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Travel Guide: Reach Boracay in a snap!

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To the paradise called Boracay!

Going to Boracay can be a bit tiring and challenging unless you’re really in for some adventurous trip to the country’s best party island. As one of my unsolicited tips, always travel light as much as possible. A backpack or small travel bag would do, as long as all your travel essentials are in place.

Manila - Boracay-Kalibo (via Air Asia)

Manila – Kalibo (via Air Asia)

When we went to Boracay, we opted to land at the Kalibo International Airport because the airfare is much cheaper compared to that from the Godofredo P. Ramos (Caticlan) Airport, which by the way only caters to small propeller planes that make airfare more expensive. But the only setback then was that Kalibo International Airport is 2 hours away from the Caticlan Jetty port – the gateway to Boracay Island.

The Kalibo International Airport Tarmac - Boracay

The Kalibo International Airport Tarmac

Upon arriving at the airport, we availed of the shuttle and door-to-door services of Southwest Tours (the best we’ve experienced so far) and it transferred us flawlessly and safely to Caticlan Port. It made us feel like a VIP, but of course, with a reasonable price.

TuristaBoy Tip

Upon arriving at the island, I highly recommend that you guys (must) buy a transparent and waterproof pouch that will hold your money and other personal, important stuff. It comes in handy as you will be into some water activities and it will protect your gadgets and money from getting wet. It just costs around PhP 100-150 (or even cheaper if you know how to haggle.) 🙂

Also, when traveling, always have a little extra money with you because sometimes, fares and other expenses are exclusive of terminal and environmental fees. As of May 2015, the terminal fee in Kalibo International Airport is PhP 150, the terminal fee in Caticlan Jetty Port and Cagban Jetty Port (Boracay Island) is at PhP 10 – 15; and the environmental fee is at PhP 70 – 75.

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By Air:

Bound to Kalibo

Bound to Kalibo

When planning to go to Boracay by air (from Manila), there are three major (and 1 minor) airlines servicing the Manila-Aklan route. First is Cebu Pacific (to Caticlan, to Kalibo; from Cebu); second is Air Asia (to Kalibo, to Caticlan); and third is PAL Express (to Caticlan or to Kalibo). The minor airline servicing this route is SkyJet Airlines (to Caticlan). All these airlines offer daily and regular trips to and from the specified routes. Some of them offer occasional, all-in, and very cheap airfare promos and discounts to attract more visitors to the island. Travel time is about an hour, taxiing included.

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By Water:

As of this writing, there are also two routes going to and from Boracay Island. The primary carrier known by many is 2Go Travel. One of its routes is from Batangas Port to Caticlan Jetty Port in mainland Panay and the second one is from Odiongan, Tablas Island (Romblon) to Caticlan Jetty Port. To see their travel schedules, click on the carrier’s name to redirect you to its booking site. Though way much cheaper than riding an airplane, it would roughly take you half day (7-8 hours) before reaching the island.

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By Land:

Upon reaching Panay Island via air or water, through its major cities, Roxas (Capiz) and Iloilo City (Iloilo), you can ride a bus or a van from these capital cities going to Caticlan Jetty Port. Travel time is approximately 5-6 hours.

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*Note that these schedules, routes, and fares are subject to change without prior notice and I’ll try my best to update this post as soon as I receive any changes. And for more information, click on the carrier’s name on this post and it will lead you to their booking sites.*

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Itinerary:

Here is my (unplanned) itinerary and actual, individual expenses when I went to Boracay with my friends. You can use this as a guide for your future visit. Besides, you’re the one who’s going to make that itinerary happen! 🙂

Here are the deets of our trip!

