Getting to the island paradise that is Boracay from Kalibo in the Philippines is as easy as one-two-three! Let us show you how to get to one of the world’s top islands, step by step.
Words and Photography: Ari Vanuaranu
Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty
As you step out of Kalibo Airport, you will spot rows of stalls where tour operators offer various packages consisting of a bus / van ride to Caticlan Jetty and ferry to cross to Boracay. If you haven’t made any arrangements yet, head over to the Southwest Tours stand where they will whisk you away on a seamless transfer from the airport to your hotel.
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Heads up, it’s a two-hour ride to the jetty. Prepare the playlist on your phone, catch up on your sleep or enjoy the scenery of the Aklan countryside along the way.
Duration: approximately 2 hours. Fare: from PHP 200 by bus / van.
Caticlan Jetty to Cagban Jetty
Don’t forget that everyone coming to Boracay needs to pay the Terminal Fee (PHP 100) and Environmental Fee (PHP 75) at the counter just outside Caticlan Jetty, if the fee is not built into the package. After you settle all the fees, head toward the Tourist Registration Desk and fill in your personal details. Keep in mind the operation hours of the boats are from 5am to 10pm.
Unless you avail of the package, it’s your choice whether you want to take one of the ferries that depart frequently according to each operator’s schedule, or the bangka (motorised outrigger boat), which you can charter as a group.
Duration: approximately 15 minutes by ferry, 10 minutes by bangka. Fare: PHP 25-30 by public ferry, approximately PHP 100 by bangka.
Boracay Jetty to Your Hotel
Welcome to Boracay Island! Now all you have to do is find your way to your hotel. There are different modes of transportation which you can use, from simple tricycles to vans, great when traveling with friends and family.
Expect to arrive at your hotel around 6:30pm. It’s quite a journey, but it’s worth your time, we promise.
Duration: up to 30 minutes. Fare: PHP 50 (van arranged from Kalibo Airport), PHP 100 (tricycle to stations 1, 2 and 3)
SMART TIP! Door-to-door Transfer
It is advised to take the all-in, door-to-door transfer to avoid the hassle of long queues and irregular transits. Flying in from Manila via a Z2 or PQ flight? Purchase an island transfer package onboard and be taken care of from the moment you step out of Kalibo Airport, all the way to your hotel doorstep, Terminal and Environmental Fee included, for only PHP 520. Just proceed to the Southwest Tours Boracay Inc. counter after collecting your baggage and they will take care of you from that point on. Easy peasy! For more info, visit the AskAirAsia Island Transfer Service page.
Contact: Southwest Tours (Boracay), Inc. +63 36 2685100, +63 999 9944966
GETTING THERE AirAsia flies direct from Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, and Busan to Kalibo International Airport. Fly to Kalibo from Kuala Lumpur every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. For flight info and lowest fares, visit www.airasia.com.
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