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.
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.
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.
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