Goodbye, cruel world! XD
If there was one thing that I regretted during my first visit to Boracay last 2011, is that I didn’t research enough to know about the famous party place hidden away from Boracay’s busy white beach, Ariel’s Point. Today, visiting Ariel’s Point stands at #1 on TripAdvisor’s Top Things To Do in Boracay. Is it only hype? Or is it the real deal? We’re about to find out.
Here’s an excerpt on Ariel’s Point’s website on how to get there:
Trips to Ariel’s Point depart daily at 11:30 a.m. from Ariel’s House, which is located along Boracay’s main White Beach near Station 1 between Club Paraw and the Obama Grill. At the current time, tickets for Ariel’s Point can only be purchased through the Boracay Beach Club (just across the main road from Ariel’s House in Station 1). You can reach Ariel’s House and the Boracay Beach Club by walking along White Beach (about a 10 minute walk from D’Mall) or hiring a tricycle and asking them to bring you to the Boracay Beach Club in Station 1.
For more information about reservation and how to contact them, visit their website HERE.
You can’t have a complete Boracay experience without trying one of the many watersport activities in the island. And since men of our age and sizes are up to the challenge, we decided to go with Parasailing and Flyfish first thing after breakfast.
For our activities, I contacted Nino to be our middle-man. I have done business with Nino back in 2011 for our parasailing, ATV and helmet diving, so dealing with him again was a no-brainer. Since that day was the last day of the peak season, we narrowly escaped the clutches of peak season prices. The prices we got are as follows: P450.00/head for Flyfish and P750.00/head for Parasailing*.
Last June 2013 marked my return to one of the most celebrated tourist destinations of the country, Boracay Island. However, there are some firsts that I’ve encountered during this trip. For one, this will be my first time to board the Davao-Kalibo direct flight from Cebu Pacific. I’ll also be joined by three of my childhood buddies (they’re first-timers; which means I’ll be filling the role of tour guide again). Enough with the chatting, let’s get down to business. This is a rundown on how to go to White Beach from Kalibo.
But, before I proceed with the step-by-step guide, below is the TL;DR version of this post:
Kalibo to Caticlan to White Beach
|Type of Payment
|Van from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty Port (1 hour & 30 minutes)
|Caticlan jetty terminal fee
|Boat from Caticlan-Cagban jetty port (10 minutes)
|Tricycle from Cagban Port to White Beach (20 minutes)
Now, if you’re not lazy enough, do read the detailed guide below. These steps may save you valuable time and money on your future Boracay trip.
Dahilayan Adventure and Forest Park
Last February 2013, Kaye and I went to Cagayan de Oro City boarding the Davao-CDO direct flight from Cebu Pacific for the first time (travelling by bus was more expensive than the promo fare we got and will take 7-8 hours). But our main purpose in going to CDO isn’t really the city itself but its famous neighboring town of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. And here, ladies and gentlemen, lies the Dahilayan Adventure Park: home of Asia’s longest dual zip line.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
If you missed Part 1 of our Bohol Countryside Tour, click HERE.
We’re midway on our Bohol adventure and yet the island still has its many surprises up its sleeve. But in order to cool down our nerves from the exhilarating experience that was the Loboc Zip Line, we headed next to the sanctuary of the world’s smallest primate and cute mascot of Bohol, the Tarsier.
This is an account of one of my unusual birthday celebrations. This is the first time I’ve celebrated my birthday in another country, let alone in a zoo.
I’ve always wanted to see various exotic animals so I wouldn’t miss a trip to the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. We availed of the 2-in-1 Park Hopper package. We were already at the zoo by 10AM to maximize time. For more info about Singapore Zoo, visit http://www.zoo.com.sg/.
Well, it’s that time of the year again. No, it’s not Christmas or New Year I’m talking about. Rising temperatures, the scorching heat of the sun, the intense urge to order halo-halo and the growing call to hit the beach… SUMMER! Davao is no stranger to beautiful beaches as Samal Island is just a boat ride away from the city. However, with a plethora of beach resorts lying around Samal Island, picking a resort can be confusing. As a standout from other beach resorts, one can never go wrong with Pearl Farm.
Pearl Farm Parola
Kaye and I aren’t really strangers to Pearl Farm, albeit a few years removed from our first visits, respectively. For rates, boat schedules and other booking concerns, you can go directly through their official website at http://www.pearlfarmresort.com/. However, being extra aggressive in finding the best rates, we were able to get a cheaper rate. A bed and breakfast package at Samal house (overnight stay with complimentary breakfast buffet) shelled us a total of Php6,500.00. Note that this was last year’s price (March 2012) so prices this time may vary. The published rate for the same package is at Php4,000.00 per person so that’s a total savings of Php1,500.00.
The world famous globe (cue epic intro music)
For the kids and the young at heart, a visit to Universal Studios is a must in Singapore. The theme park boasts world-class amusement rides, impressive architecture and countless hours of fun and excitement. For adrenaline junkies like us, there’s no way we would pass out on the thrilling rides (roller coasters beybeh)! This is an account of our whole day adventure of one of the world’s best theme parks. Continue reading
I have been fantasizing about going to Boracay since I was in college. From what I have read and heard, the island seemed to have it all: white sand beaches, great food, crazy night life and a distinct culture only experienced there. On paper, the island more than deserves the moniker as the Philippines’ top tourist destination. But then when I was still a student, some factors didn’t permit my travel aspirations. Priorities had to be set and unfortunately, travelling was a luxury a mere student couldn’t afford. Fast forward a few years later, I was a student no more. And while the landscape may have changed, my desire to visit Boracay was still alive and burning. Last August 2011, Kaye and I finally pushed through our daring travel dream: to explore the island of Boracay for the first time.
The Island of Boracay
To read more about my recent Boracay trip last June 2013, check out the links below:
Return to Boracay: How to Get to White Beach from Kalibo
Return to Boracay: Parasailing and Flyfish
Return to Boracay: Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point
Since we are from Davao City, going to Boracay isn’t that easy or cheap. Affordable, yes, but not cheap. Davao has no direct flights to Kalibo or Caticlan and we thought passing by Iloilo would be too time consuming (*UPDATE* There are now direct Davao-Kalibo Cebu Pacific flights. I’ll be going back to Boracay this June via this route). We settled on the Davao-Cebu route and booked another flight going to Caticlan (through seat sales of course). We scheduled our trip last August (off-peak season) as it’s also my birth month. Continue reading
Ah Bohol. This is actually my second time in this beautiful island in Visayas. For me, Bohol is a place that has it all. Scenic spots, unique wildlife, historical places, sparkling beaches and, of course, great food are ingredients for a guaranteed blast. For my second encounter, I play tour guide for my friends as we headed to Bohol’s countryside. Let’s go!