Good morning Boracay!
We all had a very good sleep, I can attest that it really was –di ba ney? AC was too cold, our bed was so comfy and pillows were plenty. And the thought of we’re on Boracay, what can I ask for?
Awaiting us at Astoria’s White Café was the spread of breakfast items. For a breakfast lover like me, despite the average set-up and choices we had, it was still a good kick to start the day. By the way, the buffet breakfast was inclusive to our stay.
I started off with pandesal, a slice of carrot bread, butter and jam. Followed by longanisa, sausages, chicken embotido, egg benedicts and fried rice.
I’m not expecting too much but the egg benedicts was a disappointment. Well, for one it should be gooey and hollandaise sauce was missing. I requested for an omelette with everything on it but I forgot to tell not to overdo it. So it looked so dry.
The salad Station was limited, but I managed to create a favorite mix, with dried mango and cashew nuts topped with slices of cheese which I later on cut into bits.
And like the usual, I end up breakfast with fresh fruits.
Free flow of juice, coffee and chocolate were available too.
Back at our hotel room, while Nanay had a bath, Leoncio and I decided to change and get ready for the beach. The sun was up and it was the perfect summer getaway.
If you do not fancy the sun and sand of the island, which I doubt, guest can choose to stay at the swimming pool and achieve those tan lines.
The crescent sun loungers were an oasis of comfort and perfect to stay while you choose to stay dry and lounge with a book at hand.
While the beachfront maybe crowded because the water sports station was directly in front of Astoria. There were also lounge chairs available for guest use but you can hardly appreciate the view from that area because it’s literally the loading and unloading station of those who does paraw sailing, island hopping, banana boat and scuba diving.
We definitely would not waste our time lazing the whole day, Leoncio and I explore and decided to give the Bug Car a try. After haggling from one operator to another, we finally got one that was priced at P700 for one hour. The route would be Mt. Luho and Aviary Farm. I dropped Puka Beach on the list as we’ve already visited the place last year. Actually, I am not so after the places that we will be visiting except Mt. Luho, I am more than excited to ride the bug car.
‘Ney, test drive daw muna.
From Station 2, together with our tour guides, Jonelyn and Kuyang (?), we rode a trike going to Edward’s Bug Car rental (located near Fairways). We were given a short briefing on the places to go but I insisted that we should go to Mt. Luho and the rest can be skipped. Leoncio, who would be driving the bug car, was given instructions too on how to operate.
And up we go as our tour guides convoyed with us and gave us plentiful of snapshots.
I was elated as we move to a higher level using the sporty car.
Our first stop was Mt. Luho View Point. Entrance fee was collected at P60/pax.
The trek up to Mt. Luho View Point is not just about going up the mountain because along its way you will pass by a mini-zoo which features an array of wildlife reserve including the famous Philippines Eagle, various types of birds, snakes, alamid, monkeys and monitor lizard (bayawak).
For your adventurous side, the Zipline is for you. Zipline is behind us.
But of course the highlight was the summit of Mt. Luho itself, which is the tallest peak in Boracay. From the top you get a view of the island that you will not get anywhere else. Because the ascent is not that hard, even beginners will have no difficulty making the climb.
in photo is Bulabog Beach
From the view deck, you will see Fairways and Blue Water Golf Course, Alta Vista de Boracay and other housing projects. And from the same point you will see Bulabog beach, which is the secondary beach of the island. According to Jonelyn, all water sports are transported here during the rainy months especially when waves are bigger at the White Beach.
After a series of photo op here and there, we left the view point.
Our next stop was the Everland Aviary Farm and entrance fee was at P120/pax, it was quite pricey.
The place houses plethora of tropical birds and the main attraction was the domesticated (?) bat that you can hold and have photo with.
But what captured my attention was this Golden Retriever named Tarungaw. What a bad name for someone who’s adorable and sociable like her.
I bet Bea wouldn’t like this scene.
Honestly I didn’t enjoy the trip to the Aviary; we should have skip this tour and went somewhere else.
Our ride back at the main road was a breeze because Leoncio was more comfortable now driving the bug car. He’s pacing like he drives a regular car.
