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HOW TO GET TO BORACAY FROM KALIBO?

UPDATED: MAY 2013

Kalibo is one of the main hubs towards Boracay. It is about a- 2 hours bus or van ride away from Caticlan jetty Port, where you will ride a boat (about 5-15 minutes ride) to get to the beautiful island of Boracay.

The Kalibo International Airport

Kalibo is a good choice if you are in a budget–except of course if there is an ongoing sale for Caticlan which rarely happens— It is a good way to save money, and of course the mountainous or forested scenery is a plus if you choose Kalibo. Manila to Caticlan fares (regular fares) are usually PhP 7,000-10,000 while Manila to Kalibo the regular fares are around P3000-P4500, so as you can see there is a big difference! *Advise: Wait for airline seat-sales because they lower the price for about 75% so you can save a lot.

After your arrival in Kalibo International Airport, you can see a lot of stalls offering a package of either bus or van with ferry ride. This package usually costs from 200-300PhP depending on the bus/van company. During my visit we opted to ride a van which costs P250.00 (the company that runs it is KIATA).

The stalls are located right in front the baggage-claim area.

The Baggage claim area, in front of this are the stalls
the stalls that offers van/bus+ferry ride packages and also the tourist assistance help desk πŸ˜€
bus services
UPDATED PHOTOS AS OF MAY 2013
UPDATED AND NEW PHOTOS AS OF MAY 2013

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Here is the van service we used (Kiata)

After 2 hours of traveling we were dropped off to Caticlan Jetty Port where we paid environmental fee, terminal fees and other kind of fees. We were also required to sign up in the visitors’ log sheet where everyone is required to sign in order for the local government unit to monitor the number of people coming into the island.

So, here are the other KIATA vans lining up for alighting passengers towards the jetty port

CATICLAN JETTY PORT

BEFORE YOU ENTER CATICLAN JETTY PORT, there are counters waiting for you at the side of the entrance. You should not go inside the jetty port UNTIL you already paid the things you need to pay, such as terminal fee, environmental fee and alike. If you are such a naughty kid “so makulit” you will be told to go out again to do what you should do, which only means that you’ll be hassled again because of the tedious security check. Save yourself the hassle of opening your bags and repeating the same procedure. So, Before you get inside please pay your dues…

THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED: 1. TERMINAL FEE 2. ENVIRONMENTAL FEE 3. PUMP BOAT TICKET
THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED: 1. TERMINAL FEE 2. ENVIRONMENTAL FEE 3. PUMP BOAT TICKET

Β  Β Environmental fee:Β  P100.00 (updated May 2013).

Terminal Fee:Β  P100.00 (Updated May 2013)

*Students and senior citizens are given discounts, for environmental fee, you will only pay Β P75.00 . πŸ˜€ so, present your ID’s!!!

Those that are exempted for paying the ENVIRONMENTAL FEE

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TERMINAL FEE:

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PUMP BOAT TICKET IF YOU DID NOT AVAIL OF PACKAGE RATES IN KALIBO

HOW TO GET TO BORACAY FROM KALIBO

inside the caticlan jetty port

You also need to sign up your names if you are visiting Boracay, so that LGU’s will have information regarding the number and the names of the people who visited this number 1 tourist destination in the Philippines.

You will register here, put your name and signature in their logbook. πŸ˜€

The ferry ride is just 15 minutes, so basically, after 2 hours and 15 minutes of travel you will arrive to the mesmerizing island of Boracay…

the ferry/fast crp that will transport you from Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay

BUT! after that 15 minutes ferry ride, you still need to ride a trike (tricycle) which costs at around P100.00 or 2USD to get to the White Beach where most of the hotels are located. P100.00 is for the whole trike, so you won’t share it with anybody, it can carry up to 4-5 people. But, if you are really in a budget, you can share the tricycle with other people. Β Our hotel is located near D’Mall (in between station 2 and station 1) so maybe if your hotel is in Station 1, the price will be higher.

Β As for the boat rides, it is P25.00 per person for trips starting at 5am to 6pm and P30.00 for trips starting at 6pm onwards except if it is part of the package.The ferries end their operations at 10 pm. Which means that it operates from 5am until 10pm.

