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Boracay Airports

Boracay Island in the Philippines

From Manila to Boracay

When taking a trip to Boracay you will have two (2) airport choices, however neither airport is located on Boracay Island. When choosing your Boracay Airport you can choose either the Caticlan Domestic Airport or the Kalibo International Airport, both are located on Panay Island, which is a province of Malay, Aklan Philippines. The flight time from Manila to Caticlan or Kalibo can be anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour, from take-off to landing, so there is really no difference in flight times.

When you fly to Boracay be sure to keep your camera ready, if you are lucky enough to have a window seat on the plane you just might have the good fortune to snap some good Boracay pictures, as I did here. On this particular day flying to Boracay it had just rained and as we passed the island we could see a rainbow, what a great way to arrive in paradise!
Caticlan Airport from the TarmacCaticlan Airport

Caticlan is a very small provincial town that is separated from Boracay Island by the Tabon Strait. Caticlan is located about fifteen (15) minutes from the southern most tip of Boracay Island, traveling by banca boat. From Manila to Boracay the flight time is anywhere between 45 to 55 minutes, this is not taking into account you check-in and baggage claim time, which combined can add an additional 30 minutes to one hour to your travel time.

Keep in mind that all planes flying into and out of the Caticlan Airport are the smaller propeller type planes, they can be noisy and bumpy so if these planes make you nervous you may want to consider the flights to Kalibo.

The information provided below is for Air-Philippines, so keep in mind each domestic airline company servicing the Philippines may have different guidelines.

  • Check-in is two (2) hours prior to take-off
  • Valid identification is required, (your ID and the name on your ticket must be and EXACT match) or it may be rejected.
  • Carry on luggage is limited 7/kgs.
  • Check-in baggage allowance 15/kgs.
  • The check-in counter closes 45 minutes prior to take-off.
  • More information on Boracay Flights.

Banca Boat

From the Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island

Once you arrive at the Caticlan Airport you will meet your pre-arranged transfer company staff member, they will escort you to the Caticlan Jetty Port where you will board a medium to large sized "Banca" an out rigger boat, you will put on a life jacket and then proceed across the Tabon Strait to the jetty port on Boracay Island which is located at Cagban Beach.

Now there are a few resorts in Boracay that have their own jetty ports and their own private speed boats, so depending on which Boracay resort you book, will determine how you are transferred over the water, but don't worry, prior to completing your booking we will instruct you on this.

Cagban Beach Jetty Port

From Cagban Beach to Your Boracay Hotel

Once you arrive at the Cagban Beach Jetty Port on Boracay Island you will need to pay a port fee and an environmental fee, unless you book with WOW Philippines Travel Agency, then we pay this in advance for you, it speeds thing along.

From this point you will board either a van or tricycle depending on which one you have paid for in your Boracay package, then you will be taken directly to your Boracay hotel. Now depending on where your hotel is located will also determine the amount of time it will take to get you there, there is only one, "The Main Road" that services over 99 percent of all the resorts on Boracay, and it gets traffic, so be patient.
This route to Boracay is shorter and quicker, saving you time, however please be aware that you will pay more for your airline tickets, convenience has a price.
  • Total fight time from Manila to Caticlan, 60 minutes.
  • Total time from Caticlan to Boracay, 15 minutes.
  • Total transfer time on Boracay Island, 30 minutes.

TOTAL TRAVEL TIME -> 1.75 Hours Approximately.


Kalibo Airport

Kalibo is a larger provincial town also located on Panay Island and is separated from the town of Caticlan by a 1.5 hour bus or van ride. The flight from Manila to Kalibo is roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour, since this is a large jet plane the air travel time is about the same as that of Manila to Caticlan.

If you a planning a Boracay vacation and you are traveling from abroad you can enjoy direct flights to the Kalibo International Airport from Hong Kong, Incheon Korea, Taipei Taiwan and Shanghai China, for more information on these direct flights just contact us.

Kalibo AirportOnce you arrive at the Kalibo International Airport you will be greeted by one of our staff waiting for you just after the baggage claim area. From here we will proceed across the street to a waiting van or tour bus, which you will board for your 1 to 1.5 hour ride to Caticlan. 

The bus ride from Kalibo to Caticlan is comfortable, the buses and vans are new, within a year to two years old and well maintained, with cold air-condition. Once you are on the road the time will pass rather quickly, in fact you may find this to be quite the respite from the hustle and bustle of the airport and flight. 

Kalibo Coastal HighwayThe route is quite scenic and interesting, for many foreign tourist this is a fantastic opportunity to see what life is like in the provincial areas, you will see rice farms, provincial schools and native homes built from bamboo, very exciting.

Arrival to Caticlan

Once you arrive in Caticlan you will be met by another of our helpful guides, taking you directly to the Caticlan Jetty Port where you will board a banca boat for a refreshing ride across the Tabon Strait to the jetty port on Boracay Island.

  • Total fight time from Manila to Kalibo, 50 minutes.
  • Total time from Kalibo to Caticlan, 90 minutes.
  • Total transfer time from Caticlan to Cagban Beach on Boracay Island, 15 minutes.
  • Total transfer time from Cagban Jetty Port to your Boracay hotel 30 minutes.

Although this route to Boracay is longer, there is an up side, your airline ticket prices are generally at least half the cost of the tickets for Caticlan.

TOTAL TRAVEL TIME -> 2.75 Hours Approximately.