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Going to Boracay via Kalibo, Aklan and vice versa.


ati-atihanhan custume kalibo aklan

I am posting this for the benefits of those who are still heading towards their summer vacations in Boracay via Kalibo - Boracay - Kalibo route. Last time we took the route going here via Caticlan Aiport (now Boracay Airport) which is way more convenient and fast (Check my post HERE). This summer we have ran out of cheap fare on this route obliging us to take an alternative which is Kalibo to Boracay and Boracay to Kalibo, though this is quite popular; information over the web is quite vague to make me feel at ease and felt guided all the way, now here my personal experience then.

 


bracay island aereal view

We touched down Kalibo Airport without any booking but with an idea that we can get a bus as a walk-in passenger. Booths offering bus tickets are inside the airport which is very visible from arrival area. The ticket cost at around Php200.00-300.00 with the boat fare depending on the package (e.g. regular or fast craft | van or bus) and tour companies.

This time we took the Southwest tour bus and Montenegro fast craft service which cost us 300.00/person, the reason is that the website provides a promising detail about the nice bus and hussle free rides and most of all we need the fastest and most affordable transportation since we arrived 30 minutes late of our scheduled arrival (4PM). Everyone is already hungry and tired.

Here is the photo of their bus, the inside is okay but it’s not as promising as what it was told on their website. The seats are quite comfortable but the covers are already old and a little stinky – some of the seats cannot be adjusted backward for a more comfortable position.

boracay southwest tour bus

We departed from Kalibo Airport at around 5:30PM and arrived at Caticlan Jetty Port at 7:52PM (2 hours and 22 minutes). Good thing we already have the boat ticket included in the package, it saves us from the hussle of buying one on the jetty port. This trip was okay until we experience the way back from Boracay to Kalibo.

montenegro lines ship - caticlan

A porter from the Caticlan Boracay Transport MPC (CBTMPC) offered us a package of 200.00 pesos van ride to Kalibo from Caticlan Jetty Port with Boat ride. When I heard about van, I immediately thought of a blog stating that they tend to overload which creates a very uncomfortable two hour travel – plus the waiting time for the van to get full. I stated this reason and the porter bartered for another option.

Since we are travelling in a group of five, he offered us an exclusive van ride with Boat fare which cost Php1,800.00. Technically, it cost us 360.00 each (60 pesos higher than the bus ride offered by Southwest Tour). The boat is not a fast craft but I honestly prefer it since it has an open deck which will assure you of an easy escape in cases of emergency. We arrived at the Jetty port around 3:18PM and a guide help us to get into the terminal and provided us the van we hired. The van itself was nice and new and we all had a way more comfortable trip compared to the previous transportation we used.


The travel time only took us an hour and 10 minutes – which was very impressive! We still had time to take an early dinner and buy some take away from Kalibo. Time really matters right? Now, I am not talking about cheapest way but instead I would like to refer to the most reasonable option. Fast, comfortable, and with reasonable price – because not all the time we are willing to sacrifice the comfort especially if you are heading for a vacation with a couple spending their Honeymoon. At these cases you may want them to feel like prince and princess to the most affordable way you can.

For now, I would say that taking an exclusive van from Kalibo to Boracay and vice versa is the most reasonable options for those who are travelling in a group unless otherwise you have a better way per experience. Do you mind sharing it?

Mean while here is the information about Caticlan Boracay Transport MPC (CBTMPC).

Caticlan Boracay Transport MPC (CBTMPC)
Land Transportation Department
Caticlan Jetty Port, Caticlan, Malay, Aklan
Tel. No: (036) 288-76-15
Email: cbtmpctours@yahoo.com
www.boracaybudgettravel-cbtmpc.com



Xoxo-

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Christeen is a 20 something Filipina, a student of life and a corporate employee who travels as she possibly can. Off from work, she's into crafting, fashion designing, taking photos, practicing yoga and telling stories from her journeys.

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91 comments:

  1. isa ang boracay sa nais ko ring mapuntahan..

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  2. ill be there this June 21-24 via kalibo din..hehe.
    tnx sa review help much!

    -ALBERT

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  3. We'll be there June 16 - 19. Three lang kami so hindi pwede yung exclusive van dahil sobrang mahal. Pinupuno talaga nila yun van? Edi matagal waiting time yun? :( may iba pa bang alternative? Thanks!

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    1. hmmm... mukhang yun lang kasi yung way eh :) bus nalang yung last resort nyo.kung mamahalan na kayo sa van. or kung me ample time kayo - pwd kayo mag hanap ng kasama for sure kasi maraming papuntang caticlan nyan galing airport.

