They have bicycles with seats attached to them and they are the only transport along the beach. They fit 2 people or 3 little tiny people. They gather at boat station 2 but you can catch one in boat station 3 if your lucky. They do not go all the way into bs 1. If you want to get to BS 1 from BS 2 or 3 you have to go up to the main road and go by road to BS 1. It's usually quite a haul for a pedicyclist. Sometimes they are skinny, frail, too old, or too young so be cycling your fat Western ass around, (mine anyway). You can also go up to the main road (they cannot go near the beach path where the pedicycles are exclusively allowed) and take a tuk tuk with a motor to BS 1 and then there is a long walk along the path to the beach. It's a thing getting around if you have a broken leg like my husband. His arms got a work out with the crutches and the sand. Pretty crazy.
booked our land and sea transfer through fairways php3,500+ for 6 pax excluding jetty terminal fees.pretty stiff,if you don't mind queuing,better use the public transportation,roughly php150/way per person.
airport pickup was on time but the drop off was 45 minutes late ,almost missed our Manila flight
A spacious planeSe using currently a Dornier 328 aircraft for their Manila-Boracay route. Dornier 328 is a 32-seater aircraft perfect for short runways. The seats are comfortable with spacious legroom, a must for every airline. The seats are made of leather. SeAir’s Dornier 328 is smaller than aircrafts of airline giants , that's why it could fly at a lower altitude, giving the passengers more perspective to see outside during the flights.
Now new airport in Caticlan has limited flights only to major cities in the philippines. There are also several airlines (local) that travel to and from Boracay. Lots of options now to get to the Island Paradise.
Twenty years ago it was the only reasonable way to travel from Manila to Boracay was thru Kalibo, then a 2-hr bus ride to Caticlan and finally a 30-min boat ride to Boracay Island. The 2-hr bus ride was enjoyable and scenic ride thru the countryside. It's a good way to travel and mingle with the locals. But for me, the fresh scent of the rice fields brought back fond memories when I was a child running thru the rice fields with my uncles and cousins. If you have the time take the scenic
route and enjoy the moments.
Now, on my second trip my cousins informed me that there is a new airport in Caticlan. It's a nice small airport but very busy, with limited flights only to major cities in the philippines. There are also several airlines (local) that travel to and from Boracay. Lots of options now to get to the Island Paradise.
Getting to Boracay from the Kalibo airport, no need to arrange for transportation in advance. There are a number of vans right outside the Kalibo airport that will take you directly to the Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare is around 175/pax without boat ride, which I suggest you take because it's a LITTLE cheaper and you have to pay some more fees at the port anyway.
As soon as you reach Boracay Island, you may get a tricycle (costs PhP100 or US$2.50 per ride) to bring you to "Crafts of Boracay", which is also situated in D'mall.
Also make sure to bring lots of change/coins to give to the porters who will carry your bags/luggages. PhP20 or US$0.50 is the going rate.
Tricycle is the most common mode of transporation when trying to get around Boracay. It costs only PhP7 or US$ 0.20 per pax. Do not pay more than that. Pretend your a local :)
I went back to Bora last March 2007 and sought my fave boatman - Totong. How time flew, now he has 7 kids. :)
Now there is a boating station located near station 3 of Bora where you will pay the boating fee. This regulates the fee plus registers who are out there. I think I paid the standard PHP1750 but Totong extended the trip duration. I was sad to see the corals gone and replaced by grey looking sand. Crocodile island trip was still nice except for the puca vendors who short of harrassing people to buy. I loved the caves near the shore. My husband and I sunbathed naked inside caves while feeling the waves touch our feet. Take care not to expose yourself to passing boats as this might offend others.
I am placing Totong's new number. You will certainly find other boatmen in Bora but he is trustworthy and will be most happy with the free meal that we provide during the trips.
Cebu Pacific recently beefed up their Manila - Bora (via Kalibo) flight with Manila - Bora (via Caticlan) flights. To you guys, this means we remove the 1.5H surface/land travel via bus or van from Kalibo airport. Caticlan airport is smaller though but you'll land right smack nearest the jetty. You can pay via CC which I normally do but a little caveat though, filing for a refund took me seven months. It was credited back to my CC but you'll have to file in the nearest CebuPac office (abroad, I guess that's hard to do). So heed my advice to process your eTkt carefully.
From the jetty port, a 30-minute ride is done by boat to reach the island of Boracay. Excitement sets in as we are only minutes away from these world class beaches.
The collection of the P50 environment fee before the boat ride has been temporarily stopped by the governor of Aklan province. Click to see news.
This is included in the Willy's Beach Club Resort's 3D/2N package. We are given stickers to attach to ourselves so the bus personnel would know the group. Travel time from Kalibo to Caticlan is 1.5 to 2 hours. Time to see the other parts of Aklan.
Fly to Kalibo, Aklan for as low as P288 with Cebu Pacific. Book your flights as early as possible. Also a tip for low fares would be to book your flight to on the middle of the week.
Flight is about an hour.
Join their in-flight games and you will win Cebu Pac goodies. I did win a camera bag on my way to Bohol, when I won the name that tune. The song is from South Border, which is one of my favorite bands (hah!)
Here are the web links for some regional airlines. Like anywhere in the world, be aware of hidden fees and rules, especially regarding cancellations and transfers.
On the other hand, they have great prices and some good routes... just be ready for a sudden last minute change of plans.
A tricycle, as the name implies, is a vehicle on three wheels - motorcycle with attached compartment. You'll see them once you get off the boat station. From boat station to your accommodation, the normal charge seem to be PHP100 one way (not per passenger) point-to-point. Cost me that from boat station to station 3 and from station 2 to Boracay Hills on a different occasion.
If you're getting on and off major roads though and don't mind a little walking, cost is only 10-15 pesos per person.
For budget travelers like me, Cebu Pacific is a gift from heaven. Yearly, they offer their P1 fare for both Domestic and International flights, just watch out for it. It makes travelling a lot cheaper and possible for most Filipinos. This year, we got our Manila-Kalibo tickets for only P1,500/person (2-way). Can't wait to avail of this promo next year :)
They serve C2 drinks for local flights.
Their planes are small
If you're taking a Manila-Kalibo flight, you need to take another 1 1/2 - 2 hour bus travel to reach Caticlan. There are vans and buses right outside the airport waiting for passengers going to the jetty port. The fare usually cost P200 including the ferry ride but to save cost, you may tell the driver that you'll just pay for your own ferry ride. They will charge you P150 for this. At the jetty port, you may purchase your ticket for only P20 and pay the environmental fee of P50 and the terminal fee of P20. The last trip depends on the season and and thevolume of passengers. During low seasons, there are boats until 9PM.