If you are awaiting your flight at Caticlan, head straight for Cafe Arts at the Asian Spirit Departure Lounge. You do not need to be flying with that particular airline to enjoy the restaurant facilities, and there is a giftshop selling carved wooden statues, lanterns and nik-naks should you have forgotten a souvenir for a friend. The departure lounge is set in a pretty garden with a koi pond and fountain, and is a much more relaxing proposition than the various little roadside restaurants clustered outside the airport. The lounge is set back from the road down a passageway, so ask a guard if you have trouble finding it.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant serves Filipino dishes as well as Western favourites such as pizza, burgers and sandwiches, and is under the same management as the popular Nigi Nigi restaurant in Boracay.
The direct flight from Manila to Caticlan is very convenient. However, be prepared for a propeller plane, condensation dripping on you if you sit on a window seat, and a NOSE-DIVE landing. It was the worst landing I ever experienced. I thought I was going to die...
for transferring to boracay, people offer to help you for about 1000 peso (2 people)
Unique Suggestions: if you come here for the first time, this can be tempting.
Fun Alternatives: tricycle to the boat house (very near) ... 30peso.
boat ticket (2 people) 100 peso + terminal fee??? 40peso.
tricycle to the hotel 100peso.
tips for handling your suitcase (if you want (the boat is a bit tricky if you have a large suitcase)) 20-50peso
total : 270 peso.
Caticlan Jetty is a bustling port best known as being the gateway to Boracay. Though the new jetty looks modern, the set-up is quite primitive - bags are poked through and searched with a stick, ticketing counters are confusing (with three different fees to contend with; boat fare, terminal fee and "environmental fee") and toilet facilities, though usually clean, lack either tissue paper or water for washing your butt. Bring your own paper!