Getting There & Away
The quickest (and most expensive) connection between Manila and
Boracay via Caticlan is by Air Ads, Asian Spirit and Pacific Airways;
the one-way fare is P1700.
Asian Spirit and Air Ads bookings can be made at the Red Coconut,
Pacific Airways bookings can be made at the Dublin Rest house in Angol,
the Red Coconut in Balabag and at the Boracay Tourist Center.
The little PAL office is next to the Sea Resort in Angol. Apart from
taking care of changes in itinerary and flight confirmations PAL also
sells tickets for P150 for the air-con bus from Caticlan to Kalibo,
which includes the boat trip from Boracay to Caticlan. The office is
open from 8:30am to noon and 2 to 4pm. PAL flights also can be booked
at the Boracay Tourist Center and at Pantelco, above the Pa-am Minimart
near the Mistral Resort.
PAL flies from Manila to Kalibo on Panay and Tugdan on Tablas Island,
in Romblon Province. The connection from Kalibo to Boracay via Caticlan
is better than the one from Tugdan to Boracay via Santa Fe. After the
aircraft arrives, there are air-con buses from Kalibo to Caticlan. PAL
also flies from Cebu City to Kalibo.
The trip with a bus belonging to the companies Southwest Tours or 7107
Boracay Shuttle cost P150. Southwest Tours sells tickets at the domestic
airport in Manila. The price includes the boat transfer from Caticlan
Boat & Bus
Many boats cruise along White Beach heading for Caticlan; just wait
at one of the boat stations if you want to go there. The first boat
comes along at about 6 am. There are three so-called boat stations on
White Beach for boats to and from Caticlan 15; 30 minutes): Boat Station
I at the Mila's Boracay Beach Resort, Boat Station 2 the tourist office
and Boat Station 3 at the Sulu Bar. From June to November, during the
south-west monsoons, the sea on the west side of Boracay can grow too
rough for outrigger boats. They then have to leave from Tabon (to the
east of Caticlan) instead of from Caticlan itself, and drop anchor on
east coast in the bay near the Dead Forest, or near Bulabog.
As almost all passengers have to wade through the water to
get to the boats or back to shore, patent-leather boots and
well-pressed long trousers are definitely not the things to
On arrival in Caticlan, you can get a Jeepney or bus to Kalibo (two
A bus leaves Caticlan for Iloilo City via Kalibo at around 6.30 am
(six hours). Anyone wanting to take this bus will have to take either
the first boat at 6 am or a Special Ride for about P175 from Boracay.
Air-con buses make special trips from m Kalibo airport, timed to catch
the departures of PAL flights. Tickets for the Tours bus can be obtained
at the PAL office on Boracay; the 7107 Boracay office is located near
Boat Station 1.
There are also shipping services between Manila, New Washington and
Dumaguit, both are near Kalibo on Panay.