05.03.2014 - 12.03.2014 28 °C
When we arrived in Kalibo we had to fill in an immigration form which was very confusing as it asked different questions to see what you was bringing into the country as well as the usual stuff on them forms - where you are staying, etc. Also if you ever visit the Philippines make sure you have a flight out of there or they don't let you fly in. After finally filling in the stupid form which weird questions, we collected our bags and walked outside where we were met by loads of people offering to take us to Boracay Island. We took a minutes before deciding who to go with. It cost us 250php for the taxi ride and boat ride, the taxi was a shared van and took about two hours to reach the port at the top of the country. When we arrived there we were hit by more fees to pay - Environmental fee costing 75php and Terminal fee costing 100php which was annoying as weren't told about these fees before hand but ah well we had to pay them. We climbed aboard a boat fitting about 20 people on each boat and sailed across the sea to Broadway Island port at the bottom of the island near station 3. When we arrived we ended up getting a tuk tuk to in between station 2 & 3 as that is where we thought our hostel was. When we arrived at the stop we paid the tuk tuk man 100php and started to walk around on hunt for our hostel. No one seemed to know where it was then someone told us to go left down the beach as it is more towards station 3. After 25 minutes of walking around with all our bags and asking people do they know where Trafalgar Cottages are, we finally found it at the back of the markets. When we sat down with the owners she seemed shocked to find 4 of us turned up as she didn't read the booking properly and thought only two of us where coming. Luckily she found it was her mistake and had some rooms free for us but no together. Becka and Adam got the cottage downstairs with a private bathroom and Joe and I got the upstairs room with a shared bathroom. The room is just what we needed a place to stay and keep our things and only cost 350php a night each. As we were starving we dropped our stuff and went for a walk for something to eat, we ended up at Yellow cab and had a New York Classic New Yorker size which was massive..and we got them between couples. We actually didn't ended up eating it all either after two slices for me and Becka and Joe and Adam managed three slices each before asking someone to bag the rest up so we could take it home for breakfast! We weren't a fan of what we had seen of Boracay so far.
We all had a well deserved lie in before making our way to Zest's restaurant and bar for brunch where we got a English breakfast each with Hungarian sausage which wasn't as nice as we thought but got a cup of tea which made our day! Haha! After brunch we walked around the beach area and then decided to buy some clothes before we go to Australia on the 14th march as its cheaper in the Philippines. So me and Becka ended up buying a new bag for ourselves and hand luggage. Me and Joe bought a pair of shorts each but we found the Filipino people laughing when asking for sizes they must only have tiny waist people here....not! I found I am a 34 waist and Joe is a large in men's wear. After having fun haggling for our purchases, we decided to walk down the beach and see what's around the place when we come across a place called crazy crêpes. All the choices looked yummy so Joe, Becka and Adam got a large rocky road crêpe and I got a raspberry choco crêpe. They were yummy even though my had cream in it. After walking around some more we started to walk back towards our hostel when Joe seen a dart board and asked could we sit there for abit with a drink so he could play some darts. We ended up talking to two Australian guys who Joe was playing darts with and asking them about Australia for some tips. After half an hour, the aus guys went off to sit with their girlfriends. We ended up sitting in the bar finishing our drinks when a band starting playing so we started watching them and requested some songs for them to sing. We ended up leaving about 12am and we were that hungry we eat the cold pizza and crisps we had as every where had shut at midnight. We had downstairs so we could connect to WiFi when a German guy came in and sat with us and was chatting rubbish as he was drunk and at one point he started talking in German to us and said sometimes he automatically start speaking in his own language and wondered why we couldn't understand him. So shortly afterwards we went to bed as he was driving us crazy.
