PHL | Boracay Foodtrip

by blueclouds

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies. (Source: Wikipedia)

But would you believe if I say that I have never been to Boracay and that it was never part of my to-go-to destinations list.  Not until early this year, when I thought why not try it even for once, so I was on the lookout for airfare sales preferably via Caticlan for a hassle-free trip.  Luckily, I was able to book Airphilexpress Manila-Caticlan flight for only PHP1,080 per person last April 2013 for a September flight.  While the airfare going back was still pricey, so I only booked a one way flight and waited for another sale going back to Manila.  Thankfully, on May 2013, AirAsia had its sale but it was Kalibo-Manila for only PHP488.32 per head.  I prefer the Off-Peak season as the beach might be less crowded and that the sun’s heat might not be too much on the skin

I was looking forward to spending fun times with friends when in Boracay, however too bad, each one had to back-out one by one with their own reasons.  But I was determined for my trip to proceed even if it means that I go alone since I have already planned this long before.

Upon arrival at the airport, do not get those packages offering you to bring you straight to your hotel because it doubles the cost.  From Caticlan Airport to the hotel, they charge PHP600 each.  This is already the cost for 2 persons.

Caticlan Airport

Caticlan Airport

Caticlan Airport

Caticlan Airport

Caticlan Jetty Port

Caticlan Jetty Port

When in Boracay, itinerary is unnecessary, you can just go wherever and avail of the activities such as:- helmet diving, atv, zorb, paraw sunset cruising etc.  Well, for this trip, I have to skip the activities even if it was my first time in Boracay since it would not be much of a fun to do it alone and would cost more.  Instead, I just had food trip based on the list I had from research on what food and restaurants are worth to try.

Accommodation

Since I have vouchers at Crown Regency, I booked one deluxe room which is already good for 3-4 pax. I had an option either Station 1 or Station 3, with the difference of swimming pool and beach front for the one situated in Station 3.

Crown Regency Station 3

Crown Regency Station 3

Crown Regency Station 3

Crown Regency Station 3

Crown Regency Station 3

Crown Regency Station 3

Crown Regency Station 3 Swimming Pool

Crown Regency Station 3 Swimming Pool

Accommodation rates depend on the season:

  • Low Season from June to November
  • Peak Season from December to May
  • Super Peak Season on Holy week and Holidays

Restaurants-Food-and-Drinks

Below is the list derived from www.ourawesomeplanet.com, just had to organize it per station and alphabetical order.  I have added some restaurants that did not make it on his list as well (In green font color).

Over the years, Boracay has been developed; new restaurants have opened while others have closed or transferred.  For my trip, I was only able to try some of the restaurants in the list because of the big portion of the servings and of course the cost

Legends for my Boracay Foodtrip:
✓ – included  ✗- not included

Location/Restaurant Ordered Food / Drinks
STATION   1
Cocomangas
Chori Burger and Street Food
Dos Mestizos Spanish Restaurant
Escondido’s Boracay Crab House
Halowich
Hawaiian Bar-B-Que (tried the Tagaytay Branch)
Jonah’s Milkshake Choco-Peanut Shake
Manana Mexican Restaurant Chicken BurritoMango Shake
Wahine Beach Bar
–            Thin crust pizza
Zuzuni   Greek Restaurant
–            Chocolate Sin
STATION   2
Aria Italian Restaurant
Cafe del Sol
–            Cheesecake
Mango Cheesecake and Mocha Frapuccino
Cyma Greek Restaurant (D’Mall) (tried the Shangrila Mall Branch)
Dulcinea Churros con chocolate
Gasthof
–            Baby Back Ribs
Jammers – open 24 hours
Lemon iCafe (D’Mall)
Nigi Nigi Nu Noos Cheese Burger w/ fries and drink
Pamana (tried the Tagaytay Branch)
Real Coffee
–            Calamansi Muffin
Calamansi Muffin
Sbarro Chicago White
Baked Ziti
Smoke Restaurant
Summer Place
–            Bucket of Long Island Iced Tea
–            Sex Shooters
Shenna’s Restaurant
–            Cheap Pancakes, omelettes, crepes
Ti Braz Alexia (ham, mushroom, bechamel)
Neptuno (Tuna, Cream,Tomato, Onion   and Mushrooms)
True Food Restaurant
Zucchero Cafe Moist Chocolate Cake
STATION   3
Prana Restaurant at Mandala Spa

