Thursday, December 13, 2012

Caticlan - Boracay - Caticlan


My second trip to Boracay proved two things; first is that one visit can't be enough and second is that the "fees" going in and out of the island skyrocketed in a span of 10 months. My first trip to the most coveted island in the country was 10 months ago via Kalibo and transferring from Kalibo to Boracay can be stressful. I was with two co-workers back then who were also first-timers. For this trip, we scored roundtrip airfare tickets for 1,100 each. It was my first time at Caticlan airport. Stepping outside the terminal, one should be ready for the fares and fees when going to the island of Boracay.


Caticlan airport to Caticlan Jetty port

Lucky you if your hotel/resort has free land and boat transfer to Boracay but if not, you need to go to the Caticlan Jetty port. A few meters outside the terminal, you would see some tricycles in line going to the port. The standard rate is 50 pesos per tricycle (3 persons maximum) and the travel time is around 5 minutes. 

You can also walk your way to the port. On the arrival area, turn right and just proceed to the EXIT side for the vehicles. Go straight until you see the main highway of Caticlan and then turn right. Cross the road and then make a left turn on the first left adjacent street (there are plenty of signs so you won't miss it) and just follow the road and at the end of it you will see the Jetty port. 

Caticlan Jetty port to Cagban port

Upon arrival at the Caticlan Jetty port you need to ride a boat to get to Boracay. Look out for the three windows for the payments. The standard boat fare is 25 pesos-30 pesos each person. Next window will be the environmental fee of 75 pesos each person (60 pesos for students and senior citizens). The third and last window will be for the terminal fee of 100 pesos each person. 

There are available boats up to 10 p.m. Should you wish to arrange for later trips don't hesitate to ask the officials inside the terminal beforehand for a special arrangement at a certain cost of course. 


**updated November 18, 2013**


Tabon port to Tambisaan port


Apparently, there's this Tabon port in Caticlan that is just a tricycle ride away from the more famous Caticlan Jetty port (30 pesos each person). It's just a small port that usually serves as the alternative port and the endpoint is at Tambisaan port in Boracay island. We tried getting to Boracay on this port during my August 2013 trip and found out that it was a cheaper option.

We shelled out 30 pesos each for the boat fare, 75 pesos each for the environmental fee and 25 pesos each for the terminal fee. That's 70 pesos cheaper than in Caticlan Jetty port.



Cagban port/Tambisaan port to White Beach - Station 1, 2 and 3 (or anywhere in that area)

After a boat ride of around 10 minutes, you will reach the Cagban port or Tambisaan port of Boracay. If you are traveling alone it's better to ride a tricycle and wait for other passengers to fill it up. Each passenger will have to pay 20 pesos and you will be dropped off at the station of your choice (the main highway/Angol Road) and you need to walk a few meters on the designated alleys to reach the White beach. 

But if you're in a group you can occupy the whole tricycle (up to 5 persons) and pay 100 pesos for the "special trip" - which covers everyone in the group. The tricycle driver should drop you off a few meters away from the White beach.


White Beach to Cagban port/Tambisaan port

There are some tricycle terminals near the beach. These are for "special trip" rides. You have to pay 100 pesos for the whole tricycle and the driver won't be getting passengers anymore. If you choose to pay only 20 pesos per person, you have to walk up to the main road (Angol Road) and wait for tricycles there. You need to be specific that you are paying for a single seat only and not for the whole ride. Also, be specific on your chosen port.


Cagban port to Caticlan Jetty port

Be ready to spare a few bucks upon arrival at the Cagban port. The boat fare is about 25 pesos to 30 pesos each person. Then you need to pay a terminal fee of 100 pesos each person. 

Again, there are available boats up to 10 p.m. Should you wish to arrange for later trips don't hesitate to ask the officials inside the terminal beforehand for a special arrangement at a certain cost.

Tambisaan port to Tabon port

**updated November 18, 2013**

Tambisaan port is an alternative port in Boracay island with boats going to Caticlan at 30 pesos each person. No terminal fee was collected from us (9 p.m.) so I'm not that sure if it's because it was late already or because there are really no terminal fees from this port. Endpoint was the Tabon port in Caticlan. 


Caticlan Jetty port/Tabon port to Caticlan airport

Again, you can hire a tricycle going to the airport. This should not be more than 50 pesos per tricycle (3 persons maximum). Or you can walk to the airport. Just go straight to the street leading to the main highway and make a right turn. Cross the road and look for the PCSO LOTTO outlet and make a left turn on adjacent road leading to the airport.

Caticlan airport

Prepare 200 pesos each person for the terminal fee at the airport (if your airfare doesn't include one).

I computed all of the fares and other fees (environmental and terminal) incurred on our trip. We shelled out a whopping 1,750 pesos (for the both of us) for all of those that are mentioned above (including a terminal fee of 200 pesos each from the NAIA terminal 3).


16 comments:

  1. Ok, so I was ripped off. I paid 100+ for the trike because I had no company. I didn't know you could rent it for 50 pesos if you're alone. Probably my fault because I didn't ask! Hehe

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    1. tsss... dapat naglakad ka nalang ryan! :)

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  2. ang sushal na ng airport! pero i prefer the old version, bente lang terminal fee. hehe jusko P200 na pala ngayon. kaloka!

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    1. kaloka nga chyng. pero infer naman sa kanila eh maayos naman ang terminal nila :)

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  3. Naaliw ako sa airport nung pa-fly back na ng Manila. Bilis ng wifi at ang bango-bango =))

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    1. hi mica! ay oo nga pala. ang bilis ng wi-fi (or dahil ako lang gumagamit). hehe.

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  4. waaaah dahil dyan mas malaki pa expenses ko sa fees kesa sa sarili naming ticket to bora .... OA TLGA DIBA? relate much!

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  5. Ok lang ang P200 sa airport pero ang P100 sa port na wala ka pang 5 minutes at dadaan ka lang, haiz :(

    Sabi ko nga sa pinsan ko eh lima kami, mag rent na lang kami ng fishing boat from the shore tas ihatid kami dun sa bangka wala pa siguro sa P100 each ang babayaran namin for that.

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    1. korek ka marx! pag grupo eh parang binibinili nyo na yung buong terminal. hahaha

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  6. Haven't been to Boracay, I'm not even planning to go there soon. Too touristy for me.


    http://www.dekaphobe.com/

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    1. that's what i thought before but boracay has its own charm and beauty...try to visit it soon :)

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  7. Thanks for the info ha. Kulang pala ung estimated budget ko for fees and fares :D

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    1. hi there. that was 4 months ago so malamang baka tumaas na ulit (exaggeration) :)

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  8. how can i scored low airfare ticket? give me advice. really want to go to boracay!

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    1. hi there andrew! mag subscribe ka lang sa FB/Twitter accounts ng mga airline companies :)

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