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How-To: Find Flights (Domestic Airlines)

The following airlines serve both Caticlan and Kalibo airports:

Air Asia Zest - Caticlan and Kalibo flights.
Cebu Pacific - Caticlan and Kalibo flights.
Philippine Airlines - serving Caticlan* and Kalibo.
Skyjet - Caticlan only.

*Radio Boracay TRAVEL blog:

As of today, November 18, 2016, Caticlan (Boracay) airport now accepts larger planes due to its upgraded runway. Philippine Airlines' Airbus A320 now flies from Manila to Caticlan. And starting Dec. 16, 2016, daily flights to Caticlan from Cebu and Clark.

ADVISORY: Due to the added new flights, Caticlan (Boracay) airport is building a new terminal to accommodate passengers. Hence, transfers might not be as smooth as intended.

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WHERE in the world

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Located in Central Philippines, right at the heart of it all. Boracay Island is under the municipality of Malay in the province of Aklan and part of the “heart-shaped” Panay Island.

It is approximately 315 kilometers (196 miles) from the capital Manila and around 280 km (175 mi) from Cebu – two major cities that serve as airline hubs to and from Boracay.

*As of November 2016, more cheap flights will be added soon from Clark to Caticlan and Kalibo airports.


What To Do Upon Arrival In Caticlan or Kalibo Airports

(Including the latest Terminal and Environmental Fees, and Boat Fares)

From Caticlan (Boracay) Airport: (Code: MPH)

  • Take a tricycle going to Caticlan Jetty Port (P50).
  • Travel Time: 10 mins.
  • Once there, pay the TERMINAL Fee (P100/person; 5 yrs old & below = FREE), ENVIRONMENTAL Fee (P75/person; 12 yrs old & below = FREE), and BOAT Fare (P25/person 6am to 5:45pm; P30/pax 5:45pm onwards); 7 yrs old & up = FULL, 6 below = HALF fare.
  • Proceed to baggage inspection, fill up the Visitor’s Form, board your boat.
  • Caticlan to Boracay Island Travel Time: 10-15 mins.
  • Cagban Jetty Port is your point of entry.

*Since the months of June until October is "Habagat" or Southwest Monsoon (wet) season, guests may have to utilize Tabon Jetty Port which is about 20 minutes from Caticlan Boracay airport. Tricycle Fare from Caticlan to Tabon: P80 good for 2-3 persons.

As a result, your point of entry will be Tambisaan Jetty Port where you can hire a tricycle or multi-cab for P120-P150 going to your hotel. Please see our "Best Time To Visit Boracay" section below.

For a better perspective, see Boracay Map Philippines by Boracay Insider.


From Kalibo Airport: (Code: KLO)

  • Air-conditioned vans are available outside the airport for P250/person including boat fare only going to Caticlan Jetty Port (November-May) or Tabon (June-October) depending on which port is used when you arrive.
  • Kalibo to Caticlan or Tabon Port Travel Time: Approximately two(2) hours.
  • Once at Caticlan or Tabon Jetty Port, pay the TERMINAL Fee (P100/person), and ENVIRONMENTAL Fee (P75/person).
  • Proceed to baggage inspection, fill up the Visitor’s Form, proceed to boarding area.

*Air-conditioned shuttle buses are also available from transport companies Island Star Express (approximately P500-P600 per person per way) or Southwest Tours. We highly recommend advance booking your transfers with either of the two mentioned companies. Or you can arrange it with your chosen hotel for a worry-free, assisted travel from airport to your resort.

Airlines serving Kalibo and Caticlan Boracay airports are now selling transfers on board flights. After getting your luggage, you will be assisted by the airline’s partner transfers company to board your bus going to Boracay and all the way to your resort.


Boracay Travel By Boat

OPTION #1:

One of the most popular alternatives to visiting Boracay is by sea via 2GO Travel – one of the country’s largest land/sea travel providers. 1-WAY Fare from Batangas to Caticlan(Boracay) as of January 2017 starts at P 623.21 (exclusive of taxes and fees).

