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How to get to Boracay via Air: Guide for a First Time Traveler in Boracay

When we went to Boracay my second concern was how to get there, first was safety of course. I was a first time traveler at that time and I was traveling with my foreigner husband for the first time (BF then) and getting lost was not something I want to happen so I asked my cousin whose been there to go with us. Yes, I was born in the Philippines and I grew up there but I have never been anywhere in the Philippines except Manila and Occidental Mindoro (my province). If you, however, are a first time traveler in Boracay and have no idea how to get there or maybe confused on how to get to Boracay then I hope you find this post helpful.
Soo here’s a simple step by step on how to get there.

  • From your airport or from Manila NAIA airport you will fly to
  • Boracay Airport (Kalibo or Caticlan Airport) then from there
  • You will take a bus or a van or any car ride that will take you to the Caticlan Jetty Port then
  • From Caticlan Jetty Port you will take 15-20 minutes boat ride to Boracay Port
  • Once you arrived to Boracay Port you will then take another car or tricycle ride to your hotel.

VOILA! WELCOME TO BORACAY! 

Pretty simple huh? No? Yes I know it could sound like its a lot of traveling and transfer but believe it or not once you get to Boracay Airport it’s all going to be simple. Boracay is one of the popular destination in the Philippines which means its pretty civilized and getting lost is impossible. (Read the Why I love Boracay HERE)

Here I narrowed down some more helpful information:

First things first, where are you coming from?

I believe that you can travel straight to Boracay if you’re coming from China, Taiwan and Korea. Now I’m not sure though if there’s any more Countries in Southeast Asia that can go straight to Boracay but if that’s the case you will be landing in Kalibo International Airport – which I’ll talk about in a bit.

If you, however, are from the other side of the world, you might have to stop in Manila first and have a connecting flight from NAIA Airport to Boracay Airport.

NAIA – stands for Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

MANILA NAIA TERMINALS

Terminal 4 is the domestic airport which most likely where you will be going to.

Terminal 3 is also domestic and international airport. This is the terminal you will most likely be going to if your flight will be going to Caticlan Airport. – which Ill talk about in a bit.

The flight to Boracay from Manila is about an hour and the flight to Manila from Boracay is also an hour.

APPROXIMATE TRAVEL TIME FROM MANILA TO BORACAY ISLAND: 2-3 Hours

 

MANILA NAIA TO BORACAY AIRPORTS:

Photo Via boracay-information.com

You have two options when you book a flight to Boracay, you can either fly to Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport.

Here’s the difference between the two.

Caticlan Airport- is the closest airport to Caticlan jetty port. From this airport it’s about 5 minutes away from the jetty port. The good news about this airport is that its close to port and you can save time from traveling-that if your flight is not delayed. The bad news…phew,I can name a few. This airport is small. I mean really small. It’s so small that only small propeller planes are allowed to land here. The flights here are also very limited. I believe Cebu Pacific and Air Phil Express are the common flights that can be taken to land in this airport. Choosing a flight to land here is also a bit pricier than landing in Kalibo Airport. It’s quite dangerous because the airport is really small. I know flying can already be quite dangerous and risky but still, its still a bit different when you’re like only 30% sure that you’re landing safely. And this is how we felt landing in this airport. It’s scary that I saw my husband grabbing on his chair as we land. We made it in once piece but would I choose to land in this airport again? NO.

Kalibo International Airport- is the furthest airport from Caticlan Jetty Port. This is an international airport which why I mentioned earlier that you can fly here straight if you’re coming Southeast Asia. From this airport it will take about 1.5 hours to get to the jetty port. The good news about this airport is that its a lot bigger and its an international airport. There are few flights that lands here, like Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. Big jet planes are usually that lands here. It is on the cheaper side to book the flight here compare to Caticlan. The bad news about this airport though is that it is far so you will have to give yourself some extra time and that could cut eat up some of your traveling time.


Having a hard time to choose which Airport to choose from? Maybe an experience of mine might help you to consider.

The first time we went to Boracay I had book a flight that will land to Caticlan to save some time. That didn’t happen of course because well we booked our flight via Cebu Pacific..and Cebu Pacific? HORRIBLE. If you don’t know well let me already tell you that Cebu Pacific is known for their delayed flights due to “aircraft maintenance difficulty”. We didn’t end up getting to Boracay till night time and we had to argue to have us move to a different flight. And that’s one of the things that I learned about flights to Caticlan. Its limited to horrible flights service.