For my boracay foodtrip, sorry to have break eating at restaurants that I have already tried or are existing in Metro Manila – Andok’s, Sbarro and Mc Donald’s.  Some restaurants in above list, I was already able to try in its other location: Hawaiian Bar-B-Que (Tagaytay), Cyma (Metro Manila), Pamana (Tagaytay).  While Aria has branch in Fort Bonifacio which I could try hopefully some day.

Day 1 –

Late lunch (4PM) at Andok’s with chicken and liempo.  I was too weak already to still think where to eat, we just needed to fill our tummies since we had an invitation at Astoria Resort.

It was still early when we finished, so we chilled by beach for awhile while we wait for 7:00PM Dinner.

Boracay before Sunset

Boracay before Sunset

Boracay Sunset

Boracay Sunset

Free dinner buffet in exchange would be to listen to their 90-minutes presentation.  If you got nothing to do for the night, then it is good to grab it.  The food was delicious.  So, would you want this free dinner buffet, just send me a message so I can provide your number to Astoria Boracay.

Astoria's Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria’s Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria's Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria’s Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria's Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria’s Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria's Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria’s Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria's Free Dinner Buffet

Astoria’s Free Dinner Buffet

On the way back to the hotel, bought Mocha Frappuccino and Mango Cheesecake at Cafe del Sol which were their bestsellers.  However, rain pour hard so we had to stop in the middle since we had no umbrella.  I was disappointed that my cheesecake has melted; apparently it was just a refrigerator cake and not the baked one.  I should have eaten it in the restaurant.  But good to try still as it was not that too sweet while the coffee was quite strong for me.

Cafe Del Sol Cakes

Cafe Del Sol Cakes

Café Del Sol Mocha Frappuccino

Café Del Sol Mocha Frappuccino (PHP140)

Cafe Del Sol Mango Cheesecake

Cafe Del Sol Mango Cheesecake (PHP160)

Day 2 –

Walking by the beach, saw sandcastle so of course had to have a picture with it. No fixed payment is collected, just give donations.

Boracay Sand Castle

Boracay Sand Castle

It’s lunch time already and we passed by Nigi Nigi Nu Noos and they had a promo that day for Cheeseburger with fries and drinks for only PHP300.  It was big enough to be shared by 2 persons.

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos

Burger w/ Fries and Drink

Nigi Nigi Nu Noos Burger w/ Fries and Drink (PHP300)

Crown Regency also has Hotel in Station 2 and I was curious of it indoor surf waves.  So, off we went to see the hotel.  Checking-in this hotel looks interesting however, it requires walking to go to the beachfront.

Crown Regency Station 2

Crown Regency Station 2

Crown Regency Station 2

Crown Regency Station 2

Crown Regency Station 2

Crown Regency Station 2

Crown Regency Station 2

Crown Regency Station 2

After awhile, we went back to the beach and had our dip into the water.  For snack, we tried the crepe at Ti Braz which has promo of 20% off on Sundays; 50% off on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It was Sunday then.  We ordered 2 savory crepes – Neptuno (Tuna, Cream,Tomato, Onion   and Mushrooms) and Alexia (ham, mushroom, bechamel). The crepes are indeed delicious but quite pricey.  Other food in the menu looks interesting and delicious as well.

Ti Braz

Ti Braz

Neptuno Crepe

Neptuno Crepe

Neptuno Crepe

Neptuno (Tuna, Cream,Tomato, Onion and Mushrooms) Crepe (PHP195)

Alexia Crepe

Alexia Crepe(ham, mushroom, bechamel) Crepe (PHP170)

Back to walking and into the water again to have the food digested.  Then I tried Jonah’s Choco-Peanut Shake next.  It was nothing extraordinary for me.

