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    @BLD: I think the entrance fee was P200. As we were kuripot backpackers, we said "no thanks". I could buy 3 cornsilogs with P200. I looked at your thread again and saw the cave. Maybe I'll go there if I visit Bora again and have more $. I think the price is too steep as an entrance fee for local travelers. If the owners want to increase tourists, then they should lower the entrance fee. But then, it's a private island and the owners probably don't really need or want the money from entrance fees. <shrug>

    Re: square sausage, I had to google that, as I didn't know such existed. Looks interesting. When uncooked, it looks like frozen Libby's corned beef.

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    Some random photos

    Canyon de Boracay, another gaff along White Beach road. It's ~3 min to the beach, and probably mid-range.


    Folks at Canyon de Boracay waiting for their ride to the pier


    Along that alley is the Blue Marina Boutique Hotel

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    Some early morning pics

    C-girls taking a morning walk

    Family picture

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    Early morning swimmers


    More ppl picking up the trash (there are 2 pairs of basureros/garbage men)

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    Pinjalo Resort, also along White Beach road on Station 2. There are many budget to mid-range options.


    View from the beach going to White Beach road

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    More early morning pics

    Security guard buying his morning bread. This is the "working class" bakery near our gaff. There's another resort-hotel under construction nearby.


    Took a walk along this road to check the vicinity.

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    The main highway. Those are coast guard ppl riding the motorbike. Notice they all don't have helmets.


    The Crown Regency Hotel is just across the road, ~7 min from beach.

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    Priceline, a USA overruns outlet, which is beside Crown Regency Hotel

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    Best Western Boracay Tropics. Americans are familiar with the Best Western chain.

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    More random pics

    Mirai Spa, where I had a massage. I chose this since I didn't want to have a massage out in the open in one of the massage stations along the beach. While having the massage, I asked my masseuse some random questions. Turned out all of the girls there are not local; they're from Bulacan, Pampanga or Pangasinan which are provinces north of Manila. They live in a dorm provided by the owner. The ladies are either single or single moms. She told me they're prohibited from "entertaining" clients outside of the spa (the owner forbade it), but she knows that it happens in other places. It's underground economy since prostitution is not legal in Boracay. Based on other people's stories, there are many girls available as "language partners" if that's what you want for your holiday...


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    The breakfast bar at Alice Resort



    There were a few white guests but most were local tourists.



    White foreigners are called "kano/kana", short for Americano/Americana. It's similar to "farang" in Thailand but it's not a deregatory term as it's just slang. White half-breeds are "mestizo/mestiza". The Phils was colonized by Spain then by the USA, so there are Spanish & American influences in the language.

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    Some digging near the Best Western hotel



    You can hire pedicabs if you're lazy to walk short distances


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    This is the large hotel under construction, the back portion of which can be seen from Alice Resort.

    Luana Hotel won't be beachfront property, but it will just be a 5-min walk to the beach

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    I'm glad these coast guard ppl are happy campers

    Across them are tricycles that you can hire to take you to other parts/beaches of the island or to the pier.


    While I was walking, I saw this gal. If you want some female company, I can recommend her.
    She's a single mom and could use the TLC.

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    This was posted at the Best Western hotel


    This is across the Best Western/ beside the Crown Regency hotel

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    Dapogan Cafe, where we had our "silog" breakfasts. They were still closed, as it was early.


    If you don't want to eat silog meals, you could order one of these and have the staff cook it for you.

    This pic was taken from one of the restos along Station 2.
    There's also a Talipapa (wet market) where you can buy seafood and have it cooked.

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    As I've stated at the start of this thread, my group arrived by ship to Boracay.
    Arrival at Caticlan port.


    The ship to Caticlan was full of ppl who went there to attend a convention.
    Here are the convention ppl lining up to pay the environmental fee.

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    Caticlan port, back view. I'll post a front view of this later.


    View from Caticlan port

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    This is the speedboat that took us from Caticlan port to Boracay island. It's a small boat and if you have lots of luggage it might be tough to maneuver. But then there are lots of porters who can help you (for a fee).


    Arrival in Boracay island. Big advertisement from Air Asia.

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    Some resorts have golf carts to bring ppl to & from the port.
    This is Cagban (?) port, which is usually used during high season.
    Last edited by katie23; 25-10-2015 at 11:09 AM.

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    I don't know if ppl are interested in pics of the ship, but I'll post them anyway.
    Since the Phils is an archipelago, ships are used for inter-island travel.

    Queue at Batangas port before boarding the ship.


    Ship's front desk

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    This is the "tourist class" cabin, where we stayed. I was on the upper bunk. Bunks are ~2 feet x 6 ft.
    Tourist class has A/C and TV screens. The TV showed news or Hollywood movies.


    This is the "economy class" or cattle class. No A/C, just fresh air. You stay with the chickens and other animals.
    Last edited by katie23; 25-10-2015 at 11:07 AM.

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    The ship's amenities. This was the restaurant.


    The toilets were clean. Sorry I didn't take pics inside.

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    Up on deck. You can have a drink and just chill.


    Bar on deck

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    Karaoke machine on deck


    View of the ocean. Those aren't my legs.

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