Return to Boracay: How to Get to White Beach from Kalibo

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)


Environmental fee


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

Vincent photobomber

Vincent photobomber

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 the airport
Outside the 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 TipWhen 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.

Kevin filling out the boat waiver form

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.

Island Souvenirs inside D' Mall
Island Souvenirs inside D’ Mall

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!

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the works.




For more Boracay reads, check out some of my posts below: 

Boracay 2013: Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point
Boracay 2013: Parasailing and Flyfish
Boracay 2011 (Part 1)
Boracay 2011 (Part 2)


151 thoughts on “Return to Boracay: How to Get to White Beach from Kalibo

  1. kate morfe November 14, 2013 / 7:18 PM

    Nice.. Very helpful.


    • tyng tyng February 24, 2014 / 4:59 PM

      Hi i will be going to boracay this sep from kl~ I’m wondering should i book online for the transport from kalibo airport to the boracay island or when i reach there only look for the transport? Can u advise me pls>< Tq!!!


      • rodmapada February 24, 2014 / 5:07 PM

        Hi. You don’t have to book online for the Kalibo-Boracay transfer. There are many vans waiting outside Kalibo airport, so there should be no problem looking for one as soon as you get there. Just follow the steps on the list and you’re good to go! 🙂


  2. Cres November 16, 2013 / 1:47 PM

    oh my gosh! I need to print this! thanks Rod. You’re a savior/blogger/angel. 🙂


    • rodmapada November 16, 2013 / 2:42 PM

      I don’t know about the angel part, but you’re welcome!


  3. melissatan315sa December 4, 2013 / 1:21 PM

    HellO:) This post is really helpful and detailed! Can I ask if we have to go out to the road to look for the kiata van or there is a booth anywhere?


    • rodmapada December 4, 2013 / 1:31 PM

      The booths offering van rides inside the airport are the ones who charge Php250.00 for the van-boat fare. However, strikers (who charge only Php200.00 for the van fare alone) can be found at the parking area of the airport. Thanks for finding my post helpful. 🙂


  4. len manalang January 6, 2014 / 9:33 AM

    thanks worthwhile info for budget traveller, until what time is the van at the parking area?our arrival at kalibo is almost 8pm.tnx


    • rodmapada January 6, 2014 / 7:06 PM

      Hi. I really don’t know the exact time but I’d recommend staying overnight at Kalibo.


  5. Lee Pogs January 6, 2014 / 3:09 PM

    very informative sir.
    pwedeng hingi ako ng advice sa situation na ito.
    my flight (Kalibo – Manila) on Jan11 is 8:30am
    im planning to stay in Kalibo (near the airport itself) by Jan10.
    Any suggestions? CHEAP Accommodation. Group of 5 (2 ladies, 3 gents)
    thank you in advance 😉


    • rodmapada January 6, 2014 / 7:04 PM

      Try Ati-Atihan Hostel. We stayed there for one night on our way back.


  6. Jam ;-) January 10, 2014 / 8:42 PM

    Very helpful for DIY travelers like me! 🙂


  7. brenda eugenio-dijamco January 28, 2014 / 4:20 PM

    Sir, going back from Boracay to Kalibo, are there still fees to pay at the ports? thanks!


    • rodmapada January 30, 2014 / 5:57 PM

      Cagban port terminal fee only, if I remember correctly.


  8. ria February 3, 2014 / 2:24 PM

    Hi! Any cheap resort that you can suggest?


    • rodmapada February 3, 2014 / 9:57 PM

      Hi Ria. We stayed at Tan’s Guesthouse last June.


  9. rara February 6, 2014 / 2:14 PM

    Hello, How many passengers per van? Do they have a taxi ride only ? If we want for 2 for us per car, how much it will be?


    • rodmapada February 7, 2014 / 8:49 PM

      Hi Rara. There are taxis going from Kalibo to Caticlan at Php1,700.00 one-way.


      • Maricar April 23, 2015 / 6:59 AM

        Hi Rod, your blog is very helpful….thanks for sharing your experiences. Can I please ask the contact number of Nino or whoever is your contact person in Boracay? My family would like to try some activities there. May I ask to if it is better to take a take from Kalibo to CAticlan than taking the Air Asia Transfer since we there are four of us traveling? Thank you so much for the infos.


