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Boracay revisit – 2nd time’s the charm!

August 1st, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

My first trip to this small but famous island in Philippines was in May 2009, about 10 months ago. Due to the flight delay and subsequently flight changed, I had less than 48 hours on the island in total, which means I have to leave with regrets of not able to explore much of what the island has to offer. I am pretty sure I was saying this to myself when I was leaving the island: I’ll be back (without Arnold’s accent, of course)!

True to myself, I made the trip again in late March 2010. This time around, I have 4 days on Boracay itself and another day in Manila. I wish I had 6 days on Boracay as I was having so much fun there. In retrospect, there are no Malaysian island retreats that can offer an island holidays like Boracay can – in fact, we are not even close, except in one aspect – diving. Perhentian and Tioman Island are way better in this regard IMHO. Time to plan for a Perhentian dive trip, but that’s a different story…

Back to Boracay trip.

Getting To Boracay

Not easy to go Boracay from Kuala Lumpur, and not cheap, especially for last-minute air tickets.

Intermational Leg – some options:

  1. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have direct flights to Manila and connecting flights to Cebu (via Kota Kinabalu), but these routes are normally expensive. RM1500 up for a round trip.
  2. Cebu Pacific has one daily flight plying Kuala Lumpur/Manial route, but it flies on odd hour.

    Odd hour flight for Kuala Lumpur -> Manila route

  3. Budget airline Airasia flies to Clark Airfield (formally known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, DMIA), about 2 hours from Manila’s main airport Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), where most of the domestic flights are taking off.

I ended up use option #3 above, and paid RM800 round-trip 2 weeks before the departure date. Should be able to get cheaper price if book in advanced.

Domestic

DMIA is airport-of-call for a handful of Asia’s budget airlines, and thus attracted a few bus liners plying DMIA <-> Manila route. Both Parkas and Philtranco bus liners are having terminal at Pasay City along EDSA. It took 2.5 hours for me to reach Pasay from DMIA (350 Ps one-way) during mid day – EDSA’s traffic can be very bad. From Pasay terminal, NAIA is just ~15mins away by taxi. Insist on meter-taxi, < 150 Ps.

There are many domestic airlines to choose from in order to reach Boracay Island. The nearest airport is Caticlan (airport code: MPH)

The domestic flight that I booked is Air Philippines Express, which operates from Terminal 3 (same goes to Cebu Pacific, while Philippines Airline operates from T2). Security is tight even though this is domestic terminal, requires to take off shoes when going through the security gate.

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