Wondering How to Get to Boracay? We cover the best ways to get to Boracay from Manila, as well as other popular routes including how to get to Boracay from Kalibo and How to Get to Boracay from Caticlan. Bus, Boat or Plane, find the best way to get to Boracay here.
I’m positive you have Boracay on your must-see list. You’ve heard all about the powder soft white sands and the Filipino culture, and now you’re ready to come and experience it for yourself, right? Good!
For your upcoming plans to visit Boracay and the Philippines, we’ve put together a helpful guide on the different ways to get to Boracay.
Whether Boracay is your destination, or it’s a stop on your itinerary (we hope so! Philippines has so many amazing places to explore), here is how to get to Boracay.
How to Get to Boracay from Manila
If you’ve connecting through, or visiting Manila before going to Boracay you can either take a long bus ride, a shorter ferry ride/bus combo, or fly.
You can catch your buses at terminals in either Cubao or Pasay districts in Manila to Batangas Port, to either get your ferry, or continue your bus/ferry adventure. Caticlan is the closest major-ish town to Boracay.
Flying, obviously, is the quickest way to get to paradise. From Manila flights to Caticlan can be as low as ₱7000 $135.00USD). Alternatively, fly to Kalibo, which is where most discount flights fly to. This is a bit cheaper but Kalibo is further from Boracay. It’s about a 2 hour bus ride to Caticlan.
How to Get to Boracay From Caticlan Airport
Caticlan’s Godofredo P. Ramos Airport is quite small but the more convenient airport to arrive at for Boracay. To get to the Caticlan Jetty Port, simply get in one of the many awaiting taxis and tricycle taxis. The ride to the jetty port only takes about five minutes and costs around 50 pesos (~$1.00US).
How to Get to Boracay From Kalibo Airport
Kalibo is well versed in handling Boracay visitors, as it has become a very popular route over the last few years with the increased discount airline traffic. There are a few ways you can get from Kalibo Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port for your Boracay trip.
- In the arrival area of Kalibo airport you’ll see promos for bus rides to the jetty port and tickets to the ferry to Boracay. Packages cost about 300 pesos ($5.75USD) per person, making it an inexpensive choice for traveling families.
- There will be van drivers waiting outside the airport offering rides to Boracay. Van transfers can take up to 1-1/2 hours and cost around 200 pesos ($3.80USD) per person.
- If you’re travelling to Boracay with a big group, a private transfer might be the way to go. Pre-booked vans also give tourists the option to purchase a roundtrip back to Kalibo airport. An efficient and hassle-free method. Click here to learn more
Once you get to the jetty port, go to the ticket booth where you need to pay for three things.
*note: some of the hotels operate their own ferries for their guests
- Ferry Ticket 25 pesos ($0.50USD)
- Environmental Fee 75 pesos ($1.40USD)
- Terminal Fee 100 pesos ($1.90USD)
The prices for the tickets have gone up over the years because of the increase in visitors. You will also be asked to register in the logbook at the jetty port as Boracay officials monitor the number of visitors in the island.
Once you’ve done that, you will either go to Cagban Port during the peak season or Tambisaan Port during the low season. Both routes take only about 10 minutes.
You could piece together a long bus ride/ferry combo down to Caticlan. There are bus companies at the Pasay and Cubao bus terminals but you’ll be hard pressed to find any direct routes to Caticlan. However, if you’re looking to stop here and there and take in some other destinations along the way, it makes for a great adventure.
If you’d rather a whole day on a ferry rather than sitting on a bus, there is another option for getting to Boracay from Manila. You’d need to take a bus to the Batangas Port, which takes around two hours. At the port, you can find ferries that will take you to the Caticlan Jetty Port.
Ferries to Caticlan take about 9 to 10 hours and costs anywhere between 800 to 4000 pesos ($15.00 – $75.00USD), depending on the class of service you choose. Roll-on roll-off ferries are also an option for tourists who have a private car.