      • rodmapada April 23, 2015 / 10:24 AM

        Hi Maricar. Thanks for finding my blog helpful. As to your question, you will have to choose between convenience versus price. AirAsia’s transfer is pricier (around Php80+ difference) but more convenient since you have a group of 4. It will boil down to your preference.


  10. Arthur February 22, 2014 / 11:30 AM

    I like this blog..simple but very informative


  11. dairen March 6, 2014 / 2:58 AM

    This very helpful..thank u so much..
    I hope the van available At 5.30am..
    Im going there this march 23:-D


  12. Rodney March 6, 2014 / 10:14 PM

    Any cheap hotels n pde mo marecommend samen..?? N nsa station 1 or 2 at pde mkahingi ng contacts nila?? Btw tnx s blog mo very informative…


      • Rodney March 6, 2014 / 10:53 PM

        ok tnx… ok din b ang stay nyo s TGH? Sa 16 punta kame… ang mahal kc sa iba…. beachfront din b cya di ko mkita s gallery un iba pix…


      • rodmapada March 6, 2014 / 10:55 PM

        Ok yung room for 4 na nabook namin. Mero sariling kitchen at veranda. Hindi sya beachfront pero malapit lang, mga 30-second walk. Mahal din kasi talaga pag beachfront hotels/inns, lalo na ngayong peak season na.


      • Rodney March 6, 2014 / 10:58 PM

        Ok maraming salamat sa infos..
        ;’ )


      • Rodney March 6, 2014 / 11:00 PM

        Gwa k din blog s puerto prinsesa, el nido, coron hehe tnx…


      • rodmapada March 6, 2014 / 11:02 PM

        Wala pang budget papuntang Palawan eh. Hehe. Pero for sure pag nakapunta ako dun. 🙂


  13. Marie March 7, 2014 / 10:12 AM

    Hi, my family and I are going to boracay this 1st week of april. I was wondering if is it cheaper to have transportation not from the hotel itself? also, what if galing caticlan papuntang boracay do they also have vans outside going to the port?


    • rodmapada March 7, 2014 / 10:49 AM

      Hi Marie. Though hotel-provided transportation may be more comfortable, I still find DIY transportation cheaper. But if the comfort and peace of mind justifies the price difference, by all means go with that. As to your question about Caticlan, I believe there are also vans from Caticlan airport going to Cagban Port, though I’m not familiar with the cost. Enjoy your summer trip in Boracay!


  14. preshy March 7, 2014 / 8:00 PM

    hi sir..its r first time to travel.. just wanna ask if its safe to ride a fast craft from caticlan to whitebeach i heard a lot about oyster ferry? ok ba un? ayw nmin ng small boat kc my kids are scared.. =)


    • rodmapada March 7, 2014 / 8:09 PM

      Hi Preshy. Unfortunately, I can’t comment on the Fast Craft as I haven’t tried that yet. However, if you’ve read positive reviews about it, it might be worth checking out. 🙂


  15. Mike March 7, 2014 / 8:24 PM

    Hi mate,i am getting to kalibi at 19:15 next monday,do you reckon i should be able to reach boracay before ferrys stop operating? Thanks for your help


    • rodmapada March 7, 2014 / 8:31 PM

      Hi Mike. In my opinion, it’s a bit late to arrive at Kalibo by 7pm as Kalibo-Caticlan is a 2hr land trip. My advise would be to stay overnight in Kalibo and proceeding to Boracay in the morning. We stayed at Ati-atihan Hostel last June.


  16. paolo March 10, 2014 / 11:22 AM

    Hi! we will be going to Boracay on May 6 from Cebu to Caticlan and going back on May 9 from Kalibo to Cebu. How much will be the updated cost of transportation from Boracay to Kalibo? Where shall we buy tickets? Do we still have to pay for the environmental fees? Our flight is at 12noon, around what time should we leave Boracay in order to be in Kalibo airport at least an hour before the departure time? Thanks in advance =)


    • rodmapada March 10, 2014 / 1:14 PM

      Just follow the instructions in reverse (except the environmental fee). You can leave Boracay at 8am.


  17. Ala March 11, 2014 / 1:40 AM

    Thank you for all the tips and information! We will be arriving at around 6:40 in Kalibo airport, do you know if there are vans still parked outside by that time?


    • rodmapada March 11, 2014 / 8:59 AM

      Is this AM or PM? If PM, I think there would still be vans outside the airport but I’m not sure if you can make it to the last boat trip from Cagban to Boracay.


