Getting there & away
A fleet of pumpboats shuttle people back and forth between Caticlan and Boracay every 15 minutes from 6am and 6pm (P19.50, 15 minutes), and then as the need arises between 7pm and 10pm. A special trip costs around P300 to P400.
The boats arrive on White Beach, stopping at one or more of the three boat stations. During the southwestern monsoons (June to November), the sea on the White Beach side can get too rough for outriggers. During this period they dock on the east coast, at or near Bulabog, a P20 tricycle ride from White Beach. Be prepared to get your feet wet upon arrival in Boracay.
A new jetty is under construction in the south of the island at Cagban Beach, near Manoc-Manoc, in order to reduce the traffic on White Beach. When complete, Caticlan boats will dock here and ferries will carry passengers around the island.
Negros Navigation (288 5891; www.negros navigation.ph) has a desk at the Carmela de Boracay Hotel, near Boat Station Two on the beachfront road.
The swiftest way to Boracay from Manila is by air to Caticlan - but you won't be alone trying to book this flight during the high season. Good alternatives are the airports of Kalibo and Roxas, from where it's an easy two to four hours by road to Caticlan.