The second time we went to Boracay was for my husband and I’s honeymoon. We booked our flight via Air Asia that landed in Kalibo Airport. It was actually a hassle free trip. No delayed flights. no arguing, no grabbing on the chair as we land. The bus ride from Kalibo Airport to boat terminal didn’t seem like we were on the road for few hours. It actually felt like we got there as fast as we can.

So if I will give you an advice just based on my experience though, I will have to say Kalibo Airport is better than Caticlan. Because landing in Caticlan Airport is not guaranteed to save you time from traveling especially when the flights here are just limited to horrible flight service. The airport is small and dangerous. And to be honest I feel way safer and more relaxed when we landed and left in Kalibo.

Tip on choosing a flight time:

Choose a flight that will leave early when you’re going to Boracay and choose the latest flight once you leave Boracay.

I hope I covered as much helpful information about Boracay Airports and I hope that it gave you an idea as you book your flight to Boracay.

Moving on to…

Bus Transfers To Caticlan Jetty Port

Depending on how you booked your Boracay trip, most hotels does offer free transfers along with booking a room, and I’m sure that all inclusive Boracay package has the bus and boats transfers covered as well. Now I haven’t tried to go to Boracay in YOLO mode but I’m pretty positive that it’s just as convenient.

If you booked your hotel room with free or paid transfers then once you’re outside Boracay Airport someone will be there with a board with your name or your hotel’s name on it.

If you booked your Boracay all inclusive package then once you’re outside Boracay Airport you will also find someone there that’s holding a board that will have your name written on it.

Once you see your name just approach that person holding your name and introduce yourself. They will ask for a form of I.D. or a voucher that your travel agent sent you so get them ready.

The type of ride will all depends on which transfer service you booked. For example if you booked your hotel in Shangri-La Hotel then most likely the type of ride you will get is a Shangri-La van. If you booked your trip in all inclusive package, if your voucher says Southwest Tours then most likely the type of ride you will get is a bus.

Bus ride from Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port will be about an hour and a half.

Bust ride from Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port will be about 5 minutes.

For YOLO travelers, if you’re coming from Caticlan Airport there will be a line of tricycle that can take you to the Caticlan Jetty Port and it should cost 50 Pesos. If you’re coming from Kalibo Airports there’s vans and bus that you can take, I can’t guess or promise how much it will cost because the prices do change. It might cost you less or more especially if they know that you’re a foreigner.

Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay Port

From here, you will be paying an environmental fees, for non-resident it costs 75 pesos and in addition to that you will also be paying terminal fees that costs 100 pesos.

You can opt to have this taken care of if you book your Boracay trip all inclusive with a travel agent. If you did, most likely your travel agent will give you a voucher that you probably already showed to the transfer worker and you will most likely just be following the transfer workers to guide you to the right direction.

If you didn’t opt for this fees to be taken care of by a travel agent then you will need to buy this tickets outside the port.

For YOLO travelers Boats are now running all night as well, though if you do arrive at night the price of the boat ride might cost up to 1000 pesos.

Depending on the season, you will arrive at one of two Boracay Ports – Cagban Port in the High Season and Tambisaan Port in the Low Season.

From Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay Port it will take about 10 – 15 minutes boat ride. 

BORACAY PORT TO YOUR HOTEL:

If you booked your trip all inclusive then once you arrived at the port you will just have to follow what the transfer worker tells you. Usually they have different rides for each stations or hotels to make the routes easier for the drivers.

For YOLO travelers:

Once you arrived in Boracay Port there will be a long line of tricycle to take you from the port to your hotel. Depending on where your hotel is going to be at the price of the ride should be about 100 pesos. Again more if they know you’re a foreigner. QUICK TIP: Agree on a price ahead of time. Sometimes offering them money ahead of time works as well as its hard to say NO to an upfront money.

The estimated time ride from Boracay port to your hotel will depend on where you booked your hotel but it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.

FOR YOLO TRAVELERS:

Tricycle drivers should know where your hotel is at, if not let them know which Station or area your hotel is at.

Here’s a map of Boracay Island to help you locate where your hotel will be at.

Photo Via boracay-information.com

So I hope that I covered as much information that might help you about getting to Boracay. Now book that Boracay trip and ENJOY!

Thank you for reading! and I hope you are following my Instagram! @babysephora

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