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    2. Hi sis, nag-van kami. Kiata yung name. Ok naman, 250 lang singil kasama na boat. Also di naman ganoon katagal waiting time, mga 15 mins lang because majority naman nung kasabay namin sa plane eh doon din papunta sa Caticlan. :)

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    3. Hi I am new here, I would like to suggest if you can find the actual van that has already passenger inside then you have more chance to leave the airport early. There are some occasion when the driver say he is going to leave and not wait for other passengers is somewhat he has booked passenger from Catiklan back to the airport and he has to be in Catiklan on time that is why he has to go with or without you.

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  4. hmmm... mukhang yun lang kasi yung way eh :) bus nalang yung last resort nyo.kung mamahalan na kayo sa van. or kung me ample time kayo - pwd kayo mag hanap ng kasama for sure kasi maraming papuntang caticlan nyan galing airport.

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  5. Hi chisteen! we are going to boracay this end of june and i am really excited! Its just that I am worried about our transfer from Kalibo to Boracay.. I've been reading different blogs about best land and boat transfer,and since there are many blog I very confused, but when I read your blog, I quickly decided to take your advice to hire CBTMPC. It really helps a lot. THANKS!!!

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    1. Thank you for taking time to drop your sweet thoughts :). I am very grateful to be at help. I wish this way will work well for you and your colleagues as it did for us. Have a safe trip to you all and enjoy Boracay!

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  6. Hi! Can you please tell me the name nung ferry and private van na sinakyan ninyo from Boracay to Kalibo na mabilis 1hr and 10 mins?
    Thanks,
    Anna

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    1. Caticlan Boracay Transport MPC (CBTMPC).
      Caticlan Boracay Transport MPC (CBTMPC)
      Land Transportation Department
      Caticlan Jetty Port, Caticlan, Malay, Aklan
      Tel. No: (036) 288-76-15
      Email: cbtmpctours@yahoo.com
      www.boracaybudgettravel-cbtmpc.com

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    2. I haven't got the name of the ferry company that come wiht their package. And the 1 hour 10 minutes travel time was Caticlan - Kalibo only and doesn't include the ferry ride.

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  7. thnx po sa blog, very helpful.

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  8. Was able to get cheap fares Manila- Kalibo andvv. I got it for only 1, 468.00 from Air Asia. The catch is.. Our flight leaves the latest in the evening ( 8:00pm- 9:00pm) and leaves the earliest also in the morning ( 6:55am- 7:55am). What do you recommend for this kind of itinerary?

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    1. The latest banca you can catch from Caticlan to Boracay leaves at 9:30 (I heard some leaves at 10 - not sure though). But since your flight arrives at 9PM you might really need to wait until the next day considering that Kalibo to Boracay has a travel time of approximately 2 hours.

      Your early flight from caticlan is also at risk if you want to leave same day; you can read through the guide below and decide if you can – for me that might be possible provided with a good weather and a really fast transportation for Caticlan-Kalibo. But the safest way to go is to leave the day before your flight. (http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2012/10/boracays-commuters-guide.html)

      1.Jetty Port is open as early as 4 am. But, if you want to be very sure that you catch the earliest boat then be advice to be early as the volume of the passengers that may come first in the fort is unpredictable.
      2.We went out of the hotel 4:30 am, a staff at the hotel assisted us to get a tricycle going to the port. This time the assistance of the very accommodating hotel staff is really a great help.
      3.Before 5am we are already at the line in the Jetty port.
      4.5:00 AM sharp is the first trip. Due to the number of passengers that came first before us we had the second boat, but it’s fine as it only has a few minutes interval from the first boat.
      5.We arrived at the Jetty port of Caticlan at around 5:30AM – that time we are worry free and confident that we will not be late for our flight. Hehe.
      6.We arrived at the airport before 6:00AM and that was awesome. We still had time to grab our second cup of coffee for that day and even had the time to packed our stomach with breakfast.
      7.Bottom line – early birds catches early boat.


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  9. This post is helpful! Booked a flight to Baracay via Kalibo on Dec 11-13 with my whole family of 6... we are first timers :) We'll look into all your suggestions :)

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    1. Hi Celle,

      Thank you for dropping by, you may check my list of activities here so you will have an idea on what are the things you and your familly can do in boracay.

      Link: http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2013/07/on-my-list-of-things-to-do-in-boracay.html

      For hotels, here are three that I have tried. You may want to check them for reference.

