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How To Transfer From Kalibo Airport To Boracay

How to transfer from kalibo airport to boracay

Getting in to Kalibo International Airport

Kalibo International Airport in the province of Aklan is the most preferred hub of those Thalassophile traveling to Boracay Island making it the busiest airport in Western Visayas. As of today, Kalibo Airport services several domestic and international destinations. Air Asia flies to and from Kuala Lumpur. Cebu Pacific flies to and from Cebu, Hong Kong, Manila and Seoul-Incheon. China Airlines flies to and from Taipei-Taoyuan. Philippine Airlines flies to and from Beijing-Capital, Busan, Cebu, Manila,  Seoul-Incheon and Taipei-Taoyuan. Philippines AirAsia flies to and from Busan, Manila, Seoul-Incheon. While Tigerair and Silk Air fly to and from Singapore.

Transferring to Caticlan Jetty

Caticlan Jetty is in the municipality of Malay. Transferring from the airport to the jetty is not as difficult as you think since these two points are just in the same province 65 kilometers away from each other. The province of Aklan is modern and the local government did really great in maintaining their well-paved, wide and organized roads. So here are the several options to transfer from Kalibo to Caticlan jetty which is the gateway to 2016 world’s best island according to Condé Nast Traveler.

By Car

If you are not in a tight budget and traveling within a group of 4, then hiring a private car could be a great option. You can easily find the operators once you stepped out of the airport. From Php 1,000 to Php 1,500, you can get a ride to Caticlan Jetty including the boat fare to Cagban Port. By hiring a private car, you can be comfy and won’t feel much of the tight turns in the mountainous roads in the towns of Malay and Nabas.

By Van

This is the most commonly used transportation to transfer to Caticlan. The fare per person from the airport to the jetty ranges from Php 200 to Php 250 including the boat fare to Cagban Port. Early booking or reservation is not necessary as they are very accessible outside of the airport. If you are in a big group of 6 to 10, you can even charter a van for Php 2,500 to Php 3,000.

By Shuttle Bus

One of the established tour operators is Southwest Tour Boracay offering transfer bus, boat and van from Kalibo to Boracay. You can either do an on day or online reservation thru their website. They offer shuttle bus only, shuttle bus plus boat transfer and door to door (bus plus boat plus van transfer to your hotel). You can even pay the terminal and environment fee upon booking which would save time and avoid hassle long queues in the jetty. Prices range from Php 315 to Php 765 depending on the package that you will choose.


Photo credit: Southwest Tours

Boat Ride From Caticlan Jetty To Cagban Port

Once you’ve reached the jetty, you can easily find out how you can cross to the paradise island. If the boat ticket is not part of transfer package that you bought, you have to purchase it from the counter for Php 25 (daytime rate) or Php 30 (night time rate). Then you can pay for the terminal fee (Php 100) and environmental fee (Php 75).

Once you have secured your ticket and paid all the fees, you may then proceed inside the terminal and register your name in the counter. After the registration, you can already proceed to the jetty and embark the boat. Travel time to Cagban Port is approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the sea condition.

Caticlan jetty


Enroute to Cagban Port

Transfer from Cagban to your Hotel

Upon reaching Cagban, you may opt to get  a porter to assist with your luggage and send you to the tricycle terminal. The tricycle capacity is good up to 6 pax. Estimated fare to Station 1, 2 and 3 is Php 150. This may vary depending on the actual location of the hotel you booked in Boracay. If you are in a group of 4 or more, then you can even hire a van for Php 250 up to Station 1.


Photo credit: worldbridgeclub Cute car at Boracay

If your going to explore the Island from one place to another, riding a tricycle is the easiest way to do it. From Station 1, 2 and 3 to D Mall will only cost you Php 10 per person. But if you are getting a tricycle from a queue, then be ready to pay for Php 20 per person.

You can also try to negotiate with the drivers and ask to lower down the price. We had many success on doing that during our last trip in Boracay.

Well I hope that this article will help you to find your way to Boracay from Kalibo. Following the guides above will make your transfer to the world’s best island smooth and convenient.

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  • Reply
    January 8, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    Beautiful photos, interesting place and useful information.

