark. We are the last people to ride and para-sail, overlooking the beautiful island of Boracay.

Almost dark and we got back at the island happy and still ecstatic. We took shower and ready for the night.
It’s Pubcrawl night!

Epic. 5 bars in 1 night. Best night ever! Turning strangers into friends.
Met some of these people from Manila who we became friends on Facebook and Instagram.

Came back to the hostel late at 1 am after midnight snack at Mc Donalds.

 

Day 2

Island hopping on a sweet sunny day.

 

Our first activity was snorkeling but I opted to take photos instead.

 

Next was Puka Beach.

 

After lunch, we did Helmet diving. It was something memorable and tensed down there.

End of morning tour.

In the afternoon, we left the island and did a side trip to Antique. We traveled 2 and half hours to reach Tibiao Fish Spa. We stayed overnight and paid P450/person overnight. Not cheap.

 

Day 3 – Side trip

On our bucket list was Tibiao kawa bath. At 8 in the morning, we went to Brgy. Importante where Kayak Inn is located. From Brgy Importante along national highway, a habal-habal motorcycle took us uphill. We paid P100 for 2-way trip.
And finally found this. #Kawabath

Just across Kayak Inn is the Tibiao River. The view of the rustling river was liberating. The river is also great for kayak activities.

 

Fascinating! So I tried a tree pose.

And of course, this one photo which led me there in the first place. Lol

When you like being cooked.
After a 30-minute kawa bath, we trekked up to Bugtong Bato Falls. We only managed up to the 3rd falls of 7. We were exhausted.

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We were back at the inn around 12:30 pm and tided up, ride habal-habal back to Brgy. Importante waited for bus and head to our own hometown. Home sweet home at 3 pm.

End of the side trip.

 

Back to Manila on Nov 2. I had these pictures at Plazuela de Iloilo before going to the airport. 😁

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Total Expenses: P8,135.00

 

Ship Ticket – P1,050.00

CebuPac Ilo-Mnl – P2,500.00 (Big chunk of my budget went here mainly because it was peak season)

Accommodation

Boracay – P1,500/4 / P375.00 each

Tibiao Fish Spa – P450.00

Transportation

Caticlan-Boracay – P200.00

Boracay-Caticlan – P120.00

Tricycle to Station 2 – P40.00 (2-way)

Caticlan-Tibiao – P120

Habal-habal – P100 2-way

Food

Lunch & Dinner Midnight Snacks Day 1 – P630.00

Dinner Day 2 – P30.00

Breakfast Day 3 – P120.00

Parasailing – P750.00

Pubcrawl – P650.00

Island hopping with lunch buffet and helmet diving – P700.00

Kawa Bath – 200

Tour guide at Falls – P150.00/3 / P50.00 each

Tibiao-Home – P50.00

It was a little out of budget but my experiences are all worth it.

El Nido on a Weekend

 

Is it possible to tour El Nido, Palawan on a weekend? Yes, but you need to skip inland tour and do only the following worthwhile activities.

  • Tour A
  • Afternoon stroll along Bacuit Bay
  • Canopy walk via Ferrata
  • Swimming at Maramegmeg

El Nido is a place where you can just relax and enjoy exploring the wonders of waters. It is composed of islands which some of them are not yet open for touring. Basically, you cannot finish exploring all lagoons, beaches, islands and bays in El Nido in just 2 days, not even a week. So we did only the most popular and worthwhile activities during this weekend tour.

This trip is one of my favorite in two years of traveling. Maybe because its my post birthday celebration and I haven’t been to the place. I got my ticket on sale from Cebu Pacific early this year for P1,183 all-in two-way trip. Amazing, right? 😄 And as for the accommodation,  I decided to get an El Nido all-in arrangement tour package – tour A with tour assistance, room accommodation, daily breakfast and van transfer from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and vice-versa. This is my first time to book for a package tour out of fear that  I might not catch any vans or buses to El Nido due to our evening flight. I was weary since I am traveling with my brother this time and I don’t want to stress out myself looking for vans when I get there. Our transportation was easy like that. Good thing because I was also not feeling very well that time.

Our ETA in Puerto Princesa International Airport was 6:25pm (Friday) and the plane landed just right on time. We were escorted by Vanic Travel and Tours employee to the van that will bring us to El Nido. The van waited for other passengers and left 7:30pm. It took us 4hrs to get to the El Nido town proper with 1 stop over for 30mins.