      One Azul - http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2013/04/one-azul-boracay-another-nice-place-to.html

      Mr. Holidays - http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2012/10/affordable-stay-in-boracay-station-1.html

      Astoria - http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2012/04/take-peek-inside-astoria-hotel-in.html

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  10. This post is helpful...thanks!
    Booked a flight to Boracay via Kalibo on Dec 11-13 along with my family of 6...we are first timers! :) We'll look into all your suggestions!

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, you may check my list of activities HERE so you will have an idea on what are the things you and your familly can do in boracay.

      For hotels, here are three that I have tried. You may want to check them for reference.
      One Azul
      Mr. Holidays
      Astoria

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  11. Goodday to all.
    I Have a van rental, kalibo to catiklan (boracay) vice versa..
    1300 for 7pax
    1500 for 9pax
    its the cheapest coz i owned the units..
    Contact no. 09304774433

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    1. how much will you charge for 4 persons from kalibo to caticlan ?
      thanks ,
      benjie

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  12. Hi There,

    My family is planning to go there next year to celebrate my mom's 66th bday. We're flying to Kalibo airport. I just want to ask how many boat rides in total to reach white beach is 2 or 1?

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  13. Hi christine: just want to ask your experience at hote. Can you share it to us? My husband and I is first timer to go to boracay this coming February.

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    1. Hi Mayumi,

      For hotels, here are three that I have tried. You may want to check them for reference.

      One Azul -

      http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2013/04/one-azul-boracay-another-nice-place-to.html

      Mr. Holidays -

      http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2012/10/affordable-stay-in-boracay-station-1.html

      Astoria -

      http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2012/04/take-peek-inside-astoria-hotel-in.html

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  14. Hi Christeen, your blog helps us a lot co its our first time to go to bora this coming February. Hope you can share us also your experience at the hotels.

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    1. Hi Mayumi,

      For hotels, here are three that I have tried. You may want to check them for reference.

      One Azul -
      http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2013/04/one-azul-boracay-another-nice-place-to.html

      Mr. Holidays -
      http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2012/10/affordable-stay-in-boracay-station-1.html

      Astoria -
      http://www.senyoritalakwachera.com/2012/04/take-peek-inside-astoria-hotel-in.html

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  15. Hi po ito po ang number ng van na nasakyan namin gl grandia may wifi pa at tsaka tv mag eenjoy kayo 09208717530

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    1. Magkano po rent sa van?

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    2. Good am po. Anung boat po yung sinakyan niyo?

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    3. For better information and updated rates contact the number indicated nalang po :)

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    4. I contact the number above and their rate is 2k going to Caticlan, they have 2013 Grandia and it has magic sing. Price is 2500 with boat tickets. Good for 11 heads.

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    5. 09208717530 the name of the owner is Xyrus and the rate is 2k going to Caticlan..Good for 11 adults and 3 kids..Per Cyrus, they have magic sing inside the GL Grandia 2013 .

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  16. This post will surely help me for my Boracay trip next week. See my ramblings here: http://bembunny.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/bunny-preps-boracay-2013/ about my preparations. Whew. I'm not even done halfway. T_T

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    1. Hi, I am glad that it helped you. Enjoy Boracay!

      Xx

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  17. Hi,thanks for the review we are going to boracay via Kalibo,we are group of 8 and our ETD is 720pm on nov 10,is there is a way we can go to boracay on that time?thanks

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    1. Hi, the latest banca you can catch from Caticlan to Boracay leaves at 9:30 (I heard some leaves at 10 - not sure though). Kalibo to Boracay has a travel time of approximately 2 hours there is a good possibility of catching the last trip. I suggest you call and book to secure a fast ride going to bracay.

      Consider contacting them for an option:

      Caticlan Boracay Transport MPC (CBTMPC)
      Land Transportation Department
      Caticlan Jetty Port, Caticlan, Malay, Aklan
      Tel. No: (036) 288-76-15
      Email: cbtmpctours@yahoo.comwww.boracaybudgettravel-cbtmpc.com


      Ramcyn Alcala
      Goodday to all.
      I Have a van rental, kalibo to catiklan (boracay) vice versa..
      1300 for 7pax
      1500 for 9pax
      its the cheapest coz i owned the units..
      Contact no. 09304774433

      Please note that I am not in any way connected to these van rental services. The first Van rental service was the one we hired when we went there and the last was a contact left by the owner/reader of this blog.

