I love summer! I always dreamt a life that I own a rest house in a beachfront where I jog every morning with my dog, a Belgian Malinois to be exact. *laughs*
My colleagues and I decided not to be in Batangas and splurge in Boracay, the famous beach in the Philippines. This time with more activities like Island Hopping, Snorkeling, Helmet Diving, and Parasailing.
We stayed at Marzon Hotel in Station 3 assisted by Southwest Travel and Tours. Southwest staffs are hospitable, from the Jetty Port to the hotel lobby they got you covered.
Since we are on a budget, we travelled by Sea via 2go travel. Although the cruising time is almost 8 hours, if you want to save money, it’s okay. But I am definitely recommending to book a plane and plan the vacation 6 – 8 months before as airfares go down sometimes.
I like staying on station 3 cause the beach is cleaner and quieter. Station 2 is best for food and bar hopping while station 1 is for splurge vacation.
There are a lot of water activities you could do in Boracay and each year it only gets exciting.
Island Hopping (PHP1,500/pax inclusive of Buffet Lunch) – First stop Snorkeling near Carabao Island, add 20 pesos for the gear; then Crystal Cove for cave exploration with PHP200 entrance fee (optional); next lunch at another island; then Puka Beach; then another snorkelling near station 3. The whole island hopping will take 3 – 4 hours.
Helmet Diving (PHP500/pax inclusive of photo and video CD) – Speedboat going to the diving site, you will submerge in the water up to your shoulder before they put the 25kg helmet then the diver will help you. This will take 15 – 20 minutes, they will give you fish feeders so the fish will come to you and they’ll capture the video.
Parasailing (PHP700 – 1500/pax) depending on the provider, prices vary on how you bargain and how big is your group. This is a must try for me because you will see the breathtaking Sulu Sea from afar.
Other Boracay activities include sunset sailing, cliff diving, paddle boarding, kite surfing, ATV, Zorb, and many more. You may talk to the local volunteers to help you if you are a big group or go to the establishment yourself.
Here are some of our photos: