Alternative way to travel to the tropical paradise, Boracay

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With the emergence of budget airlines, plane has been the common means of making a trip from one island to another in one day. Common? Sounds like a boring word, isn’t it? Thus, I challenged myself to travel to the world-famous tropical paradise through the infamous mode of transport, by ferryboat. After all, how could you appreciate the beautiful islands of the Philippine archipelago by flying above the clouds?Traveling by water can be exhausting but the whole experience is worthwhile. Believe me, I felt like a real traveler when I chose this route going to Boracay.1528625 10202976842292046 509679740 n - Alternative way to travel to the tropical paradise, Boracay

I didn’t say cheaper way because this mode of transport can costs the same or even more than when you travel by plane. But if you have a yen for a more adventurous and valuable experience, with time under your control, then this excursion is for you.

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From the chaotic city of Manila, ride a rural bus going to Batangas port. After 2 hours, get a tricycle to fetch you to the Batangas port. I didn’t realize that the national Batangas pier is the prime port entry of CALABARZON region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Rizal). Ask around and you can find your way to the ticket office for a Supercat ferry ride to Caticlan port.

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The 2 GO ferry has improved tremendously. The last time I rode a ferry was 12 years ago with Super ferry. Though smaller in size, 2GO ship has several amenities to keep you occupied while on board. The almost 8-hour journey will give you enough time to slumber in their comfortable sleeping lounge, to eat in their dining room and to drink at their night bar.

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By the way, the voyage includes free meal for the 460php price.The first out of 2 stop overs was at Roxas port located in Barangay Dangay in the province of Oriental Mindoro.The port serves as a transit point to Boracay by several shipping companies. 3 hours later, you’ll be docked at Calapan port to have enough time to pay the terminal fee at the ticket booth.

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Trying to sleep during the 5-hour ride going to Caticlan sea port amidst the rough sail is difficult. The drumming of the thunderstorms sounds like heavy metal music to my ears and my body constantly bunging against the wall back to my soft pillow which followed the rhythm of the gigantic waves tossing up and down the ship’s beam. There’s no storm which is normal in the Philippine Sea, it was just bad weather. Despite the disturbing hours of darkness, I managed to snooze and woke up to a calm weather. The clouds were gloomy but as they say, there’s a silver lining in every clouds.

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Traveling by boat around the Philippine waters is like riding a jeepney along the traffic-congested streets of Manila which is truly one a kind Philippine travel experience.

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From the Caticlan port, travel in tricycle to your desired station.Traveling by tricycle is a typical means of transport in provincial areas. It was early morning when finally I arrived with drooping eyelids which all of a sudden puffed up upon seeing the iconic Boracay white beach.

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White Beach is composed of three sections.

Station 1 – is the northernmost station where the most expensive resorts and hotels are situated. If you’re the classic traveler with an inch for luxury, this is the best station for you.

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Station 2– lies on the center of the beach. Tourists gather round here most for various reasons. If your thing is to eat, shop or window-shop, and hang loose at night and party, then this is your right place.

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Station 3– is the southernmost section of the beach. If you want to relax, this quietest area suits the tranquil ambiance you desire.

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Among the activities I enjoyed the most is the 30-minute Helmet diving. For only 500php, this fun adventure involves walking the ocean floor by climbing down the ladder until you reach 10 feet below. Under the sea is a feast to the eyes, with school of colorful fishes dancing around you until you give them a bite of the small pieces of bread in your hand.

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Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

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