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The island of Boracay has no commercial airport. However, Caticlan Airport is just across the strait on the mainland of Panay, only a 10- to 15-minute boat ride away. Cebu Pacific (www.cebupacificair.com) and Philippine Airlines (www.philippineairlines.com) offer many flights daily to Manila and Cebu. And two small airlines, Air Swift (www.air-swift.com) and Air Juan (www.airjuan.com) service important routes to Palawan: Air Swift to Busuanga (Coron) and Air Juan to El Nido.

However, flights fill up during high season and so the alternative is the airport in Kalibo, 1½ to two hours by road to Caticlan. In addition to Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, with flights from Manila and Cebu, there are several other airlines servicing domestic routes. In general, flights tend to be somewhat cheaper and Kalibo receives many international flights from a number of cities in China and Korea, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Hong Kong, Singapore and elsewhere.

There is talk that Caticlan Airport will be improved and expanded to receive international flights in the near future. What that would mean for tourism on Boracay is hard to conceive.

Boat

A fleet of bangkas shuttles people back and forth between Caticlan and Boracay (P25 for pumpboat, P75 environmental fee and P100 terminal fee; 15 minutes) every 15 minutes between 5am and 7pm, and then as the need arises between 7pm and 10pm (sometimes later if a ferry is late). All boats arrive at Boracay's Cagban Pier, where a queue of tricycles awaits to take you to your hotel. They cost P25 per person or P150 per tricycle (more if you are going north of Station 1).

From June to November, brisk southwesterly winds mean you'll often be shuttled round the northern tip of Caticlan to Tabon, where the same fleet of boats will take you to Boracay's alternative pier at Tambisaan.

If you arrive after the last regular bangka has departed, you will have to charter a private bangka or sleep at one of the basic pension houses in town.

Boats from Caticlan

Car ferries to Caticlan from Roxas (Mindoro) and to Batangas (for Manila) are serviced by 2GO Travel, and Carabao Island is a short boat ride away. The other important routes are to Tablas Island, Romblon.

Caticlan Port

Destination

Carabao (Lanas)

Fare (P)

85

Duration

1hr

Daily frequency

1

Caticlan Port

Destination

Carabao (San José)

Fare (P)

75

Duration

45min

Daily frequency

1

Caticlan Port

Destination

Roxas (Mindoro)

Fare (P)

430-460

Duration

4hr

Daily frequency

5-6

Caticlan Port

Destination

Batangas

Fare (P)

1000

Duration

10hr

Daily frequency

1, except Tue

Caticlan Port

Destination

Tablas (Odiongan)

Fare (P)

300

Duration

2hr

Daily frequency

Thu & Sun

Caticlan Port

Destination

Tablas (Looc)

Fare (P)

300

Duration

2½hr

Daily frequency

1

Buses from Caticlan

Caticlan Port

Destination

Iloilo

Company

Ceres

Type

bus

Fare (P)

350

Duration (hr)

6

Frequency

hourly

Caticlan Port

Destination

Iloilo

Company

various

Type

van

Fare (P)

400

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency

morning

Caticlan Port

Destination

Kalibo

Company

Ceres

Type

bus

Fare (P)

107

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency

hourly

Caticlan Port

Destination

Kalibo

Company

various

Type

van

Fare (P)

100-200

Duration (hr)

Frequency

hourly

Caticlan Port

Destination

Kalibo

Company

various

Type

jeepney

Fare (P)

80

Duration (hr)

Frequency

intermittent

Caticlan Port

Destination

Antique

Company

Ceres

Type

bus

Fare (P)

250

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 2hr

Van

It's difficult to justify since it's such an easy trip to do on your own, but there are companies offering all-inclusive round-trip transfers from Caticlan Airport to your hotel, via a combination of van and boat. Price ranges from P800 to P1500 per person, depending on location. Call Southwest or Island Star Express. Many hotels outsource these services, or have their own, sometimes complimentary, service; ask for a better deal.