For a few minutes of walk from where we were dropped off, we then found Dave’s Straw Hat.
It was a quiet afternoon in Boracay when we arrived. The lady receptionist greeted us without me first introducing myself (impressive). She already knew and assisted us to our room. She came back after 5 minutes handing us our “welcome drinks”. It’s a frozen lemon iced tea drink. Just perfect after the long journey!
I was very pleased with how it looked so much nicer than in the pictures. I chose the place because of the reasonable price and has been voted as Travelers’ Choice in Tripadvisor. All the reviews are good so that makes me feel confident with my choice .
Our room is a standard type for 1,950 pesos per night. It has one double bed, TV, toilet and a box locker.
The best thing is that our sheets and towels are clean all the time. You don’t need to ask them they will just take care of it for you.
For our 6-day stay at Boracay we were very confident that our stuff is secure.
Dave’s Straw Hat’s location is perfect for people who seeks quiet and relaxing place away from the noisy area known as Station 1 and 2. It’s quite a long walk (15 mins) to the center of Boracay where you see D’ Mall – but it’s a holiday so you’re suppose to be out and about right?
Tip: Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
I’ll surely stay on this place again if ever I’ll visit Boracay.
Thanks for sending us this picture Dave’s Straw Hat! We will surely come back 🙂
I have booked all our flights with Cebu Pacific because of its cheaper Promo Sales.
I have done it months before our holiday and have been impressed with the service. Well there are some cases where it’s a bit delayed but it’s not that bad.
There are two airports that you can choose from in going to Boracay Island:
only small aircraft can land at this airport
the closest airport to Boracay
has limited schedule of flights
passengers are given a limited luggage allowance of 10kgs
more costly airfare than Kalibo
From Caticlan airport you can either take a tricycle or just walk (10 minutes) to Caticlan Jetty Port.
is the main airport that connects international flights
the runway is able to land larger aircraft
It is about 2 hours ride to Caticlan Jetty Port
5-15 minutes ride until you step foot on the finest sand of Boracay
Once we picked up our luggages we were able to quickly purchase a transport package from Southwest Travels outside the airport terminal. For just 1,800 each pesos we will be transported to Caticlan Jetty port through a van that also includes fee for jetty and Terminal. Best thing of choosing this package is that you’ll have a worry-free travel since they will drop you off and on directly infront of the hotel you’re staying.
Lesson learned never bring heavy baggage in going to Boracay. Both of us brought around 19 kgs each so it really is a pain in the arse.
We are so glad for the helpful porters who are very muscle-ly enough to carry our luggage from the boat to the surface. (make sure to prepare a couple of change to give “tips” to the porters)
The sky is so clear and the sun was so inviting as we step foot to the Island. I haven’t expected that Boracay will greet us perfectly. Days before the trip I was constantly checking the weather forecast worried about the predicted thunderstorms and rainshowers but boy I am lucky to brought some sunshine from Dubai!
It’s been awhile since I have updated this blog. I’ve been away for almost a month to spend my first ultimate holiday in the Philippines and been itching to write the experience.
I’m not sure where and how to start but I think it’ll be better to focus on the interesting bits.
Normally when you are working in Dubai you will be given a month break annually but since I have transferred a different employer it took me almost two years before I can have my holiday. And finally the long wait came which is the 1st of September.
We flew from Dubai to Hongkong with my partner that took 7 hours then we had a stop over for 3 hours in Hongkong then off again to Manila for 2 hours flight.
Despite the two of us having a flu we manage to survive our long-haul flight.
Since my partner is a tourist I was expecting for a fee in Manila airport however they didn’t ask for it as we queue on for immigration/checking of passport. But on his return from Manila to Hongkong he paid 100 dirhams while I didn’t pay anything since I am an OFW.
We stayed one night in Manila at Remington Hotel which I made an earlier booking at Agoda for 300 dirhams. Remington Hotel is just 20 minute drive away from Terminal 1 airport. It is close to Resorts World, one of the luxurious hotel and Casino in Manila. I pick this place not just because its cheap but the convenience of providing free shuttle service to and fro the airport. I can’t be bothered hailing taxi cab and get ripped off which is rampant in Manila especially when you’re with a foreigner.
The area and the hotel feels safer. Just a short walk in a neighboring residential building you can have a very nice selection of restaurants and coffee shops. We went for a nice grilled seafood for dinner at Gerry’s. My partner love the sisig and barbeque. It’s his first time to try different Filipino food aside from Adobo which is the only thing i know how to cook. The following day we were scheduled for our Boracay flight which I will be posting next.