EXACTLY How To Get From Boracay To Palawan [2023]

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Want to visit a tropical paradise and wondering how to travel from Boracay to Palawan? We can help!

It’s not far between Boracay and Palawan, although there are a few steps to the journey, making it seem a little complicated for some people.  When you look at the journey step by step though, you’ll see its actually quite straightforward, with many people taking this trip every day.

If you need some assistance on exactly how to go from Boracay to Palawan, below I will break it down so you know exactly what to do.  Whether you are looking for a Boracay to Palawan flight or taking a Boracay to Palawan ferry, this guide covers both. This way, you will be in paradise as quick as possible!

I also describe the reverse journey from Palawan to Boracay. 

Nagtabon Beach Puerto Princesa

Map: From Boracay or Palawan 2023

This map will show you how to get to Palawan or Boracay.

Boracay to Palawan map
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If you’re wondering how far is Boracay from Palawan, the distance between these two places is 464 km.

The approximate travel time from Boracay till Palawan takes approximately 3 hours and 52 minutes, including transfers. 

BEST OPTION: How To Get From Boracay To Palawan

When it comes to transportation from Boracay to Palawan, the quickest and most convenient way to travel is to fly via plane. You can also take a ferry.

Option 1: Fly From Boracay To Palawan

Puerto Princesa Airport

As mentioned above, the fastest way to travel from Boracay Island to Palawan Island is to fly.  However, there is no direct flight from Boracay to Palawan. First, you will need to make your way to Caticlan Airport via ferry.

From Boracay Island, it’s just a short ferry ride to Caticlan (₱250.) From here, it’s only 791 meters or a 9 minute walk to the Caticlan Jetty Port.   Read our detailed guide here on getting to Caticlan from Boracay.

Pre-pandemic, there were direct flights so you could fly Boracay to Palawan with flights taking 2 hours and 30 minutes.  There were many cheap flights from Boracay to Palawan offered by airline carriers such as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia.  

Now, those three airlines still operate between these places but you’ll need to fly via Cebu or Manila. This makes the quickest flying time about 4 hours, but it may take a lot longer and it’s no longer as cheap as it used to be. Hopefully, the direct flights return soon.

Once you arrive in Puerto Princesa Airport (the Palawan Airport), it’s just a 3-5 minute taxi ride to reach the main city proper (₱140 – ₱170.)

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Option 2: Boracay Palawan Ferry

Another alternative is to travel by boat from Boracay to Palawan. Again there is no direct ferry and you will need to make your way to Caticlan first.

From Boracay Island, it’s just a short ferry ride to Caticlan (₱250.)  From the jetty in Caticlan, you’ll need to take a bus bound for Iloilo. The approximate bus travel time is 6 hours (₱240 – ₱390.) Buses leave every 30 minutes. 

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Once you arrive in Ceres Northbound Terminal in Iloilo, hop on a taxi that will take you to Lapuz Wharf. Travel time is 8 minutes depending on the traffic (₱170 – ₱210.)

The Lapuz Wharf is where you can catch a ferry to Puerto Princesa City. Note that Montenegro Shipping and Ferries is the company that operates ferries to Puerto Princesa. The ferry leaves only once a week, so it’s best to check the schedule ahead of time. Travel time is 15 hours and costs around ₱1,135. 

I recommend that you purchase your tickets online beforehand. This is to avoid the long queues and the hassle of having to purchase your tickets on-site. 

Palawan To Boracay

Now, suppose you’re wondering how to get to Boracay from Palawan, in terms of transportation. In that case, you can either catch a Palawan to Boracay flight or travel from Palawan to Boracay by boat. 

The transportation options are the same in reverse. 

Final Words

In this post, we’ve covered the different transportation options that will get you to and from Boracay and Puerto Princesa, Palawan. 

The fastest (and most convenient way) to get to your destination is to take one of the flights from Caticlan to Puerto Princesa. 

If you’re up for it and want to make a stopover on other notable destinations like Iloilo City (find all the best hotel near SM City Iloilo here), then I suggest that you take the longer route- and that is to take the bus + ferry option.

I hope you found this guide on how to go from Boracay to Palawan useful. Click here to find out how to get to Boracay from other destinations, including from Cebu.  You can find our complete travel guide to Palawan here or Boracay here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon first fell in love with the Philippines back in 2013 when she spent her son's first birthday on the beach in Boracay. Now she has visited many times and loves sharing her love of the Philippines here so others can enjoy it too