Last June 2013 marked my return to one of the most celebrated tourist destinations of the country, Boracay Island. However, there are some firsts that I’ve encountered during this trip. For one, this will be my first time to board the Davao-Kalibo direct flight from Cebu Pacific. I’ll also be joined by three of my childhood buddies (they’re first-timers; which means I’ll be filling the role of tour guide again). Enough with the chatting, let’s get down to business. This is a rundown on how to go to White Beach from Kalibo. But, before I proceed with the step-by-step guide, below is the TL;DR version of this post:
Kalibo to Caticlan to White Beach
|Type of Payment||
|Van from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty Port (1 hour & 30 minutes)||
|Caticlan jetty terminal fee||
|Boat from Caticlan-Cagban jetty port (10 minutes)||
|Tricycle from Cagban Port to White Beach (20 minutes)||
Now, if you’re not lazy enough, do read the detailed guide below. These steps may save you valuable time and money on your future Boracay trip. 😀
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Step 1: Go to Kalibo
Let me make this 1st step perfectly clear, the only way to go to White Beach via Kalibo is by going to Kalibo first :D.
Kidding aside, I was very excited when I heard the news a couple of years ago that Cebu Pacific would be offering direct flights from Davao to Kalibo (and vice versa). Before, we Davaoenos had to endure 2 flights just to go to Boracay, either by Davao-Manila-Kalibo/Caticlan or Davao-Cebu-Kalibo/Caticlan. The new flight destination makes it very easy for us here in Mindanao to travel to Boracay in a cheaper and more efficient way.
So apparently, CebPac has already closed the Davao-Kalibo route. Sigh. Kalibo is now only accessible via Manila and Cebu.
Step 2: Board a KIATA van outside Kalibo Airport
Outside Kalibo International Airport is a plethora of vehicles going to Caticlan. Modes of transport include vans, buses, coasters and taxis. However, the cheapest and easiest way to go is to board a KIATA van. Do mind that conductors will offer you fares priced at Php250.00/head which they will advertise to you as “free boat ride to White Beach”. I do NOT recommend this. The boat ride from Caticlan to White Beach only costs Php25.00, thus the Php250.00 “all-in” fare is Php25.00 more than what it is. Instead, find a van which offers Php200.00/head and buy your boat tickets separately when you arrive at the Caticlan Jetty Port.
For us, we boarded a “striker” van and left Kalibo with only the 4 of us as passengers. However, the driver made occasional stops to get passengers along the way. The van trip from Kalibo to Caticlan lasted for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Step 3: Pay your dues (literally)
Upon arriving at the Caticlan Jetty Port, you will be purchasing three (3) different kinds of tickets: boat fee (Php25.00), environmental fee (Php75.00) and terminal fee (Php100.00). Fortunately, the ticketing system at the jetty port is quite organized. The respective fees have designated payment windows.
Travel Tip: When travelling in groups, maintain a “cash pool” wherein you and your companions will give a certain amount of cash to a designated person. This person will be tasked to manage all cash disbursements during the entire duration of the trip. This way, you will not be individually reaching for your wallets should there be common fees to be paid (e.g. boat fees, watersports fees, etc.). You can divide the excess cash after the trip, if necessary.
Step 4: Board the boat from Caticlan Port to Cagban Port
After paying all the fees, proceed to one of the many boats along the port shore. The boat ride lasts about 10 minutes. The boat is a bit small so swimming skills can come in handy in an emergency situation. Don’t be scared as there are life vests provided. XD
Step 5: Hail a tricycle going to White Beach
After disembarking at Cagban Port, hail a tricycle bound for White Beach. Each chartered trip costs Php100.00 and will last for 20-25 minutes. Ask the driver for the drop-off nearest to your hotel. If you want to eat first before checking-in at your hotel, a safe drop-off point would be at D’ Mall at Station 2.
Step 6: Walk towards the beach and enjoy the view! Take a quick snap or two and share to your friends that you’re finally in Boracay!
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