  18. Yan March 12, 2014 / 1:41 AM

    Any place to eat near kalibo airport? Btw, thank you for this post.


    • rodmapada March 12, 2014 / 7:24 AM

      There are many food stalls outside the airport. 🙂


  19. Zarah March 17, 2014 / 11:34 PM

    Hi there rod! Thanks for the very informative blog! Can i ask if u have an idea if what is the operation time of the boats goin to boracay? Our arrival time to Kalibo airport is 6:45pm.. Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you! 😇


  20. CarlaP March 18, 2014 / 7:19 AM

    hi 🙂 was wondering if the 1.5 hr drive from Kalibo to Boracay and vice versa a maximum time of travel including traffic etc or is it a minimum estimated travel time? also, you are saying that we need to pay the “terminal fee” twice? (to and from kalibo)

    Thank you in advance and thank you for posting this very informative blog 🙂


    • rodmapada March 18, 2014 / 8:08 AM

      Hi Carla. The 1.5hr trip from Kalibo to Caticlan was from first-hand experience and may vary with traffic conditions. However, I can say that we encountered minimal to no traffic from that trip going to Caticlan. To be conservative with your time planning, you can allot 2 hours travel time.

      As for the terminal fee, you only have to pay once (which is going from Caticlan to Cagban). Though we did not pass through that route last June because of weather issues. We were transferred to the alternate route which is the Tambisaan-Tabon route. Hope this helps. 🙂


  21. Theo April 1, 2014 / 10:06 AM

    Hello, ask ko lang kung mgkano ung overnight stay sa Ati-atihan hotel.


    • rodmapada April 1, 2014 / 7:57 PM

      Hello Theo. The room we stayed in (2 double beds good for 4 persons) cost us P1,500.00


  22. Aprylle April 3, 2014 / 1:01 AM

    Hi Rod. We’ll be arriving at Kalibo Airport around 5 AM. My van nb ganung time? Tapos my boat nb available as early as 1 AM? Kase flight namen pabalik MNL 4 AM e.
    Do you have any idea what time earliest/latest ng boats Caticlan Port to Cagban Port and other way around? Thanks 🙂


    • rodmapada April 12, 2014 / 7:38 PM

      May nakapagsabi sa akin na 24hours ang boat, pero pakyaw dapat ang pagbayad kasi matagal mapuno pag wee hours na.


  23. Michelle April 12, 2014 / 10:49 AM

    Been to Boracy couple of times, but this will be my first time to get Kalibo flight. Thanks for the info. Since I’m travelling with a foreigner, this will help me a lot to know the real price of transpo.


  24. Arnel April 12, 2014 / 7:15 PM

    Hi Rod, we will be in Bora this comming 28th of the month, and i just wondering kung how much it will cost me sa rountrip from kalibo to boracay?


    • rodmapada April 12, 2014 / 7:35 PM

      Hi Arnel. You just have to double the costs I posted above (except the environmental fee and terminal fee) and you’re good to go.


  25. Zarah April 14, 2014 / 10:17 PM

    Hi, Rod! Ask ko lang kung okay ba mag boracay pag June? Hindi nman ba tag ulan nung pumunta kayo? I mean, may pagka-summer parin ba yung weather pag June? Hehe Nabasa ko kasi sabi mo June 2013 kayo pumunta, ang plan kasi namin mag book this coming June 2014.. Thanks a lot! 😇


    • rodmapada April 14, 2014 / 10:36 PM

      Hi Zarah. Well, meron talagang risk pag June ang travel time sa Boracay. As for our experience, first 2 days namin, mejo gloomy pero hindi umulan at maaraw naman during daytime. Yung sa last day lang merong bad weather kasi merong parating na bagyo that time. Best advice if you’ll push through with your June trip is to PRAY for good weather. 😀


  26. andrea April 15, 2014 / 3:11 PM

    ..hello mr. rod..thanks for the info.i find it very helpful..may i ask kung malayo ba ung tinuluyan nyo sa station 2 mula sa station 1?its my first time to go to friends have their hotels na in station 1.and im searching for cheaper hotels n ok dn nman. thank you..


    • rodmapada April 15, 2014 / 5:05 PM

      Hi Andrea. May kaayuan ng konti pero kaya namang lakarin. Another option is to take the tricyce sa main road. Mas mabilis at mura lang naman ang pamasahe. We stayed at Tan’s Guesthouse in Station 2.


