We pulled a raging all-nighter to get from Ho Chi Minh to Boracay, which was a bit of a shock to the system for two people who are used to calling it a night at 9pm (at the latest). After two short flights and a very rushed connection in Manila, we landed in Caticlan and caught a ferry across to Boracay.
We expected Boracay to be touristy (and expensive), but only grasped just how much so after we arrived. Nevertheless, we managed to find ourselves some reasonably priced accommodation after a bit of walking around. We went for a quick swim but it was overcast and windy, so we promptly tucked ourselves into bed for a much needed nap.
We woke up that afternoon to beautiful sunshine so we headed back down to the beach for a few hours. We’d found accommodation further along the beach from the main resort hub and were thankful we did so when we saw the crowds down there. It’s a stunning beach, but unbelievably busy!
We spent the next day hanging out and enjoying the beach and the following morning we went for a dive on one of the reefs just off the main beach. Definitely one of the more physically challenging dives we’ve done yet. The swell was about 3 foot so getting in and out of the boat was a big challenge and the water was freezing – my lips were blue for half an hour after we got out. The dive itself was nice enough though – a few good reef spots, smaller fish and some bigger groups.
Yesterday we left Boracay and flew into Cebu for an overnight stop on our way to Siargao. I’d booked us into a (really) cheap hotel that turned out to be somewhere in the suburbs and super creepy. Definitely not a life experience that I would recommend to anyone, but we survived and are now at the airport waiting for our flight to our last stop before coming home!