Overrated and Crowded.
OH Boracay! Where do I begin with you. Well first, let me tell you that it is quite an adventure just to get to Boracay from Manila. Like Palawan, I spent $50 on a round trip ticket to Boracay from Manila . There are 2 airports: Caticlan and Kalibo. I flew in to the Kalibo airport not knowing it was going to take another 2 hours just to get to my destination. Now, this is where it gets a little frustrating. When you get to Kalibo airport, there will be a boat that will take you to the other side of the island. There is an additional fee to take this boat and you don't have a choice but to pay it. They will then tell you how to get to the main beaches and lead you to the bus station or shuttle whichever one is available for your final commute. This ride is about 2 hours and for another additional cost. Finally, when you arrive I suggest you drag your own luggage and belongings to your hotel. Do not let anyone assist you unless you are willing to tip them. They will literally follow you to your hotel until you give them something. But even that I would be careful, they may run off with your things.
The main Boracay white sand beach is broken down into 3 stations: station 1, 2, and 3 but all within walking distance from each other. I decided to stay in Station 2 so that I can be in the center of it all. In station 3, you will find a shopping center, but throughout the day people are selling souvenirs. Don't worry about food or places to eat, you'll have plenty to choose from. The place is way too crowded if you ask me so if you're trying to relax in peace, forget it. This place is for party animals. Literally I found myself drunk every night and woke up one day with a "Love Life" tattoo. There are abundant things to do here as far as activities. Like any other places, it will cost you depending on what you're trying to do. However, you can bargain with them. We decided to do the island hop tour to see the other beaches and islands and to get away from the noise. This is highly suggested because you will discover how beautiful Boracay really is. My tour guide took us to another Island which was so much peaceful and had a much better view of the island. Make sure to tell your boat driver to take you to CRYSTAL COVE Island. This is where we snorkeled in peace.
During our boat island hopping tour, we were shown Manny Pacquiao's house in Boracay.
After a few days, I wanted to be away from the overrated Boracay beach and away from the noise. I found a really amazing resort a few minutes from station 2, where I was at. It provided a free pick up shuttle to and from Station 3 so I checked out and had them picked us up. It's called the Lingganay Resort. It is seriously a Castle. The resort was stunning, every room was a suite which was much nicer than where I originally was staying at and it had it's own private beach, the Petty Beach. I highly recommend staying at least one day at this resort if you're planning to visit. It's simply amazing. No complaints about this place. The staff were friendly and very accommodating.