      • andrea April 16, 2014 / 1:01 PM

        ..thanks mr. rod.^^


  27. Zarah April 16, 2014 / 8:16 AM

    Oh okay, Rod. Siguro ganon na nga lang gagawin namin, haha! Anyway, if 10:05am ba ang departure time namin goin back to manila, hindi ba kmi kakapusin sa oras? Mga wat time kaya kami aalis sa boracay island? Kalibo airport kasi kami naka book. Malayo pero more cheaper, hehe. Thank you 😇


  28. Mandy April 16, 2014 / 3:00 PM

    Hello! May alam po ba kayong 24/7 coffee shop or internet cafe? 9pm po kasi arrival namin sa kalibo, not sure if may boat pa by that time… Thank you!


    • rodmapada April 16, 2014 / 3:24 PM

      Hi Mandy. Unfortunately, wala akong alam na 24/7 coffee shop and/or internet cafe eh.


      • Kuting April 19, 2014 / 5:08 PM

        Hi Rod/Mandy,
        MyBoracayGuide sent me a quote for our airport transfers, and since we will be leaving Kalibo at 03:45AM, they’ve included an option for us to leave Boracay early and just stay at the 24-hour restaurant across the Kalibo airport. Pangalan daw ng restaurant ay Bahay Kubo. 🙂
        P.S. Since I’ve mentioned it already, would you know what’s the latest time we can leave Boracay na hindi namin kakailanganin mag-charter ng boat? Ang mahal kasi, MyBoracayGuide has quoted me 3,500/person for the Night Navigation (which leaves Boracay at 10:30pm the night before the early 03:45AM flight).
        Saka pala kung ang arrival namin sa Kalibo airport ay 6:15pm, safe pa ba yun mag-DIY travel/commute going to Boracay tulad ng ginawa ng dabarkads nyo?
        Maraming salamat! Astig ‘tong blog na ‘to, sobrang laking tulong. Kudos! 🙂


      • rodmapada April 19, 2014 / 5:26 PM

        Hi Kuting. Although hindi ko pa na experience yung ganitong schedule, I’ll try to give advice based on what I will do if given the situation (which may or may not be suitable for your situation).

        Kung 6pm ako darating ng Kalibo airport, I would opt to stay overnight in Kalibo and proceed to Boracay the following morning. Not only is it safer to travel by land during daytime, hindi pa ako magbabayad ng chartered boat (kasi gabi na darating ng Caticlan jetty port).

        Regarding naman sa 3:45am return flight, what I would do is to leave Caticlan no later than 6pm to avoid the overpriced chartered boat trip. Bahala na matagal ang waiting time basta hindi lang ako magbabayad ng sobra for the boat. Hehe.

        This may not be the most practical for your situation but I hope this helps in making your decision. Thanks for reading my blog! 😀


  29. Sasa April 18, 2014 / 12:13 PM

    Hello! If we travel by this time:
    Operated by 2P (PAL Express)
    Do you think habol pa kmi sa boat going to boracay island? Can you suggest anything? Thank you in advance!


    • rodmapada April 18, 2014 / 5:36 PM

      Hi Sasa. Kaya pang humabol sa Boracay pero mga 8-9pm pa kayo makakarating.


      • ernest January 7, 2015 / 2:11 PM

        hi sir,

        our arrival at kalibo will be 7pm my mga transfers pa ba non??


      • rodmapada January 7, 2015 / 2:13 PM

        Hi Ernest. I’m sure meron pang vans papuntang Caticlan by that time and as what my friend told me, 24 hours and boat transfers from Caticlan to Boracay.


  30. Nikki April 18, 2014 / 9:58 PM

    Hi Rod! Thanks for the information but I’m wondering if the alternate route you guys took last June 2013, is far from Caticlan Jetty Port? I’m travelling to Boracay this coming June and I’m worried that if the weather’s a bit bad (but I’m praying that it will be sunny all through out my stay), the boat pumps will take the other way. My mode of transportation from Manila to Boracay is through 2go ferry so I really have to be in Caticlan jetty port. Anyway, nice blog. Thanks in advance! X


    • rodmapada April 19, 2014 / 5:32 PM

      Hi Nikki. I’m not very familiar with the distance from Tabon port (destination of the alternative boat route) to Caticlan jetty port. However, I’m pretty sure there are vans or tricycles which can get you there. My advice would be to observe the weather on the day of your departure. If bad weather is imminent, try to leave early to buy some time should the boats use the alternative route (Tambisaan-Tabon port route). You can also ask locals if you’re concerned with the travel time from Tabon to Caticlan jetty port.

