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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Guide to Boracay: How to Get There

Boracay Map

Boracay is undeniably one of the world's best beaches.  The powdery white sand of Boracay is one of it's kind.  First and foremost, you'd like to know how to get there:

Option1: By Plane via Caticlan Airport (now Godofredo P. Ramos National Airport)

The most convenient way to get to Boracay is to land by smaller planes in Caticlan Airport.  Caticlan Airport is an island across Boracay.  As of this date, there is no airport in Boracay Island.

From Caticlan Airport Take the 5 minute tricycle ride (fare: P40/person) or 20 minute walk to Caticlan Tabon jetty port.   

Option2: By Plane via Kalibo Airport

Next nearest airport is Kalibo Airport.  Bigger planes land here.   

From Kalibo Airport, ride a shuttle van (fare: P150.00, travel time about 1.5 hours) or public bus (Ceres Liner, GM Bus, Southwest Tours, Star Express and 7107 Island Tours) to take you to Caticlan Tabon Jetty Port. 

  • Whether you arrive from Kalibo Airport or Caticlan Airport, you head to Caticlan's Tabon Jetty Port:
  1. At the jetty port, pay for terminal fee (Rate: P50.00/head) and environmental fee (Rate: P70/head)
  2. Take the Ferry/Fast Craft (fare: P30.00/head) or outrigger boat (fare: P15.00/head) to Cagban Jetty Port (about 15 minutes travel time) in Boracay Island
  3. At Cagban jetty port in Boracay Island, take a tricycle to your beach resort or accommodations. (fare: P100/trike or P25/head if shared)  Shared trikes only stop along the main road, if your resort is on the beachfront or side roads, I suggest you don't share a trike to drop you off at your doorstep.
These airlines fly from Manila, Cebu, Clark to Caticlan or Kalibo:

  1. Cebu Pacific
  2. Airphil Express or via Philippine Airlines
  3. Zest Airways
  4. SEAIR 
Airfare can range from P2,500 to P10,000 roundtrip, so do watch out for promo fares.  Strangely, outgoing flights are normally more expensive than incoming flights.

Boracay can also be reached by landtrip from Iloilo to Caticlan Tabon jetty port and if you're on a budget and has time to spare, it can be reached via RORO (roll-on roll-off vessels) from Manila.  My blogsy friend Tutubi can give you more information on that.

Have fun in the sun and sand :)

Coming up:

Where to stay in Boracay
Where to eat in Boracay
What to do in Boracay

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