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  • From Manila, take a 2-hour bus ride to Batangas Port.
  • Once there, take the 2GO vessel en route to Caticlan(Boracay) Jetty Port.
  • As of January 2017, two(2) Batangas to Caticlan departures are available: 10am and 9pm(check both Batangas codes BTS and BTG as origin or destination).
  • Boracay(Caticlan) Jetty Port departures: 8am and 9pm. View 2GO schedules.
  • 2GO Travel Time: Approximately 10 hours.

OPTION #2:

RORO - Roll On, Roll Off

Another option would be the “Roll On – Roll Off” or RORO – a combination of land and sea travel. Philtranco 1-WAY fare from Manila to Caticlan (Boracay) as of July 2014: P 1,367.00 (it might be wise to check airline promo fares).

As of this 2017 update, Philtranco now accepts online reservations. For origin, choose Pasay under Metro Manila; destination Caticlan under Aklan province. Fare starts at P473.55 (without Ferry boat fares which range from P375-460/person/route).

  • From Manila, take a 2-hour bus ride or drive yourself to Batangas Port.
  • Once there, board the RORO to Calapan, Mindoro(approximately 3 hours).
  • Upon reaching Calapan, proceed South to Roxas Port, Mindoro(approximately 3 hours) or Bulalacao(4 hours).
  • From Roxas Port, ride the RORO to Caticlan(Boracay) Jetty Port(ex: Montenegro Lines - approximately 5 hours; P460/person) or from Bulalacao Port(ex: FastCat - approximately 3 hours; P375/person).
  • RORO (Montenegro Lines) daily departures from Caticlan to Roxas Mindoro: 4am/10am/4pm/8pm/12MN.
  • Caticlan to Bulalacao (FastCat): 3am/10am/3pm/10pm*.
  • Total Travel Time: Approximately 15 hours.

*If you're driving yourself to Boracay, here's an idea of how much the vehicle freight charges are with FastCat:

  • Batangas to Calapan: P1,536.00
  • Bulalacao to Caticlan (Boracay): P3,380.00

Caticlan-Bulalacao route via RORO
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Manila to Boracay (Caticlan) via RORO
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Boracay Travel Local Tricycle Transportation Guide

How Much Are The Fares:?

Tricycles and e-Trikes are the main transportation vehicles used on Boracay. If you're planning a Boracay-DIY(do-it-yourself) transfers from CAGBAN Jetty Port to your resort, check out all your options with corresponding rates provided below. Please choose the area of your destination (hotel/resort).

See the latest transport rates on Boracay Tricycle Transportation Guide by Boracay Insider
Click to see the latest Boracay Island transport rates.


Other Tricycle / e-Trike rates:
  • Minimum Fare: P10 per person (Regular)
  • Chartered or "Special" on flat road(Balabag): P60(5pax)
  • Hourly Rate: P300 (Island tour for 4 pax)

 

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When Is The Best Time To Visit Boracay?

Boracay Travel Tip – 03:

  • Best time to visit Boracay is during the Cool/Shoulder/Dry/High Season from November to February.
  • White Beach is mostly flat and pristine coming from the Cleaning/Wet/Low Season “Habagat” (Southwest Monsoon) which happens between June and October.
  • Summer Season begins in March and ends in May. Mostly Filipinos flock to the island for their summer vacation with friends and family. Record highs in recent years during Labor Day weekend (first week of May) for "LaBoracay".

Boracay Travel Climate Chart by Wikipedia


Money Matters: Philippine Currency

Boracay Travel Tip 04:

Have money changed upon arrival at any Philippine Airport for better exchange rates.* Last resort would be one of the five(5) local banks in Boracay but expect lower rates.

*As of this update, December 2016, new local money changers are now spread all over the island with competitive exchange rates.

Check today's conversion rates at XE.com.


