Getting from Kalibo Airport to the white sandy beaches of Boracay can be a little intimidating if you're going there for the first time. Hopefully this guide will help you!
Landing at Kalibo Airport, don't be shocked at the size of the international airport. It's small, with only one luggage belt and two customs officer desk. The desk is like those open spaced concept, and it's merely just a desk and a laptop.
To get to Boracay, you need to take the following:
- 1.5 hrs Van ride to Caticlan Jetty Port
- 15mins boat ride in traditional Bangka boat to Boracay Island
- Depending on the location of your hotel, about 10-15mins Tricycle ride.
There are travel agencies who are able to arrange airport pick ups and send you straight to the resort's door step such as My Boracay Guide (750 pesos/pax) or Southwest Tours Boracay (650 pesos/pax). Personally, I find that quite expensive, but if you're looking for someone to assist you all the way with luggages and arrangements of everything, that is the way to go!
Now, I will teach you to go on your own.
After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you step out to a wet market scene where people under tents are trying to get your attention endlessly. Generally, the shared van to Caticlan Port Jetty will cost you around 200 pesos per person. What happens is you sit in the van until it's full and the van leaves the airport. So, find one offering you 200 pesos to the jetty (no point haggling here as it's all the same and they won't budge) and make sure they don't charge you more for any boat tickets.
|people offering different transportation to Boracay|
|check out this jetty|
At this point of time, I regretted immensely not backpacking. I was not expecting a pier like this nor the ferry to be the traditional Bangka Boat (think Batam).
|for once we didn't backpack, and regretted|
|I was so scared that the old lady will fall into the water.|
|trying to cross the gangway|
|waiting for the boat to leave|
Cost to get from Kalibo Airport to Boracay Island:
|As of June 2015. Subjected to changes.|
As you can see, you save almost half of what you have to pay the travel agents if you do everything yourself. Bear in mind, we traveled as a duo and the cost above is per pax. If you're a solo traveler and take the entire tricycle, it will cost you 100 pesos instead.
It may seem like such a hassle of going through 2.5 hours of unknown journey, but once you arrive at the white sandy beaches and clear waters of Boracay, it is all worth it.