Boracay: The 2D1N Php2500 Challenge

12-13 Nov 2011.

Sometimes I regret not writing immediately after a trip because I tend to forget the details. And I feel disappointed with myself whenever I could not convey the true feel of the whole experience, all because of my laziness to take note of the littlest things. As much as possible, I bring home some memento, whether it be a receipt or a bus ticket, to trigger the memory flash should the urge to write come days or, in this case, weeks after the adventure.

It’s a good thing my friend Jeannie, the keen accountant that she is, kept a record of all our expenses and up to now she could still recall all the bills we paid for without second-guessing. See, before we made the Boracay trip, we challenged ourselves to spend roughly 2500pesos in 2 days and a night. Crazy women, yeah. Cheapskates and backpackers? Hell yeah.

The list:

1. Try Helmet Diving √

2.See the famous Boracay sunset √

3. Have photo taken with the firedancers √

4. Stand beside a sandcastle√

5. Have a slice of island night life √ (next time though it’s going to be the shooter Still-Standing-After-15 challenge at Coco Mangas)

6. Ride an ATV √ (and finish the route alive)

7. View Boracay from the highest point on the island √

8. Spend roughly 2500 all-in, inclusive of transpo (to and from Roxas City) √

9. HAVE A GREAT TIME!

I vow to return and experience paradise again. Some may say Boracay is overrated as a destination. Others say it’s just too expensive. I beg to disagree.

And no matter how many times people try their hardest to spoil this gem of a place, Boracay is still a beauty and will remain as such for as long as we keep doing our part.

Quick tip: If it’s too costly to fly from Manila to Caticlan or even Kalibo (which is most likely the case unless a seat sale is just around the corner), try flying to Roxas City and from there ride a van direct to Caticlan or catch a bus from Sigma,Capiz.

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16 thoughts on “Boracay: The 2D1N Php2500 Challenge

  1. how inspiring! i have never been to bora. boo me. haha. but i plan to do at least one trip per quarter, and I might just try this as well. care to do a repeat backpacking with me? haha. maybe second or third quarter? haha.

    • Hi Melvin. White beach divers Inn is awesome. Pretty cozy rooms for 500pesos. The one we had is big and well-ventilated though it’s just fan-conditioned. The bathroom is shared but is really clean and tidy. And the German owner is friendly and very approachable.

      • Hi! this is really inspiring. Think, my Boracay will be cheaply great like yours. I’ve booked a flight to Iloilo in the am of Dec. 8, 2012, I planned to tour a bit of the city proper and visit churches and head to Caticlan in approx. 3pm, as I read other travel blogs, I believe it will take me 5-6hrs to get there so most likely than not I’ll arrive at 9pm, will there still be a boat ride available for me (we’re a group of 3 actually)? can this be possible? boat right at night? ever have an idea for their last trip? i tend to start our trip this way so as to allot the very little time we have for Boracay as our flight back home is in the am of December 10,2012.. it’s really tight schedule we have there.

  2. Hi! this is really inspiring. Think, my Boracay will be cheaply great like yours. I’ve booked a flight to Iloilo in the am of Dec. 8, 2012, I planned to tour a bit of the city proper and visit churches and head to Caticlan in approx. 3pm, as I read other travel blogs, I believe it will take me 5-6hrs to get there so most likely than not I’ll arrive at 9pm, will there still be a boat ride available for me (we’re a group of 3 actually)? can this be possible? boat right at night? ever have an idea for their last trip? i tend to start our trip this way so as to allot the very little time we have for Boracay as our flight back home is in the am of December 10,2012.. it’s really tight schedule we have there.

  3. Hi! this is really inspiring. Think, my Boracay will be cheaply great like yours. I’ve booked a flight to Iloilo in the am of Dec. 8, 2012, I planned to tour a bit of the city proper and visit churches and head to Caticlan in approx. 3pm, as I read other travel blogs, I believe it will take me 5-6hrs to get there so most likely than not I’ll arrive at 9pm, will there still be a boat ride available for me (we’re a group of 3 actually)? can this be possible? boat ride at night CAticlan-Boracay Island? ever have an idea for their last trip? i tend to start our trip this way so as to allot the very little time we have for Boracay as our flight back home is in the am of December 10,2012.. it’s really tight schedule we have there.

    • Hi toni,

      The last boat for Boracay leaves Caticlan at 9pm. Hmmm I think it’s best to spend the night in Caticlan and travel the next day. I understand you guys are running on a tight schedule, but if you take the earliest boat trip on the 9th (which is 5:30am if I’m not mistaken) you can still maximize the day. Hope I was of help. Happy travels!

  4. Peppy,
    After spending 3 nights on the island, Boracay
    is a very magical place. The first night I was in awe,
    so many people on the white sand walkway. Some
    what overwhelming experience. The next day at 0530
    am, very peaceful, without the crowds.

    Three days was not time enough time to see and feel everything.

    Jim

  5. Dear,

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