Choco-Peanut Milkshake

Jonah’s Choco-Peanut Milkshake (PHP110)

For dinner, craving for some pizza, checked on Aria’s menu however it was too pricey for a meal for 2 and we have seen the orders of the other customers and it was quite big so we cannot finish it.  After exploring the area, we found Sbarro at the Boracay Uptown and there was a live acoustic performer.  We ordered Baked Ziti and Chicago White.  For dessert, Dulcinea’s Churros con chocolate.  After which fire dancers performed infront of us as well.  We were in a good location that night for a free show.

Boracay Uptown

Boracay Uptown

Dulcinea Churros

Dulcinea Churros (PHP99)

Sbarro

Sbarro – Baked Zitti (PHP110) / Chicago White (PHP200)

Day 3 –

It was a sunny day but I was too lazy to get out of bed.  Later on, I decided to go to the swimming pool while I wait for my McDonald’s breakfast.  At 12:30 PM, we had to check-out but can leave our stuff at the front desk since we have an evening flight.

Crown Regency Station 3

Crown Regency Station 3 Swimming Pool

We had lunch at Manana Mexican Restaurant, we ordered Burritos Platter (2 big tortillas stuffed with your choice of chicken or beef topped with zesty Mexican sauce and cheddar cheese, served with their Mexican rice, refried beans, sour cream and sweet corn) and Mango Shake.  I loved the burritos and the mango shake.

Manana Mexican Restaurant

Manana Mexican Restaurant

Burrito Platter

Manana Mexican Restaurant – Burrito Platter (PHP363)

Burrito Sauce

Manana Mexican Restaurant – Burrito Sauce

Mango Shake

Manana Mexican Restaurant – Mango Shake (PHP125)

We finished eating at 3:00 PM and we had to head back to Station 3 to get our stuff.  On the way, we ate corn on a cob.  Then, I was still looking for some desserts, ordered Moist Chocolate Cake at Zucchero Cafe.  It was delicious and just costs PHP90.

Zucchero Café - Moist Chocolate Cake

Zucchero Café – Moist Chocolate Cake (PHP90)

Rested awhile at the Hotel’s lobby, and we left at 5:00 PM for our 9:00 PM flight.  Tricycle – Boat – Van are the transportations we need to reach airport and is approximately 2 hours total at the minimum.

Actual Costing

Manila – Caticlan

1,080.00

Kalibo – Manila

488.32

Crown Regency 3D2N 4,000×2/3

2666.67

Tricycle (Caticlan Airport to Jetty Port)

100.00

Boat Fare

25.00

Environmental Fee

75.00

Terminal Fee

100.00

Tricycle (Jetty Port to Hotel)

100.00

Lunch at Andok’s

205.00

Frapuccino at Cafe Del Sol

140.00

Mango Cheesecake

160.00

Cheeseburger with Fries and Drinks

300.00

Tricycle (D’ Mall to Crown Regency Station 2)

60.00

Neptuno

195.00

Alexia

170.00

Choco-Peanut Shake

110.00

Baked Ziti

110.00

Chicago White

200.00

Tip to fire dancers

50.00

Churros con Chocolate

99.00

Burrito Platter

363.00

Mango Shake

125.00

Chocolate Cake

90.00

Tricycle (to Port)

100.00

Boat Fare

25.00

Environmental Fee

75.00

Terminal Fee

100.00

Van (Port to Kalibo Airport)

175.00

Terminal Fee (Kalibo Airport)

100.00

7,586.99

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5 thoughts on “PHL | Boracay Foodtrip

    • Hi Tellie,
      There are several Astoria agents around the beach and they will approach you. or if you see them in uniform just tell you want to learn about Astoria, then you have to listen to 90 minutes presentation 🙂

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