How to Get to Boracay: Flights, Ferry, Roro Bus, Tricycle Fare/Fee
Yes, Boracay, the "Best Beach in the World" for party people of the "pilipins." Too many options to get to the famous white beach yet not much updated information on the best, fastest or cheapest or alternative ways to answer the question "how much does it take to get to Boracay?"
Long stored on his drafts posts, this is Tutubi's attempt at documenting verified options and routes to choose from on "how to get to Boracay" if you're from Batanes, to the east from Samar, Leyte and down south from CDO, Butuan, Zamboanga or Davao.
Boracay's iconic Grotto or Willy's rock: the famous landmark at Station 1
Boracay Budget Travel Guide
How to get to Boracay: The Basics for Newbies/Beginners and Dummies
The easiest and fastest way to get to Boracay is to book a flight to Caticlan Airport though it can only handle small propeller planes due to the short runway. The alternative airport is Kalibo Airport which can handle jumbo jets and international flights but is at least 1.5 hours away. (see below for the applicable fares and fees table)
From Caticlan Airport, you need to ride a tricycle to get to Caticlan jetty port then a banca/fastcraft to Cagban Jetty Port (about 15 minutes travel time) on Boracay Island then another tricycle to your beach resort or accommodations.
From Kalibo Airport, you need to ride a shuttle van (fare: PhP200.00, travel time about 1.5 hours) or bus (Ceres Liner, GM Bus, Southwest Tours, Star Express and 7107 Island Tours) to take you to Caticlan Jetty Port, ride a banca (motorized outrigger boat for about 15 minutes) or fastcraft then a tricycle to your resort or accommodations. (see below for the applicable fares and fees table)
The easiest way to get to Boracay, not the backpacking, budget-conscious way, is to book a boracay package to have all the work cut out for you. Not for adventurous souls though.
How to get to Boracay by Air:
Flights to Boracay via Caticlan Airport (now Godofredo P. Ramos National Airport)
Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 turboprop plane at Caticlan Airport
Manila to Caticlan Flights (direct flights to Boracay)
PAL Express (book via PAL website)
Interisland Airlines: special flights only, chartered planes service available
Cebu to Caticlan Flights:
Cebu Pacific Air
Clark Airport to Caticlan Flights:
Cebu Pacific Air
How to get to Boracay from Kalibo Airport
Flights to Kalibo are cheaper than direct flights to Caticlan Airport
First you book a flight to Kalibo Airport then take a bus or van (right outside Kalibo Airport). Additional 1.5 hours travel time plus PhP200.00 bus fare but significant savings in airfare via Kalibo.
Manila to Kalibo flights are served by the following airlines
ZestAir (Zest Airways)
Davao to Kalibo Flights
Note: Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Bus Fare: PhP200.00 (Travel time around 1.5 hours)
International Flights to Kalibo Airport (direct foreign flights to Caticlan Airport)
ZestAir flies from Kalibo to Incheon, South Korea
ZestAir flies from Kalibo to Pusan, South Korea
ZestAir flies from Kalibo to Shanghai, China
ZestAir flies from Kalibo to Taipei, Taiwan
Chartered flights to Boracay:
If you're quite a big group and from a city with no direct flights to Caticlan or Kalibo, you can inquire about chartered flights to Boracay from Interisland Airlines. It may not be cheaper but guaranteed faster
with no stop-over in Cebu or Manila.
Ferry to Boracay from Manila:
Romblon Shipping Lines (operated by the owners of the defunct MBRS Shipping Lines) operates a ferry boat to Boracay from Pier 8 of Manila North Harbor. Regular ferry fare from Manila to Caticlan is PhP1050.00 (economy). Call these telephone numbers: +18.104.22.16886; +22.214.171.12497; +63.2.244.0619
Ferry to Caticlan from Roxas, Oriental Mindoro:
Ferry Companies serving the Roxas, Oriental Mindoro to Caticlan ferry route
Montenegro Shipping Lines, Inc.
