Large motorised vehicles, such as cars and buses, are not allowed on Boracay itself. It is possible, however, to get to the main access points for the island through various bus lines and routes coming from different places around Panay. Services also come in from the northern island of Luzon (via the Strong Republic Nautical Highway) by way of the ‘RoRo’. It stretches from Batangas in Luzon to Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao.
Buses from Iloilo to Caticlan
The bus company Ceres Bus provides regular bus services from the city of Iloilo to Kalibo in Aklan, as well as direct connections to Caticlan three times daily. The GM Liner also takes the Iloilo-Caticlan routetwice daily, while minivans and taxis also ply the same route. Travel time from Iloilo to Caticlan ranges from four to seven hours. Iloilo City. Ceres Bus.
Buses from Kalibi to Caticlan
A much shorter route is Kalibo going to Caticlan. Landing at Kalibo Airport, you have several options of tour agents – like the Southwest Tours, 7107 Island Tours, and Star Express – all offering trips to Caticlan. Their packages also include the boat transfer from the jetty port to Boracay. Minivans are cheaper but don’t include boat services to the island. Kalibo to Caticlan takes one and a half hours.
Buses from Manila to Caticlan
The nautical highway is also an alternative route to Boracay. Bus lines like Philtranco offer convenient connections from the main bus terminal in Cubao, where the first joint of the journey starts.
Air conditioned buses would take you to the Batangas Port where the RoRo vessel would take the bus in and leave the docks by 08:30 going to Calapan in Mindoro. The bus would then take the route to Roxas, where another RoRo ship awaits to complete the stretch to Caticlan. The vessel from Roxas leaves by 14:00 and arrives at Caticlan by 18:00 in the evening.
Rates vary according to passenger type. The regular fare for the first stretch (Batangas-Calapan): Php192, students: Php 163, seniors: Php 154, children: Php 96. (Based on the rates from Montenegro Shipping Lines Inc).