How to Go to Boracay from Manila as a First Timer

This step-by-step guide will teach you how to go to Boracay from manila as a first-timer. Boracay is located 305 km south of Manila. There are many ways to go to Boracay from the country’s capital. You can go there by boat, airplane, or by bus otherwise known as land trip.

As a first-timer, I would recommend that you go there via airplane. The main reason is that the latter is the fastest and the route is very simple. Basically, you just have to get to NAIA terminal 4 to fly to Caticlan, and then ride a ferry to Boracay. That’s it…

Of course, aside from the route, there are things that you need to consider such as budget, itinerary, and board and lodging. The advantage of choosing to go to Boracay via plane will make your route simple. As a result, you will have less worry especially if you will travel as a family with toddlers.

Just to manage your expectations, you have to know that there is no airport on Boracay island. The only way to go to the latter is by ferry. The real name of Caticlan or Boracay Airport is Godofredo P. Ramos Airport. All domestic flights in Manila are consolidated in NAIA terminal 4.

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How to Get to Boracay from Manila

Step 1: book a flight and hotel for Boracay

1. book a flight

From NAIA terminal 4, there are three airlines that fly to Caticlan Airport (also known as Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) on a regular basis. These are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia. Based on my comparison the most affordable is AirAsia. Check the airlines’ respective websites for the airfare and their flight schedule.

airlines to caticlan

There are no direct flights to Boracay. Caticlan is the nearest airport to Boracay. From Manila, it will take you 45 minutes by air to get to Caticlan airport.

2. book a hotel

You can’t enter Boracay Island if you do not have a pre-booked hotel. You can search online for the list of hotels in Boracay. Select the hotel that’s within your budget. Follow the booking instruction of the hotel then book the room in accordance with your flight schedule.

Step 2: From NAIA Terminal 4 fly to Boracay Airport in Aklan

Arrive at NAIA terminal 4 two hours before your flight schedule. Consider the traffic, luggage check-in time, and boarding time.

Fly to Caticlan airport from NAIA terminal 4. Expect to land at Caticlan airport in Malay Aklan within 45 minutes to 1 hour.

manila to boracay by airplane

Step 3: Ride a tricycle going to Caticlan Jetty Port

Collect your baggage (if you have any) and go out of the Caticlan airport. Walk towards the orange tricycle terminal. Ride in one of those and tell the driver to bring you to Caticlan jetty port. The fare cost is Php 50 per person.

boracay caticlan jetty port tricycle

Step 4: Board the Ferry bound to Boracay jetty port

Alright, there are many things that you need to do at the Caticlan Jetty port before you can board the ferry. Here are the following:

  • a. Pay the terminal fee
  • b. Pay the environmental fee
  • c. Buy the ferry boat ticket and collect the boarding pass
  • d. Once you settled everything. Enter the hallway that says “to Boracay.” collect your stub at the counter to know the name of the ferry and your seat number.
  • e. Fill up the boat manifest
  • f. Afterward, walk towards the oyster ferry passenger exit. Then board the ferry according to the name on the stub and seat number.

caticlan jetty boracay ticketing boothBy boat, the travel time from Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay Jetty Port is approximately 15 minutes. Once you arrive at the latter. Get out of the building and walk towards the green and blue electric tricycle (e-tric) terminal.
caticlan ferry ride

Step 5: Ride a Tricycle going to your hotel

Ride the blue or green tricycle outside of the Boracay Jetty Port. Tell the tricycle driver the name of your hotel and its station number so he can assess your fare cost per person.

boracay tricycle going to hotel

Congratulations you have now arrived in Boracay.

How to go back to Manila from Boracay

Now that you are familiar with the steps to get to Boracay. Going back to Manila is much easier. What you need to do is just do the steps in reverse.

  • Step 1: From your hotel ride a tricycle going to Boracay Jetty Port
  • Step 2: Pay the Fees (except the terminal fee) and buy a boat ticket
  • Step 3: Board the Ferry going to Caticlan Jetty Port
  • Step 4: Ride Tricycle going to Caticlan Airport
  • Step 5: Check in to your Airplane and Fly back to Manila

My advice is to leave Boracay island 4 hours earlier. This is for you to have enough time to have one last look at the island and be not in a hurry.

Again, the only way to go back to Caticlan Airport from Boracay island is by ferry. If you will leave your hotel late then there is no way the ferry will adjust its speed for you hahaha. It’s better to wait at the airport than worry about not getting there on time for your flight.

There you have it guys. As a first-timer, you would initially think that going to Boracay is overwhelming. I hope after reading this post you would realize that going to Boracay from Manila is quite simple.

To summarize, you only need 5 steps to get there. You need to book a hotel and flight tickets, fly to Caticlan from NAIA terminal 4, ride a tricycle bound to Caticlan Jetty, board a ferry going to Boracay Jetty, and ride a tricycle going to your hotel in Boracay, that’s it… I hope this helps.

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