I had an unexpected trip to Boracay via 2Go Travel courtesy of Christ Starlight Travel and Tours. It was a blessing to me since I’ve already visited Boracay several times before, but I still haven’t blogged about it now that I’m a travel blogger.
For those who don’t know about 2Go Travel, it is a passenger ship that travels to various Philippine destinations which include the beautiful island of Boracay.
Although I frequently traveled by plane these days, I had no qualms in traveling by sea not just because I didn’t pay anything for my trip. But this was because, once upon a time, I also traveled to Boracay by sea – twice via Super Ferry and once via Roll-on/Roll-off “RORO” ship.
I also thought that it was a reasonable transportation for people who…
Well, I know this is a no-brainer, but I said it anyway. The trip to Boracay is really way longer when riding a ship compared to riding a plane. The following is a breakdown of how long it takes to get to Boracay via 2Go Travel:
- JAM Buendia Bus Terminal to Batangas Pier | PhP 168 (or 3.6 USD) = 2 to 3 hours depending on traffic.
- Batangas Pier to Caticlan Jetty Port via 2Go Travel | PhP 500 (or 10.71 USD) to PhP 2, 000 (42.86 USD) per way depending on the type of accommodation = roughly 10 hours with no delays.
- Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay Island | PhP 25 (or 0.54 USD) for traditional boat OR PhP 200 (or 4.29 USD) for ferry + PhP 100 (or 2.14 USD) for terminal fee + PhP 75 (or 1.61 USD) for environmental fee = 15 to 20 minutes.
- Tricycle to your destination in Boracay island.
This sums up to a minimum of 12 hours and 15 minutes. It actually took us more than that. My brother and I left our house in Quezon City around 3:30 PM and we arrived at our hotel in Station 1 of Boracay around 10:30AM, so, yeah, we gave away 19 hours of our time just for travel. This was all right for us since we had the time.
Those who are booking airlines at the last minute or just a few weeks in advance will find the airfares high. Price range can be from PhP 5, 000 (or 107.41 USD) to PhP 7, 000 (or 149.99 USD) either to Caticlan or to Kalibo Airport. This can still go higher depending on the season. If you’re filthy rich, this won’t pose any problems, but if you’re being reasonable, 2Go Travel is the way to go.
As airfares are double to triple the price, the money saved from traveling via 2Go Travel can be utilized for activities offered in Boracay island. Activity examples below PhP 1,000 (or 21.43 USD) include helmet diving, banana boating, paraw sailing, riding the flyfish, and a lot more. Imagine how many activities can be enjoyed with the money saved. A lot can be slashed off the bucket list.
Let us say you are a family of twelve (12) or even an entire class of four (40) people who will travel to Boracay together. It will definitely be quite expensive. Scheduling the travel altogether is also tricky even if seeking assistance from a travel agency. Chances are some will be on the island days in advance or will be coming in at a later time. The airfare also varies in price which some may find themselves at a disadvantage.
2Go Travel solves all these issues and other conflicts may arise. Everyone can get to Boracay at the same time. This can be pretty helpful also for couples who want to hold their wedding in Boracay. The entire clan or even the entire Barangay can attend.
Last but not the least, if you are visiting someone on the island and you want a television as a pasalubong (souvenir) or something heavier than that, 2Go Travel is the best option. That seemed an exaggeration, but some really do it.
And, now, for the burning question, how is it like to travel via 2Go Travel to Boracay?
Tourist Class Accommodation
Upon arriving, our tickets were checked and we were directed to a fully air-conditioned area filled with bunk beds. I was assigned to an upper bunk bed which offers little privacy compared to lower bunk beds. Good thing no one was assigned beside me since I didn’t really want to sleep next to a stranger. There was actually an American dad who was complaining that her 16-year-old daughter was assigned next to a grown man.
That is how it really is for tourist class. You don’t know who will be assigned beside you. Your only choice is to move to other empty bunk beds.
Anyway, after settling in, we proceeded to the topmost area where the dining area, entertainment area, smoking area, and viewing deck can all be found in one open area. We didn’t want to inhale even a faint scent of cigarette smoke so we opted to eat on our bunk beds.
I no longer want to comment on the provided food. I just strongly advise you to bring your own food. Anyway, here are what I have to say for my tourist class accommodation experience:
- Yes, they provide linens, but since the area is too cold, there is a great need for a blanket. 2Go Travel rents fleece blankets for PhP 50 (or 2.71 USD).
- Since our bunk beds were situated near the main door, we can hear the staff talking outside. They didn’t sleep until 1AM. Because of their playful banter and noise chatter, my brother and I had difficulty sleeping since we were light sleepers.
- We don’t have any issue with a common bathroom. We just found it a hassle to go down from our bunk beds and walk far to do our thing in the CR.
- Last but not the least, there are no charging outlets available for use. We all had to go up the Mega Value accommodation since the charging stations can only be found there. They charge PhP 5 (or 0.11 USD) for every ten minutes.
We enlisted for Cabin class upgrade at the front desk and, praise God, they have occupancy. They only charge PhP 250 (or 5.37 USD) per head for the upgrade. However, the caveat for it is that the ship should have already left the pier/ port before accommodation upgrades can be done. It’s reasonable since they have to assess what accommodations or bunk beds are available for occupancy.
When we entered our cabin, we instantaneously thought that we made the right decision.
These, on the other hand, are what I have to say for my cabin class accommodation experience:
- The linens were already put on the bed and they provided blankets for use.
- Each bed has a curtain for privacy and a wall light usage at night.
- There was a television inside the room to keep us entertained.
- We had a bathroom inside the room for our private usage.
- There were charging outlets so we can charge all we want.
- I had a great night’s rest in the cabin class. When I woke up, we were already at the Batangas pier.
- We later found out that those who stay in the cabin class accommodation and the state room accommodation have their dinner at the Horizons restaurant.
2Go Travel was reasonable for me since, as I said above, I had an unplanned trip and I had the luxury of time. I don’t mind traveling to other destinations via 2Go Travel again so long as I stay in a cabin class. It’s not because I’m being fussy. It’s because I’m a light sleeper and it’s pretty helpful to have a ready charging outlet so I can blog when we’re still on a journey. Of course, if my time is limited, I will opt for a plane in traveling.
2Go Travel holds a sale from time to time which can go as low as PhP 5 (or 0.11 USD). If you’re interested in traveling via 2Go Travel, you can contact Christ Starlight Travel and Tours as they are an authorized ticket agent and they will help you make your travel smoothly from booking the bus to Batangas up to 2Go travels travel link.