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Vacationing in the Philippines Part 5 — Boracay (Hotel Soffia)

So let me just tell you when I got to Boracay I just was not impressed. Actually, I was pretty annoyed. So you don’t actually land in Boracay, you land in Catlican. From there you take a tricycle to the terminal, and then from the terminal you pay fees (environmental fees, and terminal fees).  Then from the terminal you have to take a boat to Boracay.

The porters and people that work at the airport are pretty pushy and just grab your bags for you and then expect a tip. So if you go, I suggest JUST SAY NO! You have to be aggressive with it. I learned the hard way. They will try to help you get your bags, then put your bags in the tricycle, from the tricycle try to help you to the terminal. from the terminal to the boat. from the boat to the island. So thats 5 different people trying to get you to tip them. On my way off the island, I learned to just hang onto my bag and just tell everyone no and ignore them.

So here’s the boat that I went on from the terminal to the island.

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Thankfully after getting off the boat we didn’t have to deal with anymore hassles, the hotel picked us up! The hotel definitely redeemed the island. 🙂

I stayed at Hotel Soffia.

This is the entrance of the hotel. It was very small and quaint.

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The hotel greeted us with a pucca shell necklace and lemon grass tea. After settling in I went to the pool, and of course had to have a beer!

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Pool View.

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The hotel also served a complimentary breakfast every morning. And it wasn’t a buffet either!

You got your choice of tea or coffee or hot chocolate, plus a juice, and a choice of american style, continental style, or a filipino style breakfast.

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The hotel was pretty nice. I would say the only negative about it was that the walls were a bit thin, and in the mornings I got woken up by the neighboring roosters.

They had a free shuttle service to the beach going every hour. It was only a 5-10 min drive.

So that’s that for this post. The next posts will be about the amazing different beaches!

xoxo

Chrissy Kim

p.s. I’m back in the states!

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