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.
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.
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.
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.
(****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.
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
In the Philippines, outrigger canoes (called bangka) are often fitted with powerful gasoline or diesel propeller engines to boost output. These Canoes are usually made of wood (In the west, they use fiberglass, which is very expensive!). Bangka's or Outrigger canoes features one or more lateral support floats (usually bamboo) known as outriggers, which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. In Boracay, these Bangka's are large and have roofs so that up to 30 persons can ride one. It is the main mode of transport from the Caticlan Ferry Jetty to Boracay island. Single trip can cost 50 pesos per person and you can also rent them for half day and whole day sailing (also diving) and they cost 2,500 pesos half day and 4,500 pesos whole day. Avaialble everywhere in Boracay.
Paraw is a narrow hulled wooden boat with bamboo outriggers either side and with passengers sometimes seated on a trampoline platform between the outrigger supports and powered by powerful diesel motor propellers hence Paraws are extremely fast off the wind, but can be unwieldy and if you will really vomit if you have sea sickness. Up to 10 people can ride a paraw and you can rent a paraw for half day or full day diving or sailing tour around boracay and its environs. Half day cost 1800 pesos and whole day at 3500 pesos. Available everwhere in Boracay.
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.
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.
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
Avail of their promos throughout the year.
On the island, the best way to get around is on your own 2 feet. The island's just a few kilometers in length and its healthy to walk and see all the sights. It's fun and healthy and you won't notice the distance as you'll get distracted with the lively and colorful island life. Getting to/from the port, however, one has to take the tricycle that seats up to 5 !!! Only the tricycle, except for government vehicles, are the only allowed vehicles on the island anyway. Of course, to go around the island, the best is to hire a boat to go island-hopping and see the other parts of the island not accessible by any other means.
Update: Other options to get around Boracay: public commuting= multicabs; mountain bikes and ATV (all-terrain vehicles) for hire
From Boracay Manoc manoc jetty, you can take a tricycle or a multicab to your destination, costing P15-P30 per person, depending on distance. If you're travelling as a group, a tricycle seats about 5-6. The multi-cab more at about 10-11 persons. Farthest destination could cost P300 maximum for a trip.
Again, ask your hotel/resort for free transfers.
(There was a time that loading and unloading pssengers were done at actual stations 1-3. This is not done anymore to keep the traffic from the pristine beaches and keep it picture perfect.)
From Caticlan airport, take a tricycle or van to the Caticlan Jetty port. Most hotels have service vans, so if you've booked ahead of your trip, ask your agent/hotel front desk about this service. The trip takes 5-10 minutes only. Many resorts and hotels in Boracay includes free transfers along with your booking, just look for the hotel/resort's representative at the airport.
SEair provides free van and boat services for airline passengers. Passenger just needs to pay the environmental fee of P50 at Caticlan Jetty port.
From the Caticlan jetty, take a catarman to Manoc-manoc jetty on Boracay (regular fare at P19.50)