Boracay has always been considered as one of the best islands in the world. It is also a top tourist destination in the Philippines. Its white sand beaches and stunning sunsets give anyone visiting the island something to remember. In order to get there, we’ve listed the most detailed ways to get from Caticlan airport to Boracay Island.
Caticlan Airport and Boracay Island
Boracay is a small island off of the bigger Panay Island. It is located in the Western Visayas area of the Philippines. There are many ways to get to Boracay. If you are coming from either Manila or Cebu, there are many flights going to Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport. There are also many beachfront hotels in Boracay Island to choose from to stay. Find out which is the best Boracay station to visit here.
Below is a map of Boracay Island with the nearest airports.
Boracay island doesn’t have an airport. Anyone who wants to get there will have to fly to Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport which are the airports near Boracay Island. Caticlan airport is the nearest to Boracay Island while Kalibo Airport is about 1.5 hours away. The best and fastest way to get to Boracay Island is to fly to Caticlan Airport.
Comparison of the best ways to get from Caticlan Airport to Boracay
|Ways to Go From Caticlan Airport to Boracay||Pros/Cons||Cost in PHP||Where To Book|
|Book Online the combined bus/ferry ticket||Pros: Easy, fast, someone will assist you with everything, and you can choose different suppliers for different prices|
|Book at the Transport Kiosk at the Airport||Pros: Can be last minute, can be a little cheaper|
Cons: You have to wait in line, no big difference of price, need to pay environmental fee
|800||Buy ticket upon arrival at the airport|
|DIY - Etrike outside the airport, ferry, etrike to your hotel||Pros: Cheaper if you bargain well|
Cons: Takes time, can be uncomfortable, not suitable if you have luggage, you need to bargain well
|500 - 700||Buy and pay upon taking the transportation.|
How to Go from Caticlan Airport to Boracay
To get from Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island, you need to cross land and sea. Below is a video of how to get from Caticlan Airport to Boracay.
Step 1: Upon arrival at Caticlan airport, you will directly go inside the Caticlan airport and collect your luggage. Once you get your luggage, you can see the different transportation booths to choose which one you can take to Boracay Island.
Step 2: Once you choose or find your transport option, you will then be transferred to the port, the checking of your vaccine card/QR code will be done there and then you’ll get to the ferry which will transfer you to Boracay Island.
NOTE: If you want a hassle-free transfer from Caticlan airport to Boracay Island, you can buy the combined bus and ferry tickets directly. You will pay Php800 for the ticket all together with the environmental fee which will bring you from the airport to your hotel in Boracay Island. This is the fastest and easiest way to get to Boracay Island.
Cheapest Option to Get from Caticlan Airport to Boracay
This cheapest option combines taking an e-trike from Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port, ferry to Boracay Island and then e-trike from Cagban port to your hotel. Overall cost will range from 500 to 600 pesos. You can also book here for a cheap option for Php 300. This doesn’t include the environmental and port fee which you can pay at the port upon check-in.
If you don’t want to take the combined bus and ferry ticket, you can opt to go out of the airport and take a local tricycle to Caticlan Port. There are tricycle just outside of the airport and you pay Php100 for the whole tricycle. At Caticlan Port, you need to register and pay for environment fee, pay for the ferry fare and wait for the ferry for Boracay Island.
Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay
From Caticlan Jetty Port, you can take any ferry scheduled to depart to Boracay Island. Caticlan to Boracay ferry schedule departures are usually every 10 to 15 minutes depending on the time of the day. The Caticlan to Boracay boat ride costs 150 and takes 15 minutes. Caticlan port to Boracay ferry schedule usually starts from 5am to 6pm.
Upon arrival in Boracay, you can also take another e-tricycle to bring you to your hotel depending on where it is located, the price can go from 100 pesos up to 500 pesos if you want to get the private e-tricycle. You can also pay per person – 25 pesos if you share with the locals.
Another new option now is the shared ride by Southwest when you arrive at the port.
Which is the best area to stay in Boracay?
The best area to stay in Boracay Island is of course along the White Beach stretch. Most of the high-end hotels are at Station 1. The beach is definitely more beautiful on that area and it is quieter and calmer. If you prefer the livelier part of White Beach, Station 2 is where you can find the bars, restaurants and D’Mall which is a walking street with local shops. You can also have the option to choose a high-end hotel or more affordable boutique hotels in this area.
If you prefer the cheaper options for accommodation, you can find more of them at Station 3. There are also bars and restaurants in this area and restaurants which locals also go to. Station 3 is where the affordable options are located.
If you prefer to be on the quieter side of Boracay but still easy access to White Beach. Choose to stay at Bulabog Beach. This side if famous for its wind and so kite surfers and the more adventurous people are here.
So, if you have less than 5 days in Boracay, definitely choose to stay along White Beach. If you’re staying longer, find more options along Bulabog beach or Diniwid Beach.
Hope we helped you in finding the exact ways to get from Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island. Have you ever been to Boracay? Let us know what we’ve missed!
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|BOOK YOUR BUS/FERRY/VAN/CAR|
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Angie is a travel consultant and blogger who has started by writing her travel memoirs on her blog and then got published on international travel sites. She’s now focused on creating in-depth travel itinerary and articles about planning trips to the Philippines.