Update 01/03/2019: You need to have hotel reservations from approved hotels before entering the island. They will check it at the airport and jetty port.
Update 11/02/2017: The environment fees and terminal fees are still the same, however, they are purchased at 2 different windows. Hence, if you are traveling with someone, I suggest that you split up to purchase the tickets. In addition, the ferry tickets are bought at different window as well.
I tried all 3 modes of transportation: hiring a car, taking the bus, using the minivan.
Best Transportation Option from Airport to Boracay Jetty
If you have 3-4 people, I would suggest that you hire a car. The price is almost the same, and it might even be faster. It is also the most comfortable mode. I shared the car with 2 English students that I met in the airport.
Taking the bus is nice because it is spacious and comfortable. I chose this method when I traveled with my best friend to Boracay. Basically you just enjoy each other’s company during the whole ride and I even took a little nap. (2 people)
The last option, minivan, is something I do not recommend. The minivan is slightly cheaper, but you have to wait for people to fill up the van before leaving. Not only so, the minivan makes many stops along the way. For the few dollars saved, I prefer a comfortable and smooth journey like the car or the bus.
There is no airport in Boracay, and the nearest airport is Caticlan airport and Kalibo airport. From the airports, simply go to the Caticlan jetty to take a boat to Boracay.
From Caticlan airport: it is for domestic airlines only. This means probably have to fly from Manila. This airport is convenient as it is near the jetty, only a 10min walk.
Kalibo Airport (Most Popular)
From Kalibo airport (KLO): it is an international airport. The airlines that fly there are Scoot, Airasia and Cebu Pacific. This airport is further away, 80min from the jetty. There are many affordable flights that takes you to Kalibo International Airport.
- If you are flying from Philippines, Cebu Pacific has some great promotions and they are very cheap. Cebu Pacific also flies from Hong Kong, Singapore, some parts of China and neighbouring countries.
- Flying from Malaysia, the best airlines would be Airasia, which is also available in Singapore.
- Another airlines you can take from Singapore is Scoot, which is what I took.
How to get to Boracay from Kalibo airport, one might ask. Here’s a video I compiled from my journey to Boracay.
Basically, after touching down in Kalibo international airport, take the bus or mini-van to Caticlan jetty.
To Caticlan Jetty
- Minivan + Ferry = 200 – 250 PHP
- Bus + Ferry = 450 PHP
- Environmental Fees & Terminal Fees = 175 PHP
The bus is more expensive but it is more comfortable and does not pick passengers along the way. The minivan is smaller and if it is not full, the driver might pick more passengers along the way. I took the bus + ferry package from Southwest Tour Company.
They have booths at the arrival halls. I booked a 2-way trip, but I would suggest only booking 1 way, because coming back is cheaper than booking the package. The ferries do not have a schedule; there are tons of ferries there, constantly sending people back.
- Ferry: 30min
- Bus: 90min
- Total time needed: 120min
However, I strongly suggest that when you leave Boracay for your flight, leave 5h before you fly off. Alternatively, you can call your hotel to arrange for pick up if that’s easier for you.
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