SAILCATION: Traveling to Boracay by Sea with 2Go Travels

Sailcation to Boracay via 2Go

Experience Boracay with 2Go Travels

There’s no better way of traveling to Boracay than enjoying good food, great service, and a comfortable bed, all while onboard. Experience a new and exciting way of traveling by sea with 2GO Travels!

Sailcation to Boracay via 2Go
Sailcation to Boracay via 2Go

I used to think that traveling by sea was uncomfortable and boring because I had to sit back for all those long hours of sailing and wait to arrive at my destination. However, 2Go Travels changed this outlook of mine on sea travel, and here’s why.

Batangas-Caticlan Trip via 2Go

Things were made easy for us when we arrived at the newly renovated port of Batangas. The area was completely organized and far from the usual terminal scene, where everyone appeared to be rushing. This was not the case because we arrived early, perhaps an hour before the vessel we were to board left the port. 

Travelers from Manila can take a bus from PITX bound for Batangas International Port. For an easier itinerary, travelers can also bring their personal transport bound for Batangas.

Batangas International Port — Passengers waiting at the terminal’s waiting area.
Batangas International Port — Passengers waiting at the terminal’s waiting area.

It’s the off-season, so there weren’t many people waiting in line at the ticket counter. Passenger luggage just had to go through the baggage scanner after ensuring tickets to Caticlan. After waiting for a short while in the passenger waiting area and having the porters take care of our luggage, we were ready to board the St. Augustine of Hippo.

Front desk and a minimart at the lobby area of MV St. Augustine of Hippo.
Front desk and a minimart at the lobby area of MV St. Augustine of Hippo.

Upon arrival at the lobby, the crew greeted us and assisted us to our room. They just asked for a valid ID from one of us before handing us the key. The state room we stayed in had a king-sized bed, a bunk bed, a small fridge, and a comfortable room with a shower. It can accommodate a family or a group of friends with four members.

State room on the MV St. Augustine of Hippo.
State room on the MV St. Augustine of Hippo.

It costs P7,376 with 12% VAT to have gold accommodation on the MV St. Augustine of Hippo. The accommodation from Batangas to Caticlan includes a state room and both meals for dinner and breakfast. There are cheaper options for accommodation like a cabin, which is a room with 2 bunk beds, a comfort room. There is also a tourist class and a supervalue.

A Vacation that Begins Onboard

Accommodations, fees, and facilities may vary depending on the vessel and the destination. However, on the MV St. Augustine of Hippo, there is a chapel, a 2Go Gear shop, a minimart, a clinic, the Horizon Cafe, and the Island Fiesta, which you can enjoy at the Sea Breeze Area on the top deck. The MV St. Augustine of Hippo sails not only to Caticlan but also to Roxas, Capiz, and Odiongan, Romblon.

Breakfast is served to guests at the Horizon Cafe.
Breakfast is served to guests at the Horizon Cafe.

At dinner time, we get to enjoy the delicious 3-course meal they serve us at the Horizon Cafe. While at breakfast, we also enjoy a hearty meal and a morning drink.

MV St. Augustine of Hippo — available charging station at the lobby for the passengers.
MV St. Augustine of Hippo — available charging station at the lobby for the passengers.

At the Island Fiesta, passengers could enjoy a live band and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. If you’re more of a homebody like me and enjoy midnight snacks while binge-watching your favorite series, the Island Fiesta is also open 24 hours a day and serves a variety of snacks and drinks.

MV St. Augustine of Hippo — available charging station at the lobby for the passengers.
MV St. Augustine of Hippo — available charging station at the lobby for the passengers.

There is a charging station in the lobby, so your gadgets running out of battery is nothing to worry about. There were sockets available inside our stateroom, and we were able to charge our gadgets before departure the next morning.

We traveled by sea for the first time, and 2Go exceeded our expectations. Our team all slept well the night before our morning arrival in Caticlan. Which surprised us because who would have thought that traveling, particularly by sea, could provide a good night’s sleep before a busy day? Perhaps the calm sea helped, but 2Go, in our opinion, had worked its magic throughout the 13 hours of sea travel.

Looking Towards Going Home: Caticlan-Batangas via 2Go

There is no better way to return home after a wonderful time exploring the beautiful Boracay than with 2Go Travel.

I had a great time trying different foods and taking Instagram-worthy photos on the beautiful white beach. Boracay is an amazing island to visit, but instead of being sad to return home, our team was actually looking forward to boarding another 2Go Travels vessel. This time it’s the MV St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The MV St. Ignatius of Loyola.
The MV St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The lobby of the MV St. Ignatius was relatively larger upon entering. The Horizon Cafe and the Island Fiesta are in sight as we approach the lobby. We are again greeted by the ship’s accommodating crew, who assist us with our luggage and rooms.

Our accommodations this time include a suite room. It had a queen-sized bed, a TV, and a clothing cabinet, while the comfort room was larger. The newer and larger vessel than the first we boarded explains the noticeably spacious rooms and lobby.

We didn’t enjoy the live band as we boarded because we were exhausted from exploring Boracay. However, we did get a good night’s sleep that evening and were woken up by the beautiful sea view from our window.

The Horizon Cafe's blinds are open, revealing a view of the sea.
The Horizon Cafe’s blinds are open, revealing a view of the sea.
The brunch guests were served in the afternoon at the Horizon Cafe.
The brunch guests were served in the afternoon at the Horizon Cafe.

As we ate our delicious brunch at the Horizon Cafe, we could take in the breathtaking ocean view. Late afternoon, after a quick tour of the ship, we arrived at the port of Batangas.

Disembarking, like our previous experience, was made simple by the ship’s crew. Indeed, 2Go makes sea travel more enjoyable and convenient. Imagine a vacation that starts as early as you hop onboard. Spend quality time with family and friends while on sailcation, and experience the best way to travel by sea with 2Go Travels.

Plan ahead and book your #GoBiYaHolidays now! Visit 2Go Travels’ website here, or visit your nearest 2Go travel agent to learn more.

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