Boracay, Philippines Review

Boracay, Philippines Review

Boracay, Philippines Review

Now that is not a bad view to wake up to of a morning, I think you’ll agree – breathtaking

No this not The Hangover folks, this is The Honeymoon. This is Boracay, Philippines Review.

At some points it may have felt a little like The Hangover ha ha. So The Semi-Naked Chef and his new wife and the kids of course, decide to have a few days away in paradise on the small island of Boracay, just off the main island of Panay, and the Province of Aklan right at the very tip of Panay. Our first time away together for 12 months because of the visa issues as you know (if you are a regular reader). So we are indeed calling this honeymoon, but also the first Great Escape that is a guaranteed return.

Now this one is going to be rather large and I apologise in advance for that. But this place is heaven and you can’t stop taking photos of the place believe me. Refuted to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world, renowned for diving with many wrecks around the shore, topaz seas and visits from whale sharks at certain times of the season. It truly is a beautiful place. This is Boracay, Philippines Review.

Because it is The Philippines you’ll need to get your tuk tuk face on, or as more affectionately known locally as a tricycle. Great for zipping around, weaving through the traffic, wind in your hair style – and CHEAP!

A couple of bits of advice now from The Semi-Naked Chef – learnt the hard way as the newbies to Boracay – as I stated this is Boracay, Philippines Review. Clearly when we come back, and we will, we’ll also be leveraging this advice ourselves;

  • Check your seasons folks – we were a little constrained of when to go with us literally getting Mary and Jude visitor pass last week and it also being the kids school holidays this week. But this is rainy/windy season. Still it did not stop us, but say you were coming for diving only, you may have been disappointed;
  • Check your airport choice well. We did not realise there were two airports for Boracay, as when booking on TigerAir website I entered Singapore depart and Boracay arrival. The system then gave the only option of Kalibo (Boracay). Now this airport is about two hours drive on a coach, and 10 minutes ferry. Little did we know there is also Caticlan Airport – again direct flight with TigerAir from Singapore that is – yep you got it 15 minutes from Boracay plus again the 10 minute ferry. Apparently a little more expensive is Caticlan – but make your own decision folks;
  • Of course this also then impacted hotel  choices – we we looked at the hotel of our choice and it stated 15 minutes from the airport. Cool we thought, but after having been sat on the bus for about 2 hours of course we started to challenge where the [email protected] are we;
  • We stayed at Bulabog Beach, which is on the other side the main beach – White Beach – again we just did not know. Boracay is shaped like a dog bone, thin in the middle with two lumps at either end. We were on one of the lumps, in the cliffs, overlooking the Bulabog Beach. Still beautiful, but if you want the action in walking distance, choose White Beach – that is literally walk out the hotel on to the beach style.
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The night time view from our balcony – can’t complain hey!

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Here’s my Amy, blowing in the wind on our balcony

We were staying at Karuna Suites – check the blog

Boracay, Philippines review

And a wee storm comes through

Back to the advice – check your seasons. Now if you were here for a diving only holiday, you clearly are not going to see much down there with all this rain. For us this was fine. We sat on the balcony watching this storm come and go. Lightening lighting up the sky – actually very beautiful. And in 10 minutes all gone, sun out and all dried up.

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And now looking across the whole of the middle portion of the island – rainy again

This really shows you how narrow the island is – literally like that dog bone shape I mentioned.

Boracay, Philippines

A wander through the wet market at D’Mall

Loved this place. Meats, fish, herbs, spices, vegetables all out on display.

This is also the wet market where we visited Smoke Restaurant.

Boracay, Philippines

More of the wet market – love it here

Boracay, Philippines review

Can you Adam and Eve it

Oh my God – check this out – we love Boracay, they even have a hotel named after Jude. How cool is that!!!

Boracay, Philippines review

Now that is not a bad bit of beach is it not

Eyes to the right during day time this time – not a bad view I think you’ll agree.

See the screen all the way down – purely there to stop the wind blowing the sand into the restaurants.

Boracay, Philippines review

And to the left

Again not too shabby and hold on a minute there’s also family Kennett. Loving the beach. Our first day here a wandering. Again recommendation for the main, White Beach, is that the sun loungers come free with the hotel you are staying in. Whereas if like us you were on the other side of the island you have to fork out quite a few Peso to enjoy a relaxing spot, in the shade with a cold Pilsen and other such refreshments.

Boracay, Philippines review

How cool is this – about 30 of these sailing ships rock up and then go back and forth parallel to the beach

I hope you are all picking up on this topaz sea and white sandy sandy beach.

Now this is choppy at the moment due to the storms, but normally this is flat as a pancake cause by the coral reefs not far off-shore causing the waves to break there, keeping the seas pristine and crystal clear!