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    December 2, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    I had no idea where you were to start with. Great tips for anyone visiting the Philippines. I find always having good details for an international airport can seriously take the stress away from any trip.

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    Paige Wunder
    December 2, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    I haven’t made it to Boracay yet! I loved Cebu + Sagada and I’m dying to get to Palawan and Bohol (Fingers crossed for next year!) but there are definitely some great tips! Thanks for sharing and I love the tip for the tricycles – I didn’t see any of those on the two islands I’ve been too – sounds like a steal! Cheers!

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    TalesOfABackpacker (@clairesturz)
    December 2, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Great tips, I haven’t been to Boracay yet but it is on my list! It is always stressful arriving so it is great to have a step by step plan 😀

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    December 1, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    I went to Boracay years ago. I’d love to return with my children – this is a really handy for when I do that.

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    December 1, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    A very useful guide on how to reach Boracay. I have been Philippines a few times but never to Boracay. The tuktuks look so beautiful ! and it appears to be made of fibre or something but defintely not metal.

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      December 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM

      They are made of metal but it looks like not. You must see Boracay on your next Philippine trip. Thanks

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    December 1, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I would pay good money to ride in that cute little pink car! I’d definitely need to write all of this down if attempting this journey haha. I would be lost in a heartbeat!

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    Megan Indoe
    December 1, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    Wow, that sounds like a complicated journey. Thanks for making it an easy one stop read to figure it out. We might be going back to the Philippines this spring so this will be helpful!

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    December 1, 2016 at 4:08 AM

    Never been to this part of the world, but one of my biggest stressors is figuring out how to get from the airport to the hotel. Everywhere is just a bit different (as is natural) but I always want to know the easiest way. So thank you for this!

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    What's Katie Doing?
    December 1, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    Super useful information! I always want to know how I’m going to get places, so this is the perfect resource.

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    Jen Morrow
    December 1, 2016 at 3:11 AM

    The boat ride looks like the best part! The pink tricycle is a very close runner up. Good tips.

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    Patricia Steffy (@PLSteffy)
    December 1, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    Who knew there were so many options! I’m making a note of this as we’re planning our 2017 travel now, and we’re open to all sorts of possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

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    November 12, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    I’m taking next semester of to travel around funny how this was one of my destinations loll this was very usefull

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      Wandering JM
      November 12, 2016 at 10:27 PM

      Well… have fun in Boracay then! 🙂

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    November 9, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Greattt !!! This post is so helpful for me cause i’m gonna travel to Philippines in Dec and i met trouble in searching some tips for transportation online for a long time 🙁 However, now i found you haha 😀 i will take a photo with the pink car for sureeeee since i’m a pink-aholic haha 😀
    Thanks for the details and tips WJ 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      November 9, 2016 at 4:56 PM

      Awesome! Have a great time in the Philippines and also in Boracay. The weather on December will be perfect.

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    larry dunn
    November 9, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    I love traveling the Philippines in summer. Boracay is so lovely and we must avoid August, October for perfect trip

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      Wandering JM
      November 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

      Typhoons usually hit Philippines from Aug to Oct. The rest of the months should be fine

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    November 5, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Spring is the best time for Boracay travel. Between Feb and May, the island doesn’t meet many storms and the colors of skies and oceans are wonderful.

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      Wandering JM
      November 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM

      Yup. That is summer time in the Philippines. 🙂

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    Michael Brandon
    November 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    You should think about the weather in Bocaray, Phillipines. Some of my Vietnamese friends who travelled there many times told me to avoid August to October. Theret could be some severe storms. Be careful, please

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      Wandering JM
      November 5, 2016 at 11:29 AM

      Months of july to october are typhoon season. Best time to go is from October to June. But you can fly and stay cheaper on typhoon months in boracay. Less crowded as well.

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    November 4, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Boracay is such a great destination that I am planning to visit. Thanks for your sharing. And the tricycle in pink looks so hilarious.

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    Richard Friesen
    November 3, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Your posting brings interesting information. Looks so beautiful and I wanna experience these vehicles intermediately.

