16.01.2014 - 23.01.2014 31 °C
We were so excited to be heading to Borocay. It was a destination we had only heard good things about, although i can't say we were thrilled with needing a Domestic flight to Kalibo and then a 2 hour Bus from Kalibo to Cataclan, before a fifteen minute ferry to the island and then finally a short bus to our hotel Regency Lagoon. The bus ride although a little bumpy was worthwhile, as we got to get out of the city and see some of the small towns along the way - one of those interesting sights was that of the many Cock (Rooster for the kids at home) farms producing Cocks to then fight in many of the arenas which are also televised on local TV.
Kerrin had certainly done her research for the hotel, although we weren't right on the waterfront we were located in Station 2 right in the action and only a short walk or buggy (provided by hotel) to sister resort where we had access to beds/towels/pool and prime location on the beach. When we first saw the water on the white sand beach we were absolutely blown away, photos just don't do the deep blue water justice. The water was a great temperature and we spent most of our time in the ocean rather than in the pool at our hotel - the view may have also had something to do with this.
After being to Phuket and Penang, Borocay certainly had a similar but different feel. This is probably due to the fact there were more Korean/Japanese/Chinese and Russian tourists rather than white westerners wanting to get smashed every night - however, I'm sure if you looked you could have found that as well here as we did see a few pub crawl tshirts which I'm sure would have passed through the Hobbit bar - a bar where only "short statured" people work and despite my own lack of height, I still probably had a metre on most of them!
Kerrin was a bit disappointed with the markets, the tacky souvenirs, pens, Ray Bans, waterproof cases, wooden Catholic artefacts, braiding, magnets and henna tattoos got a bit repetitive but we didn't care that much as we weren't really there for that. My biggest disappointment came when Chelsea banged in three against Man United at a Sports bar in front of 30 of the only English blokes on the island. Unfortunately my lack of Korean meant I couldn't converse with my fellow Man United fans!
There was a heap of watersports on offer if you wanted it, but considering we can Kite surf any day of the week on Altona beach we decided to give it a miss and had done the jetski things on numerous occassions. We tried our best to break our "honeymoon" budget of $100 per day (between us) but even after a massage each, lunch, coffee (they may have been for our alias Jason and Karen), a seafood dinner and several San Miguel Lights the highest we got was $87. The D'Talipapa seafood market was sensational, we had a great time picking out fresh and live seafood to be cooked by many of the restaurants nearby offering a cooking service at half the price of what the restaurants on the waterfront were offering. We had a sensational time in Borocay and would go back in a heartbeat, this was the end of the luxury budget and accomodation though and after leaving Borocay at 7am and arriving Bangkok at 10pm we were ready to start SE Asia on a Shoestring.