Boracay, Philippines review

Beach girl – fully attired still in party attire from the night before

Amy said; “Sod Tom Hanks, I’ll be your Castaway here!!!”

Boracay, Philippines review

Come on one gratuitous one of yours truly

Yeeeeehagggggh cowboy.

Come on, come on – cheap hat to keep the sun off one’s sensitive nose is all…

Boracay, Philippines review

Loving these family snaps

I am now thinking about how I can afford to instal a White Beach into the condo back in Singapore – have you noticed a common theme? Yep not an iPad, Samsung, Facebook, What’sApp etc in sight. Well worth the money!!!

Boracay, Philippines review

Mwah – Dad if I keep digging will I get to the Isle of Wight?

 

Boracay, Philippines review

“I am a mole and I live in the hole…”

 

 Here we go on a boat trip from our side of the island – a little island hopping and to do some snorkeling. I tell you life is not bad sometimes is it.

Then you get to that point when you have to ask yourself; “How hard is it to get you three to look at the camera?”

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#1 only Ollie looks up

 

Boracay beach, Philippines

#2 only Jude looks up

 

Boracay beach, Philippines

#3 only Amy looks up – I give up!!!

 

Boracay beach, Philippines

Finally one of yours truly – here I am with the kids making a sand boat

Yep not sandcastle, but a sandboat. I used to make these during the summer with my sister down Westgate Beach when we were kids, Now time to hand that skill down to my three.

Boracay beach, Philippines

Pretty cool huh – looks like a little boat – seats and everything!

 

Boracay beach, Philippines

Just a stunning view

 

Boracay beach, Philippines

You know, I just don’t know if everyone is enjoying themselves or not…

 

Boracay, Philippines review

I know you like the Wiggles Jude, but you don’t have to do “He’s a cowboy..” literally

 

Boracay, Philippines review

OK Baby Jude one more day in the sea – must remember cossie next time

 

Boracay, Philippines review

You just cannot stop looking around here and taking a deep breath all the time – it’s amazing

 

Boracay, Philippines review

I had to post this one – I love it. All silhouettes but you know who they are – right!!! Plus to note – not a single iPad in sight!!!

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Goodnight Boracay – we are indeed head-over-heels in love with you

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Our gaff at Karuna Suites, not bad is it – up in the cliffs. Hold on, who’s that in our room?

 

Boracay, Philippines review

All aboard the Skylark – off we go for adventure one day to Crystal Cove

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Cowboy Captain Kennett AKA The Semi-Naked Chef and his pin-up deck-hand

 

Boracay, Philippines review

About to board our little boat for a trip to Crystal Cove and some snorkeling

A beautiful day out – we booked one of these little boats with out-runners for the day to go exploring. A little snorkeling and a visit to Crystal Cove – all incredibly beautiful and stunning.

Boracay, Philippines review

Family Kennett on the incredibly beautiful beach of Crystal Cove, Boracay

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Family Kennett now in Crystal Cove, Boracay

So off the boat to explore this little island. A gorgeous little thing. A little bar for refreshments, 2 coves that you can explore, white sandy beaches to laze on and many many locations to get some family snaps at.

Boracay, Philippines review

The family in Cove #1 of 2

Now I can’t really show you much of the cove as much was filmed on my waterproof camera – which has now decided to go pop and not download – deep joy. But basically down a rather steep stone set of steps into a dark grotto. Paddling pools in the cave for the wee ones and more adventure for the big ones.

Boracay, Philippines review

The Semi-Naked Chef and Son, Crystal Cove exploring

Ollie and I managed to swim out of the little cave and into open water. We also managed to clamber on this bamboo raft to have a few dives off it, before a nice cool refreshing swim back to the cool interior of the cave.

Boracay, Philippines review

Amy looking a tad Lara Croft – Cove Hunter

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Dougy Peris – if you read this, thinking to sign this guy up for Cambodia – a DAB HAND at bamboo flooring

 

Boracay, Philippines review

How could you not want to come here and see this type of view EVERY SINGLE DAY

 

Boracay, Philippines review

See what I mean re many places for a family snap – this little island is wonderful – well worth a stop

 

Boracay, Philippines review

The Semi-Naked Chef, semi-naked in the cove. Cool waters and shade, before the open water and quite a strong current

Not the next of video quality – but keep going to tend for a special guest.

Boracay, Philippines review

Off we pop to a little island for a quick pee stop and a couple of beers – come on it’s paradise

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Sadly our last morning before we head on home – goodby to beautiful beautiful Boracay

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Bit of a different ferry for the ride to the mainland this time

 

Boracay, Philippines review

Check the port out – yep we’re on one those

And that was that Boracay, we finally have had to say goodbye.

The Semi-Naked Chef is hopeful that you like Boracay, Philippines Review. It may give you some tips, some advice, and hopefully an incentive to come, it is beautiful here – ENJOY!!

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