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|
|our "calmer" side of the beach|