We met up Nanay at Astoria; she seemed to enjoy the long walk going to D’Mall back and forth. While waiting for our return she shopped pasalubong for her sisters and alliances.
Since it was close to lunch time already we walked back at Station 2. And no wonder that all resto at D’Mall was bursting with diners. We walked away from D’Mall and found ourselves at D’ Talipapa where the “paluto services” were stationed. However, we reject the idea as we were all hungry from walking and the heat of the sun was draining our energy. Guess where we settled?
At Mang Inasal! Service is always fast and besides its friendly to our pockets.
So we ended with one flavorsome lunch to account!
Calamansi Muffin priced at P35/piece.
Dessert was the famous and delicious calamansi muffin, which I bought on our way from D’Mall from Astoria.
I listed Real Coffee and Tea Café as a place to go in Boracay but almost forgotten the thought of it until I’ve seen the sign pointing to its direction.
It’s located at the interior side of Station 2, few steps away from Astoria. Real Coffee is referred to as the Home of the Calamansi Muffin. The place is frequent by Boracay first timers and I was surprised that most of its customers that day were foreign nationals.
I am not so fond of muffin but I have to experience it while in Boracay so as not to miss any that is being talked about hehehe, and give my judgment later. Its calamansi flavored was strong and fresh, though I am not certain if they use any additional artificial flavorings at all. Despite it’s being small in size; the bread was thick and filling.
Given that we were already at D’Talipapa, I grabbed the chance to shop for pasalubong while Nanay got another few pieces of purses for friends.
Nanay and Leoncio buying green mango our way back to Station 1.
Our next adventure awaits us at Station 1. We rented a boat but we did not get the island hopping package coupled with it. Our destination would only be Crystal Cove. For P1, 000 we have the boat for 2 hours.
Crystal Cove Island Resort is just 10-15 minutes away from the mainland, which sits at the Northern side of Boracay Coast. Entrance fee is P200/pax. The island offers island tour packages inclusive of meals and drinks. We didn’t avail any because we don’t plan to stay long. We just want to go around and have photos of course.
Going to Cove 1 was effortless that even Nanay managed to go down.
There was a swim area beneath but because of the strong waves that time we didn’t dare to try.
The coiled stairway going down at Cove 1 was the only challenge we had so far.
At Cove 2, Nanay didn’t attempt to go in.
As bending and crawling was needed this time.
At the end of the narrow tunnel, clear water welcomed us. Cove 2 was bigger and rock formations were more visible with stalactites dropping from the ceilings.
Our boatman aka tour guide and photographer were always ready to give us a shot.
On our way back at the top, the majestic view was simply captivating. And the picture of the blue sea was rather peaceful and consoling. I would love to go back and spend a day at this side of Boracay.
Thank you to our tour guides for the great photos we had at Crystal Cove.
The cruise back to White Beach was a little rough and thanks goodness that our boat was big to stand the waves.
Again, our big thank you to our boatmen especially to aka Luke of Boracay according to Leoncio, I strongly oppose ‘ney! Overall, we had a wonderful time around.
We spent the rest of daylight at the beachfront, trying to capture a beautiful sunset but the sun remained coarsely hiding from those clouds.
Before dinnertime, we went back shortly at the hotel to freshen and change. We just wanted some home-cooked dishes this time and after scanning the eateries around we decided for Big Mama’s.
Why? Because they offered the usual staples at home –adobo, menudo, mechado, etc. and apart from it their meals were reasonably priced.
You have the option to dine al-fresco, which we initially did; however, it suddenly rained leaving us no choice but to move at the covered area. The food is so so, average for a carinderia. Just don’t expect much at Big Mama’s.
On our way back to Astoria we chanced some fire dancers near Astoria; we stayed for a while to witness the amazing moves of these performers. And probably Nanay enjoyed their dances the reason why she was generous to give them a tip later on.
Leoncio and I were supposed to go out after we dropped Nanay in Astoria but we felt glued to our bed and decided to call it a night.
It was one wonderful and action-packed day for January and Leoncio.
Stay tuned there’s more…