I write blog posts about traveling and things to do in the Philippines, especially all the fun things to do in Puerto Galera. With that being said some of my friends and guests from our resorts here at BADLADZ in Puerto Galera often ask me how to get to Boracay from Puerto Galera, the other paradise besides Puerto Galera.
So I decided to write this article that will guide you and give you some tips on how to get to Boracay from Manila and how to get to Boracay from Puerto Galera, specifically from BADLADZ.
Before I get into the details on how to get to Boracay, let me tell you first a little bit about the Boracay Island of the Philippines.
Boracay Island is known to be one of the more internationally known tourist destinations in the Philippines together with Puerto Galera. Boracay Island occupies little over 10 km² of space, literally just a speck in the ocean. This small island is consist of a long stretch of powdered white sand on the front beach.
More than a million tourists visit this tiny island every year, both foreign and domestic, and it is being compared favorably with some of the best and richest beach destinations in the world. The dichotomy of this, like many places in the Philippines, is the torturous route you must travel to arrive in this small paradise.
It used to be that you could fly into nearby Caticlan airport, take a quick van ride to the pier, and a short, quaint, native Banca boat ride to arrive stunningly on the beach directly in front of your hotel.
Now, however, increased tourism produced increased boat traffic to the stunning beach and left no room for swimmers in the water. Change was inevitable and the boat now deposits you at its port at the end of the island and you’ll need to ride a local tricycle to your hotel. Don’t worry I’ll detail all the travel information later.
Gone also is the native charm from the 1970s when this white sand beach stretched far inland and only native huts served as restaurants and accommodations. In its place now sits an almost unbroken concrete façade from sunrise to sunset. I guess paradise differs for each of us.
None of this, however deters the tourists though who flock here by the thousands daily for the leisure beach life, scuba diving, windsurfing, kite boarding, and of course shopping, eating, drinking, fun!
Now let me guide you on how to get to Boracay Island.
How to Get to Boracay
There are three options you can take when determining how to get to Boracay. Since most of the people are coming from Manila so that will be our starting point.
The three options are;
- Manila to Boracay by Boat
- Manila to Boracay by Plane
- Manila to Boracay by Sea Plane
Manila to Boracay by Boat
Lets start with the most cheapest option, the Manila to Boracay by boat.
So far there are no Pier in Manila that has a trip that goes to Boracay, so you’ll need to get to Batangas Pier first.
Manila to Batangas Pier
From Manila you have two options to get to Batangas Pier, you can either;
- Charter a Taxi or
- Get a Bus
Charter a Taxi
If you want to get to Batangas Pier fast, then you’ll need to charter a Taxi. Just a reminder, this option is a little expensive than the other option. The fare for the chartered taxi can range from 2,000PHP to 3,000PHP but you can always negotiate with the driver to have a little discount.
For additional reminder and tips on getting the right taxi, watch this short video.
Get a Bus
The second option and the most common option that tourist take is to get a bus.
In this option you will need to take two trips, from anywhere in Manila you’ll need to grab a taxi and have them take you to Buendia Bus Terminal. At this terminal there will be two bus liner you can take, these are the JAM Liner and the JAC Liner bus. Either of these two you choose it will take you directly to Batangas Pier.
To get the right bus, make sure to choose the bus that has the this sign in front of it. Make sure to have the “Derecho” in there since it means straight.
The fare for this bus is normally around 200PHP or less and it will take you to Batangas Pier with in 2.5 to 3 hours.
Before going to Boracay, theres another beautiful paradise that you might consider stopping by. This island is called Mindoro Island and the area is most tourists visit is Puerto Galera. Just in case you want to visit Puerto Galera, here are the steps to get there.
How to Get to Boracay from Puerto Galera
Once you arrive at Batangas pier, proceed to the main terminal, see instruction below.
At the terminal look for the booth to get your ticket, the right booth looks like this.
Purchase a ticket for the boat that goes DIRECTLY to Muelle Pier. If you’re coming to see us at BADLADZ, then you want to make sure you’re getting on a boat that comes straight to Muelle Pier. The travel time of the boat from Batangas pier to Puerto Galera is around 1-1.5 hours.
Watch this short video on how to get to Puerto Galera.
After your fun and adventure at Puerto Galera and now you’re ready to proceed to Boracay, here are the directions on how to get to Boracay.
Puerto Galera to Boracay
From Puerto Galera, you have two options on how to get to Boracay, these are;
- Roxas to Caticlan
- Batangas to Caticlan
Puerto Galera to Roxas Mindoro
From Puerto Galera or BADLADZ in particular, it will be around 3.5 hours to get to Dangan port in Roxas Mindoro.
First you need to go to Calapan City.
There are two options to get to Calapan City, you can ride a jeepney or a van. Either of the two it will get you to the Calapan City safely. The fare for the jeepney is 80PHP per person while for the van is 100PHP per seat. If you have your own car, thats even better. If you’re riding in a van, tell them you need to go to the port, they may take you there after they drop off others in the city, otherwise you may have to get off at the Calapan Jeepney Terminal and catch a trike to the port.