      Hope this helps. 😀


  31. Sasa April 18, 2014 / 10:50 PM

    Oh, so you mean to say, abot parin kami sa boat ng ganoong time? 8-9pm nasa boracay island na kami? 😁


    • rodmapada April 19, 2014 / 5:36 PM

      Yes. Pero kung ako, sa umaga na ako babyahe papuntang white beach. Not very confident with night travels. 🙂


  32. Katrinne May 5, 2014 / 3:40 PM

    Hi, our flight is scheduled to depart Kalibo at 7:55 am to Manila. Is there anyway that we won’t have to stay in Kalibo the night before? Are there cheap transportation from Caticlan to Kalibo around morning so we won’t miss our flight?


    • rodmapada May 5, 2014 / 3:53 PM

      Hi Katrinne. There might be transportation by early morning but don’t expect it to be cheap. My best advice would be to stay in Kalibo overnight (since your flight is early anyway) to avoid the risk of missing your flight. Hope this helps.


      • Katrinne May 19, 2014 / 10:36 AM

        What kind of transportation might that be? 🙂 We are really hoping to leave early na lang..


      • rodmapada May 19, 2014 / 5:17 PM

        Same lang, tricycle, boat then van.


  33. Aryanna May 6, 2014 / 3:35 PM

    Hi po. Magtravel po kz aq alone sa boracay ang baba q po sa kalibo this may 10 as in alone tavel. ask lang po sana san best place na magstay po na cheapest naman at ualang hassle po. At anu anu po pwede adventure expirience na affordable po.


  34. Den Kiyoshi May 30, 2014 / 12:54 PM

    hi sir ask ko lng kung pwede mag-stay overnight sa kalibo airport. ung mg a friends ko kc will arrive there at 11pm then susunod ako the next morning pa?


    • rodmapada June 13, 2014 / 1:42 PM

      Hi Den. Not sure if allowed magstay sa airport overnight. Haven’t tried that yet.


  35. Azli May 30, 2014 / 9:03 PM

    Hey dude.. I find your blog is very useful. Thanks for sharing such informations to us. FYI, I’ll be travelling alone to Boracay on June 15th. So any adivice on which hotel that I can stay nearby Station 2? And how far issit from Bulabog beach to Station 2?


    • rodmapada June 13, 2014 / 1:42 PM

      Hi Azli. I’ve only tried Hey Jude and Tan’s Guesthouse at Station 2. Bulabog is just a tricycle ride away.


  36. Harry Gomez July 4, 2014 / 4:42 PM

    Hi, good information in your blog. Just asking, boat fee (Php25.00), environmental fee (Php75.00) and terminal fee (Php100.00) is for “one way” or “return”?


    • rodmapada July 4, 2014 / 4:54 PM

      Hi Harry. The boat and terminal fees are one-way only. You have pay the same fees again when going back. The environmental fee is one-time only.


  37. CarlaP July 8, 2014 / 2:17 AM

    Hi 🙂 I was just wondering how many hours before your flight should you be at the airport? my flight from kalibo to manila is at 4pm..thank you in advance 🙂


    • rodmapada July 8, 2014 / 8:34 AM

      Hi Carla. 2 hours before the flight is the standard. If your flight can do web check-in, you can take advantage of that (45 minutes before the flight is acceptable).


  38. Emdiel July 22, 2014 / 12:21 PM

    Hi, have you tried water activities (like helmet diving, banana boat, etc)? I tried to search for packages online, it’s quite expensive (1900/head).. Do you think its better to look for packages onsite (Boracay), or book online? Thanks!


  39. Tinay Pie August 12, 2014 / 6:35 AM

    sir paano ba i hire ung service nila ron/nino…paano ung payment s knila


    • rodmapada August 12, 2014 / 7:47 AM

      Contact lang sila through phone. Ang bayad is right before you do the activity.


  40. Jhanna August 14, 2014 / 10:49 AM

    Hi Rod! I love reading your blogs about Boracay! My family and I will be traveling there on Nov. 16 to 18. Your posts are very helpful, especially the information about the fares. I have few questions for you:

    1. What if the conductor tells us to pay 250 for the van? What will we say?
    2. Are we going to pay again the environmental fee, terminal fee and boat ride fee when we go back to Kalibo?
    3. Is November a peak season? How much kaya would it cost for the parasailing? I’m not sure if I want to try the FlyFish. My arms aren’t that strong. Hehe

    Thank you so much. Looking forward to hearing from you.


