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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

Cebu Smile Magazine | Dubai Feature | The Desert Rose


My favorite article of Smile Magazine August issue is titled, ‘The Desert Rose written by Alex Ritman, a Dubai-based journalist. He amazingly put into words and generously shared all the impressive landmarks that first timers shouldn’t miss.

No one can argue that even myself still get awe and fascinated by the striking tower of Burj Khalifa. It never fails to fascinate visitors all the time. I’ve never been on the top myself, it’s not that I’m scared of heights but I prefer to be sitting somewhere near it just looking at it until my neck get sore.

Well I can now relate to his second recommendation, Aquaventure (waterpark). It was my first waterpark visit last December and god it was freezing. Of course being a sissy never occured to me on trying the Leap of Faith but it was so fun watching people dropped so fast and it feels like for a split second their soul was left behind. Aquaventure is located in the Atlantis Hotel on the far tip of The Palm, Jumeirah,

One of my favourite mall in Dubai is of course The Dubai Mall. I call it ‘The Torturous Mall‘ due to its massive size and every time I went home after strolling I get body aches. Dubai Mall welcomes over 50 million visitors a year that’s why it is one of the top must see places in Dubai. It is very close to Burj Khalifa and the fountain. Endless varieties of shop and activities will surely make your visit a memorable one.

The Souk Madinat Jumeirah is close to Mina A’salam a great place to chill out and relax. If you’re a beach bum then this is your place. The view is just spectacular facing the great Burj Al Arab.


Ravi’s – Of course who would not know the oldest and famous restaurant in Dubai. You can read my post about Ravi here.

Lastly, Mr. Ritman haven’t forgotten The Creek, where all of the glitz and glamour have started. All the means of trade occured here fifty years ago before high towers and skyscrapers were built. Here’s my video from a short trip taking a traditional wooden boat across the water.

The Creek


So here you go I hope you find this post helpful. I’m glad to share this interesting new found article in Cebu Smile Magazine. The writer really knows well where to go and about in Dubai. I’ll be posting my personal idea on where to go in Dubai. Stay tuned! x

For more info you can visit Facebook page and Twitter of Cebu Pacific here.

Cebu Pacific announce Direct Flights to Dubai!

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As a travel blogger from Cebu living abroad, I am very proud to be associated with the biggest name in travel from my hometown – Cebu Pacific Air.  I am so overwhelmed at the thought of my little blog reaching interested advertisers of such great magnitude!

I will be helping them to promote their company and in return they will help me to keep my blog running. Isn’t it amazing!?

I feel it is an honour to help my fellow compatriots (Kabayans!) to be recognised internationally. Nothing makes me feel prouder than my Cebu roots, the same place where Chinese-Filipino billionaire, John Gokongwei comes from.

With his interesting riches-to-rags-to-riches story, John Gokongwei is now the third wealthiest entrepreneur in the Philippines with a networth of $3.2 billion.

Cebu Pacific, as one of his largest businesses, has just completed the new Airbus A330-300 aircraft that will be used for daily flights between Manila and Dubai. The flights will be fully operational this coming October 7, 2013. It is the first long haul operation directly from Philippines to Dubai and  I’m pretty sure that Filipinos around Dubai are rejoicing for this wonderful news – a big step for Philippines to make a mark internationally.

I feel it is a very bold decision for the budget airline to extend their service for Filipinos working abroad. I can’t wait to be in service with Cebu Pacific soon.  

“CEB is proud to be the only Filipino carrier to fly direct to Dubai. We are glad to be of service to over 700,000 Global Filipinos who are in UAE. Now, our kababayans in Dubai can enjoy fares that are up to 40% lower than current offerings and fly direct to Manila, a mere 9 hours away from their loved ones, via a CEB flight,” said Alex Reyes Cebu Pacific General Manager, Long Haul Division.

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