 

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31 thoughts on “Boracay Travel”

  1. Hello. Going back from boracay to caticlan airport to manila, do we need to pay terminal and environmental fee again?

  2. Hello Kay,

    Yes, you need to pay the terminal fee upon entry and exit (P100/person/way). The environmental fee is a one-time payment upon entry. We hope you enjoyed your stay.

  3. Hi, we’re bringing along our medium sized dog (crossed breed Pomeranian). Are there hotels in Bora that allow pet dogs? Thanks!

  4. Hello Luz,

    Caticlan Jetty Port operates 24 hours due to its night navigation/RORO trips to/from Batangas, Mindoro, Romblon, etc. Caticlan to Cagban(Boracay) on the other hand has irregular schedule due to limited boats w/night navigation license. I would suggest you book your transfers ahead of time with either Island Star or Southwest. Or you can check out the website of the latest provider Boracay Express, it says “24-hour” service. – Happy travels!

  5. hi, full na ba ang bayad ng kids (11-1yrs.old) para sa terminal , environmental and boat fee? thanks!

  6. Hello Paul,

    Thanks for your email. Please find Boracay fees below:

    Environmental = P75/person (12 yrs old & below = FREE)
    Terminal = P100/person (5 yrs old & below = FREE)
    Boat = P25/person (day); P30/person (5:45pm onwards); 8 yrs old & up = FULL; 7 yrs old & below = HALF fare.

    Enjoy your family vacation 🙂

  7. From cagban jetty port to hotel or d mall.. how is the transportation? And how much does it usually cost? Thanks!

  8. Hello Ysay,

    You can take a tricycle or e-trike from Cagban (South) to dmall (Central) or Station 1 (North) for P120, Multicab is P250, while aircon van is P500. If there are more than 5 of you, I suggest you take the multicab or van for more space for your luggage and more comfort.

    If you’re staying beyond Station 1, rates would go up by P50/destination. Yapak is the northernmost area of Boracay (Shangri-la, Alta Vista, Puka Beach, etc.) and maximum rates are P150-200 for e-trike or tricycle, P450-multicab, P700-van. Hope this helps and enjoy your summer vacation! 🙂

  9. hi! our flight back to manila from caticlan is 6am. is there a boat from cagban to caticlan at around 4am?

  10. Hey Joshua,

    Please see 24-hour boat service schedule or provider’s contact details HERE. Hope you had a blast!

  11. Hello Nathalie,

    The port assignment is entirely dependent on the weather (or how big the waves are). If the coast guard sees that regular outrigger (banca) can’t handle the waves (especially during “Habagat” months of June-October), they assign the appropriate port (in this case, Tabon). Only regular bancas ply the route Tabon-Tambisaan (the other entry point in Boracay). Oyster Ferry and Boracay Express boats only serve Caticlan-Cagban route. Enjoy your Boracay stay! 🙂

  12. Do we have to pay again if we go home the terminal fee and environmental fee from Boracay to Kalibo?

  13. Hi Hanie, Is it safe to travel Manila to Caticlan by land on September or October? Is it easy to find a house for rent there instead of hotel?

  14. Hello Ann,

    The months of September and October fall under monsoon season where we can expect heavy rains, especially during a storm. You may encounter flooding or impassable roads while traveling. But we all know that weather is so unpredictable, so expect delays and allow ample time for such. For weather updates, you can check PAGASA.

    Check out AirBnB for house rentals, or easily compare hotel nightly rates for other accommodation options.

    Have a safe and happy travel Ann! 🙂

  15. Hello,
    I would like to ask the VALIDITY of the following:
    1. Environmental fee = P75/person (12 yrs old & below = FREE) (- Since its a one time pay, what if we will go on a day tour to explore Antique, do we need to pay again upon entry? Ex. Day 1 pay upon arrival, Day 2 island stay Day 3 leave island and proceed to Antique day tour then back to boracay island again (do we need to pay gaain the environmental fee?), then Day 4 island stay Day 5 back to manila, leaving boracay island again.
    2. Terminal fee = P100/person (5 yrs old & below = FREE)- need to pay upon entry and exit to the island, so what if we leave boracay island on day 3 just so we can do a day tour in Antique then we will be back at night time in boracay island?
    Is there consideration since we booked hotel (accommodation) good for 5 days in boracay island. We just wanted to visit other places. Thanks in advance.

