Caticlan Airport is one of two ‘Boracay Airports’ (the other being Kalibo Airport). This airport services the general region of Caticlan, Malay, and the Aklan Province. This airport, also known locally as the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, offers flights from Manila and Cebu to Caticlan, and vice versa.
How can you get to Boracay from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport? Although there are many outbound flights from DMIA (commonly known as Clark International Airport), there are only two flight routes from Clark International Airport that can get you there: 1). Clark Airport to Caticlan Airport, and Clark Airport to Kalibo Airport. Continue reading
The Environmental & Admission Fee is one of two separate fees tourists must pay to the Caticlan Jetty Port and Passenger Terminal before boarding the boat to Boracay Island. The fee is currently P75 pesos and is paid separately and in addition to the Ferry Terminal Fee. Both fees are payable at counters next to each other inside the passenger terminal. Paying two separate clerks two different fees is bureaucratic red tape, and it is bullshit. Why not just one larger fee? Or include the price in the ferry ticket? Anyway, after paying this final fee, passengers are admitted into the terminal and able to board a ferry to Boracay.
How can you get to Boracay from Clark Airport? Although there are many outbound flights from Clark (Diosdado Macapagal Airport), there are only two flight routes from Clark International Airport that can get you there: 1). Clark Airport to Caticlan Airport, and Clark Airport to Kalibo Airport. Continue reading
The Caticlan Jetty Port and Passenger Terminal in Aklan requires you to pay two separate fees before you board your boat going to Boracay. One fee is the Environmental and Admissions Fee, and the other is the Terminal Fee. The ferry terminal fee, like the airport terminal fee, is supposed to pay for the maintenance and general operations of the terminal building. Currently the fee is P100, or roughly $2 American dollars.
Inside the Kalibo International Airport Arrivals Terminal, and after claiming your checked luggage, Southwest Tours Boracay has a Transfers Counter in which you can make immediate arrangements to board one of their air conditioned buses to commute to Caticlan, the last stop before boarding a ferry to get to Boracay Island. Representatives of Southwest Tours can easily be identified because they are all wearing bright shirts.
Bus fare to Caticlan is about 300 Philippine Pesos (approximately $7.50 U.S. dollars) and the travel time is approximately two hours to get to Caticlan, with a rest stop midway into the road trip.
Upon arrival at the Kalibo International Airport, travelers going to Boracay will have many choices of bus companies to choose from in commuting to the ferry terminal in Caticlan. One of the largest shuttle services is Southwest Tours Boracay, Inc. They have a fleet of standard sized buses as well as the mini buses (pictured above). Southwest has a Boracay Transfers Counter inside the airport terminal. I rode the bus pictured above, and the ride experience to the ferry terminal was pleasant.
The bus commute to Caticlan takes approximately two hours and, midway to the destination, there is a rest stop in which passengers can use the restroom and buy snacks at the convenience store.