I went with a group of friends, and we decided to book our accommodation online. I am always a budget traveler, and prefer to spend my money on experiences and mainly outdoor activities. This could be said for the rest of the group I was traveling with too. In the end we opted for a hotel called Boracay Haven. We got our reservation confirmations and also organised airport pick up.
In the end they offered us accommodation with an associated hotel on Station 2, called The Real Maris. The hotel tried to get us pay the extra fee for this accommodation but my friend was firm that was a big NO!, as this mess up was definitely not any fault of ours. Major EEEURGH! Moment right?
Firstly, let’s go into my favorite part of a holiday…MASSAGES! As usual, I made sure I got one every morning. I did the regular massage and then opted for a 2-hour hot stone massage that totally relaxes the back and upper body. The hot stones weren’t as hot as expected, but very relaxing instead.
The boats are available in the island’s little bay situated near all the hotels on the beach. You can haggle for the price, and take a relaxing little cruise at sunset in the bay before dinner.
The parties and clubs were all situated along the beach fronts, but these parties only picked up until after 11pm and go on into the mornings. Drinks are quite cheap
Finally, the most important part of a beach vacation is the actual beach! I give Boracay Beach a full 10 out 10! The island is beautiful, and the stretch of white sands and palms was amazing. The waters were clear and the beach was well maintained with good security which made it safe to leave your belongings behind while you go for a swim. The water temperatures were perfect as well, and I loved how near and comfortable things were.
My holiday in Boracay was really fun, and I loved that there was so much to do and see. I wish I could have seen more of The Philippines, but I only had one week and a tight budget until my next stop in Bali, Indonesia. The island caters for all tastes and is ideal for solo travelers and families looking to explore or simply just relax.
- Bargain. No seriously, you need to do this when you want to use a service for the many activities on the beach on offer. There are many of these guys standing on the beach front offering their services and will lower the price.
- Boracay’s actual town is small, and we noticed not much happening in the streets behind the beach front. So preferbly stay near the beach.
- It seems there was no real way of avoiding the reservation snarfu we experienced, but stand your ground when the hotel messes up and make sure nothing comes out of your pocket for their mistake.
- You will need to change your money at the airport. So preferably bring dollars with, just in case there is no ATM available.
- If you’re coming from a cold country, please pack in summer clothes in your carry-on bag. This airport is slow and basic, and you will be waiting a long time.