Reef Retreat Resort

Bulabog Beach, 5608, Philippines
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How to get to Boracay from iloilo

by eixidmik

Hi guyz..

Me and my family are planning to go to Boracay this May 2010, But the problem is we can only book for a plane ride from Davao to Iloilo. So, i need infos on how to get to Boracay from Iloilo airport.. What are the available modes of transportation and are there limited time schedule for certain bus companies or Van to travel from iloilo to caticlan? and how much is the fare?

I am travelling with my parents and 3 kids..

I really need your help badly.. Thanks...

Re: How to get to Boracay from iloilo

by kilnamona

My brod-in-law did this route before. He took Ceres Bus from Iloilo, passing through some towns in Capiz and Aklan, then Caticlan. If he recalls right, travel time was around 4-5 hours plus the 20min boat trip from Caticlan port to Boracay. i'm from iloilo and the easiest & comfortable way to get there is by bus - Ceres aircon buses w/ 3-4 times trips daily to caticlan. 4am, 7am, 9am, 12nn. 5 hours w/ brief stopover in kalibo. P300 one way ..i suggest you take the Ceres Bus, its much, much safer than the van & more comfortable
- if you leave iloilo before 6 AM, you may catch the Bus at Tanza City Proper, otherwise, you go to Tagbak Terminal, about 30 mins jeep ride from the city.
- fare from Tagbak - Caticlan is about P310 aircon.
- aircon buses leave every 3- or 45 mins starting 3 AM. lat trip, i think, is 1 or 2 PM.
- im not sure about the road conditions in Capiz area now, but if its bad, travel time would take about 6-7 hrs, otherwise, 5 hrs. would be enough
- you get off at caticlan, right in front of the jetty port
- you pay the fare & fees for, they say, its P125 now
- you board the ferry, get off boracay, get a tricycle & ask the driver to drop you off at your resort.

.so bus +ferry -approx 425 each ,dont know about from airport -to bus terminal.NOEL

Re: How to get to Boracay from iloilo

by kilnamona


Re: How to get to Boracay from iloilo

by kilnamona

Re: How to get to Boracay from iloilo

by eixidmik

Thank you so much for the help.... greatly appreciated.. =)

Re: How to get to Boracay from iloilo

by PinoyTraveler

considering that you are traveling with parents and children (7 people?), I would suggest you just take a van from the airport straight to caticlan because the ILO airport of today is not actually in Iloilo City anymore. its far over at a town called sta barbara or something. so you'll need that van anyway in trying to catch ceres.

oh and yes, i prefer ceres (airconditioned and comfy)... thats why i would not know how much will a van from ILO airport all the way to caticlan would cost. but let's hope some folks can check for you on that

Travel Tips for Boracay Island

Puka Beach

by sirenna

Puka Beach was named after the famous Puka Shells which were popular as jewelry in the 60's and 70's. Such large numbers of them were collected from the beach that sadly there are hardly any left now.
This is a nice place to spend an afternoon - much more peaceful than White Beach. There are a few bead sellers around, and sometimes even an ice-cream vendor, but generally you'll be left in peace. You'll need to bring snacks or a picnic, some cold drinks, and snorkel gear. Look out for the cave too.
Be aware that there can be strong currents here, and the beach drops off quite sharply into the sea. Don't swim or snorkel too far out if you are not a confident swimmer. We sailed to Puka Beach with Captain Joey from Red Pirates. We had a BBQ on the beach and a cooler full of beer - everything we needed really! Be sure to bring your camera to catch the sunset as you sail back.

Experience Filipino Delicacies!

by sirenna

While you are here, you may be asked to try some of the more unusual local specialties. One popular delicacy is Balut - a young duck embryo cooked in its shell. While this is certainly not to everyone's taste, it's worth a try - it's not as bad as it sounds. In fact, it is rumoured to be an aphrodisiac! You can buy it from one if the vendors on the beach in the evening, they usually have bags of peanuts and pork crackling (known as chicharon, served with spicy vinegar - a popular bar snack) for sale too.
Another thing you may not be familiar with is Lechon - a whole pig roasted on a spit. These are usually eaten at parties (for obvious reasons), and the crispy skin is a popular treat, although I find the meat very fatty.
You may come across siopao (a sort of white bread bun filled with meat and gravy sauce), which I think is pretty tasty. But be prepared to see a chicken's foot ("adidas") or a strip of intestines on a stick for sale at a barbecue stand.
And should you see a sign advertising "Soup Number 5" proceed with caution as I am told it contains bulls testicles!
Be adventurous - have a try, but if you really can't, remember to refuse politely so as not to offend anyone.


by sirenna

This is not actually a sport I'm any good at, but some of my friends do go regularly, and seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves. I'm told the courts are in need of a bit of repair. It costs P150 per hour to play. You can rent equipment from T & T, or bring your own.

Go to the other side of the island

by thomyorke

We used the path of D'Mall going to the other side of the island. No people aside from few locals who live nearby. There's one resort that we passed by though with few guests. There is a piece of island connected to it. We went there and on the tip of this small island gives you a very good view of the sea,

Pasalubong shopping

by geezy about Wow Curtain & Handicraft

Bought some San Miguel tshirts here. Only place on island that I could find selling these tees. Good quality tees so price of shirts not so cheap. Sales girl very friendly and helpful. Although you can't haggle the price down, she was kind enough to give me a lower price for sizes 3x and 4x because the sizes I really wanted weren't available. Souvenir men's/women's clothing, local craft, art, gifts, toys, etc....


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Address: Bulabog Beach, 5608, Philippines