MANILA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2006 (MALAYA) Even monsoon rains add to unique charm of the country’s top island resort, Boracay. As domestic carrier, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) claims, Boracay is the place to be, rain or shine. Off-season, Boracay is less hectic, the sun is not so warm and the waves add to the attraction. Try the beach when it is raining hard, it is an entirely new experience. Another reason to visit Boracay from August to September, is that it is less expensive—you can afford to bring the entire family.

In fact, now is the ideal time for family members to bond in Boracay. There is less people in the beach, restaurant and hotel staff are not so harried and smiles are brighter. SEAIR and Boracay Regency recently hosted a "culinary adventure" for visitors. SEAIR was a revelation. The Dornier 328, a 32-seater aircraft gave a perfectly smooth ride to Caticlan in just 35 minutes. Note that it is the nearest airport to Boracay. SEAIR offers up to 14 flights to Caticlan daily from July to September this year, so booking a flight will be very easy.

Mia M. Mancio, SEAIR sales manager, said that the Dornier 328 is fast becoming a "gimmick plane" for those who wish to host weekend parties for friends. The company is offering a "Barkada" promo until October 15. Book five friends to Boracay for round trip rate of P5,300 each and get one ticket for free. Grab the offer.

Regency, SEAIR’s partner hotel, meanwhile aims to have the "longest buffet table" in the island. Over the weekend our group was pampered by the Regency staff, preparing scrumptious dishes but the best is the Korean food. Since the hotel caters to Koreans, its chefs have acquired the expertise to offer the best Korean cuisine.

Zuzuni, another lovely inn, offers the best Belgian waffles, pancakes and omelets.

Visitors have until mid next month to enjoy the special rates in Boracay. The heat is not so intense but the action remains during the night. —RTG

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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