A guide to getting to Boracay
So you want to party it up in Boracay, but you’re not quite sure how to get there?
Well here is a step by step guide that includes costs,logistics, fees etc…
Boracay island does not have an airport itself, so from Manila you have the choice of flying into:
Now Caticlan airport is closer to the island of Boracay, however it is also vastly more expensive. Flying into Godofredo P. Ramos Airport aka Caticlan is convenient but a flight will set you back an extra $350.
If that’s in your budget, go for it, but due to our budget we flew into Kalibo.
NOTE: When you fly back out of Kalibo make sure to get there early. You go through security checks twice and neither is very efficient. ALSO, you will have to pay a rather redundant terminal fee of 200 pesos – CASH only.
Make sure to catch a flight that will land before 18.00.
Shuttles as well as buses leave for Boracay Ferry Terminal constantly, but the ferries close shop at 22.00.
Walking out of the Kalibo airport you will find a barrage of people offering shuttle services, private transfers and buses.
The easiest and most convenient is the shuttle. It costs the same as the bus and is quicker. The going price is 200-250 pesos. Anymore than that and you are being ripped off. Ours included the price for the ferry, so the total was 250 pesos.
Both the bus and the shuttle will take 2 hours to get to the ferry terminal.
At the ferry terminal you will have to pay for three things:
The ticket for the ferry: 25 pesos per person.
The environmental fee: 75 pesos per person.
The terminal fee: 100 pesos per person.
There is no way of avoiding these and you just have to pay. Remember to bring CASH. Cards are not accepted here.
On the bright side the entire process is a well oiled routine and you just move from window to window and have everything done and dusted under five minutes.
The ferry ride itself doesn’t take 15 minutes.
You climb onto a somewhat rickety boat and you swiftly cross over to Boracay island.
On the other side you have the choice of catching a private van (expensive) or a trike (cheap).
The tricycles come in all shapes and sizes but all of them will get you to where you are going.
Expect to pay 50-100 pesos. Don’t be afraid to negotiate, the drivers know that you are weary from a day of travel and just want to get to your destination.
Enjoy the beautiful island of Boracay