Spending a SMART weekend in Boracay

Who could say no to a free all expense paid weekend in Boracay? No one, right? Last weekend, Smart flew us to Boracay to test their newest innovation, the Smart LTE (Smart Evolution). In the previous weeks, Smart had been sending batches of bloggers to Boracay to give Smart LTE (4G) a try. We were the last batch to be sent for the same reason.

The first thing I noticed upon arriving in Caticlan was the newly renovated and much bigger Caticlan Airport. The airport still uses its old runway but now sports a much bigger terminal area. Unfortunately, the terminal building was not finished yet when we got there and we had to pick up our stuff in a shed outside the main terminal.

Our travel agent booked each of us our own rooms in Real Maris Beach Resort. The hotel was nice and our rooms are super big. It’s twice the size of my room in Eriko’s House.

Since we were there for the testing of Smart LTE, we didn’t get to do much beach-ing. The only activity we got to try was the Paraw sailing during sunset.

Enjoying the sunset and the smooth breeze.

If the purpose of your trip to Boracay is to relax and get away from the stress of the big city, June might be a perfect month to go there. The summer feel is still there but it’s not as crowded as March, April and May.





[1] Photo credit: JustWandering.org

Photo Fridays: First Boracay Trip (July 2006)

[quote]Boracay, Aklan (July 2006) — I started going on out of town trips when I was in high school. But most of these trips are school related and I haven’t really enjoyed them. It was only in college when I starting going out of town for leisure. One of these trips is my trip to Boracay in July 2006. It was my first time in Boracay that time. This photo was taken in Crystal Cove during our island hopping.[/quote]

Jony’s Fruit Shakes in Boracay

Jony's Fruit Shake in Station 1, Boracay
Jony's Fruit Shake in Station 1, Boracay

When we were in Boracay, we were lucky that the weather was sunny. Of course, getting thirsty is inevitable under the heat of the sun. Our travel expert friend texted us that if we’re up to some drinks, we should try to visit Jony’s Fruit Shakes in Station 1, Boracay. We had a hard time locating the Jony’s restaurant in Station 1 because we thought that Station 1 ends at PADI’s headquarters. We were not aware that Station one continues beyond that private resort beside PADI’s. Jony’s is located a few resorts after the private resort next to PADI’s. Continue reading “Jony’s Fruit Shakes in Boracay”

Eriko’s House: Cheap Hotel in Boracay

Eriko's House in Station 2, Boracay
Eriko's House in Station 2, Boracay

After we arranged our trip schedule and flight arrangements to Boracay with SEAIR, the next thing we did is to find accommodations in Boracay. We first thought that this part is going to be easy since it’s the off peak season of the year. We received recommendations from our frequent Boracay goer friends to check out Taj Guesthouse in Station 2. Apparently, the place is already full so we decided to check out Tans Guesthouse, which is within the same compound where Taj’s is. Unluckily, they are also booked for the weekend. They recommended to check out Eriko’s House though, another guest house within their compound. Continue reading “Eriko’s House: Cheap Hotel in Boracay”

More Flights to Caticlan

My trip to Boracay in 2006 with college friends.
My trip to Boracay in 2006 with college friends.

The last time I visited Boracay was in 2006 with my some college friends. It was a fun experience. I wish I had my own camera at that time for taking pictures. Unfortunately, I was only sharing with the group’s cameras. Nice thing though that Seair is now offering more flights to Boracay (Caticlan). I can now easily schedule a weekend lakwatsa to Boracay in the comfort of my own computer.

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