    • rodmapada August 14, 2014 / 11:09 AM

      Hi Jhanna. Thanks for reading my blog. I’m gonna try answering all your questions.

      1. What if the conductor tells us to pay 250 for the van? What will we say? – Unfortunately, only few van operators are “strikers”, which is why there’s luck involved in finding one. If you happen to board the P250/head van, it’s still ok.

      2. Are we going to pay again the environmental fee, terminal fee and boat ride fee when we go back to Kalibo? – Environmental fee is one-time only. Terminal and boat rides will be paid twice.

      3. Is November a peak season? How much kaya would it cost for the parasailing? I’m not sure if I want to try the FlyFish. My arms aren’t that strong. Hehe
      – November is part of the peak season already since it’s nearing Christmas holidays. My guess would be around P800-1000 range, depending on your haggling skills. Hehe.

      Hope this helps.


      • Jhanna August 14, 2014 / 11:22 AM

        Thank you for the fast response! 🙂 I have another question (so sorry I wasn’t able to ask previously), is Nino going to reply if I sent him a text message?


      • rodmapada August 14, 2014 / 11:24 AM

        He’s most likely to reply, depende na lang kung busy ngayon kasi may inaasikasong guests. Pero from experience, he replies to text messages. 🙂


  41. clariz August 20, 2014 / 12:49 PM

    thank you for the guidelines. kinakabahan nga ako coz ako lang pupunta sa bora this aug29 and u helped me so much .. 🙂 wag sana ko maligaw hahhaha


  42. Joyee August 29, 2014 / 8:22 PM

    Thanks for the infor. . We’re planning to go to bora this coming October 2014.


  43. Joyee August 29, 2014 / 8:24 PM

    Until What time ang Van From Kalibo to Caticlan?


    • rodmapada August 29, 2014 / 8:29 PM

      Hi Joyee. Hindi ko alam til whwt time pero I would assume meron pa rin lahit gabi basta meron pang flights.


  44. ric August 31, 2014 / 1:52 PM

    hi rod, i have a few questions lang:c
    1. kung may airport transfer ang hotel which is worth 500 pesos one way from kalibo airport to station 2, should i go for it or mas mura mag commute?
    2. can i do ariels point, parasailing, flyfish, banana boat ride all in one day? a


    • rodmapada August 31, 2014 / 8:07 PM

      Hi Ric. It would be cheaper to commute, but if you’d like to pay more for a hassle-free transfer (not that it’s difficult for you tom commute) then go with the hotel service.

      Yes, you can do all these activities on one day the same thing that we did. We did the flyfish and parasailing in the morning (8am-10:30am) and Ariel’s Point later (11am-4pm).


  45. Ammar Lutfi September 8, 2014 / 3:37 PM

    will be going to Boracay this coming Oct, i find ur post very useful.


  46. czaiper October 7, 2014 / 8:51 PM

    Hello, thanks for your how-to-go-to-white-beach guide. It’s really helpful though I have one question. 24 hrs ba ung byahe ng van going to boracay? Our estimated arrival kasi is 9pm.


    • rodmapada October 7, 2014 / 11:32 PM

      Hi. I have a friend who also had a 9pm arrival in Kalibo last summer and they were able to catch a van going to Caticlan.


      • czaiper October 8, 2014 / 7:35 AM

        I see.. Thank you for that info. 🙂


  47. Dawn Grace Llagas November 14, 2014 / 12:57 AM

    Hi there, I just want to ask if the van you suggested/ refer is hindi ba siksikan when they leave kalibo? or better if I take private van I have claustrophobia… I can’t breathe pag sobrang sikip sa paligid ko…


    • rodmapada November 14, 2014 / 9:05 AM

      Hi Dawn. Kung pupunuin nila yung van, I think it’s 3 persons per row. Hindi gaanong maluwang, hindi rin naman siksikan. But if you want a more comfortable ride, there are taxis that ply the Kalibo-Caticlan route at P1,700.00 per way (at that time). Hope this helps.


