BORACAY PORT TO WHITE BEACH
There will be a long line of Motorbike Taxis to take you from Boracay Port to White Beach. It is very well organized and prices are well stated. This trip is 100 Pesos ($2.00 U.S.) per motorbike .
Hans sat in front and I sat in back bench with the luggage. From there to our Hotel Best Western Boracay (Station 2) took about 10 to 12 minutes. The driver took us right to the entrance. Motorbikes cannot go right down to the beach (that is if your hotel is on the beach), so will leave you on the main road next to a path that leads down to White Beach.
Getting around White Beach, most visitors travel by foot along the beach's sandy walkway. It's about an hour walk from one end to the other (Station 3 to Station 1). Hans and I took a motorbike taxi to Astoria which is in Station 1 and the cost was 60 Pesos. We also did a bicycle taxi once to the Red Pirates. It was hot and we were tired - Hotel to Red Pirates - 100 Pesos - and that young man earned every peso.
Note in Picture # 2 - to the right is our Hotel and on the left is the walkway to the Beach.
Cebu Pacific..Now Everyone can fly
Cebu Pacific Air flies to and from Kalibo daily. They have launched a new aircraft to provide their clients better service and safer flights.
Once in awhile they usually comes out with a special fare both for local and international travel. So, better yet check their website for their upcoming deals.
There are 2 ways of getting to Boracay. One is to take the small planes from Manila to Caticlan. The other is to take the bigger planes from Manila to Kalibo and then take a 1.5 hour land trip to Caticlan.
From Caticlan, the island is about 15-20 minute boat ride away. Boracay is sub-divided into 3 major boat stations - 1, 2 and 3. The boat used to drop off/pick up passengers directly to these 3 stations, but in recent years, the local government opened Cagban port and utilized it as the central port station. From Cagban, there are multi-cabs, tricycles, and shuttle service to take you to your hotel destination.
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CATICLAN TO BORACAY FERRY
After leaving Caticlan Airport, walk across the street to where the Motor Tricycles are. The ride costs 50 Pesos per trike for the 5-minute trip to the Jetty Port. The Jetty Port uses Bangka Pump Boats that ferry between the Caticlan Mainland and Boracay Island. The Bangka trip costs 25 Pesos per person. Non-residents also pay a 75 peso environmental Fee and a 50 Peso Terminal Fee. You need to get these tickets outside the Jetty Port before you enter - Total 150 pesos per person ($3.00 U.S.).
The trip from the mainland to the Island is about 15 minutes. Try and get seated at the front of the boat or else you will have to make your way to the back of the boat which can be difficult - at least it was for me. Wearing life-jackets is required, but you may just put it on your lap to have it handy. If you have heavy luggage, porters will assist you at 20 Pesos per item.
Sea Air to Caticlan
Taking the plane to Caticlan from Manilla was the best option for me. It saves the 2 hour bus ride from Kalibo. But the planes are only 19 seats. So if you are frightful of small planes you may want to opt to go through Kalibo as thats where the bigger planes land as they have a longer airstrip and can support the bigger planes. Other option is taking a 14 hour ferry from Manilla if time is no object and money is. Any way you choose to get there you will be going through the boat jetty on Caticlan to get to Boracay. Just remember to wear shorts and water proof sandles as you are going to wade through water when you arrive at Boracay.
Flyin in the Phils
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.
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.
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.
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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Explore the island by bike.
Rent a mountain bike and explore the parts of Boracay usually hidden from most tourists. Visit small villages, ride through the forest or discover deserted beaches. Remember to bring plenty of water. Not sure of the bike rental price as I have my own bike, but it's relatively cheap and you can usually bargain them down a bit too.
Buy a little map from the Tourist Center to help you plan your route.
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A pedicab is a little bicycle with a sidecar attatched. Good for two people - or one large person! These are popular on the White Beach path, where motorised tricycles are not permitted. Prices really do seem to vary according to the driver and the distance. Around P20/P30 per person is normal for a short ride.
If you hit a patch of soft sand, have the decency to get out and walk for a few feet - it's really hard for the driver to pedal through it with you aboard. Be sure to agree the price first before you get in.
GETTING TO BORACAY ISLAND - AIR PHIL EXPRESS
We flew from Manila Airport to Caticlan using AIR PHIL EXPRESS.We prebooked online and paid 7392 pesos airfare plus 112 Pesos taxes which is $182.00 CDN. We also had to pay a 200 pesos Departure Tax - cash only.
It's about an hour flight.
Then the boat...
Then from the pier near to the airport, take the boat to Boracay. There are 3 boat stations along the beach, so just tell the boatman where you want to get off.
The boat stations are just "nominal" piers, you have to wade thro the water when you get off from the boat to the shore. Trousers or leather shoes are NOT things to wear.
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Van ride from Kalibo Airport
Van ride from Kalibo airport to Caticlan Jetty Port would cost about 200-250, inclusive of the boat ride. There's no queue for the vans, so be prepared to wait while the van fills the passenger to a maximum capacity (2 in front, 3 in 2 middle rows, 4 in the last row).
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Small plane from Manila to Caticlan
Asian Spirit flies directly from Manila to Caticlan/Manila....daily flight schedule. It takes around 55 minutes flight.
From Caticlan airport, there are some tricyles that will bring you to the boat station heading Boracay, if you don't have much luggage, from the airport to the boat station is just 10 minutes short walk.
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