[Last Updated: June 2013]
It's summer time and many are planning their vacation in the beautiful island of Boracay. I notice a number of people in online forums keep asking on the directions and fees so I hope this post can be of help in plotting your trip.
1.Book your flight
From Manila, there are five airlines to choose from: Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express (formerly AirPhil Express), Tiger Airways (formerly SEAIR) and Zest Airways. All these airlines provide online reservation for your convenience. The two most popular flight destinations to Boracay are:
a. Caticlan - a three-minute tricycle ride away to Caticlan Jetty port where you need to board a pump boat or fast craft to the island of Boracay; generally has more expensive flights than Kalibo. Curently, only propeller-type planes are allowed to land here due to its short runway.
b. Kalibo - a one and a half-hour van/bus ride away to Caticlan Jetty Port. I prefer to arrive here because it gives me the option to select a flight that utilizes a jet-type plane such as Airbus.
Another option is via Iloilo which is a six-hour bus ride away to Caticlan Jetty Port.
2. At the Airport
Don't get lost especially for first time travelers and for those coming from abroad. Three airport terminals in Manila are serving flights to Boracay:
a. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 - serves PAL flights except those operated by AirPhil Express (they have code share for Caticlan flights); also known as the Centennial Terminal
b. NAIA 3 - Cebu Pacific and AirPhil Express flights; the newest terminal in front of Resorts World Manila
c. Manila Domestic Airport - SEAIR and Zest Airways flights
If you booked online, remember to bring your printed flight confirmation. You canNOT enter the airport without this.
You are probably thinking of your itinerary now. I have posted my recent 4-day Boracay itinerary which may help you decide on the things to do and try. Here are the links:
Click here for Part 1 (Days 1 and 2) --> Planning, ATV, Night Life, Food Trips, Etc.
Click here for Part 2 (Days 3 and 4) --> Reef Walking, Parasailing, More Food Trips, Etc.