      • Dawn Grace Llagas April 22, 2015 / 2:57 AM

        Hi again it’s me Dawn can you suggest a private Van to take me to Caticlan? Much appreciate your help… Thank you…


      • rodmapada April 22, 2015 / 11:45 AM

        Hi Dawn. I don’t have direct contact with a private van to Caticlan. However, I’m sure there are vans outside Kalibo airport who are much willing to negotiate with a fixed price to drive you and your group to Caticlan without boarding additional passengers.


  48. Marielle December 5, 2014 / 11:47 AM

    Hi. From White beach to Kalibo, are the fares stil the same? (fees and van fares) and where to ride vans from Caticlan to Kalibo when we’re bound to go home if our flight leaves at Kalibo?


    • rodmapada December 5, 2014 / 12:03 PM

      Hi Marielle. Fare rates should be the same per way. There are vans at outside Caticlan jetty port bound for Kalibo.


  49. Bernard December 20, 2014 / 6:48 AM

    Thank you so much for putting the time into sharing this useful info!!!


    • rodmapada December 20, 2014 / 10:36 PM

      Hi Bernard. Thanks for the kind words! Much appreciated.


  50. Rex December 29, 2014 / 11:38 PM

    Thanks for the very useful and detailed information. More power!


  51. maria January 5, 2015 / 7:55 PM

    Hi Rod, did you see the what kind of Bangka southwest is using? And comparing it to oyster fastcraft – which one looks safer? Thank you. Is January an okay time to visit Boracay?


    • rodmapada January 5, 2015 / 9:00 PM

      Hi Maria. I’m not really familiar with Southwest and their website doesn’t have photos of the boat their using. As for Oyster fastcraft, their boat seems to be safer than the bangkas available on Caticlan Jetty Port. You can try finding othe bloggers who have first-hand experiences with both service providers. Hope this helps.


  52. bane January 14, 2015 / 12:30 AM

    hi there sir,. ask ko lang were planing to go to boracay this feb with friends ask ko lang san ba mas makakamura tru promo package sa internet cost 3999 with airfare 3 days 2 nights oh sariling byahe airfare tapos sa bora na mag hanap ng matutuluyan? any suggestion sir me nag oofer din ba dun na mga cheap house/hotels/transient na nag ooffer ng rate not per day but package like 3 days 2 nights and so on?


    • rodmapada January 14, 2015 / 8:34 AM

      Hi Bane. Hmmm. Depende sa package na makukuha mo sa internet, dapat kasi trusted yung travel company or website na kinunan ng package para hindi kayo maaberya. Kung ok naman ang reviews nung online package, I think it’s worth the gamble naman kasi makakatipid talaga. Ok din naman DIY yung byahe, marami namang murang matutuluyan sa Station 2. Natry ko na sa Tan’s Guesthouse, meron silang big rooms. Pero per day pa rin ang rates.


  53. KezaMarie March 1, 2015 / 1:21 PM

    Hey, glad to come across ur blog. taga Midsayap din ako and like you i’m also blogging about my travel. Hope to cross paths with you one of these days.. Btw. are you related to sir Mapada? He was my Economics instructor back in college. 🙂


    • rodmapada March 1, 2015 / 1:23 PM

      Hi Keza. “Sir Rudy Mapada” is my father. Good to see another blogger from Midsayap. 😀

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      • KezaMarie March 1, 2015 / 1:25 PM

        Wow. I could always remember that sunny sunshine smile from that old man. Isa ako sa pasaway niang studyante but instead of being pissed, para pa siang natutuwa saken. Ang taas pa nia magbigay ng grades. Kindly send him my regards, if u may. 🙂


  54. Rhea Molina March 16, 2015 / 12:44 PM

    HI, This is really helpful. Do you think the fare is still the same? I am travelling with my family on May 10, 2015. We are planning to book for the transportation from Kalibo and most of the fare is P1000+/ person two way. Please help. Thank you.


    • rodmapada March 23, 2015 / 2:58 PM

      Hi Rhea. I suggest you follow the DIY fare scheme listed on my post since two-way fare packages can be very expensive especially if priced on a per head basis.


