2010 Transpo Expenses to Boracay
These are the list of transportation expenses to and from Boracay as of March 2010:
Airfare (MLA-KALIBO) = depends on when did you book your flight, really. best that you avail the go lite fares of cebu pac, zest air, and pal if you're lucky enough though :)
Van (Kalibo airport to Caticlan jetty port) = P175
Boat (Caticlan jetty port to boracay island) = P25
Terminal fee = P50
Environmental fee = P50
Tricycle to your hotel = P20/person
** same prices if you're going home already except that you don't have to pay the environmental fee of P50 anymore
transportation to and from and within boracay
Van - GOING TO CATICLAN FROM KALIBO vans are available upon exit at kalibo airport, their current fee is 200 per head, inclusive of boat ride (you'd have to pay the caticlan jetty port terminal fee of 50 and environmental fee of 50)
GOING TO KALIBO FROM CATICLAN we rented the van that we rode going to caticlan. we paid 1500 for 12 pax and just added tip since we're a big group. his van is a BENZ van, not sure of the year and model, but probably 2003++ model looks new and has very cool a/c. also spacious for a group with 6 guys.. for interested groups, contact is RICO - 09197959867
boat fee - 30 per head per way for the fast craft and 25 for the smaller boats
tricycles - available at boracay jetty port, special trip from port to hotel area is 100 per tryk, otherwise 20 per head
multicab - available at boracay jetty port also, 250 per multicab per way
*boracay jetty port terminal fee is 50 per head
*kalibo airport terminal fee is 40 per head
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BOOK FOR MORNING FLIGHTS TO BORACAY
If you are planning to go to Boracay, I suggest that you book a morning flight to Caticlan because most domestic flights (PAL, Cebu Pac, Zest Air, Sea Air) redirected all their flights to Caticlan via Kalibo airport. This was because of the recent tragedy happened to a Zest Air plane wherein the plane ran off the runway and into the dirt. Luckily, no one was hurt. The runway in Caticlan is very short to the point that upon the plane's landing, the pilot needs to hit the break right away to avoid crashing the plane to the hillside. The airlines companies decided to reroute the planes to Kalibo airport. The only problem with the plane landing in kalibo airport is that, after you land in Kalibo, you have to take a shuttle to Caticlan and the travel time is a excruciating 1.5-2 hours!!
So I suggest that you book your flight early in the morning so that you will arrive in Caticlan and eventually in Boracay around noontime or early in the afternoon so your day will not be wasted and you could still enjoy the beach and the sun after arrival or after a short rest upon checking in to your hotel.
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Godofredo Ramos/Caticlan Airport
Caticlan Airport serves Boracay island although it is actually on Malay island. Boracay is too small to support an airport and Caticlan is a mere 2 km from the port on Boracay. Caticlans airport, as seen from the specifications below, is a very small airport. They only have 2 gates and baggage is moved from where it is checked in, out the back of the building to the tarmac and the awaiting planes.
As the planes servicing this airport are smaller turboprop planes, weight is an important factor. Carry on bags and passengers are all weighed to allow proper balancing and loading of the craft. (so if you're concerned about people knowing your weight, skip dessert before boarding the plane!)
Lat/Long: 11.924503 N / 121.954050 E
Elevation: 7 feet (2 meters)
Max Runway: 3117 x 98 feet (950 x 30 meters)
The sequence of pictures below show an airplane coming into Caticlan airport from the area of the White Beach on Boracay Island. Yep, the airport is very close to your destination! The jettyport to take a boat to Boracay from Caticlan is probably only 10 minutes or so away on foot and definitely an inexpensive trike ride away.
cutting trip to get to BORA
if you dont have a direct flight to caticlan island, you may go to ILOILO city and then from there go to TABAK its a barangay you can get there through jeepney and it only cost P20.00 or less. from Tabak take a CERES bus and it cost roughly P300.00 to get to CATICLAN island. in caticlan you will pay these fees (subject to change):
terminal fee in Caticlan port 125.00
..when you get to Bora to get a cheap place i recommend PIZZA DA BUFFADO its in station3 and it only cost P800.00 (2pax)
ceres bus line in Caticlan leaves at exactly 5:30 am and the last trip is 4:30pm daily
(get there 30 mins. before the departure time to catch em or else you'll get left out)
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Caticlan Jetty Port
As I said, there are no direct flights into Boracay. Caticlan is the final destination of any method of travel, be it air, land or sea.