Today we got up and got ready to find somewhere to get brunch again, we ended up in an Italian restaurant for some yummy pasta. We noticed people on surfing boards and a paddle so afterwards we went to check out how much they were to have a go. We went to put all of our stuff in and more money. We paid 2000php for four of us for an hour. The guy helped us onto the boards and showed us how to use them, then off we went. Adam and Joe didn't really take to it so well but Becka and I was quiet good until I realised how far ournat sea we were and freaked out and sat down on the board before I fell in. We ended up paddling more near the shore as loads of boats passing and getting too close for comfort. At one point a boat become that close I had to push myself away from it using the boat as it was almost in my face. As we got more nearer to shore I ended up trying to stand up again and did well until Adam crashed into me twice and I fell off. On the second time I fell off I had hold of the underwater camera and threw it at Adam but he just missed catching it and it sank. So we all started looking like mad for it but didn't do well so I sailed to shore to ask the owner of the stand up paddles for some help to find our camera so him and another guy went in to look for it. After about 10 minutes one of them finally found it. We gave them some money for helping us as they didn't have to. Meanwhile Joe and Adam went to buy some snorkels so we could help them find our camera but by the time they got back they had already found it. We wanted to snorkel anyway so we thought we would test them put when we realised they were cheap because they were a load of rubbish and let water into the glasses so we marched back to the market to demand a refund. After telling the shop keeper our problems she had to go see her boss and ask her if she can give a refund. In the end, the owner agreed to let us have whatever we wanted from her shop that was worth what we spent on the rubbish snorkels, so I got a chandelier made out of shells for my mum and some earrings for me and my sisters. When we finally got back to the hostel we had a shower and got ready to go out for tea but Becka said she wasn't hungry so they went for a takeaway pizza but Joe and I decided to try a little restaurant on the beach were we had the most amazing milkshake - Oreo vanilla! We ended up having two each they were that yummy but they filled me up quickly and didn't eat alot of my tea! I have four mosquito bites on one leg so my leg had ballooned and I was in alot of pain walking around. When we got back to the hostel Joe and Adam decided to go find somewhere with a live band again but I wasn't up to walking as my leg was so swollen and Becka couldn't be bothered so we sat downstairs and I am filling this in to update you all on our travels. We ended up being bored to death by the German guy and more so poor Joe when we got back to the hostel.
We got up before lunch time and went out for brunch at Zest's restaurant, Me and Adam had a baguette, Joe had a ham and cheese omelette on warmed up bread and Becka had a cheese and tomato pizza which was horrible so she didn't end up eating it. We then made our way back to the hostel to let our food settle before we went helmet diving. The lady from the hostel took us to station two to the reception on the company who we were going helmet diving with, the a local man took us for a walk down the beach to pay for our trip before hopping on the boat to floating station were you helmet dive from. It was exciting but nerve racking as well as helmet diving isn't a well known thing. First up Adam went in but came back up twice because his ears kept popping and hurting. So Joe decided to go down first and then it was my turn. We were all guided by a scuba diving down and the weight of the helmets was heavy! Amazingly the water didn't come into the helmet only when you tilted the helmet. After me and Joe got down Adam followed and managed to cope with his ears popping after a minute to help his ears recover. After Adam came up a few times Becka had decided she didn't want to do the helmet diving due to the popping of ears and not being able to come up to the top without a diver helping us. At the bottom of the sea was amazing, loads of different fish swimming around us and I got excited when I saw two clown fish in their own habitat which was amazing to see as I am a massive fan of finding nemo. We had loads of photos taken and then Becka decided she would give it ago and came down for more photos and then got a chance to feed the fish with bread that the scuba divers got from the boat and had a video taken but Adam had had enough by this point and went back up to the boat. After our 20 minutes were up we were guided up to the boat one by one by the scuba diver back up to the boat. When we got back up we dried off abit then got back onto the speed boat to take us back to the beach and then Joe realised he'd left his sandals on the boat station were we had done the helmet dive from. We walked back to Milky's diving centre and told them we'd left the sandals, they told us they will drop them off later on with our cd with photos and video on. We walked back to the hostel for a shower and chilled out after all the excitement of helmet diving. We then chilled for the evening and sat at the table outside checking out our travel blogs, Facebook, etc.
