Solo travel is a unique and rewarding experience that gives you the chance to fully immerse yourself in different cultures, make meaningful connections with locals and fellow travelers, and discover hidden gems that you might not have found while traveling with a group. It can be challenging at times, but the rewards are immeasurable, and the experiences are unforgettable.
HOW TO GET TO CARABAO ISLAND
As I arrived at Caticlan, the main portal to Boracay Island and neighboring provinces, I decided to forego an indirect route to Boracay since I had a 4-day, 3-night itinerary. Instead, I opted to explore nearby Carabao Island, which is under the province of Romblon in the Philippines.
There are different ways to reach Carabao Island depending on where you are coming from. In my case, I will be taking the Caticlan route.
To get to Carabao Island from Caticlan Airport, you can ride a tricycle to Tabon Baybay port. The tricycle fare costs around ₱100 ($2) per person, and the ride takes around 20-30 minutes. Tabon Baybay port is the main departure point for daily passenger boats that go to Carabao Island.
The boat schedule usually has three departures per day: 8-9AM, 2-3PM, and 3-4PM. You can choose the schedule that works best for you and your itinerary. The boat ride to Carabao Island takes approximately 45 minutes, and the fare is around ₱150 ($3) per person.
If you're planning to return to Caticlan, the boat schedule from Carabao Island usually has one departure per day at 6AM. It's important to note that boat schedules can be subject to change, so it's best to confirm the departure times with the port authorities or your accommodations beforehand to avoid any inconvenience.
DID YOU KNOW?
Interestingly, the island was originally called Hambil Island when the Spaniards arrived in 1570. But, as I discovered, it got its name from the abundance of carabaos or water buffalos that the Spaniards saw as the primary mode of transportation for the natives. This fun fact about Carabao Island shows how even the smallest details can have a rich history and cultural significance. It's just one of the many things that make traveling such a fascinating and rewarding experience.
PLACES TO SEE
I arrived around 10 AM and hailed a motorcycle while searching for a place to stay for the night. My initial plan was to stay at Kameo Lodge, but when I got there, it was already full. Fortunately, the wife of the motorcycle driver helped me secure a room at a small resort right in front of the beach called Terraza de Isla Carabao Beach Resort. The room was good for two people, with a bunk bed and its own bathroom, and it cost around ₱800 ($15). The resort also had a restaurant, so it was very convenient.
I immediately unpacked my things and began my island tour. I hired the same motorcycle driver to take me around the island for ₱700 ($13). Since I didn't have any specific destination in mind, I simply let the driver drive around the island and instructed him to stop whenever I saw something interesting.
We stopped at a beach somewhere on the island, and I just had to take a picture. Since I was traveling solo, I had to place my camera somewhere to get a good shot using the timer. This was one of the challenges of being a solo traveler. HAHA.
We arrived at Brgy. Lanas and stopped to take some pictures of the beach before having lunch. However, we were disappointed to find that no restaurants or karenderias were open at the time. Therefore, we continued on to our next destination, which was the Cathedral Cave.
The entrance fee for Cathedral Cave & Cliff is ₱100 ($2).
I decided not to go inside the Cathedral Cave since I am alone, and the guide fee is something I don't want to pay by myself.
It was almost 5 PM when I asked the driver to take me to the resort. Upon arriving, I decided to take some photos of the beachfront for one last time, as I would be leaving the island early in the morning for Boracay Island.
Because of its laidback ambiance, I decided to sleep early that night after dinner since there wasn't much to do or see at night. There were no bars or other events scheduled for that evening.
GOING TO BORACAY ISLAND
The next day, my tricycle driver told me that he had a friend who was a boat operator for Boracay Tours and would be leaving the island for Boracay Island at 7 AM. We immediately rushed off to the port where the boat was docked. I bid goodbye to the tricycle driver and gave him a tip for being so nice during my stay.
Luckily, they let me hitch a ride going to Boracay Station 2 for free. It was so awkward because it was just me, the boat operator, and his crew on the boat.
The boat ride took 20 minutes, and just like that, I'm already in Boracay Island.
That's it for my Carabao Island adventure. In the end, my solo travel in Carabao Island turned out to be a wonderful experience that I will always cherish. From the beaches and crystal-clear waters to the friendly locals and their laidback lifestyle, I found myself immersed in the beauty and simplicity of this hidden gem. As I boarded the boat to leave for Boracay Island, I couldn't help but feel grateful for the memories that I have created during my stay. I left the island with a heart full of joy and a promise to return someday to relive those unforgettable moments once again.
Travelling solo or in a group has it’s pros and cons. But travelling solo allows you explore new things. Way to go Ser Arc!
thank you sir! mamalik raba ta diri next next week hahah
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Sanaol kaayo ang solo travel uyy!! Part 2 for Boracay escaped please! Hehe
hahahah bitaw no maypa gibutangan nako part 1 ni ahahahha thanks sal!
Nice experience, and yes, when we talk about the Philippines and the most beautiful island Borakay with fine white sand, restaurants, bars, you wish you never left here.
Yes! The sand in Boracay is on another level.🙂
I still dream of this island, I see myself there with a coconut in my hand, sitting in the shade of a palm tree, my God!
Naol naka solo travel. Laban ser arc!
salamat master kim!
Since describing traveling alone I have fallen in love with it , it is a different feeling , it helps you to connect with yourself , to be a little more uninhibited and generates a lot of self-confidence . Excellent photographs, I am a lover of the sea and nature.
I'm glad you liked my photos. 😁
Beautiful island. I imagine you are used to solo travel but I would have liked to be with family or friends.
that was my first solo trip. thank you @beysyd 😁
That's really a nice place for solo travel!
Naaaakuuuu when you go solo trip, you'll never go back again. I mean, you'll always be doing it na. 😅
Anyways, that place is really incredible! And your photos are too!
That's the hardest part of traveling alone, your own photos but well, your tripod seems to work nicely!
funny thing was, I didn't have a tripod, haha. I just buried my GoPro pole in the sand.
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Hala kanindot ani na experience ser arc oi? Wa ka nahadlok? Hahaha ma try nga! Aw 😅
Ang una ra hadlok te kemy hahaha
What a cool adventure! I'm not a big fan of traveling with friends to be honest as you lose certain flexibility because you have to always agree what you will do that day and this might be tiring. On the other hand I love solo travel! It gives you so much and makes you understand who you are better.
Looks like you had a lot of fun and even met new people.
Great photos! Looking forward to your next adventures! 🙂
Glad you appreciate it! Thank you 😁