One of the things I am excited about when I go to Boracay is that super soft white cool sand. I get pictures of pulvoron (wheat cake) or baby powder whenever I imagine it.
The island is getting super busy nowadays though as the world discovers its existence. But being on a separate island, getting there is one of the major rants of goers. Transportation prices are high and time consuming. So is there ever a way to get over this dilemma? If you are willing to add a little adventure to your itinerary then answer is YES! By adventure I mean carry around your bags, walk a few more steps and stopping to ask around or read signs.
Caticlan is the nearest airport to the island. It’s small and can only accommodate small domestic flights. From here there are options to just walk (1km or less) or take a tricycle (40 pesos*) going to Caticlan port. Visitors will then pay the environmental fee (75 pesos*) and terminal fee (25 pesos*) and then board a ferry (25 pesos*) going to Cagban port (or Tambisaan port during Habagat season). Upon arriving in the island visitors can share a tricycle (20 pesos* or more if further down) to your hotel landmark. If you are on beachfront hotel you will have to walk towards the beach as tricycle won’t go in anymore. In total that’s 210 pesos*!
If your aircraft is bigger though it will land on Kalibo airport which is around 1.5-3hrs away. From here you will board a van (175 pesos) going to the Caticlan port.
You don’t need to pre-book tickets as they are available upfront. And if you don’t know where to buy them just ask around since locals usually know visitors are going to Boracay.
On other news, if you prefer convenience there are two companies who run transfer services from both airports: (1) Southwest Tours; (2) Island Star Express. Only that it’s more expensive and sometimes they use buses which needs to fill up before disembarking.
*Price as of July 27 2012