Thursday, March 8, 2012

Boracay Cheap Accommodation


So after the endless terminal and environmental fees in Caticlan... Oh! I mean the endless transfers from cab to plane to van to boat and to tricycle, the three of us were now in the most famous beach/island in the Philippines - Boracay. We slept all throughout our Kalibo to Caticlan transfer  which took us almost 1 1/2 hours.

No definite plans as I told you on my last post. But I did check on some blog posts about cheap accommodations in Boracay and found about the "station 3.5" that was coined by possiblypinay. I read about her nice accommodation (White Divers Beach Resort - 500 pesos fan room) in the said area in Boracay and inquired her personally (thru e-mail) about it. She graciously answered all my queries about "station 3.5".

So when we were at the Cagban Jetty port of Boracay, we hopped on a yellow tricycle on a special trip (100 pesos) and told the driver to drop us off at the "station 3 alley" on the farther side of the beach - NOT the street on station 3 where the La Carmela de Boracay is. Tricycles cannot go near the beach nor the road parallel to it. So we went down on this alley that I was referring to a while ago. 

We walked further and reached the road near the beach and went nuts over the scenery. It was a great sunny day and we can't wait to change into our beach outfits and take a dip but we needed to find a place to stay - we totally forgot. So facing the beach, we turned left and walked straight to look for the White Divers Resort that possiblypinay referred from her blog. We found it! 

It was just a 5-minute leisure walk from the small alley I was referring. We asked Ma'am Aida (I'm thinking that she's the wife of the German-owner) if their 500-peso fan room was available. She said no and we were doomed at that time. She said that all the divers' hotel around that area were fully booked for a month. So we asked her if she knew some place to stay with the same rate that she was offering. She referred us to Ate Leonor and told us how to get there. 

We went back on the road and looked for Sandals Inn. And right beside the Inn was this small eatery (read: carinderia) and we asked for the house of Ate Leonor. The owner pointed the small alley at the back of her store and said that we just need to follow the road and at the end of this is the 3-storey house/inn of Ate Leonor. We easily found the place and we immediately looked for her and asked about the room. She showed us a room with three double-sized beds with Aircon, T.V. and own bathroom. And the haggling went on... 

She quoted 1,200 pesos  per night for this room. I told her 500 pesos (yes I'm that kuripot). She said 1,000 pesos. I told her 700 pesos without the Aircon. She said yes. That fast! I haven't even showed her my killer moves and she accepted the offer I made. Hmmm... Not bad eh? It was 9 in the morning and we all know that the standard check-in time is at 2:00 p.m. and she didn't insist on us paying extra for checking in that early. We checked out after 3 days at 5:00 p.m. and we just gave her extra payment for our uber long stay at her place.  She provided two electric fans in lieu of the Aircon. And I asked her often for hot drinking water and she never failed to give it to us whenever we needed it - for free. The only thing (and the most important) that I forgot was to ask for Ate Leonor's contact number. I failed to do so because... no more alibis, I totally forgot about it :) But she has more than three rooms (if the third floor will be completed). And the rooms are all quite the same.

For visual-learners, here is a photo story on how to get there: 


this is the alley leading to station 3
you'll find this tourism center at the end of the alley... facing the beach, turn left
you'll come across those hotels/inns
here's the Sandals Inn.. see the eatery on the right?
at the back of this eatery is a small alley leading to Ate Leonor's place
just pass through this alley
until you reach Ate Leonor's place
the 700 pesos room! (we didn't use the AC)
we were at the corner of the 2nd floor so we had two doors for two verandas
the spacious bathroom/toilet - the flush wasn't working but at least we have our own
This side of Boracay is the best! No loud music. No boats parked on your view of the beach. Just your typical beach-bumming-kind-of-beach. I love station 3! But then again, the walk to station 1 was a cardio workout in itself. Nonetheless, if you're a tightwad (like me) or just don't care about where you would sleep then go try this amazing find of mine :)

our "calmer" side of the beach
hello sunshine!

29 comments:

  1. I miss Boracay!!!! #exaglang

    Grabe sa pag-haggle ah, 700! Hehehe

    So, nagparty kayo? Can't wait for the next post.

