Boracay is served by two airports: Kalibo International Airport and Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, more commonly called Caticlan Airport.
Between the two, Caticlan Airport is much closer and provides a more convenient access to Boracay. In fact, even travelers coming from Kalibo Airport still need to pass through Caticlan because the jetty port, the jump off point to Boracay, is located just a short distance from Caticlan Airport.
However, Caticlan Airport operates fewer flights than Kalibo, especially back in the day when sunset limitation was still a problem and it was not equipped to function at night. Today, there are evening flights, but they’re still very few. Airlines also use smaller aircraft for Caticlan. Hence, Caticlan flights tend to be much, much more expensive than Kalibo flights even if you add the cost of transfers.
But if you’re flying to Caticlan, then you don’t have to worry much about transfers. Getting to Boracay from here is so easy, it can be done in minutes, if you know your way around. If you’re a first timer or you have never been to Boracay since it reopened in 2018, here’s our step-by-step DIY guide!
By the way, this guide is for budget travelers and involves tricycle rides. If, for whatever reason, you want a more comfortable journey to your hotel, a good option is to book Klook’s packaged transfer service. Aside from the air-conditioned van transfer from Caticlan Airport to the jetty port, you will also be assisted through the port processes and the driver can help you with your luggage. The price already includes the van airport transfer, boat crossing, and multi-cab hotel transfer.
Anyway, going back to the budget way, here’s how to get to Boracay from Caticlan Airport DIY-style!
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1. At Caticlan Airport, take a tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port.
Upon arrival at Caticlan Airport, get out of the building and walk past the vans. You’ll find tricycles waiting for passengers. They can take you to Caticlan Jetty Port.
Fare: P75 if you’re alone; P50 per person if you’re a duo. If you’re traveling solo, you can approach other solo travelers, form a group, and split cost.
Travel time: 5-10 minutes.
2. At Caticlan Jetty Port, go through registration and verification processes.
At Caticlan Jetty Port, you’ll find tents and tables set up outside the building. Look for the Registration Area and queue up. You’ll be asked to write down your name (and your companions’) on a logbook. This is used to monitor the number of tourists visiting Boracay.
Afterwards, proceed to the Verification Area. Here, you’ll need to present proof of accommodations. Since Boracay reopened in 2018, it is now mandatory to have hotel booking if you’re spending at least one night in the island. Again, hotel booking is REQUIRED.
3. Pay the fees.
After having your hotel booking verified, proceed to the payment windows.
Oh, wait, before that, decide whether you want to take the cheaper pumpboat or the bigger but pricier Oyster Ferry. There are separate queues for pump boats and oyster ferry, so make up your mind first.
Here are the rates per person:
- Pump Boat (Day: 5am-5:40pm): P25
- Pump Boat (Night: 5:40pm-9:45pm): P30
- Pump Boat (Midnight: 9:45pm-5am): P50
- Oyster Ferry: P100
Once you’re decided, fall in line. Once you reach the counters, you will also need to settle other fees along with the boat/ferry fare. Here are the other fees:
- Caticlan Terminal Fee: P100
- Environmental Fee: P75
If you choose to take a pump boat, prepare a total of P200-225 per passenger.
If you choose the Oyster Ferry, prepare to shell out P275 per passenger. Oyster, shell out, get it? Nevermind. Sorry. Haha.
You’ll settle all these fees at once but you’ll be given separate receipts.
4. Board your boat or ferry.
After payment, enter the port building. You’ll have to go through a security check. Proceed to the Passenger Waiting Area and wait for boarding.
When it’s time to board, find your boat and queue up.
Travel time is 10-15 minutes.
5. Take a tricycle to your hotel.
Boracay has two ports: Cagban Port and Tambisaan Port, both in Barangay Manoc-Manoc.
But you’re most likely going to be headed for Cagban Port. Either way, you will find tricycles waiting for passengers by the gates of the port. They can take you to your hotel or resort in White Beach for P100-P150 per ride.
You can also take the multi-cab for P40 per person.
That’s it! Welcome to Boracay!