Because we slept most of our way to Caticlan from Iloilo, we arrived at the Caticlan Jetty Port five hours after. Luckily, in February, the influx of people does not start until April and May so the port was not full. I personally think January and February are the best months to and the best season to go to Boracay Island.
We paid (to those who might need this):
Enviromental Fee – P75
Fastcraft Montenegro Lines – P25
Terminal Fee – P50
Environmental fee is only charged once. Going back, you only get to pay the boat fee and terminal. Do you know that the environmental fee for residents of Aklan are waived? Don’t ask me, why. I think residents of the Philippines should not pay that. Ha!
There’s WIFI at the port – Thanks, Shangrila Boracay! The boat ride was approximately 300 seconds away from Boracay Island. Multi-cabs and tricycles are all over the port when you get there. You will never have a problem getting to your hotel anytime. Hello, Le Soleil!
Unfortunately, because official check-in time was 2PM, we walked around the beachfront in Station 2 and ended up at D’Talipapa for lunch.
Talipapa is a Filipino term that means a open fish-market with temporary stalls under a flat shed. But it doesn’t say anything about overpriced seafood, ha! In fairness to the market, D’Talipapa is quite clean actually. Next to the market are small restaurants that charges you per kilo on whatever dish you wish to be done to your seafood. It is quite expensive and if you want to save, go with a group who can split your bill! We paid a cooking service fee of P300 for 1/2 kl of king prawns, 1 kl of parrot fish, and P200 1/2 kl of tuna.
We went back to Le Soleil de Boracay and I couldn’t be happier when their stewards said their wifi is free. They give you fresh towels and refill your bathroom supplies everyday.
Our room which is the deluxe with one queen sized bed has its own balcony that overlooks the pool area. Nothing much else to see up there but I feel like I’m in my own hacienda lounging in my own patio while smoking pot, mediterranean style. The pot is exaggerated but you get what I mean.
Another favorite part of Le Soleil is their own private beachfront with sunbeds and stewards that cater to your every whim. Towels, please! Ice cold beer, please! Grapes, please! Ah, isn’t this the life?
Le Soleil de Boracay
Boat Station 2
Boracay Island 5608
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