Today we just chilled out and did a little bit of shopping in the local markets just outside our hostel. It was hard to find clothes in the Philippines as they must think everyone is super skinny and s few girls laughed at me when I asked for my English size 10!! I managed to find out my size in the end being a 34 waist and Joe found his size being a 36 but I only bought one pair of shorts as I couldn't be bothered with people having the cheek to laugh at me. From a few nights ago I had been bitten 7 times by mosquitos on one foot so I literally had an elephant foot and my skin felt like it wanted to pop so we walked to the local pharmacy where I thought the medication would be really cheap but I paid 3.90 GBP for 10 antihistamines which we were pretty shocked how expensive it was. I couldn't do anymore walking after this so we walked back to the hostel so I could rest my little feet. For tea Joe and I decided to go back to Yellow Cab and try a Charlie Chan chicken noodles and half a pizza each.
Today Joe and I got up early for some waffles for our breakfast, I had butter Carmel and Joe had blueberry and cream cheese. We walked back tot the hostel to get picked up and Nelson was sitting starring at us so we were naughty and sneakily give him a little bit of waffle. A man came to collect us at 9:45am and walked us to the boat on the beach. We picked up a life jacket and jumped aboard. Then the men on the boat came round giving our snorkels before setting off to our first snorkelling stop. When we stopped the men come around making sure our life jackets on properly and put two straps through my legs which was far too tight and give me a wedgey for the whole time we were snorkelling. After 30 minutes of snorkelling and see loads of fish and amazing coral reefs, we got back on to the boat and headed to Crystal Cove. The sea was really rough so we got splashed alot by the waves when we arrived at Crystal Cove we had to pay 2000php to get on the island before we could start exploring. We started talking to a couple on the boat called Nicki and Nathan, who we got to know well throughout the day. We went into two coves which were amazing, going into the coves were really narrow stairs and the waves were crashing in against the rocks. After exploring the little island we got back onto the boat and went for two more snorkelling stops before our 6 hour boat ride ended. When got off the boat, Nicki and Nathan asked us if we wanted to go for a drink at nigi nigi nu noo's. So we all walked down the beach and had a few drinks and chat about travelling and life before heading our separate ways. After a shower, Joe fancied a burger so we went back to Nigi Nigi's for our tea where we ended up getting drunk and bumping into Nicki and Nathan again.
On our last day in Boracay, Joe and I decided to go see Puka Shell beach which was at the top of the island. Adam and Necks had already been yesterday when we went on the boat trip so they didn't come with us. We got some water and got a tuk tuk for 200php. The beach was beautiful, we sunbathed, looked at all the crazy shells and pebbles and played in the sea which had a biggish drop as soon as you got into the sea. When it started to cool down at about half four we decided to head back to the hostel but gave the tuk tuk driver the wrong area so we ended up walking back as well as a tuk tuk ride. After a shower, we met up with Adam and Becka for our tea at Pizza treat - 14" cheese pizza for 140php. For our last night we went to play pool and listen to the local band at Paradise Gardens Resort for an hour before Joe and I decided we wanted a massage before we went to Australia in a few days. For a Swedish massage for one person for an hour was 350php = 5.47 GBP Bargain!!!! This helped us relax and feel nice and sleepy.
We had to get up lovely and early to make our journey back to the jetty port at 10am and managed to get the taxi and boat for 200php going back to Kalibo airport. When we got to Caticlan for the taxi we ended up waiting almost an hour before we left as they don't leave without filling up the whole shuttle van. After an hour an half of driving we finally reached the airport when we checked in Tiger air had changed our flights and they wanted proof we were leaving Singapore so our check in process took longer than normal. After checking in, we went for some fresh air and got more money exchanged as we forgot you are charged Terminal fee to get out of the Philippines costing 500php each which luckily Joe and I exchanged too much money yesterday. We went through security and then it was a waiting game for us to board our flight back to Singapore.