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
From Manila To Caticlan, Fly Via Cebu Pacific
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
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Getting around Boracay
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 :)
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SeAir to Caticlan (Boracay)
As their motto goes, it's the fastest way from Manila to Caticlan (Boracay). 35minutes. It's a small 1-door aircraft, max 30+. Service is still alright. Flights are safe & plenty daily, however, do give allowance for flight delay, or they might auto put u on the next flight, like what they did to me.
They're having a promotion now at about 1,800peso+ one-way. Do note that the fuel surcharge & tax are awfully high, so it'll come up to about 6000peso+ for a return ticket.
I got my tix from http://www.filipinotravel.com.ph/, and they can leave the tickets at the SeAir counter for your collection upon arrival at the Manila airport. Alternatively, you can also direct them to deliver to your hotel if you're laying over in Manila.
The ticketing guy at SeAir told me that you can get better rates or hotel+air ticket package if contact the SeAir holiday dept directly.
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what you already have ...
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
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by the plane
When we went to Boracay, we avail of the promo from PALakbayan and the package includes two-way airfare (via Kalibo) and hotel accomodations (Sandcastles, with breakfast and airport transfers). PAL has two flights daily via Kalibo, we booked the afternoon flight and after arriving in Boracay at around 7 pm, we thought of booking the morning flight the next time we go back in Boracay.
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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.
Boracay by sea
Aside from taking the plane, one of the best alternatives of going to Boracay is through a ferry. M/B Virgin Mary goes to Caticlan during mondays, wednesdays, and fridays which leaves at 5pm and arrives at Caticlan around 7am. Caticlan is where you take the boat to Boracay for 20 minutes.
Time to spare
Cebu Pacific Airlines' fare is higher compared to the two previously mentioned airlines. Much bigger and comfortable for sure but it lands at Kalibo province which is an hour travel to Caticlan (where the smaller plane lands) where the jetty to Boracay Island is located. If you don't mind extra travel time, you might want to explore Kalibo first (famous for Ati-atihan festival) before plunging to the shores of Boracay.
Propel into Caticlan and cruise into Boracay
After staying in Cebu for a few nights, i decided to go to boracay. I flew Asian Spirit, on a propelled plane. This was my first time flying on a prop plane. Although it was a little loud, It was smoother than i expected. It sat around 40 people. The flight took, a little under 1 hour. The plane was air conditioned and you could totally see the mist and water dripping from the vents, i guess this is normal. The flight plus transfers(bus and boat) cost me approximately $55.00 US which i booked through a travel agent in Mactan. I also booked this while in the US so i dont know if it was a good deal or not. I had to fly into Caticlan, take a short bus ride to the water and hop on a boat.
When boarding the boat, you have to walk on the sand and into the water about 30 yards. Be prepared to get wet. There are guys there to load your luggage, just make sure you tip. The boat sits about 20 people. Make sure you enjoy the view on this boat ride, cuz it is spectacular. When arriving in Boracay, the boat docks about 30 yards from the beach. You have to walk in the water again. Some guys offer to carry you in case you dont want to get wet, its a pretty funny sight... These little guys can carry some heavy loads...
Dont forget you have to go through all this again on your way back...
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Outrigger Boats to White Beach
The regular mode of transport to this island paradise are the big outrigger boats that can seat up to 20 people. The boats are regulated pricewise and trip-schedulewise giving the visitors a problem-free and smooth transfer from Caticlan Seaport to White Beach, Boracay.
Be ready to get wet when getting off at White Beach otherwise get the services of porters to carry you off the water for a minimal tip.
The return trip from Boracay to Caticlan leaves at the seaport at the opposite side of White Beach which I find it a hassle to reach riding a tricycle from the White Beach area to this port.
About P35 per head one way.
Roll On, Roll Off Torture!
We tried the Roll On, Roll Off method of getting to Boracay. We drove from Makati to Batangas port, loaded our van on a ferry to Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. We drove from Calapan City to Roxas City, Oriental Mindoro, where we parked the van and rode the ferry to Caticlan. It was torture!
We left Makati at 3PM, and arrived at Batangas City Port by about 5PM. The ferry from Batangas to Calapan took about 3 hours. We ate dinner at Calapan and drove another three hours to Roxas City. We arrived at Roxas City Port at 12AM. We were not able to reserve any tickets because we did not have any contact with the ferrys' agents. We ended up trying to sleep while sitting on very hard and uncomfortable benches! The ferry left the port at 2AM, and we arrived at Caticlan at 6AM. We didn't get enough sleep so we ended up sleeping from 8AM to about lunch time!
If you want to save a lot of money getting to Boracay, this is the way to go. 3PM is still the best time to leave Manila to Boracay. Make sure that you reserve VIP tickets every time you ride a ferry, especially on the ferry from Roxas to Caticlan.
By far the best way to Boracay , in my opinion, is via Asian Spirit to Caticlan airport. The flight is less than one hour. From Caticlan airport, it is just a 5 minute trike or shuttle ride to the port where you board a banca (outrigger) to Boracay. The airport of Caticlan can only accomodate smaller planes, which is why some may still prefer the bigger (presumably safer?) planes and land in Kalibo instead.
The Manila-Caticlan route though is so much faster and more convenient than the Manila-Kalibo route, requiring you to travel on land for 2 hours to Caticlan.
There are no airstrips on Boracay Island, so no matter what route you take (Manila-Kalibo or Manila-Caticlan) you will most definitely need to take a 15 minute banca (outrigger) ride to the island from Caticlan. You can either hire a private banca for your group, or join others.
Hot & Shaky
South East Asian Airlines was a bit cheaper compared to Asian Spirit but to the expense of comfort. It was hot and a little bit shaky and can accommodate 15-20 people only. Hand-carried bags were not allowed if they are too bulky as there were no place to put it in but on your lap. If small plane scares you, then this plane is out of the picture.
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