Whether you go by plane or by boat, you will pass through the small town of Caticlan on the "mainland" of Panay island. Outrigger boats or "bancas" leave every few minutes from Caticlan's jetty port. Tourists also have to pay a terminal fee and an environmental fee. Tricycles are available at Cagban to bring passengers to their hotels. Tricycle fare is depending where your resort is.
From Cagban Port to Station 1, the most that you should pay is Php25 per head. That is, if you don't mind sharing the tricycle with other tourists. If you don't want to rent the tricycle and allow the driver to pick up other passengers along the way, say you just want the "Individual" price and not a "Special" journey.
Beware of the boat crews and workers at the ports. Some will aggressively rush to you and reach for your bags and belongings without explicitly asking if you would like help, and will all but demand a tip after carrying your things, even if it's only for several meters.
There are two airports located near to the island of Boracay.
- Caticlan or Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (IATA: MPH) (ICAO: RPVE) - Only relatively small aircraft can land at this airport. Airlines with flights to and from Caticlan are South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR), Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines from Manila, Cebu and Clark. From Caticlan airport you can either take a tricycle or walk (10 minutes) to Caticlan Jetty Port. You can't bring more than 15 kg luggage when flying here.
- Kalibo International Airport (IATA: KLO) (ICAO: RPVK) - Compared to Caticlan's airport, the runway is able to land larger aircraft such as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. However, it is farther from Caticlan's jetty port which is 90 minutes away. Cebu Pacific Air, China Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Zest Airways connects Kalibo to Manila, Taipei, Shanghai and Seoul. Philippines AirAsia connects from Clark/Angeles City in central Luzon to Kalibo with daily return flights. Tigerair Philippines connects Kalibo to Clark, Manila and Singapore.
By road and ferry (RoRo)
The "Nautical Highway" is a combination of overland highways and roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessels that allows you to bring your vehicle to Panay Island and visit key cities like Kalibo. Taking your car all the way to Boracay, though, isn't possible.
Public transport also operates on this same route and is the most cost-effective way of traveling between Manila and Boracay. Assuming good connections, the total journey time is around 12 hours.
The easiest way of arranging this is to book a van in Manila by contacting private operators such as Angel Star and Gope. This will enable you to book a straight trip from Manila to Caticlan. Their group operates several passenger vans which can load 10-14 or 15-18 persons. You book the trip exclusively or share with fellow travellers. The van leaves at 21:00 daily from Manila, travelling through Batangas-Calapan-Roxas (arrives Roxas at 05:00 or 06:00) to catch the 08:00 or 10:00 boat to Caticlan, where you are expected to arrive between noon and 2PM. Before proceeding to Boracay Island though, be sure to get your return ticket (Roxas-Manila) at the Caticlan Ferry Terminal (inquire about the updated schedule from the staff of the van operators). Take an early dinner before boarding the van and bring water and something to eat while on travel. Riding a van gives you a more relaxed pace to Caticlan because you wouldn't have to stop in many sub-destinations which lengthen your trip and therefore can be truly tiresome.
There are one or two ferries per day direct from Batangas Port to Caticlan Port, which eliminates the long sea and road journey from Batangas to Roxas. This ferry's offered by [2GO Travel] (formerly Superferry).
The more challenging (but slightly cheaper) do-it-yourself version goes as follows:
The easiest way would be to book a straight trip that allows you to purchase just one ticket from Cubao terminal to Caticlan Port.
But if you really want to save money, you can also commute from Cubao bus terminal station (near Alimall). There is really no difference except for the fact that you need to purchase ticket/s in every stop.
Cubao-Batangas Best leave 07:00-08:00 so you arrive in Batangas Port before 22:00.
Batangas-Calapan the trip takes 2 hours via cargo ship or an hour to one hour and a half via Supercat. Do not purchase tickets for the Calapan to Roxas Van as this can either be a scam or you end up squeezed in one van along with several other passengers with tickets.
Calapan-Roxas Takes about 4 hr. Make sure you leave early so you arrive before 04:00. In the morning, the ship to Caticlan usually leaves at 02:00 and 04:00 and the next trip won't be until 10:00. The 10:00 trip usually leaves late.
You can also start your journey with Philtranco, Alps, Dimple, Ceres and Rodastco coaches which leave at regular intervals throughout the day from Cubao, serving the Manila-Caticlan route for ₱1,200. Rodastco also offers a door-to-door service with pick ups anywhere in Metro Manila. Not all buses have Wi-Fi on board, even though most of them do.