The fastest and easiest way of getting to Boracay is traveling by aircraft via Manila, Kalibo or Cebu.
Arrived in Manila, airline carriers as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air operates the route Manila - Boracay (Caticlan) - Manila several times a day with twin-engine turboprop airplanes (ATR 72). The daily flight schedule between Manila and Boracay begins early in the morning and ends in the late afternoon. The flight time from Manila to Caticlan is one hour.
Alternatively, there is an air traffic between Kalibo International Airport (KLO) and Manila with AirAsia, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines. The air-conditioned transfer from Kalibo airport to Caticlan (Boracay) takes about two hours by van or bus. Public vans and buses are driving to Caticlan every half an hour after an aircraft has landed at Kalibo Airport. The last van, bus from Caticlan to Kalibo-Airport runs against 6:00pm. The fare from Kalibo airport to Caticlan Jetty Port amounts 175 PHP. Furthermore, a frequent flight connection exist between Cebu City (CEB) and Caticlan with Cebu Pacific Air.
Cebu Pacific Air and Airphil Express depart and arrive from Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. AirAsia flights operate from Terminal 4 (Manila Domestic Airport). Manila Domestic Airport and "NAIA Terminal 3" area a few km apart. The tranfer time between those terminals takes 20 minutes up to one hour - based on the traffic volume in Manila. Metered Taxi, in that case "Coupon Taxi", connect NAIA and Manila Domestic Airport. The daytime fare per way amounts around 200 PHP. An offical public shuttle service between all terminals operates 24 hours the day and is free of charge.
In this context it should be mentioned that online flight bookings on the website cebupacificair.com sometimes fail, if customer trying to pay with credit card. Then, it is possible to arrange reservations with: http://www.cebupacific.de
Further options getting to Boracay are by ferry and and bus.
Ro-Ro ferries of the shipping company "2GO Travel" (before Negros Navigation) are serving daily the direct route from Port of Batangas (110 kilometers south of Metro Manila) to Caticlan. The travel time takes approximately eight hours. Each ferry can transport up to 1000 passengers. Informations about the ferry service from Manila/Batangas to Boracay (Caticlan) are available on the website: http://www. travel.2go.com.ph There you can also book tickets online.
The bus company "Philtranco" maintains regular connections from Manila via Roxas (Mindoro) and Caticlan to the southern part of the Philippines - ferries included. For further information visit their website: http://www. philtranco.com.ph
Getting around Boracay is quite uncomplicated. In order to be mobile on the Island of Boracay motorized tricycles are the first choice of transportation. Fares are usually reasonable - depending on negotiating skills. Those who prefer more independence in Boracay will find plenty of offers to rent a motorbike (scooter) or mountain bike. Rental periods can be hourly, daily or weekly. In Boracay it is compulsory to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Almost all streets are paved with asphalt on the island.
|Cebu Pacific Air ATR 72-500, Caticlan Airport|