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Getting there

From Manila, the Manila Domestic Airport has flights to Boracay either via Kalibo (45 minutes) or via Caticlan (30 minutes). From the Kalibo Airport, air-conditioned vans and buses for hire are available to take you to the Caticlan Jetty, where boats are stationed to take you to the island. The bus trip takes around 90 minutes, and the boat ride, 20 minutes.

From Iloilo, there are air-conditioned vans and buses going to Kalibo or directly to Caticlan, where boats going to Boracay are stationed.

From Cebu, Asian Spirit and Sea Air fly to Kalibo two times weekly.

By Plane

From Manila’s domestic airport or from Cebu airport, take flights to Boracay either via Kalibo (45 minutes away) or via Caticlan (30-40 minutes away). From Kalibo airport, air-conditioned vans and buses for hire will take you to the Caticlan Jetty Port, where boats are stationed to take you to the island. Motorized tricyles will take you from Caticlan airport to the jetty port, 3 minutes away. From Caticlan jetty port, boat ride will take 15-20 minutes to get to Boracay.

Airlines which fly between Caticlan and Manila include South East Asian (SEA) Airlines, Asian Spirit, Interisland Airlines, and Corporate Air.

Asian Spirit and South East Asian (SEA) Airlines also fly between Caticlan and Cebu City, and between Caticlan and Angeles/Clark International Airport.

South East Asian (SEA) Airlines flies a seasonal route between Caticlan and Coron on Busuanga Island in Palwan Province.

Airline fares vary, generally in the $50 to $100 range for each leg. Keep a lookout for special rates posted at the respective travel office adjoining the domestic terminal in Manila. Luggage over 10 kgs will probably cost you extra.

Airlines serving Kalibo and Caticlan include the following:

Manila to Caticlan:
  • Asian Spirit
  • Corporate Air
  • Interisland Airlines
  • South East Asian Airlines (SEAir)
Manila to Kalibo:
  • Air Philippines
  • Asian Spiit
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Philippine Airlines
Cebu to Caticlan:
  • Asian Spirit
  • South East Asian Airlines (SEAir)

(Some of these air carriers may provide only seasonal service on the listed routes)

By Boat

Several ferries sail between Manila and Caticlan. The journey takes between 12 and 16 hours.

Ferries from Manila to Caticlan:

  • MBRS Lines
  • Negros Navigation
  • SuperFerry

(Some of these sea carriers may provide only seasonal service on the listed routes)

By Road

Buses and cars run from Manila to the Southern provinces by means of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway. A nautical system conceptualized under the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Buses leave from the Philtranco terminal in Cubao and Pasay City throughout the day. The journey by bus takes approximately 12 hours. Caticlan is the fourth seaport encountered along the SRNH while traveling south from Manila.

Around the island

On the island, public transportation is either by motorized tricyles (on the main roads) or by pedicabs on the beach pathway. There is a set fee of 7 pesos for tricyle rides of a short distance. Other means of transportation include mountain bikes, quadbikes and motorbikes, which can be rented. Operation of motorbikes along White Beach and most of the beach’s path is forbidden by law. To explore around the island's coast, rent a paraw (sailboat) or motorised banca. A common sight round the island is the sailing Paraw, a narrow hulled boat with outriggers either side and with passengers sometimes seated on a trampoline platform between the outrigger supports. These are extremely fast off the wind, but can be unwieldy for inexperienced sailors.

Getting Around

  • Most visitors opt for motorized tricycles, which act as the island's taxis and make up most of its traffic. Rides are inexpensive, usually no more than P200 to any point on the island from White Beach and much less for shorter rides, and can be found almost anywhere along the main road.
  • Short rides, say from D'Mall to Station 3 or from Station 1 to Station 3, are a standard rate of 7 pesos but expect the tricycle driver to ask for 20 pesos or more if you look like a foreigner.
  • Scooters provide the best flexibility at a reasonable price. The downside is having to deal with island traffic which can be unnerving for visitors unused to the agressive tricycle drivers.
  • Mountain bikes are also available for rent at several locations along White Beach, which is off limits to motorized vehicles.
  • To explore around the island, rent a native sailboat (paraw) or motorised outrigger (banca) and visit the many beaches of Boracay.

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