Aklan: Boracay on a Budget, A Guide for First Timers

Aklan Boracay on a Budget A Guide for First Timers6.

Boracay has been the flagship vacation destination in the Philippines for the longest time.  Not to mention, it is also the much-loved party place of the privileged and local A-list celebrities.  Based on those facts, Boracay has been perceived to be an expensive place to go to and spending your long weekend on the island may not come cheap.  From the array of posh hotels, upscale restaurants and exorbitant tours, everything seemed so costly to be on a world-renowned island getaway like Boracay.  However, there are ways to make the most of your first time in Boracay on a budget.

Iloilo: Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn, The Place to Stay in Islas de Gigantes

Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn The Place to Stay in Islas de Gigantes2

When I started planning for our Islas de Gigantes trip, the name Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn was on almost all my searches with glowing reviews. I, who trusts reviews big time, have decided to give it a go and got in touch with them through their Facebook Page. I got a reply and have asked me to send a text message to the owner, which I did. After exchanging few messages, we came to an agreement.

Iloilo: Islas de Gigantes, Island Hopping on an Enchanting Destination

Islas de Gigantes Island Hopping on an Enchanting Destination

You must have probably seen dozens of photos of Islas de Gigantes also known as Gigantes Islands as you sift through some destinations in the Philippines over the internet.  Its postcard-like immaculate white sand beaches and astounding karst formations have caught the attention of many and had urged them to come and spend a day or two, or even more in this so-called Paradise.

Iloilo: Gigantes Islands, Discovering Gigantes Norte

Gigantes Islands Discovering Gigantes Norte Portrait3

An overcast skies greeted us on our arrival at the busy Estancia Port in Iloilo after an hour and a half long drive from Roxas City. At the pier, we met our contact, Sir Nick, with him was one of the guides, Jojo, from Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn where we booked our all-in Islas de Gigantes trip. Arriving early gave us ample time to procure our provisions for some snacks and most importantly, drinking water. It also gave us the advantage in choosing our seats as we were to take a passenger boat going to the island.