I have experienced it personally, and now I am more sure than ever, that Boracay is one of the world’s bestest beach destination to escape to. But because it is such a tough place to get to, I consider it my civic duty to share as much helpful information to realise the dream holidays of many. Feels like santa!
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TIPS FOR A BORA HOLA – how to holiday in boracay. Strictly for guidance only.
#101 – 3 ways to get to boracay that end up being the same
You will definitely need to take a Caticlan Jetty ferry ride to get into Boracay, unless you feel extravagant enough to fly in on a propeller plane.
How to get to this mysterious Caticlan Jetty?
Route 1: SIN > CEBU > CATICLAN. The most expensive way, as it is expensive to fly into Cebu compared to Manila.
Route 2: SIN > MNL > CATICLAN. The second-most expensive way, as it is expensive to fly into Caticlan compared to Kalibo. However it is the most cost-effective and convenient route.
Route 3: SIN > MNL > KALIBO + VAN. The cheapest way. It is not difficult, just tiring, because of the long van ride you have to endure.
How i got there
SIN > MNL 3.5h, MNL > KLB 45min, KLB > CAT via van 2h. Total travel time: 10-13h.
Why so long? Delays and waiting time and silly travelling time
SIN > MNL, Tiger Airways, $416. MNL > KLB, Zest Air, $130. KLB > CAT, Random van, $10 each way. Ferry ride to Boracay, $5 each way.
I got an expensive ticket to MNL cos 2 days after I bought the $416 ticket the fare went on sale.
For domestic flights you can use to fly zest air or seair, we chose zest air as it had more flight timings. The internal flight to KLB was about $150, while flying to CAT would be $250, so we chose the cheaper and more inconvenient option.
DO note that the domestic and 3 international terminals in MNL are about 100Pesos a taxi ride from each other. There is no use waiting for inter-terminals shuttles because they never come.
DO note that domestic flights, especially by zest air, are always being delayed. If you are lucky, it is just 1h, but usually it should be about 1.5h delayed.
DO note that the ferry to Boracay operates from 6am-10pm. It is quite flexible actually, if there are still flights and a pack of tourists waiting to go, the ferry will still run.
DO NOT book your domestic flight online. There are so many available flights, if you miss one you can just wait for the next one in an hour. If you book, and miss it, (which is very possible given the delays and traffic condition) you are just going to waste your money.
DO NOT check in bags if possible. This will cause even more delays I think. It is better to travel light, and buy anything you need in Boracay.