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Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

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Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

I want to go on a holiday over the break in April from say the 18th to the 26th. I have read a bit about Holy Week and i think it is the week before? Is from the 18th to the 26th going to be that busy that it will drive me nuts and make the trip not worth while? I dont get the opportunity for holidays to often so i really cant afford to waste them. Also the other questions i had that may assist me are below. Can anyone help?

1) How expensive is Boracay do aussies find it cheap or expensive? What does a beer cost for example

2) Any recomendations on a hotel for a young couple without kids looking to hit the watersports hard in the day and relax in the evenings?

3) How long do i need to make Boracay a worth while trip? I can only get from the 18th to the 26th off in April I need to be back at work on the 28th is this enough time including travel to Boracay Island?

Any advice is appreicated

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1. Re: Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

Cant answer the holy week question as Ive never been in the Philippines at this time.

Re #1 Reasonable prices for an Aussie in Boracay. Beer about A$1.

Re #2 What is your budget?

Stay beachfront. Station 1 upmarket-best beaches. Station 2 busy/party area and near DMall. Station 3 budget accomodation and quiet.

Re #3 1 week is a good amount of time to spend in Boracay. Its only a 1 hr flight from Manila to Caticlan Airport and 15mins by boat across to Boracay.

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2. Re: Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

April 18th is Good Friday so you shouldn't have problems traveling.There may be fewer than usual tricycles and bankas in Caticlan so you may have to wait a little longer than usual.

All foreigners find Boracay affordable although more expensive than other parts of the Philippines.

8 days may whet you appetite for a longer stay next time.

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3. Re: Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

If you are going over Easter, ie Holy Week, then you will need to book and pay in advance for popular resorts. I wouldn't wait any longer or you will miss out. It will be crowded at this time.

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@ The Big CM

1) Holy week = April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)

April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)

April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

20 = sunday

See - the Phil govt gazette here - gov.ph/2013/…

2) Yes - During this time, buses, boats and tourist spots are CROWDED with people!

So yes - form 18 to 20, it will be crowded, thence back to normal. So if you DO wish to travel on 18th, ensure you have made al lyour bookigns, and be prepared for crowds in Boracay (or better - choose another beach palce ... we have 7107 islands, you know : )and many many beautiful beaches)

As for your other questions ...

1) Boracay is reasonably priced - a beer will cost between 60 (1.5 AUD) to 90 (2.2 AUD) pesos. It is cheaper than some other tourist spots in Phils.

2) Any hotel / resort along station 1 or 2 or 3 - 3 being more peaceful. Distances are very short and easily walkable.

(note : nearly every hotel calls itself a resort here. he he!)

Relaxing in the evening? ... white beach is open for everyone to sit on :) - But DO expect lots of crowds on the beach during the first few days. Also, it is worth spending the extra money and directly fly into Caticlan - that way, you don't have to wait for a bus at Kalibo and tackle the crowds. If you book now, you may not spend much extra.

3) Yes - 18 to 26 is sufficient time. Take a flight Manila to Caticlan. Boracay is a really small island. You just may get some peace after holy week (If I were you, I may have chosen Malapascua instead for holy week - more peaceful, equally beautiful beach. lesser tourists. Lots of Filipinos will visit Boracay and El Nido during holy week - very few will visit Malapascua!)

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6. Re: Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

1. Whether is it cheap or expensive will depends on your mentality. For example, some may find P1500 a night room expensive and some find a P10,000 room reasonable. So it depends what value you see in it.

2. What's your budget? As a general rule, Station 1 are the most expensive. Station 2 is the party place and Station 3 is the more quiet one. Note that these are general characteristic of each Station only.

3. Your travel period is fine. Just remember to get to Manila one day before your international flight.

I would suggest you book your room in advance as it is the peak season.

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7. Re: Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

Holy Week means more people, but more fun events on and off the beach as well. Enjoy your Boracay stay!

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8. Re: Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

do aussies find it cheap or expensive?

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When I arrived at Boracay years ago, A Filipina asked a local...Where are the cheap places to eat.

His reply...There are no cheap places, this is Boracay.

By Philippines standards, you will find it expensive. By Australian standards, you will find it cheap.

If you want to tour around and see the sights, you will waste your time on Boracay as you can see the whole thing, from land and sea, within about 2 hours.

If you just want a holiday where you will party at night and relax in the day time, you have chosen the right place.

If you want a cheap beach holiday in the Philippines with lots of things to see and do, and easy to get to, I have suggestions for you, if you are interested.

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9. Re: Boracay visit - Australian traveller needing some advice

If you have been to Bali you will find Boracay to be relatively the same in terms of prices although I find hotel rates in Boracay to be just a little expensive than Bali.

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