Ferry fare is PhP460.00 (economy)
Starlite Ferries serves Roxas
Ferry fare: PhP400.00
Ferry to Boracay from Batangas Pier
2Go Travel Ferry's St. Ignatius of Loyola sails six times a week from Tuesday to Sunday at 9pm from Port of Batangas and arrives at Caticlan Jetty Port the following day at 6am. 2Go Travel is now the operator of Negros Navigation, SuperFerry, SuperCat and Cebu Ferries. They also serve the Caticlan-Odiongan, Romblon route. Batangas to Caticlan ferry fare is PhP875.59. You may call 2Go Travel hotline at +63.2.528.7000
Ferry from Manila to Kalibo:
Tutubi boarded an overnight ferry to Kalibo with a college friend to take part in the Ati-atihan Festival in 2004. No updated information though on ferries plying this route.
SuperFerry and Negros Navigation don't list Kalibo on their destinations list, the closest port is Iloilo.
Cebu Ferries don't have trips even to Iloilo pier.
Manila to Boracay via RO-RO (Roll-on Roll-off):
the cheapest way to to go Boracay Island (if you have lots of time to spare)
It's 2 hour bus ride to Batangas port plus 3 hours RORO to Calapan, Mindoro plus another 3 hour land travel to the port of Roxas, Mindoro then a 5 hour RORO to Caticlan port.
RORO buses to Boracay (contact numbers and trip schedules verified):
Philtranco bus to Boracay near Caticlan Jetty Port
Philtranco +63.2.851.8077, +63.2.851.8079 (Cubao to Caticlan)
Bachelor Express +63.2.731.7287 RORO bus fare: PhP945.00 one way
Dimple Star Transit +63.2.862.3075 (Ali Mall, Cubao and Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Mindoro)
Fare: PhP1030.00 (Cubao to Caticlan, one-way, air-con bus)
Roro bus schedule: daily trips to Caticlan via Batangas Pier and Mindoro
Rodastco Vans to Roxas City (Capiz) (contact number +63.2.732.6891);
They only ply the route Manila to Roxas with daily trips to Roxas at 8pm (fare: PhP700.00) from their terminal on southbound Espana corner Antipolo (near the PNR Espana station) in Sampaloc, Manila. From Roxas City, you need to ride another van to Caticlan.
How to Get to Boracay from Iloilo
Buses From Iloilo to Caticlan are serviced by GM Liner and Ceres Liner.
How to Get to Boracay from Bacolod:
Take the Bacolod to Iloilo ferry (Oceanjet, Weesam Express et al) then ride the bus to Caticlan from Iloilo.
How to Get to Boracay from Davao City:
You can fly from Davao to Iloilo via Cebu Pacific then take the bus to Caticlan
Boracay From Cagayan de Oro (CDO):
1. Book a flight from CDO to Manila/Cebu then Manila/Cebu to Boracay (either Kalibo or Caticlan
2. Board a Ferry from CDO to Iloilo then take a bus to Caticlan
How to Get to Boracay From Tacloban:
Book a flight to Cebu to Tacloban then a connecting flight to Caticlan or Kalibo.