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    1. eh ako nga kakagaling ko lang miss ko na agad... i never thought na ma love ko nang ganito ka-todo ang boracay :)

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  2. galing mo tumawad, san amay skills ako na ganyan. =)

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    1. ay naku mich. kailangan sa buhay ang pagtawad... OA nga lang talaga akong tumawad :)

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  3. Sana makapunta din ako jan one day. The calmer side of the beach is just so amazing in the photo, what more kapag personal na.

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    1. hi sey! oh yes... kalmang-kalma talaga sa side na yun... you should go! :)

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  4. Laki talga tulong ng blog about itinerary and cheap cost. Very practical and yet fulfilling naka haggle ka up to 700. pede na! Clevermind!

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    1. hi mitch! big help talaga mga blogs kaya nai-inspire ako magsulat pa... ang kuripot ko lang talaga :) sinasagad hanggang kaya pa... hehe

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  5. Thanks for sharing! :) Followed you through GFC.

    Pls visit mine too!

    Http://carmiscaprice.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love it! :D eeeeeeeeh!!!!!!
    We're actually planning on staying here for New Year's since it's a big family room. I scoped it out last week and it's awesome. :D

    Yey on your Boracay trip! :D

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    1. hi eileen! so how was your vacay? oh my! you've met ate leonor? did you get her number 'coz i totally forgot about it when we were there..haha..

      nice na din yung room noh? quite a steal :)

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  7. i went to boracay last tuesday.ang galeng ng directions mo nahanap ko agad ang bahay ni ate leonor but unfortunately hindi ako kasing charming mo kasi 1500 talaga i tsa charge nya sa akin at sabi ba naman nya huwag ko gamitin yung ibang bed.so meaning tatanggap pa sya ng iba sa room na yun at 1500 pa rin babayaran ko? baka naman dahil marami na nagpupunta sa place nya kaya nagbago na si ate leonor.ang ending i stayed at tree house,malapit lang kina aleng leonor, yun 200 per night dorm type ang nakuha ko.

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    1. hi melvin... i'm sorry to hear that. baka nga siguro lean season nung pumunta kami. or baka ewan ko lang...

      buti you found tree house! i heard ok nga daw diyan... pag solo try ko ang tree house.. thanks again melvin!

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  8. Some time ago, my vacation in Boracay. He told me, that the island has white sand is very clean, very different from Kuta Bali. And there is news that Boracay is a beautiful island in the world than Bali. Maybe I'll try to vacation in Boracay sometime in the future.

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  9. Hi there! Your shots are really amazing! I agree with you that a lot of hotels in Boracay offers cheap accommodation. Thank you so much for sharing this valuable post. I really admire your dedication as well as your time in making this post public.

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  10. hi! thanks for sharing your post. hmm.. may number ka ba nila so i can call them for reservation? we are planning to go to boracay next month, magpareserve sana kami, we really need a place to stay na very affordable.

    thanks

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    1. hi daisy! i didn't get to have her number - my bad. but there are so many houses like that on the area. if you aren't going there during the christmas holidays eh pwede na siguro na dun na kayo hanap ng place to stay :)

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  11. Wow! Maganda pala sa Station 3 <3...err Station 3.5? hehehe

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    1. korek kat! tambay mode ang mga tao :)

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  12. ill be there by sept... will try that too...

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    1. hi arcie. i dunno if they still have the same rates pero madali namang kausap si ate eh :)

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  13. hello, thank you sa comment mo sa blog q mam:) were planning to go to boracay sa oct. I was kinda skeptic about station 3 but thanks to your blog, malamang dito na kami.

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    1. i love station 3! enjoy boracay leah :)

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  14. Ang galing naman...Clea here,public school teacher din and I'm planning to go to Bora...I really need a vacation! huhuhu

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    1. hi clea! lapit na summer, bakasyon na natin :)

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  15. Wow! Great Post. Really informative :) I also enjoy my vacation in Boracay and its almost the same price.. Less expensive.. But the difference is just the room accommodation. I really look for a relaxing and peaceful place and there I find The Orient Beach Boracay, its affordable, 5 mins ride to D'mall, its not hassle anyway because they have a free shuttle Service going to D'mall. It was also a Newly Opened Hotel, you can find great deals in many sites. Plus they serve really great Breakfast. it was also closer to the famous Puka Beach :) You just need to be familiar with the affordable prices in Boracay,

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