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 by air as a first-timer. Boracay is located 304 km south of Manila. There are many ways to go to the island from the country’s capital. You can go there by boat, airplane, or by bus otherwise known as a land trip.

As a first-timer, I would recommend that you go to Boracay via airplane because it is the fastest and simplest way to get there. Basically, you just have to get to Terminal 4 of NAIA Airport to fly to Caticlan, and then board a Ferry to Boracay. That’s it…

Of course, aside from the route, there are other things that you need to consider such as Budget, Itinerary, and hotel booking. The advantage of choosing to go to Boracay by plane will make your preparation process simple. As a result, you will have less worry especially if you will travel as a family with toddlers.

Just to manage your expectations, there is no direct flight from Manila’s NAIA Airport to Boracay. The only way to go to the latter is by ferry.

The nearest airport to Boracay is the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan. It is 2.4 KM away from Boracay Jetty Port. The second nearest is the Kalibo International Airport. It is 67 KM away from Boracay Jetty Port

The airline companies that fly to Boracay on a regular basis are AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, and Philippine Airlines. They have a daily flight schedule from NAIA Airport going to Godofredo Ramos Airport in Caticlan Malay Aklan.

Have you decided to go to Boracay to enjoy the silky white sand, breathtaking sunset, and clear blue waters? Start your journey by reading Aklan’s guide to tourists going to the place.

How to Get to Boracay from Manila

Step 1: Book a flight bound for Caticlan Airport and Hotel

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 the latter. From Manila, it will take you 45 minutes by air to get to Caticlan airport.

2. book a hotel

You can not enter the 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: Fly to Caticlan Airport in Aklan from NAIA Terminal 4

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 for 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 hotelCongratulations you now have arrived at your destination yey!!!

Frequently Asked Questions when Flying to Boracay

How Far is Manila to Boracay by Airplane

Boracay is located 304 km south of Manila. By plane, it will take you 1 hour to get there. Meanwhile, the travel time by boat from Batangas pier to Caticlan Jetty is approximately 10 hours.

How much is the Airline Ticket from Manila to Boracay

You can purchase an Airline Return Ticket from Manila to Boracay for as low as 1800 pesos to as high as 5000 pesos. This does not include the Baggage options, Seat Selection, Inflight Meal, and Travel Insurance.

The Airfare varies depending on the season that you want to visit Boracay. Expect the price of the Airline Ticket to be higher during peak season.

How much is the ferry ride from Caticlan to Boracay

The boat fee is 50.00 pesos per person for local tourists and foreign nationals. For persons with disability (PWD), Senior Citizens, and Students with valid ID, the boat fee is 40.00 pesos. Children 5 years and below are free of charge.

Can I enter Boracay without a hotel booking?

No, you cannot enter Boracay island without a prior hotel booking. It is a requirement before you are allowed to enter the island. Check the list of authorized hotel establishments on the Province of Aklan’s official website. Choose the hotel from the list and book accommodation.

How much is the tricycle fare from Boracay Airport to Caticlan Jetty Port?

The tricycle fare is 25 pesos per person. The total cost of hiring a tricycle from the Ramos Airport to the Caticlan jetty port is 100 pesos which are good for 4 people.

Do I need to carry my Philippine passport to travel to Boracay?

No, you do not need to bring your passport when going to Boracay. The island is still within the boundaries of the Philippines and therefore requires only a domestic flight. You only need to carry your passport if you are traveling outside of the Philippines.

How much is the Environmental Fee in Malay Aklan?

The environmental fee for local tourists but not Aklanon is 150.00 pesos per person. Local tourist that are either PWD, senior citizens, or students with valid IDs needs to pay a discounted fee of 120.00 pesos per person. Foreign nationals have to pay 300.00 pesos per person. Children 12 years old and below are exempted from paying the environmental fee.

How much is the Caticlan Terminal Fee?

The fee is 100 pesos per person which is applicable to foreign or local tourists. The discounted fee is 80 pesos per person which is applicable to persons with a disability (PWD), senior citizens, and students with valid IDs. Children 5 years and below are exempted from paying the terminal fee.

How to go back to Manila from Boracay

Going back to Manila is much easier. What you need to do is just do the above steps in reverse.

  • Step 1: From your hotel ride a tricycle going to 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 the 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.

Conclusion

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 traveling to the island 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 for Caticlan Jetty, board a ferry going to Boracay Jetty, and ride a tricycle going to your hotel, that’s it… I hope this helps.

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