Fees and Fares for Boracay budget purposes and accounting:
Going to Boracay fees and fares:
Cheap flights to Boracay are available during promo period/sale of airline tickets
Manila Airport Terminal Fee (NAIA): PhP200.00 (now included in plane ticket)
Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal Fee: PhP200.00 (now included in plane ticket)
Tricycle Fare from Caticlan airport to Tabon Port (Caticlan): PhP100.00/person
Environmental Fee: PhP75.00/person
Tabon Jetty Port Terminal Fee (Caticlan Port): PhP50.00
Ferry/Fast Craft fare from Tabon to Boracay Port: PhP30.00/head
Boat fare from Tabon to Boracay Port: PhP15.00/head
Fast craft ferries are faster than outrigger boats but wait for passengers unlike native bancas. Trip to cross to Boracay Island is about 20 to 15 minutes only
Bus Fare from Iloilo to Boracay: PhP325.00
Travel time: around 6 hours
Getting Around Boracay Fees and Fares:
Tricycles: PhP10.00 minimum fare
Boracay Island Tour with Tricycle: PhP200.00/hour (negotiable)
Diniwid Beach to D'Talipapa fare: PhP100.00 (if trike is on queue)
D'Talipapa to Bulabog Beach Tricycle Fare: PhP20.00/head
ATV rental rates: PhP3500.00/hour (varies, ATV rental shops near Fairways and Bluewater in Barangay Yapak)
Island-hopping rates: prices vary, negotiable
Getting Out of Boracay Fares and Fees:
Tricycle Fare from White Beach to Boracay Port (Ferry terminal): PhP100.00
Tambisaan Jetty Port Terminal Fee: PhP50.00/head
Ferry ride to Caticlan Port (Tabon Port): PhP30.00
Cheaper boat ride (banca ride, outrigger boat): PhP15.00
Tricycle ride to Caticlan Airport: PhP100.00
Caticlan Airport Terminal Fee: PhP200.00
Boracay Tricycle minimum fare: PhP10.00
Fares and fees varies, sometimes you can haggle with tricycle drivers for cheap rates.
Important Telephone Numbers (for inquiries or in case of emergency)
Cagban Jetty Port: +63.36.288.7419
Boracay Police Station: +63.36.288.3066
Boracay Hospital: +63.36.288.3041
Boracay Coast Guard Station: +63.36.288.3486; +63.36.288.6150
UPDATED: April 2013
Related Posts on Boracay:
Things to do on Boracay Island
Cheap Boracay Package Tour
Boracay Courtyard Review
how to commute to boracay on a shoestring budget
posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:08 PM,
- At Jun 15, 2011, 9:49:00 PM, freeze said...
wow this is comprehensive! this will come in handy :D
- At Jun 16, 2011, 3:43:00 PM, Seair Flights to Singapore said...
i love boracay. best place to get away!
- At Jun 20, 2011, 11:16:00 AM, Seair said...
Wow, this is great! This is all very useful info! Especially the info about the rates of tricycles and other fees once you are in Boracay! Much appreciated!
- At Jun 30, 2011, 10:19:00 PM, bing said...
you have interesting posts about information on going to places, tutubi. :-)
i appreciate the effort of writing this one because i havent been to boracay. though the fares and rates will change in a matter of months or years, this could still be used as a guide.
- At Jul 7, 2011, 3:35:00 AM, Kathleen said...
hala.. Thank you.. My boracay i trip will be this august.. Im having a hard time to list all the necessary things from airport to hotel and I want to make a do it myself trip since its my first time to organize the trip and itinerary weee.. Last resort ko na ang travel agency but I have them on hand in case i cant do it on my own. :)
- At Jul 14, 2011, 7:11:00 PM, Matt said...
Great information, ideal in helping budget for the trip as it may be better to go via RORO if you have time on your hands or can plan a few things to see along the way.
- At Jan 16, 2012, 3:13:00 PM, said...
Can you recommend any good and affordable
hotel to stay in? Thank you
- At Mar 24, 2012, 6:20:00 PM, said...
We're staying at a great place close to boat Station 3 called "St. Vincent Cottages" one or two doors before getting to "Alice on Wonderland". It is cheaper than Alice and the rooms look nicer (at least newer) in my opinion, and the ambience is real phillipino as lots of locals are here having their own holidays. Have fun!
- At Aug 28, 2012, 11:51:00 AM, Matthew Manahan said...
hi do you know if there is a van from caticlan to roxas city? thanks, please email me at email@example.com
- At Mar 9, 2013, 1:07:00 PM, said...
The ferry from Batangas to Caticlan is now run by 2GO Travel and runs 6 times a week at 9pm
- At Apr 23, 2013, 2:26:00 PM, backpacking philippines said...
anonymous, blog post now updated on flights and ferry fare and schedules