Boracay Island in the Philippines is one of the most sought after destinations in the country’s Visayan Islands. Local tourists and foreign visitors alike have the island paradise in mind as a perfect holiday destination due to its pristine white beaches and lively atmosphere.
Getting to this piece of heaven on earth from the capital and other prime points like Cebu, Baguio and Clark is quite easy, thanks to two major air hubs that serve the nearby provinces of Aklan and Kalibo. Dubbed as major gateways to Boracay, the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (Caticlan Airport) and the Kailbo International Airport both offer convenient access to the island.
Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (Caticlan Airport)
Caticlan Airport generally serves Aklan, which is the province nearest Boracay. The airport is located in Caticlan, a barangay in the town of Malay.
It is a major hub for the South East Asian Airlines, which provide the most services in and out of Malay. Several other airlines offer their services in the airport, namely the Airphil Express, Cebu Pacific, and Sky Pasada.
Flying to Caticlan Airport is the fastest way to get to Boracay, especially when coming from Manila. Other destinations served by the airport include northern areas like Baguio and Clark, as well as the city of Cebu. The airport is a fairly small facility, but is well equipped with all the basic passenger amenities and essentials. It is the ideal gateway to Boracay, being just three minutes from the jetty port where outrigger boats going to the island can be found. Tricycles are available just outside the airport, running to and from the jetty port. (Barangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan)
Kalibo International Airport
The Kalibo International Airport is the secondary gateway to Boracay, located about an hour away from the island. The airport serves Kalibo, the principal town of Aklan Province, and is located just 10 minutes from the town’s main square. The airport is served by airlines like the Philippine Airlines, Airphil Express, and Cebu Pacific, as well as international airlines like Mandarin Airlines and Zest Airways.
The airport is favoured by travelers who prefer larger jets as opposed to smaller carriers that serve Caticlan Airport. The airport has services to Manila, and other Asian locations like Taipei and Seoul. Flights from Manila to Kalibo last just about a half hour, while bus transfers from Kalibo Airport to the Caticlan Jetty Port takes an hour or less.
Buses that run between the airport and the jetty port are readily available outside the terminal. Uniformed travel agents can be found wandering about the airport. These travel agents would help you find your way to the buses outside. It would be more convenient to arrange your transfer details in advance, whether through a travel agency or through your hotel or accommodation. (Kalibo, Aklan, Panay Island)
Transportation to or from and in Boracay is fairly organized, from airplanes and outrigger boats to motorised tricycles, pedicabs, scooters and quadbikes. Getting around the island is fairly cheap as fares are very reasonable during daytime, although prices can double by nightfall.