Happy 2017 Everyone!
In 2016, I was in Boracay during Holy Week and Labor Day. When the opportunity came to spend new year’s eve 2017 at the best island in the world, I agreed.
It was only a day after Typhoon Nina hit the Philippines that I ventured to Batangas Port to catch the 2go Ferry bound for Caticlan. The port was teeming with people and the queue to go inside was long. Good thing I was traveling solo, I moved faster and was able to get in in no time. I was to meet Alexis, a Spanish friend who was here in the Philippines a couple of months ago, in Boracay. He came back last November to tour again the country and this time he brought his friend Bruno, who is also from Mallorca, Spain.
I arrived a few hours earlier than Alexis on December 29. This time, we stayed at Siesta Hostel. It’s a no frills hostel, with hot and cold shower, has A/C, and is conveniently located at D’Mall. The best thing about this hostel is the price. For a dorm room for four persons, we paid P399 each/night! That’s the most cheap accommodation I have been to in Boracay, to think that it was super peak season. The staff informed that their rates never increase even during the Holy Week, Holidays and Laboracay. Here’s some photos:
The only downside of this hostel is that there’s a club at the ground floor. So by 10pm, you could hear the music from your room at the third floor. And it usually lasts up to 3am. But if you’re like me who just needs a place to sleep and take a bath, this place is indeed a bargain. I will be staying here again in the future.
During our stay, we just bummed around the beach and went to have a few drinks at night. We also went on another island hopping tour and did stand up paddle during the last sunset of 2016.
Here are some photos:
On the night of December 31, I was feeling the excitement of the island in ushering 2017. I cherished the moment that I did not have to spend new year in Metro Manila and suffer the air pollution before, during and after new year’s eve.
It was my first time to spend new year’s eve in Boracay and I was excited to witness and feel the revelry. Boracay has also been named as one of the top places in the world to greet the new year.
And I was not disappointed. It was very memorable.
It was complete bliss in paradise. At 11:00 in the evening, we went to Station 1, near the giant stage where party music was being played. We made sure we had 12 pieces of grapes that we will eat 12 seconds before 2017 came. It was a tradition that we Filipinos inherited from Spain. They were surprised that we were also observing such tradition.
That night, it was high tide. As the clock neared 12 midnight, our feet were sinking in the fine white sand, waves lapping at our legs, plastic cups with a tanduay rhum concoction (that Alexis made) in our hands, trumpets and horns blowing everywhere, beats thumping and fireworks lighted up the sky. It was a spectacular scene. The entire stretch of Boracay’s white beach went aglow with the fireworks and the vast colors reflected on the waters of Boracay. It was indeed a sight to behold. With no abundant media noche feast, we shared that Tanduay rhum and greeted each other a happy new year when 12:00 o’clock finally struck.
Boracay on New Year’s Eve was indeed fun. It’s one of the things that you should try at least once in your life.
Here are some photos of our Boracay NYE revelry:
Well that’s it.. Here’s hoping that everyone will have a good 2017! To more travels! Salud!