Van ride from the Caticlan Jetty Port is only 150pesos (as compared to the 250pesos going to Caticlan). However, there were a few passengers when we got there so we made do in riding the non-aircon van. I must say, it was a good thing we travelled during the habagat season so it wasn't so hot. We were a bit cramped at the last row (there were 3 guys and the big me).
Van ride going to Kalibo town proper is only 85 pesos though so if you feel like you'll arrive at the airport early, ask to drop by the town where you can eat at fast food joints like Jollibee or Greenwich Pizza.
If you're going to Nami, you get to ride in their private boat (usually a runabout) and board from the private jetty owned by Fairways and Bluewater. To all other resorts, youhave to go to the general wharf of Caticlan, shown in this photo.
To get from Boracay from Manila it is necessary first to get down to the larger island of Panay. I flew. Either fly to Kalibo and then take an aircon bus to Caticlan or fly direct to Caticlan, then take the 15 minute ferry ride to Boracay, Boat Station 3.
Boats in the Philippines all have traditional bamboo outriggers on the side for some extra stability.
There are three boat stations along White Beach.Boat stations have no piers. Boat stations on the east coast may be used depending on wind direction.There is a Pier in Manoc-Manoc but it doesn't seem to be in use.
Boats are mostly bancas and only transportation for going to small islands off Boracay and inaccessible beaches such as Balinhai. Chartering banca costs approx. P200 for an hour per person, P500 for 3 hours and P800 for 6 hours.
Other means: Walking, Tricycles and Motorcycles
As you get out of the Caticlan Airport, walk to the right where you'll see a ticket booth. That is where you will pay for the tricycle ride from the airport to Jetty Port, the boat ride from Jetty Port to Boracay Port, as well as other incidental expenses.
Following is a breakdown of expenses, as of our latest trip:
Tricycle: P50.00 / 3 pax*
Environmental fee: P50/pax**
Terminal fee: P50/pax**
Pump Boat: P25/pax**
*You will give the tricycle driver the ticket for the tricycle ride.
**Upon reaching the Jetty Port, you'll present these tickets
(Optional) Porter's Fee: P20/item
Another Terminal Fee @ Caticlan Port: P50.00/pax if you are not a resident of Boracay
Caticlan Airport to Jetty Port: 5 minutes
Jetty Port To Boracay Port: 20 minutes
Important to know:
The earliest regular boat trip is 5am, and the last trip is about 10pm. Earlier or later than the regular schedule, you have to make arrangements directly with the people at the port for chartered boat. Prevailing charter rate was P1,500 as of our recent trip.
How did we get to Boracay:
Manila to Lipa, Batangas by bus: P116.00
Lipa to Batangas Port by bus: P35.00, Terminal fee: P10.00
Batangas Port to Calapan, Or. Mindoro by boat: P160.00
Calapan Port to Roxas Port by Van: P180.00
Roxas Port to Caticlan Port by boat: P330.00, Tetminal fee: 10.00
Caticlan Port to Boracay Island: P19.50.
Transportation to resorts range from P250 - 450.00.
The journey might be very tiring but it would help you save some money.
Also, I suggest that you AVOID RODATSCO VANS - they got old vans from hell and a driver from hell for overspeeding on sharp curves and worse, busy texting while driving.
I was given the chance to have a souvenir photo with the Bug Car when I was in Mt. Luho. The Bug Cars, as I was informed, are for the exclusive use of the Korean visitors in the island and is luxuriously priced at $180.00/hour. But the management has also allowed other nationalities who want to to use it and are being offered the lower price rental of around $40.00.
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
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.
Banca (outrigger boats) departs regularly from the Caticlan Jetty Port. Stops at Boat Stations 1, 2, and 3 as per passenger's destination. During the monsoon season they dock on the other side of the island (Bulabog beach i think). Fare is around 20 pesos and you have to pay at the Jetty Port together with the Boracay Environment Fee (50 pesos)
Part of the fun is getting there. On a small plane from the domestic terminal at Manila airport, you will land at Caticlan airport on Panay Island and a short boat ride to Boracay.
Book in advance or through a tour package with an agent as there are limited seats in this expensive and popular flight.
Title: Cebu Pacific Has Thieves Working For Them, Travel At Your Own Risk!!!
On Dec 30, 2011, my family flew on Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 915 from Manila to Caticlan to go to Boracay for New Years. My wife and I were seated in Row number 1 directly behind the cock pit. Due to events on the flight, we accidently left a digital camera sitting in our seats when we exited the aircraft. All individuals on the flight exited at the rear of the plane ahead of us. We were THE LAST PASSENGERS to get off. The only individuals left on board the flight were the pilots, flight attendants and cleaning crew.
We noticed that our camera was missing almost immediately after while getting our bags. We spoke with the Caticlan airport Cebu Pacific representative. He attempted to talk to the plane staff but said that the plane was preparing for departure and nothing could be done. However, he would forward our information to the manila office for follow up.
Over the next few days in Boracay, we had several phone calls from the Caticlan Cebu Pacific rep only to say there was no new information. Our case was still being investigated.
We returned to Manila on January 4, 2012. We filed a notice with the office Cebu Pacific office on arrival in terminal 2 and spoke to a manager. He said that the matter would be investigated. We never received one phone call or one email from Cebu Pacific in the month that followed the filing of this report.
I believe our camera was stolen by the flight staff. No one else was on board following our departure. The camera was on a seat in view of the staff. Cebu Pacific management saw and heard our notices of the loss/ theft but took zero actions. They never communicated with us. They do not seem to care that their employees will steal from their passengers. When you travel domestically in the Philippines you have many options; Philippine Airlines, Zest Air, Air Phil Express, Seair and others. No other airlines personnel have ever stolen from me. I have taken Philippine Airlines more times than I can count. Take any other air carrier instead of Cebu Pacific. Only take Cebu Pacific if it is absolutely necessary. If you must take Cebu Pacific, make sure all bags are locked and you can maintain control/ possession/ visual of your valuables at all times. Cebu Pacific staff will steal from you and the management does not care that they do it. A cheaper plane ticket with Cebu Pacific will cost you more when your valuables are stolen.
I will retract this statement if Cebu Pacific contacts me and compensates my family for our loss. However, I really doubt at this point that Cebu Pacific could even find our filed complaint.
Budget travellers can now take a cheaper trip from Manila to Boracay. The latest transpo in town is the Blue Magic Ferries roro boat. If you want to take this route you first need to go to Dalahican, Lucena City by bus. The ferry leaves Dalahican every Friday at 5 pm, drops passengers at Caticlan, Aklan, and leaves back to Lucena on Sunday at 5 pm. However, I was informed by fellow vter that this mode of transpo no longer operates.
Cabin accomodation: Php950.00
Economy room: Php830.00
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
For our recent trip, we opted to fly via Cebu Pacific Air from Manila to Caticlan which departed from NAIA3. We took the 6:30am flight.
Our plane fare with Insurance was P3,848.24 BUT you can pay less than P1,000 if you are lucky to avail of the promo rates.
Travel Time: 50-55 minutes depending on the weather