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  18. This was very helpful, although the word "hustle" always appeared in place of "hassle" and that part was quite irritating.

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    1. Hi,

      Happy new year to you! thank you so much for correcting me. I always have this tendency to interchange words and misspell them. I appreciate your correction for the improvement of this page.

      Thanks!

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  19. Hi Christeen,

    Im thinking of travelling alone going to Boracay this Feb, would you know if the bus/van have travel times? Like what their first and last trip maybe? Thanks. Your reply is much appreciated.

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  20. Salamat po mr xyrus.. Ang ganda ng van nyo at ang linis.. D po namin namalayang nsa caticlan na kami sa kaka magic sing..😄 sa uulitin po! 09999990699

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  21. Hello po sa lahat.. Nakasakay na din po kami sa van na may magic sing nag enjoy kami sa pagkanta d namin namalayan na nasa caticlan na pala kami sa kakanta..😀 ito po number ng van 09999990699

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  22. hi there, I just want to confirm that I will be paying the terminal fee three times? 1. @ NAIA for P200, 2. @ Caticlan Jetty port upon arrival for P100 3. @ Kalibo Airport upon departure for P100...I would appreciate it so much if you can help me for I am so confused with all the fees I need to pay..thank you in advance :) and also thank you for your very helpful blog:)

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  23. thank you christeen... very informative.

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  24. Hi, thank you for the info, may I ask if there are boats leaving as late as 10PM from Boracay to Caticlan because our flight is at 4AM

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  25. Hi! arrival namin from manila is 12:10 di aq masyado magwoworry kasi i know about aq sa trip ng boat pa boracay but my problem is departure namin from kalibo is 7:55am. Do you think about kme sa flight nmin if aalis kme ng 4am sa resort..need help thanks

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  26. Hi!
    Need your help.ang arrival ko from kalibo is 12:10 di ako ng worry about that but my problem is my flight back to manila depart ko ng 7:55am. What time ako dapat umalis ng resort na aabot ako sa first trip ng boat? Or mas maganda ba n mg roundtrip door to door package aq para sure aq n di ako malate sa flight ko?

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    1. Hi Kaylin! given the time, if I were to plan that trip cguro sa Kalibo na ako magpapagabe :) kasi earliest boat is 5am per my experience with 15 min travel time. then the caticlan - kalibo is approximately 2 hours and you still have to fall in line for check in.

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  27. Manila to kalibo then kalibo to manila flight ko

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  28. hi christeen our arrival in kalibo is may 20 at 12:10pm and departure is may 23 at 3:45am, this is our first time and i d0nt kn0w how to go back to kalibo fr0m b0racay since its very early,do you have any suggesti0ns,thanks

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  29. hi christeen,may 21 at 12:10pm is the arrival in kalibo,and departure is may 23 at 3:45am,can you give me s0me tips how to go back to kalibo since its to0 early,our sec0nd plan is to go back in kalibo on 22nd of may maybe 9pm fr0m b0racay so we will n0t be late for our flight the nxt day,thanks

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    1. I'd suggest po, sa kalibo na kayo the night before :)

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  30. Arriving in Boracay, which port did your boat docked?

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  31. We are also going to Boracay next year (April 7 to April 11) via Kalibo from Clark Airport on Cebu Pacific. Since it is our first time, we took the offer of Cebu Pacific called CEB Transfers at 900 Pesos each both ways for a total of 4,500 Pesos for all of us (family of 5). The cost was added to the ticket fare I purchased. Whatever savings I earned from their promo (599 Pesos to Kalibo one way), napunta naman dito sa CEB transfers. Anyway, CEB transfers includes transportation from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty Port, the boat ride, environment fell, terminal fee all the way to our hotel and back. As for hotel, I made my booking through My Boracay Guide website. I am not sure if I made the right choice but I will surely comeback to you and share my experience.

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    1. Wow! That sounds reasonable and convenient!! We surely love to hear how it will go for you. Thanks for sharing the idea in advance!

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  32. Hi Christeen, my boyfriend and I will be going to Boracay on Sep3-6. Our flight back to Manila from Kalibo is at 12:25PM, what time do you recommend us to leave Boracay? I am actually considering to book via Southwest kaso 7AM kasi needed daw na ready na pabalik ng Kalibo. Isn't that too early? I mean do we really have to leave Boracay 5 hours before the flight? Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hello :) yup! leaving the island 5 hours ahead is the safest.

