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Where to stay in Boracay |Dave’s Straw Hat

For a few minutes of walk from where we were dropped off, we then found Dave’s Straw Hat.

Beachfront Boracay Island Philippines

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!

welcome drinks standard bedroom daves straw

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.

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Daves straw hat staff

Thanks for sending us this picture Dave’s Straw Hat! We will surely come back 🙂

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My First Boracay Island Experience | Philippines

Airplane to Boracay

This is the part where the awaited holiday experience starts.

We arrived in Kalibo Airport on the 3rd of September boarded in a Cebu Pacific Airlines.

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.

Touchdown Boracay
Touchdown Boracay

There are two airports that you can choose from in going to Boracay Island:

Caticlan Airport

  • 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.

Kalibo Airport

  • 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)

Boracay Sunset
Boracay Sunset

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!

Sunbathing in Boracay

Sunbathing in Boracay
Beachfront Boracay
Beachfront Boracay

Travelling from Dubai to Hongkong to Manila

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.

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No sickness can stop us now #hongkong #vscocam

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Massive Hongkong Airport
Massive Hongkong Airport
Shopping at Hongkong Airport
pointing a 24,500 HKS what an alcohol!

I really love Hongkong airport – I can just live there!

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At Hong Kong airport

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One of the highlights of having a stop-over will be the opportunity to experience asian dining!

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Japanese lunch #hongkong

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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.

Reminton Resorts World Manila
strolling around Manila Resorts World
Resorts world Manila
inside the Resorts World Casino
Gerrys Grill Manila
Cheers to Filipino food

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.

Having a nice coffee at Remington Hotel before our flight to Boracay.