We arrived at the hostel at 12 midnight. The hostel is located at the heart of the town. Unfortunately, I had fever and felt ill when we arrived. I easily fall into slumber after taking medicines. I think it was due to the cold weather and stress from work. I toured through anyway. :mrgreen:

 

ALL-IN PACKAGE TOUR
✔ Room Accomodations (At The Moment Hostel)
✔ Daily Breakfast
✔ Transfers
✔ Tour with assistance

TOUR A – Lagoons and Beaches 

Tour Inclusive

Tourism Fee, Motorized boat, Tour Guide, Life Vest, Snorkel gears, Buffet Lunch, Water and Towel

Itinerary

Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon & Seven Commandos Beach

 

Day 1 (Saturday)

I still felt dizzy when I woke up and did not even manage to touch my breakfast. They served us coffee, ham and egg with rice and watermelon for dessert. We went out around 9am to start Tour A.

First stop was 7 Commandos Beach

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This island is a coco island.

 

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Second stop was Small Lagoon where we did kayaking. You should definitely do this to go inside the lagoon and be mesmerized with its beauty.

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Kayaking through the Small Lagoon.

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Tranquil turquoise-green waters.

 

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The lagoon is sorrounded by limestone walls.

 

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Be awed by the rock formations.

 

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We ate our lunch in the boat. We were served seafoods, pork, chicken and fruits. The buffet was worth it though I was not really in the mood to eat.

 

Next stop was Shimizu Island. We do not have a lot of activities in the island aside from snorkeling. I forgot to take pictures too because I slept in the boat.lol 😂

 

Our fourth destination was Big Lagoon.

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Felt a little better here.

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The Secret Lagoon was supposed to be our last stop but unluckily, we were not allowed to go because of the windy weather.

 

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Thanks to Dominic who arranged our tour. He was so accommodating to us.

The tour ended around 4pm and we reached back the hostel at 5pm. After we have freshened, we went to Bacuit Bay few meters away from our hostel. We walked along shores to wait for the sunset but the sun did not cooperate.lol😂

Restaurants are also located in this area where you can choose from depending on your budget. I will say that food in El Nido is a little pricey.

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Bacuit Bay at night.

We ate dinner, visited shops and went home to rest at 8pm.

 

Day 2 ( Sunday)

We ate breakfast and got ready for the morning activities. We were planning to hike Taraw Cliff. Taraw Cliff attracted most of the tourists in El Nido but it was already closed by the DENR due to a recent hiking accident. The Tourism Office does not allow anyone to hike Taraw unless you will have your own tour guide and if anything bad happened, the office will not have any liability. We were told this when we visited them asking the way to Taraw.

Canopy walking via Ferrata is an alternative to hiking Taraw Cliff. You can still see the same view of the town but Taraw is higher than Ferrata and so has a nicer view I guess. It costed us P400 per person. This was not cheap for me but I commend their tour guides and their investment in safety gears. Before walking the canopy, the tour guide will give safety instructions and will make sure your gears are properly worn.

We started the canopy walk at 9:30am and descended at 10:00am. The view above is still amazing.

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Pre-canopy walk photo.

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The view from Ferrata.

 

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Overlooking Bacuit Bay.
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El Nido town proper.

 

After our canopy walk, we rushed at Miramegmeg Beach for a short swim. We paid a two-way tricycle ride for P100. Travel time is 15 mins. The best thing about this beach is that it is free and not crowded. We could only see few people in the beach.

 

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I fell in love with El Nido.

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We went back to the hostel around 11:15am to get ready for the van to pick us up.

 

After a tiring morning doing canopy walk and swimming, we dropped by Skyline Grill and Bar to ate lunch and savoured Nido soup before leaving El Nido.

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Nido soup.

We left El Nido at 1pm and reached Puerto Princesa before 5pm to catch our 6:55pm flight back to Manila.

End of tour.

 

Total Expenses: P5,998 per person

Plane Ticket – P1,183

Package Tour – P3800 /person

Kayak Rental – P 150/ person

Canopy Walk – P400 /person

Tricycle to Maramegmeg – P50 / head

Dinner  – P240 /person

Lunch – P175 /person

 

We could save P500-P700 only if we did not avail the package tour and if we lessened our food cost.