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  33. Hi! I also have van rental from Kalibo International Airport to Caticlan port and vice versa..for only 1300 good for 8pax and below. 1500 for 9pax-11 pax...
    Contact numbers:09183579200 and 09163567015.
    Email address:eleanorphilippines@yahoo.com

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  34. hi po .. feb 19-21 punta nmen ng boracay, tatlo lang po kame at puro firstym.. pano po kame makakahanap ng van mula airport sa kalibo, yung mura lang pwede na balikan pati sa bangka.

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    1. You may contact same bus company we hired during our trip, contact information were at the bottom of the post. Or, you may also browse through the comments some van for hires are dropping their numbers here :)

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  35. hi po. good evening. tanong ko lang po. magkanu pa po magagastos ko from kalibo to boracay?thanks po.

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  36. Hi Christeen, thanks for the blog.

    What time is the last trip for the boat?

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  37. Hi Christeen, thanks for the blog.

    Would you know when is the last trip from KALIBO to CATICLAN to BORACAY? We will arrive on Nov 28 at around 11PM.

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    1. yay! your welcome :) last trip of boats are 9:30 base on the last detail I know :)

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  38. Hi Teen :) Is it practical to have a partner agency instead? Let's say all in package is 5- 7k per pax (airfare, hotel and etc)

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    1. Hello :) Most of the time, mas practical talaga yung me partner agency specially for group tours kasi they can provide best deals when it comes to prices. As long as okay lang sayo yung boundaries that comes along with the package :)

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  39. Hi, great blog!

    I am planning to take the 7.30pm return flight from Kalibo to Manila, from where I have an international flight. Do bus / van run from Caticlan to Kalibo 24/7? If not, what's the last bus / van from Caticlan to Kalibo?

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  40. hi!your blog is very helpful...we planned to spend our summer in bora.since we are looking for much cheaper and comfy transportation,could u suggest any?by d way we r fr cebu and we're around 9-10pax

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  41. Hi! Just want to ask how much did you pay for your round trip transfers in total?

    Thank you.

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  42. Great post! But I must agree that travellers should pre-arrange their flights for hassle-free transfer. My friends and I choose boracay hotel packages and transfer service from Kalibo Airport to hotel. The place we stayed at was quite peaceful and safe at Bulabog beach. If you are a party animal, you can stay at Station 2 which is known as “the center of nightlife on the island”.

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  43. Hi Christeen,

    Where did you stay in Boaracay? Thanks!

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    1. hello dear! please see the link below for my post regarding boracay accommodation :)

      One Azul Boracay

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  44. Our flight is a bit late in the evening, so we're planning to travel to boracay the next day. I do have kids that's why we cant risk travelling at night. Can you suggest any stay-ins that is near the airport? Maybe 5mins away that is not too expensive.

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  45. yung environmental fee etc kasama na po sa 360 per person?

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  46. Thanks sa blog mo, Christeen. First time namin ng family ko magbabakasyon sa boracay. Ang airline kung san kami nag book ay Air Asia and I've read other articles na nag ooffer ang Air Asia ng transfer package for 520 pesos one way. Try namin mag yung offer nila mukhang convenient rin para hindi na kami bumili ng ticket kapag nasa jetty port na.

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  47. Thanks a lot sa review. So detailed. :) It helps a lot. I'll be travelling din with my family with children. Thanks for the options. God bless

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  48. Maam do you happened to know the last trip time from Caticlan to Kalibo? Since we have to leave bora to caticlan at around 9pm, then caticlan to Kalibo for our 6am flight.

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  49. Hello, do you happenes to know the last trip from caticlan to kalibo? Since we have to leave bora to caticlan at around 9pm pa, then caticlan to kalibo airport.

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  50. Maam do you happened to know the last trip time from Caticlan to Kalibo? Since we have to leave bora to caticlan at around 9pm, then caticlan to Kalibo for our 6am flight.

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    1. sa pagkakaalam ko it's 9 0r 10PM. not sure though. but I believe you can ask from the hotel staff :) me mga transpo arrangements din naman na available if ever.

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  51. hi, how much na ang transpo fare from Kalibo to Jetty port/Boracay for a group of 5?

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  52. Hello. I find your article really helpful. I would like to ask if you know whether the services you got are still available after 7pm since our arrival time in KLBO IA is at 6:10 pm and Im sure that with cebu pacific it will be delayed. Can you help with this?

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  53. Hello.. May I know how long is the trip duration of the ferry boat from caticlan port to boracay?

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  54. Hello.. May I know how long is the trip duration of the ferry boat from caticlan port to boracay?

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