This is Cagban Jetty Port : Cagban Jetty Port serves as a single entry and exit point of Boracay Island, boats departing from Caticlan Jetty will dock at Cagban. Located in the southernmost part of Boracay, this jetty has terminals for tricycles (a motorcycle with a sidecar) or "multicab" (a small 8 seater van) which the public can hire to take them to their desired destination in the island.
Need Porter service
There are a lot of porters in the airport looking to help you carry the suitcase, and earn some tips, generally, they are not too pushy, 10P-20P should be enough for him. For the backpack fans, don't worry about them too much.
To Boracay from Manila - By air
For those who are taking a flight from Manila,
Option 1. They can land at the Kalibo Airport which is more or less 90 minutes bus ride away to Caticlan Jetty port, Boracay’s main entry point,
Option 2 From Manila to Caticlan airport which is 15 minutes away from the port area that leads to the island.
I took the first option, as more flight from Manila to Kalibo airport.
The only bus avaibale on the island
These are the only bus avaiblable on the island. Of course, they don't have route. Each bus takes 7 people, normally, goes from the ferry terminal to the beach. It takes about 5 mins to travel. It is fun to take this bus. Just catch it and tell the driver the destination, of course, ask them the price of it, do some bargain to them. The price is quite reasonable.
Kalibo Airport -Caticlan-Boracay transfers
(****I don't have any connection with Southwest for this recommendation !!! ***)
I use Southwest Tours Shuttle bus when I travel to Boracay from Kalibo airport. Costs P150. ( very resaonable price ). If you prefer other company. The other bus company is RM Boracay Tours Shuttle Bus also cost P150.
Southwest Tours provides a shuttle and ferry service from Kalibo Airport to Boracay. It's hassle-free and stress-free because you don't need to deal with various parties in getting a better transport rate from Kalibo to Caticlan and doing it again in Caticlan going to Boracay. They have rental counters/booths at Kalibo Airport.
Buses are Air-conditioned.( In fact very cold, I ask the driver to turn it up a bit ). Onboard the bus. Seats are comfortable Modern and Plenty of room. You get a good view of the countryside and the view on the right side of the bus gives you a good view of the coast along the way.. There is also a Onboard Tv which sometimes they use.. sometimes not.
It takes 1.5hr to get from the Kalibo Airport to Caticlan. After Caticlan, you then board on the shuttle boat to Boracay.
getting to Boracay
The flight to Boracay is around US $150 to Caticlan and from there you get a boat ride to the Boracay. But Cebu Pacific usually has cheaper tickets all year round to Kalibo (around US $50 with taxes), from which you take a bus or van ride to Caticlan and THEN take the boat to the island. There are buses and vans available just outside the airport and is only around US $10. The ride is usually 3 hours long but you get there and is not so bad if you are on a budget
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It takes about 45 minutes by plane from Manila to Kalibo. At Kalibo aiport there are several vans that take to Caticalan. I used aircon bus to Caticalan. It is expensive but comfortable compared to other available transport but still value for money. Price is inclusive of banca ride from Caticalan to Boracay (15 minutes).
After arriving at Boracay pier, just ride a tricycle and in another fifteen minutes, it will take you to D Mall which is Station 2.
Paraws are native sailing boats made from wood and bamboo. This particular kind of sailboat is found only in the Western Visayan region of the Philippines.
The design has changed very little over the centuries, and although they were originally used for fishing, enterprising Boracay sailors can now take you on sightseeing and snorkeling tours around the island. This is without a doubt the best way to explore the beaches of Boracay - it's so much more peaceful & relaxing than a motorised banca boat. The absence of a keel means that these versatile little boats can sail in very shallow water, and even pull up on the shore so that you can explore deserted coves and go snorkeling.
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bringing your own bike
Hi. I think a bike would be highly useful. It's a long stetch of beach. You will have to pay extra for the weight of the bike to get it to the island. They weight everything on those little jumper flights. There are cycle taxis on the island that are very cheap though. You will be supporting the economy by utilizing that mode of transport. Possibly taking your own bike would be kind of strange since that is the mode that they use to make money from the tourists.
Also, you could really explore and have alot of freedom if you took your own bike. Sometimes the hired ones aren't around when you need them.
To Caticlan, from Manila or Clark
Several budget airlines already serve Caticlan trips, but i tried SEair recently. Their customer service is actually better than the other airlines! Their flight crew look better. I'm happy with the rates (hotel booked with them as well, freeing me the hassle of hotel scouting) and free transfers to Boracay for passengers. Compared with another airline, the flying was smoother too. i'm also delighted that there's one SEair representative guiding you all the way :-) which can be indispensable for first-timers... For the air-flight sensitive, you can take the 32-seater Dornier 328 (in the picture)
Oh, and they have free snacks on board :D
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