Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Boracay Summer 2013

It's been 4 years since I last visited Boracay.  What with my pregnancy and raising my beautiful daughter and my hubby being not around... these were the reasons why it took years for me to come back.
This 2013 I convinced my husband we should have a vacation there so we could share the beautiful experience with our daughter who has a penchant for the sand and sea.  This will also serve as a post birthday gift to our daughter who will turn three on April. Booked our tickets last February 2013.   Unfortunately my husband was not able to be with us due to his commitment to his work at sea.

Being a seasoned lakwatsera when I was still in my "kabataan" I knew how to plan itineraries to make sure we get to enjoy the most of our vacation.  Started it by booking the earliest flight going to Boracay and the last flight going home.  At two in the morning we're off to the airport.  I parked my vehicle at NAIA terminal 3 parking area which costs p50 per day which is much cheaper instead of riding a taxi cab.


I didn't bother getting the airport transfers 'coz having been to Boracay a number of times I know how to get in and out of the place without paying extra fees for that service.  I chose to stay in station 1 as it boasts the finest stretch of white sand there is in Boracay.  The more high end accomodations are here and it is less crowded and has fewer vendors than the rest of White Beach.

       chose MR Holidays hotel that's nestled in between Discovery Shores and Ambassador in Paradise

Here are the fun activities we did during our 3D/2N stay in Boracay:

Glass Bottom Ride

Priced at p750 each I haggled it to p600 per adult (yaya and me) and half the price for my daughter.  The crew were very nice and accomodating.  They pick starfishes and other sea creatures so the children can hold and after they gently return it to the ocean.  I didn't intend for my daughter to snorkel but when she saw me jump into the water she ran and almost went in without a life vest on much to the amazement of the foreigners aboard but the crew caught her in time.  They donned a life vest  on her and assigned two crews to swim side by side with us to make sure the daughter is safe.

Island hopping

We rented a private boat priced at p1300 for three hours. They don't include Crystal Cove anymore in their itinerary due to some issues... boatmen say that management of Crystal Cove refuse to pay or share their earnings to the local government and they all agreed not to bring in tourists there anymore.  I persuaded the boatman to make a stop over in Crystal Cove just to take photos.  And what gorgeous photos I got from that place! Yeah!  We had snorkelling at Crocodile Island and lunch at Puka Beach.

Helmet Dive

I paid p700 for this activity which includes a CD with photos and videos. They allowed me to bring yaya and my daughter in the launching boat while I explored the sea under.  I never would have taken this activity if they did not allow this setup.  Leaving them unattended even in a very tourist friendly place like Boracay is unimaginable.

A visit to Boracay will not be complete without a taste of Jonah's famous shake! Oh the pansit canton still tastes heavenly!!! And my daughter surely loved it!

               Strolled in the sand on our way to have photos taken at the famous Boracay grotto...

                           Unfortunately so many people are in the area so I just settled for this shot.

             We had a delicious dinner at Don Vito Ristorante Italiano located in Boracay Mandarin Hotel

                                                      A treat for my little daughter in D'Mall

Our stay at MR Holidays was superb.  It's situated in between Discovery Shores and Ambassador in Paradise and so it shares on their heavenly beach space and oh what wonderful company it keeps.  They have chic recliner beds and fresh beach towels for the hotel guests.  The staff are friendly and very helpful most especially manong guard who makes sure me and the daughter are safe when we frolick infront of the hotel at night.  This vacation I can say is the most fun and beautiful experience I've ever had in Boracay.

Here are some photos taken at the front beach of MR Holidays

Fridays shot

                                            See you again Boracay! We'll be back in July 2013!