    Pay Every time we need to ride:
    Boat = P25/person (day); P30/person (5:45pm onwards); 8 yrs old & up = FULL; 7 yrs old & below = HALF fare.

  16. Hello Chary,

    Thanks for your inquiry. Just spoke with Ms. Lannie of DOT-Boracay (Admin Aide #4) and she informed me that there’s no need to pay for Environmental and Terminal fees again. All you have to do is show the port personnel a copy of your hotel booking confirmation that states the name of hotel/resort and corresponding dates of stay. All listed fees on our website are current. Enjoy your stay in Boracay (and your Antique tour!) 🙂

  17. HI, visiting boracay on aug 26-28,2017 our flight back to manila from caticlan airport is 7:45 am.is there a ferry availble early morning from boracay to caticlan for us to catch our flight?or its better to stay in caticlan by night before?thank you .need info for the the booking of hotel.thank you

  18. hello Nigel, We will be going to Boracay on Aug 11, and we are arriving in Kalibo at 5pm.,more or less… Is it safe to travel from Kalibo to Boracay at night? If it is, what time are we gonna be in Boracay? Please advise… thanks

  19. Hello Queen Kitty,

    Thanks for your query. Kalibo-Boracay route is busy with all the flights (both domestic and international) so you won’t be the only one traveling on the road. Inbound flights could be as late as 1 or 2 am (from China, South Korea, etc.). (Check out our tips on what to do upon arrival in Kalibo Airport).

    Travel from Kalibo to Boracay is approximately 2 hours, so you’ll be on the island by 7ish – drop your bags, grab a quick bite, and enjoy Boracay’s nightlife – cheers! 🙂

  20. Hello Nigel,

    We will be going to Boracay on Aug. 4, 2017. According to our flight ticket, we will arrive Kalibo by 6:55pm and knowing that delayed flights is always possible from Manila. Someone told me that once we arrive in Kalibo there are booths of van/bus travel companies that offers 24 hours travel services with boat travel inclusions (on the spot). Is this true? We’re 7 pax and if this true we don’t need to worry for our way going to Boracay even by late night. Thank you so much 🙂

  21. Hi,

    We’re traveling Sept 11-13 to Caticlan, is it difficult to DIY airport transfers? If I solved it right, it’ll just be 600 for 2 persons one way from Caticlan to hotel with fees included? It’s way cheaper than booking online but are there a lot of trikes and boats or do they take turns and have schedule trips? Also, how do you do transfer from hotel to airport? Are there trikes available near the hotels? Thankyou..

  22. Hi Shovy,

    Yes, there are companies offering transfers to Boracay at the baggage claim area. Some of them include boat fare only (P30/pax – nighttime rate). I would suggest you avail of the “all-in” package inclusive of Terminal and Environmental fees (P100 for terminal + P75 Environmental per pax). If you’re travelling with kids, see current fees HERE.

    Enjoy your stay! 🙂

  23. Hi Kim,

    Yes, you can save up to 50% when you DIY your transfers. Let’s do the math, shall we?

    P50 – Trike from Caticlan Airport to Jetty (good for 3 pax)
    P200 – Terminal Fee (P100/pax X 2)
    P150 – Environmental fee (P75/pax X 2)
    P50 – Boat fare (P25/pax daytime X 2; 5:45pm onwards = P30/pax)
    P120- trike to your resort/hotel
    P570 – TOTAL transfers cost for 2 pax .

    Yep, trikes are available 24/7, so no worries. And just recently, we already have a 24-hour boat service. Have a safe trip and enjoy your vacation Kim! 🙂

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