Western-Visayas: Day 10 - Tibiao to Boracay
- Distance 97km
- Max Elevation 80m
Western-Visayas - Tibiao to Boracay Ride Profile
We were the only people staying in the Homtel. The students asked us
what time we would like breakfast and it was arranged for 7.30 am. As
usual, although there were only two breakfasts to prepare, they had been
cooked it hours in advance and the eggs and bacon were stone cold.
Leaving Tibiao the road was quite sheltered for the first ten kilometres
and very flat, through rice terraces. Further north we came into a very
strong wind. It was blowing from the north west and varied according to
the road direction from full head on or an equally daunting cross wind,
blowing the bikes into the centre of the road. Either way it was very
hard work and reduced our average speed to 9kmh. The dark clouds over
the mountains were threatening but the rain kept off.
Lunchtime found us in Pandan and on a restaurant search. Quite by chance
we found a place near the market owned by a Swiss man and his local
wife, with a good choice of international food. The rosti potatoes were
so enjoyable after days of rice. From there we took the slightly shorter
route to Caticlan via Nabas and then along the north Panay coast. Here
it was sheltered from the wind but the steep hills up and down the
headland taxed the legs somewhat.
The ferry port at Caticlan was heaving with tourists, masses of them
arriving in coaches, mini-buses, taxis and tricycles. Because we had the
bikes we were directed to the Montenegro ferry which was a normal boat
(ie, with no outriggers) and easier to load the bikes onto than the
Arriving at Boracay, the rain which had been threatening all day finally
arrived and it was dark and miserable. By the time we had ridden up to
White Beach we were soaked so searched out a bar on the beach side to
relieve the pain with beer. The problem was that the price, 60 peso, was
3x what we had been paying on the other islands. The bar menu also had
peanuts, usually free, for $2 a dish.
Accommodation was also roughly 3x the price of most other places in the Western-Visayas so we
had to search hard to find something in our price range, eventually
settling for a room in a house with four double beds. What a problem
deciding which one to sleep in.
Boracay - Day Off
Boracay really does have a most beautiful white, sugary beach but it has
been spoilt by excessive development. The sea is full of boats, the
boats are full of divers and the sea front heaves with tourists. The
worst ones are the large groups of Korean/Taiwanese/Chinese who do
everything together and follow each other around.
One day was enough for us and tomorrow we would move on to the Romblon
Islands, which are not part of the Western-Visayas. That evening the housekeeper of the house we were staying at
cooked us three huge pizzas for tea for free a significant help for the
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Our trip continues from Boracay and Caticlan to Romblon and Masbate.
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