I have done much traveling ever since I rode my very first plane in 2002.Â I can say that I have seen a lot of shopping stops, breathtaking sights, wonderful people, white sandy beaches and got to try a wide variety of food and mouth watering delicacies.Â My very first trip was to Hong Kong and followed by numerous trips to international destinations.
After a year or two, I realized that I must learn more about my country and that I should book trips to the different provinces.Â I have been to quite a number of local tourist spots but have not booked a trip to the famous island getaway called Boracay.Â I figured that it was all hype and that I was not that fond of the noisy night scene that this place is famous for.
GETTING TO BORACAY BY LAND & WATER FROM BACOLOD
But in 2008, I decided to put a stop to my ignorance of Boracay and made the visit alongside a business trip to Bacolod. From Bacolod, we crossed over to Iloilo via ferry.Â The trip took only an hour.Â When we reached Iloilo, we took a taxi and asked to be brought to the bus station.Â From here, we boarded the bus to Caticlan and the trip took six long hours.Â From the Caticlan Jetty Port, we rode another ferry (a short one) to the majestic island of Boracay.Â All in all, the combination of land and water trip from Bacolod took almost eight hours including waiting time and breaks at the different stops.
GETTING BORACAY BY AIR FROM THE CAPITAL CITY OF MANILA
There are, of course, people who would think that we were out of our minds to pull that kind of stunt!Â It was tiring but believe it or not, we enjoyed every minute of the trip because we got to see the countryside flash before our eyes as we look outside the window of our bus.Â But, we also felt that we might not be exploring that route again in the near future.Â It is great that there are better options available.Â One can simply hop onboard a plane and travel for an hour to get to Caticlan then ride the ferry to Boracay island.
Fortunately, we were able to snag a certain promo offered by Philippine Airlines late last year.Â For only US$40 per person, we were able to book tickets from Manila to Kalibo.Â Last weekend, we found ourselves at the airport and anxiously waiting for our boarding time at the gate.
The plane ride took only fifty minutes.Â We were also excited about our trip as we were set to stay at one of the best hotels in Boracay â€“ The Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Convention Center.Â All our land transfers and boat transfers were already included in the package price that we paid for our accommodation.Â Â Our hotel had a partner tour group that took good care of us from the time that we landed at the Kalibo airport.Â This tour group guided us and whisked us away on a tour bus that was to bring us from the Caticlan Jetty to barangay Caticlan.Â This bus ride lasted for two hours.Â Since we left so early in the morning, we spent those two hours napping and occasionally rummaging through our bags from peanut packets that were distributed in the airplane.
Depending on the season, this two hour bus ride from Kalibo Airport to Caticlan can be extremely hot.Â This is why it is highly advisable to wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water in case you feel a need to freshen yourself.Â There was also an available lavatory in the bus which was to the advantage of those passengers who constantly need to go to the restroom during long trips.
When we reached the Caticlan Jetty, the guides from the tour group immediately escorted us to another port.Â We were informed that it was part of the services of the Boracay Regency Beach Resort to welcome their clients in their own lounge area.Â Needless to say, we were attended to like VIPs.Â We were given bottled ice water as well as cold wipes so that we can freshen ourselves.Â After a few minutes, our escorts brought our bags and told us that our speedboat was waiting for us.Â Yes, a speedboat!!!
That speedboat ride was something.Â We were only joined by four Koreans who were also guests of the Boracay Regency Hotel.Â Excitement was also written on the faces of these foreign guests and I was pretty sure that the experience was something that they wonâ€™t easily forget.Â Unfortunately, the speedboat ride was over soon.Â We were guided to another van that was to bring us to our hotel.
We were given welcome drinks when we reached the hotel and we decided to relax at the lobby lounge and enjoyed our calamansi and mango chillers.Â We have arrived and excited for what different adventures awaited usâ€¦