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.
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.
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.
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
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|
|Chori Burger and Street Food||✗|
|Dos Mestizos Spanish Restaurant||✗|
|Escondido’s Boracay Crab House||✗|
|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
|Aria Italian Restaurant||✗|
|Cafe del Sol
|✓||Mango Cheesecake and Mocha Frapuccino|
|Cyma Greek Restaurant (D’Mall)||✗||(tried the Shangrila Mall Branch)|
|Dulcinea||✓||Churros con chocolate|
– 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)|
– Calamansi Muffin
– Bucket of Long Island Iced Tea
– Sex Shooters
– 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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Manila – Caticlan||
|Kalibo – Manila||
|Crown Regency 3D2N 4,000×2/3||
|Tricycle (Caticlan Airport to Jetty Port)||
|Tricycle (Jetty Port to Hotel)||
|Lunch at Andok’s||
|Frapuccino at Cafe Del Sol||
|Cheeseburger with Fries and Drinks||
|Tricycle (D’ Mall to Crown Regency Station 2)||
|Tip to fire dancers||
|Churros con Chocolate||
|Tricycle (to Port)||
|Van (Port to Kalibo Airport)||
|Terminal Fee (Kalibo Airport)||