Saturday, February 11, 2012

First Time in Boracay: Air, Land, Water Travel

We've heard and read about so many scary stories about ZestAir but we still flew with them because of the rates. Notes for our flight from Manila to Kalibo International Airport (7:50AM):

  • Loved the orange-green color theme on the plane and the flight attendants' uniforms
  • Pleasant surprise: we left 10 minutes before schedule... would have left earlier if this one last passenger took the check-in-two-hours-before-ETD rule seriously.
  • Terrible surprise: I'm practically a midget, towering at 4'11'' but still ---- there wasn't enough legroom. An airconditioned bus in EDSA is more comfy.
  • One of the flight attendants looked like a Chinese doll (did not pass quality check) and acted like a jail warden. She just reminded me to put my little bag under my seat and close the thing on the window and I wanted to slap her in the face. That's how repulsive it/she was.

And here's the customary "before boarding" photo. I love the new camera... you can even see where the sunlight's coming from.

Now, these are the customary "we just landed in another planet" photos:

It's our first time in Boracay so it took a while before we figured out that entry from Kalibo International Airport was not one of the best travel decisions we ever made. We were in van for almost two hours. The land travel was followed by a 15-minute boat ride.

In summary, our Amazing race route:
  • Air - Plane, Manila to Kalibo - 1 hr
  • Land - Van, Kalibo International Airport to Port Area - 2 hrs
  • Water - Motor boat, Port Area to another Port - 15 minutes
  • Land - Tricycle, Port to Bulabog Beach - 30 minutes

Lesson Learned: if you have limited time in your hands and you want to be 100% alive by the time you hit the beach,  DON’T FLY MANILA to KALIBO. FLY MANILA to CATICLAN. This minor detail in your travel itinerary will save you at least PhP 200 per head, two hours, energy and good vibes.

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