Although it seems tiring to get to Boracay after deplaning in Kalibo… Everything just seems to go away once you catch a glimpse of the glistening sand and turquoise water of Boracay.

the beauty of boracay

HAPPY WANDERING!

Boracay, Philippines: Still a Paradise.

Boracay, Philippines is well known for its long stretch of fine white sand and as the place-to-be for parteyying.

the beauty of boracay

It is a paradise for sightseers, adventure-seekers and party-goers, if you fall into any of these categories, then this place is for you.

Some Infos you Might need to Know:

There are two (2) gateways to get you to Boracay through air travel. The first, which is the easiest and fastest way is to fly towards Caticlan Airport, which is 15 minutes away from the island itself, you just need to hire a tricycle to arrive at Caticlan Jetty Port and then ride a boat towards Boracay. The second is flying towards Kalibo International Airport. It is a cheaper way to arrive in Boracay, however, it is quite uncomfortable because of the additional 2 hour van/bus ride,. The air tickets towards Kalibo Airport is much more cheaper than getting a ticket to Caticlan.

Tickets Manila-Kalibo-Manila, regular fare is P3500.00 or $82USD, while Manila to Caticlan-Manila ranges from P7000.00 -15,000.00 ($163 – $350USD) regular fare. But, you can always spot an airline sale and get 50-70% slash of the regular airfare. Like my facebook page and I will always make sure that airline, hotel and other kind of sales will not miss you! —Yes! I’m proudly promoting my FB page! haha!

However, anyone seeking adventure may still opt for a challenging bus ride or an almost 24-hour ferry ride which most of us call RoRo. I’ve seen a bus there, it was Philtranco, I don’t know how it get there but it says ARANETA-CUBAO, haha! Maybe there is really a bus going there! πŸ™‚ Anyway, I’ll get details about it later.

There are 3 stations in Boracay, the 1st station has the best sand but the hotels here are more expensive than the other 2 stations. The 2nd station has the most party-places and more affordable accommodations. The 3rd station has rocky sand but still white, but it has the most affordable accommodations/hotels in the island.

SIGHTSEERS:

The place is scenic.I don’t have anything to add anymore. It is beautiful, peaceful–in the mornings. and entirely different for beach lovers, in the sense that it is a long–very long– white sand beach. I walked towards the start until the end of Station 1 and I’m really tired after, I ended up sleeping the whole night! πŸ™‚

beautiful.

The sand is pearl white especially if the sun is shining brightly. It somehow sparkles, and it is quite hard to glare at since it is really white. This is the 2nd time I see a bond-paper white kind of sand. It is indeed beautiful. And the sand is really cuddly. I love putting my feet beneath those sand. It is really soft to the touch! I just love the sand!

What I love in this island is its amazing sunset. It is so dramatic that I wanna cry.Β  😦 No words can amount to what I felt looking at it! see for yourself! πŸ™‚

amazing sunset

ADVENTURE-SEEKERS

There are a lot of water/land activities in the whole island, like para-sailing, jet skiing, cliff-diving, diving, reef/helmet diving, banana boat riding, ATV riding, horse back riding and so much more.

TIP: especially for the foreigners, don’t talk to those people who are selling you or offering you with activities since they will tend to increase the price 3x.

I tried the Cliff-Diving in Ariel’s Point and it was a -one of a kind- experience! It is awesome!!! πŸ™‚ I’ll post about my experience in Ariel’s Point later.

Ariel’s Point diving board. πŸ™‚ yeee

PARTY-GOERS

There are a lot of clubs and bars, you will love bar hopping, mingling or just plain having fun. The life there is really great, though the price is high.

If you wanna mingle, there is a club that organizes what they call as pub crawl. There you will meet other people, drink to your heart’s desire and simply enjoy the nightlife in Boracay… I almost tried this, but during our time it was cancelled since there are few attendees.

By the way, I’ll be back in Boracay this May!! If you are there then see you! πŸ™‚

THIS IS MY FIRST POST FOR MY BORACAY SERIES. THIS IS AN INTRODUCTION!

 

HAPPY WANDERING!