Once you get to Calapan City there are vans at the port that will take you to Roxas.
Roxas to Caticlan
First option you can take is to get in a RORO that comes from Roxas to Caticlan.
A RORO (Roll-on/Roll-off) is a ship vessel designed to carry a wheeled cargo, such as cars, bikes, trucks and more. So if you want to take your car with you when you travel, this is the best option you can take.
At the Roxas Dangan port you’ll need to catch the earliest trip of the RORO to Caticlan. The ship leaved Roxas to Caticlan daily every 4AM, 10AM and 8PM. The travel time will be around 3.5 Hours and you’ll be at the Caticlan Jetty port.
Another option you can take from Puerto Galera to Boracay which is the most common option people take is to take a boat from Batangas to Caticlan Jetty port.
Batangas to Caticlan
1 minute walk from BADLADZ Dive Resort. There will be lots of boats available everyday. We recommend Minolo Shipping Lines.
Once you arrive at Batangas Pier, proceed to the 2GO Shipping ticket booth. The booth looks like these;
Get your ticket confirmed then hang out in the waiting area until you get on the boat.
With the 2Go Shipping it will not take you directly to Boracay so you have to go to “Caticlan Jetty Port”, this is the closest port for the big ships in Boracay.
For your cabin, you can get a shared cabin if you are on a budget, its just about 800PHP. These are a four to six person shared cabins and have a private toilet, shower and a safe place to leave your gear.
When your boat is ready you can get some rest in you cabin or you can go at the top deck where there is a cool lounge with smoky, sultry, singers dancing out your favorite tunes. Open air entertainment as the boat weaves its way through the islands to your tropical paradise.
The boat usually departs at about 8pm from Batangas Pier and will land in Caticlan Jetty Port at about 6am to 7am.
Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Jetty Port
Once you arrive at the Caticlan Jetty Port, again secure your belongings and proceed to the ticket booth for the traditional banca boat that will take you to Boracay. At the ticketing booth, you’ll need to pay for the Terminal Fee which is 100PHP and the Environmental Fee is 75PHP and 25PHP for the Banca Boat (prices are subject to change).
The boat trip can be rough depending on the weather but you don’t have to worry, the boat men here are ready for anything than can happen. After 1.5 hours boat ride you’ll reach the Cagban Jetty Port in Boracay Island. Once you arrive there will be a lot of people that will approach you and will offer you help and their tricycle, so again keep an eye on your valuable things.
Tricycle is the traditional mode of transportation here in Boracay, so to get to your hotel you’ll need to grab one of these. The fare for these will be around 30 to 50 PHP depending on how far your hotel from the port. And you are now in the beautiful island of Boracay, you can now enjoy the white sand and the beach life.
Another option you can take on how to get to Boracay is to get there by plane.
Manila to Boracay by Plane
If you your not on a budget and don’t want to waste any time traveling that you want to be in Boracay right away. You can get in a plane from Manila that goes to the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, also known as the Caticlan Airport.
This flight can cost you around 3,357PHP per person. Something to keep in mind, what I’ve learned is it will be more expensive flying out from Caticlan Airport than flying in.
Once you arrive at the airport, you can take a local tricycle that will get you to the Caticlan Jetty Port. From there you can follow the instruction above about Caticlan Jetty Port to Cagban Jetty Port.
If you want to step it up to a different kind of flying adventure, you can take the seaplane from Manila to Boracay.
Manila to Boracay by Sea Plane
Aside from the regular plane that goes from Manila international airport to Caticlan airport, theres also another plane that you can take, the sea plane.
So far Air Juan is the only seaplane corporation that operates around the Philippines. You can also take this to get to Boracay. If you are coming from Manila, you can go to Air Juan Seaplane Terminal, F. Ma Guerrero St, Pasay, Metro Manila. This is just a few minutes away from Metro Manila International Airport.
This seaplane has a one way fare of around 5,500 PHP per person, prices may change so better check out their website at Airjuan.com for more information.
If you are coming from Puerto Galera, you can also take the seaplane since they also have a terminal here. Their terminal is located at Sand Bar, a few minutes away from BADLADZ Dive Resort. Seaplane travel time is 30 minutes and you’ll be in Boracay.
Fun in Boracay
Theres are a lot of things to do and things to see once you’re in Boracay. A lot of souvenir shops by the beach, water activities, lay down by the powdered white sand and work on your tan.
Beside from the normal side of Boracay Island which is the station 1 , 2 and 3 theres also another side which is for someone who wants an more fun and adventure.
This other side of the island is known as the “Bulabog Beach”. Bulabog Beach is not ideal for swimming but the strong wind in this side of the island is perfect for windsurfing, kitesurfing and many more extreme sports.
Below is a short video of me when I was at the other side of Boracay.
After having fun in this beautiful island and you still want some more adventure. Come and visit us here at Puerto Galera, another awesome island that is known to have the most beautiful bay in the world.
Editors Note: This blog post How to Get to Boracay was originally published March 6, 2013 and has been updated with revised and additional content.