Now that tourism in the country is slowly going back to normal, I decided to travel again to Boracay this year on a media trip. But instead of flying to Boracay like tourists usually do, I went there by sea via 2GO Travel. Here’s what it’s like to experience the nine-hour sea journey aboard one of the Philippines’ leading passenger ships.
Manila to Boracay via 2GO Travel
I took a three-hour bus ride from Manila to the Batangas Port. Buses at the terminal have hourly trips throughout the day. To be safe, I departed from Manila four hours before my ferry trip.
Upon arrival at the newly opened Batangas Port, I already felt like I was in an airport. I found the security check, pasalubong centre, comfort room, and even the check-in counters so new and modern that I almost forgot that I was in a seaport! Those travelling to Boracay via sea can pre-book ferry tickets online or at the check-in counter.
After passing the security check, a spacious waiting area welcomed me. It had a big LCD displaying departure times, too. The facility also has charging stations, a free water refilling station, and a prayer room — all free for passengers.
Staff at the front desk greeted me as soon as I entered the ferry. They asked for the ticket and guided me to my room. 2GO offers various accommodations for different budgets and preferences: tourist class, cabin, state, and suite rooms.
The ferry departs at 9pm, so I had the option to sleep through the trip and wake up on the beautiful island of Boracay the following day.
The lobby has a free charging station, a snack house, and a cafeteria. I got an air-conditioned room for a comfortable journey. I also enjoyed the hot shower, which relaxed me before I hit the sack.
For dinner, I had a satisfying meal at Horizon Café. Afterwards, I partied the night away at the Island Fiesta area, where co-passengers drank and sang their hearts out.
Arrival in Boracay
After nine hours of travel, we finally arrived at the Boracay port. We first went to the tourist office to have our documents checked. As soon as we were done, the staff of Belmont Hotel Boracay and Savoy Hotel Boracay Newcoast guided us from the port to our hotel accommodations.
I’ve been to Boracay before, but I haven’t explored Newcoast. I really wanted to try the peaceful and less touristy side of Boracay. I would recommend Belmont or Savoy for tourists who want some privacy and a peaceful stay. Both offer serene accommodations and exciting amenities, including e-bike and kayak rentals and sunrise tours.
Those who want to explore the front beach can also claim their complimentary shuttle to and from the hotel.
Tip: Book a shuttle two hours ahead as slots get full easily. Alternatively, you can opt for different modes of transport service like the e-tricycle and hop-on and hop-off ride, but these may cost you more. I paid ₱300 for a tricycle ride to Station 1 from Newcoast.
Things to do in Boracay
You can enjoy some water activities and eat at different restaurants at White Beach. After doing watersports, I highly recommend trying famous desserts like Halomango while waiting for the sunset. At night, you can party with friends and get a shot of Boracay sands cocktail.
Is travelling to Boracay via sea worth it?
I’d say yes. Travelling to Boracay via sea gave me a different kind of experience — it’s as though I was on a road trip with my barkada, just enjoying the entire journey. I must say that this was a bucket list-worthy experience for me. It definitely suits those who slow travel, whether solo or with friends. While this kind of trip might not be for everyone, it’s definitely worth a shot. Who knows? You might end up enjoying it as much as I did.
Special thanks to 2GO Travel for inviting TripZilla Philippines to this 2GO Sama-Saya sa Boracay trip.