Starfish Island, Honda Bay, Palawan: SERENITY at its finest!

THE STARFISH ISLAND

starfish we found in starfish island.

It is named as such because of the existence of various starfish in the island. It has a fine white sand(though, It looks color flesh in the photos).Β  Warning however, is that in the shore there are bits and pieces of shells that may wound you if you’re not careful, so I advise that you walk with your slippers on. Amidst those shells lie a fine sand that it so good to touch! It is like polvoron or powder… I just love rubbing it in my feet… It feels like walking in a carpet πŸ™‚

Another starfish, also, look at the sand, there are bits of shells with it πŸ™‚

I think, the best thing in this island is the fish feeding area where you can feed the fishes with the bread while you are doing your snorkeling—so basically, you are swimming while feeding them πŸ™‚ There are various kinds of fish swimming and awaiting for you to throw them a piece of bread, so doing this activity is really a great experience, especially for the kids and kids-at-heart (like me! Lol!)Β  It is so cool. Anyway, I don’t have pics with the fishes because I’m busy feeding them :)_

fish..fish..fish… so colorful!

My experience with the fish feeding is that at first, I was really scared, it seems that I feel threatened because of the various kind of fishes swimming towards me every time I give them bread, I’m so scared that they will eat me or bite me… so I stayed in the floater until the assistant boatman (he is actually a kid) showed me that they are harmful and won’t bite πŸ™‚Β  (thanks for the movies Piranha and Jaws, which made me think that I can be eaten alive of this cutesy little friends).

Anyway, the island itself is somehow less crowded than the more well-known Pandan Island, since when we docked here, there are not much people roaming or swimming, so basically we had the island for ourselves. By the way, upon entering this island, you need to pay P20.00 or P40.00 as entrance fee (sorry forgot the exact amount, it’s been too long after I wrote in my blog), You can also eat here if you brought with you food and snacks. It is better to eat here if you have a packed-lunch because the other island—Pandan Island— is totally crowded! Moreover, there are a lot more vacant cottages here than in pandan Island!

Cottages in the Starfish Island. Not much people here
Ruins of an Old restaurant which once stood here. I somehow feel lonely looking at this pic… ruins of man made structure amid a nature-made wonder

Another photo of the ruins:

My colleague and I, together with the boatman and his assistant, walked towards the seemingly disappearing piece of land because of the tide change. It is almost high tide, and we can see that the path we walked through is now covered by shallow water.

there is a picture wooden frame there suggesting that the view is indeed picture perfect! btw, we walked that path and it’s really amazing! see the narrowing way? it is almost high tide!!!
we walked towards that cottage/shelter… looking at this picture melts my heart…. hmmm.. and also, look at how the waters cover some parts of the path… so interesting!
we are now going back…. look at the winding path and the island itself. beautiful isn’t it. the man in orange is our boatman… see, no people?? You can say that this an “almost deserted” paradise!
The path where we walked was already covered by the waters….

One more interesting thing in this island, is the existence of mangroves or in tagalog, bakawan. However, when I imagine places where mangroves are planted, I always fear piranhas or crocodiles swimming towards me! But Nah! that’s only me. Aside from the fears I got from watching too much movies, the awe that my heart felt while savoring the peaceful atmosphere that this island provides, is indeed one of a kind experience, it is really relaxing–it made me forget about my endless hardship in school πŸ™‚ … I feel serene deep in my heart, and somehow made me feel blessed… that I don’t know why… don’t ask me, just experience it yourself πŸ™‚

Mangroves in the other side of the island… so beautiful…
look how calm and serene the place is!

This place is indeed a paradise! A place where you can feel nature at its finest! No noise… no crowds.. just you and nature! πŸ™‚

Things not to forget:

1. Visit this first and eat your lunch here, savor the peaceful vibe of this island, it is really amazing!

2. Don’t forget to bring bread, buy it in the stores in the metro or in the port, a loaf of bread is only P20.00, I suggest you buy 2 packs of bread (2 loaves) because I assure you that you’ll have tons of fun feeding and swimming with the fish

3. Don’t forget to rent snorkeling gears, you will need it to look at the fishes underwater.

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