  55. ace March 24, 2015 / 5:48 PM

    hi were planning for a bora trip by July. is it advisable to be early in kalibo so we can immediately travel to caticlan?the ticket is cheaper by 5pm flight in mnila going to kalibo but we might stay overnight in kalibo instead of proceeding to caticlan right away. up to what time are the transpo going to caticlan from kalibo? lastly, mas maganda ang pabalik manila ang dpat kunin n trip is caticlan to manila tama b? mga airbus b ang bumibiyahe s caticlan? thanks so much. 🙂


    • rodmapada March 24, 2015 / 6:08 PM

      Hi Ace. My friend tried a night flight to Kalibo a year ago and sabi nya 24hrs yung vans and boats to caticlan kaya lang yung boats, pakyawan na kasi di gaano madaling mapuno pag gabi. Airbus plane yung natry ko dati to Kalibo. As to pabalik, mas favored yung caticlan-manila kasi you can save time kasi wala nang 2hr land travel to Kalibo.


  56. Jho March 25, 2015 / 10:03 AM

    hi sir Rod your blog is very helpful especially to us who are first time to go to boracay. we will arrive to kalibo airport 10pm me masasakyan pa po kaya kmeng van to jetty port and bangka to boracay .what do you think is the best way we do. thanks for your advice.


    • rodmapada March 25, 2015 / 10:08 AM

      Hi Jho. I’m reposting one of my comments to a similar question:

      “My friend tried a night flight to Kalibo a year ago and sabi nya 24hrs yung vans and boats to caticlan kaya lang yung boats, pakyawan na kasi di gaano madaling mapuno pag gabi.”

      Though I suggest pag gabi na kayo, stay overnight na lang sa Kalibo (Ati-Atihan inn) and travel to Caticlan early in the morning. Kasi pagdating nyo ng Boracacy dis-oras na nag gabi, magbabayad pa rin kayo ng overnight stay sa Boracay mismo, which may be more expensive than staying at Kalibo for 1 night.


  57. Jho March 25, 2015 / 10:35 AM

    thanks mr. rod your advice is highly appreciated. =)


    • rodmapada March 25, 2015 / 10:38 AM

      You’re welcome. Enjoy Boracay! 🙂


  58. Andi April 11, 2015 / 3:38 PM

    Are the fare prices and fees still the same?


    • rodmapada April 12, 2015 / 12:49 AM

      Hi Andi. I suppose yes, but if there’s any difference, it would probably be minimal.


  59. Chi June 2, 2015 / 1:33 AM

    Hi Sir Rod,
    as I was reading the messages, we would also like to go to Nino for cheaper-priced activities. Paano ko sya macontact? We are going to Boracay this June 7. Hinahanap ko kasi yung contact number nya but to no avail. Thank u so much!


    • rodmapada June 2, 2015 / 8:50 AM

      Hi Chi. Thanks for reading my blog. Niño can be reached through fone 09228876639 though I’m not sure if this is still his number (suggest to try calling him). I think I also posted some contact numbers on the blog comments.


  60. Neri August 12, 2015 / 12:05 AM


    Until what time po available yung mga van and yung boat ride to Boracay?


    • rodmapada August 12, 2015 / 9:40 AM

      Hi Neri. As far as I know, 24 hours ang boats and vans going to white beach. Although pag gabi, hinihintay pang mapuno ang boat/van. Kung nagmamadali naman kayo, pwede niyong kunin as chartered trip.


  61. Ash March 6, 2016 / 4:55 AM

    Thank you for sharing your tips. We’ll be there this April 26-29 and we’re coming from Kalibo. Mag overnight stay muna kami from there since hapon yung ETA namin. Ayoko abutin ng gabi, parang not worth kung late check-in na kami sa hotel.


  62. Chanice March 6, 2016 / 11:03 PM

    Hi rod, punta kaming boracay ngayung June3-5,2016. Ang flight namin sa June 5 ay 10:55am, what time kami aalis sa white beach papuntang Kalibo? Pra di kami maiwan sa flight 😃


    • rodmapada March 7, 2016 / 3:26 PM

      Hi Chanice. Siguro between 6-7am alis na kayo ng White Beach para mkaabot ng Kalibo by 9am. Also, take note of your actual travel time from Kalibo to White Beach kasi most probably ma-eestimate nyo na rin ang travel time vice versa.


  63. carlos August 15, 2016 / 4:55 PM

    hi sir, thanks sa information…aside from your blog…the q and a portion really helps a lot..hehe…we are going to boracay this august 20 to 22 with my girlfriend to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. My friend recommended not to avail any package tour so that i can minimized my expense…kaso nasstress ako sa pagplano kasi first time ko pumunta sa boracay…nabawasan stress ko dahil sa blog mo…thanks!!!!


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