Planning a Boracay vacation? Fantastic! This is a great part of the world.
Boracay is a multi-awarded travel destination in the Philippines. Well-known for its famous powdery white sand beaches, it’s also filled with strips of restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, and bars.
Soak in the island’s natural attractions- swim until your heart’s content in the turquoise clad waters, sunbathe, and go island hopping. If you prefer, you can also do plenty of shopping or experience the island’s vibrant nightlife.
However, before you can enjoy Boracay, you need to know how to get to Boracay. Thankfully, it is not hard to work out how to go to Boracay, although you have various choices depending on where you commence your journey.
Below, I describe the exact how to travel to Boracay. I start with a summary and then give you detailed instructions based on whether you are looking for information on the nearest airport to Boracay and want to book flight to Boracay or are trying to sort out a boat ride to Boracay.
Finally, I also give you instructions for some of the most popular journeys to Boracay.
How To Get To Boracay Island
Note that the Caticlan Airport is the closest airport to Boracay, and the airlines going to Boracay include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia. From the airport, ride a tricycle or van that will take you to the Caticlan Jetty. At the jetty, there are small bangkas or boats that will take you directly to the island.
It’s also possible to take the ferry and bus if you prefer instead of flying.
In the rest of this article, I break down exactly how to do this.
Book A Flight To Boracay
For first-time travelers, it can be confusing on how to reach Boracay. Since there are no direct flights to the island, you’ll need to either fly to Kalibo or Caticlan Airport – the nearest airport to Boracay island.
From Caticlan Airport, it’s only 8 minutes away via tricycle or van from Caticlan Jetty. Whereas from Kalibo Airport, you still need to take a 2-hour trip by car or bus to Caticlan. From the Caticlan Jetty, it’s just a short 20-minute boat ride to Boracay island.
If you’re flying from Manila, the Philippine capital, the domestic flight to Caticlan will take an hour. Another option would be to fly from Clark to Caticlan. This is ideal if you’re coming from the northern portion of Luzon and you want to avoid the heavy traffic in Manila.
Meanwhile, if you’re coming from Visayas’ islands, there are direct flights to Caticlan from Cebu’s Mactan International Airport. From Mindanao, there are also direct flights to Caticlan at Davao Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
Airlines that fly to Boracay are Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and AirAsia, and the air ticket to Boracay will usually depend on the promos and season.
For international flights, there are direct flights from Singapore to Kalibo.
Ferry Or Boat Going To Boracay
If you’re coming from Manila or Southern Luzon, another option is to travel by sea via 2Go Travel ferry.
The travel time is approximately 9 hours from Batangas pier to Boracay,and the Batangas to Boracay fare costs around ₱800 – ₱1,900. If you’re coming from Manila, you have to first take a 2-hour bus ride from Pasay or Cubao bus terminals to Batangas Pier.
Once you arrive at Caticlan port, it’s just a short 10-20-minute local boat ride (₱210) that will take you to the island.
Best Way To Get To Boracay By Bus
Another alternative if you’re traveling from Manila to Boracay is to ride a bus and then hop on a RoRo, also known as a “Roll On – Roll Off.”
Getting to Boracay from Manila, several bus companies offer regular trips on this route. You can either take the bus at Cubao or Pasay terminal. If you want to take the Manila to Boracay bus, the total travel time is 13 hours, excluding your boarding time between trips.
Here is a breakdown:
- By bus to Cubao or Pasay Terminal to Batangas Pier (2 hours)
- RoRo trip from Batangas Pier to Calapan, Mindoro (2-3 hours)
- By bus from Calapan to Roxas Port in Mindoro (2-3 hours)
- RoRo trip from Roxas Port, Mindoro to Caticlan Jetty Port (4-5 hours)
How To Get There In Boracay By Car
If you’re wondering how to get to Boracay from Manila via car, all you need to do is take the same RoRo route using your own or hired private vehicle.
This is an excellent option if you’re traveling as a family or a large group. The same route applies, only that when you get to Batangas Pier, you still need to book the RoRo tickets on your own.
Another thing to note is that you can’t bring your vehicle to Boracay Island itself. You’re required to leave your car at Caticlan Jetty Port with a daily parking fee depending on your vehicle size. Additionally, you need to pay for the terminal and passenger fees in vessel transfers.
Boracay How To Get There…
Finally, in this guide on getting to Boracay, I cover some of the most popular journeys to reach here below.
Manila To Boracay
The easiest way to get to Boracay from Manila is to take a Manila to Boracay flight. Alternatively, you can also take a boat from Manila to Boracay or travel via RoRo.
Read our full guide on how to get from Manila to Boracay here.
Caticlan To Boracay
If you want to know how to get from Caticlan to Boracay, the easiest way will be to head to Caticlan Jetty if you’re coming from Caticlan airport to Boracay. Then, take a short boat ride from Caticlan to Boracay island.
The boat transfer from Caticlan to Boracay will take approximately 20 minutes. It’s also best that you check the boat schedule from Caticlan to Boracay in advance to avoid any disappointment.
Read our full guide on how to get to Boracay from Caticlan here.
Cebu To Boracay
Now, if you want to know how to get to Boracay from Cebu, I recommend that you take a Cebu to Caticlan flight.
Once you arrive at the airport, ride a van or a tricycle that will take you to the Caticlan Jetty, where there are small bangkas or boats that sail to Boracay island.
Read our full guide on Cebu to Boracay how to get there here.
Kalibo To Boracay
Getting a transfer from Kalibo to Boracay is pretty straightforward. If you want to know how to get to Boracay from Kalibo airport, there are buses to take you to Caticlan Jetty directly.
The approximate travel time is 2-2.5 hours, and also, the buses there are timed to meet the flight, so you don’t have to wait that long.
Read our full guide on how to get from Kalibo to Boracay here.
Singapore To Boracay
If you’re coming all the way from Singapore, and you want to know how to get to Boracay from Singapore, take the Silkair flight from Changi to Kalibo.
Then from Kalibo, you still need to take a 2-2.5 bus ride to Caticlan. Ask to be dropped off at Caticlan Jetty and take a short boat ride that will take you to the powdery white sand beaches of Boracay.
Batangas To Boracay
If you’re coming from Batangas, take the Batangas to Boracay ferry. Note that the travel time is approximately 9 hours and you’ll be arriving at Caticlan.
To get to the island, you still need to take a quick 20-minute boat ride (₱210.)
Iloilo To Boracay
Finally, if you’re coming from Iloilo City province, and want to know how to get from Iloilo to Boracay, hop on a jeepney or taxi that will take you to Ceres Northbound Terminal.
Then, ride a bus that’s bound for Caticlan. The approximate bus travel time is 6 hours (₱240 – ₱390.) Buses leave every 30 minutes.
Drop off at Caticlan Jetty to take the last leg of the journey- a quick 20-minute boat ride to Boracay.
So there you have it! In this post, we’ve covered the different transportation options you can take if you’re traveling from Manila to Boracay Island and other local and international destinations.
The fastest and most convenient way is to take one of the flights directly to Caticlan. As an alternative, you can also catch a boat to Boracay from Manila (2go travel Manila to Boracay) or via a bus or private car and hop on a RoRo.
I hope you found this guide to how to get to Boracay, Philippines useful. We also have the details on how to get here from Palawan here. You can also find all the best things to do in Boracay with kids here, best resorts in Boracay here, otherwise, find all Boracay guides here.
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