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    November 1, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    When I traveled around Philippines earlier this year I used shuttle services all the time! The only thing I found it difficult, is that it is not easy to call or made a reservation online. However texting was a perfect solution. This of course goes about the places I visited (Panglao and Palawan). Is it something similar in Boracay?

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    Marge Gavan
    October 31, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    I am fan of Southwest Tours. Usually, I go to Boracay via Kalibo so I need to transfer by land. I get Southwest’s services because they are on time, they treat you like you are VIP, their vehicles are in good condition, and their staff are nice.

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    Alina Popescu
    October 31, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Such a great guide! I find these type of travel guides extremely useful, as I often find great places I’d want to visit, but not that much information about how to get there. Unless it’s a simple fly in-fly out type of thing, this is priceless. Especially since I so want to go to the Philippines!

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    Pinay Flying High
    October 31, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    When I was working as a travel agent in the Philippines, I always advise my passengers to fly into Caticlan instead of Kalibo to avoid the transfer. At that time though, PAL only flies into KLO and most of my clients only wanted to fly with them. Lol. Do they fly into Caticlan now?

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      Wandering JM
      October 31, 2016 at 8:38 PM

      Yes, they also fly in Caticlan now. For travelers having huge luggage, they cannot fly to Caticlan via PAL due to limited baggage allowance

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    October 31, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    I don’t currently have any plans to visit the Philippines, but this is a really helpful post for those who do. It’s always good to know there are a number of different options.

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    October 31, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    This is a very useful post for everyone who wishes to travel to Boracay by plane. It’s great that the jetty goes by night too so that tourists don’t get stranded on the main land if their plane lands late.

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    October 31, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Very handy post as I am planning our trip to the Philippines right now. With Borocay being voted #1 Island in the world for 2016, it is certainly very high on our list of places of to visit 🙂 Thanks for putting this together.

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    Sally Cochrane
    October 29, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    I was actually in Boracay last week and we flew into Caticlan but out of Kalibo so we did this same journey. It is good to read a practical guide because if I wasn’t part of a group I would have had no idea.

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    Sarah M
    October 28, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    What a complicated array of choices. I usually go for the cheapest, unless I”m carrying heavy luggage and then I go for the absolute easiest that just gets my bag away from me. I simply must get a selfie in the little pink car. Is that reason enough to go?

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      Wandering JM
      October 28, 2016 at 1:10 PM

      More than enough as you will see more of that. 🙂

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    Thuymi @
    October 27, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Specific information that any traveller that has to go through that path would be so happy to find your tips and tricks about the transfer!

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    October 27, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Excellent information and there are various choices. Philippines is one of the places Im dying to go to.

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    Courtney Jones
    October 27, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    So useful! It’s aways tricky figuring out exactly how to get to your end destination – great to have a guide! 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      October 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM

      Thank you 🙂

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    October 27, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    How helpful! I want to go to Boracay in the near future and found your insightful instructions very helpful. I love the pink tuk tuk that you got to take you there! Looks like there are many options for any budget 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      October 27, 2016 at 12:30 PM

      Thanks a lot

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    Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow
    October 27, 2016 at 5:13 AM

    Excellent information with many different options. There will be many travellers needing this post! I can’t wait to visit the Philippines one day, mainly so I can check out some of the diving!

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      Wandering JM
      October 27, 2016 at 6:32 PM

      Hope you could come and visit soon. You will surely love it

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    October 27, 2016 at 2:40 AM

    I am thinking of going to the philippines this winter, so great info. I will be bookmarking as I am sure I will need some of this info, not sure if the only option is to fly in. Looks so beautiful, am getting excited about my trip now 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      October 27, 2016 at 6:33 PM

      You must go to the Philippines and you will surely love it. 🙂

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    October 26, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Great info on how to get to KALIBO AIRPORT TO BORACAY! I was getting confused reading it, it sounds really complicated and for anyone going should read this article. It is so helpful if you have never been. The boat ride looks like a treat!

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    October 26, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Interesting article with some great information!
    This may come in handy at some point. Its nice to have posts like this handy because I always find I am so flustered when I land in a new country and its hard to get your bearings, but having a few steps to follow really helps!

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