Day 1

1230 Arrival at the airport (NAIA Terminal 4)
1230 – 1345 Waiting time / Checking-in of luggage
1425 – 1530 Flight from NAIA 4 to Kalibo International Airport via AirAsia (Or to Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan via Cebu Pacific or SkyJet)
1530 – 1600 Registration for land transfer – Southwest Tours (or to an air-conditioned van)
1600 – 1800 Travel time (Kalibo to Caticlan)
1800 – 1815 Travel time from Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Jetty Port, Boracay Island
1815 – 1845 Shuttle from port to hotel (Orchids Resort, Station 3)
1900 Check-in at the hotel
1900 – 1930 Rest time, freshen up
1930 – 2100 Dinner
2100 – 2300 Nightlife, stroll by the beach
2330 Sleeping time

Day 2

0600 Wake up time
0600 – 0800 Breakfast
0830 – 1500 Island hopping with buffet lunch at Tambisaan Port (Crocodile Island, Crystal Cove), and snorkeling at two dive sites (coral gardens)
1500 – 1530 Planning for next day’s activities
1530 – 1700 Rest time, freshen up, and prepare for dinner
1700 – 1900 Dinner
1900 – 2200 Nightlife, stroll by the beach
2230 Sleeping time

Day 3

0500 Wake up time
0615 – 0800 Paraw (sailboat) Ride at sunrise
0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0900 – 0930 Registration and going to Station for Parasailing
0930 – 1000 Parasailing
1030 – 1200 Rest time, freshen up, prepare for lunch
1200 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1530 Buy souvenirs, stroll at D’ Mall and by the beach
1530 – 1630 Swimming at the beach!
1630 – 1730 Freshen up, fix things, and prepare for check-out
1730 Check-out
1730 – 1745 Travel time from Cagban Jetty Port to Caticlan Jetty Port
1745 – 1945 Travel time (Caticlan to Kalibo)
1945 Arrival at the airport
1945 – 2045 Dinner
2045 – 2115 Waiting time / Checking-in of luggage
2145 – 2250 Flight from Kalibo International Airport to NAIA 4 via AirAsia
2300 Arrival at NAIA 4

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Expenses:

TuristaBoy Tip:

You should plan your own itinerary and budget ahead of your trip. These are only guides in planning your vacation to Boracay.

Day 1

Bus fare – Victory Liner (Baguio-Pasay) 364.00
Breakfast – Tapsilogan, Manila 55.00
Taxi fare – Bus Terminal-NAIA 4 (150/3) 50.00
Snack at the airport 45.00
Airfare – AirAsia (promo) 1,190.55
Door-to-door transfer – Southwest Tours Bus, 1-way

(Airport-Port, Port-Port, Port-Hotel; inclusive of terminal and environmental fees)

520.00
Hotel stay – Orchids Resort, Station 3 (1st night – 915 per room/3) 305.00
Dinner – Chicken Island Inasal, D’Mall, Station 1 245.00
Nightlife – Crown Regency Outdoor Bar, Station 3 (500/3) 170.00

2,944.55

Day 2

Breakfast – McDonald’s Boracay (Big Breakfast), Station 2 153.00
Transparent, waterproof pouch – RECOMMENDED! 100.00
Island Hopping package 800.00
Snacks at D’ Mall – Halowich Ice Cream, Station 1 70.00
Dinner – Pizza Pie Boracay, Station 1 (485/3 + 75) 311.00
Hotel Stay – Orchids Resort, Station 3 (2nd night – 915 per room/3) 305.00
Nightlife – Tribal Café, Station 1 (900/3) 300.00

2,039.00

Day 3

Paraw Boat Rental (per person fee) 500.00
Breakfast – El Centro Island Beach Resort, Station 1 145.00
Parasailing 1,000.00
Picture from parasailing 150.00
Lunch – La Carmela de Boracay Buffet, Station 2 300.00
Souvenirs and Food 1,295.00
Snacks – Starbucks Boracay, Station 1 165.00
Hotel Stay – Orchids Resort, Station 3 (½ day extension – 915 per room/2) 458.00
Door-to-door transfer – Southwest Tours Bus, 1-way

(Hotel-Port, Port-Port, Port-Airport; exclusive of terminal fees)

450.00
Cagban Port Terminal Fee 100.00
Kalibo International Airport Terminal Fee 150.00
Airfare – AirAsia (promo) 1,190.56
Taxi fare – NAIA 4-Bus Terminal (300/3) 100.00
Bus fare – Victory Liner (Pasay-Baguio) 455.00
 

6,458.56

Grand Total:

11,442.11

(11,500.00)

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Didn’t see what you’re looking for? Wanna ask me more how you can enjoy Boracay? Want me to try other delicious stops on my return trip? Drop a comment below!

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