When AirAsia launched flight to Kalibo (Boracay), we immediately booked without hesitation after hearing wonders of Boracay from friends who traveled there.
In the past, travelers would need to fly to Manilla and take a flight transfer to Boracay hence a direct flight is a pleasant news to all.
Since we got our flight ticket during flight launched, we only paid RM130 per person. Any range between RM200 to RM350 would be deemed reasonable for flights to Kalibo.
Upon existing Kalibo Airport, you can buy a Sim Card with 5 Days Data Plan for 250 Peso. This will keep you socially connected most of the time.
From Kalibo Airport, there are few ways to get to Boracay. Shared van transfer to Caticlan Jetty (gateway to Boracay) will cost 250 peso per person. While a private car transfer will cost 1300 peso which is recommended & worth it if you have 4 people traveling together as it is much more comfortable. Also you can pre-arrange with Southwest Transfer prior to your trip.
The price includes ferry ticket but you are required to pay for Caticlan Terminal Fees & Boracay Environment Fees 175 peso per person. Pre-arranged transfer might include the fees so do double check.
It is a very long 1 hours 30 mins journey from Kalibo to Boracay, which seems like forever to reach Caticlan Jetty.
The ferry takes approx 15 mins to arrive Boracay, from Boracay Jetty you have the option to take a tuk tuk or van to your hotel costing 100 to 300 peso for the trip.
By the time we arrived, it was already sunset and nightfall when we reached our hotel. Normally tourist will stay in White beach Station 1, 2 or 3 but we chose to stay in Bulabog Beach which is much more secluded part of Boracay.
Our hotel provides hourly complimentary shuttle service to D’mall, Station 2 making it convenient for us.
The local kids are very creative to earn extra income by building sand castle. You can pay tips to take photo on the ready made ones or ask them to create a custom made sand castle for you. If custom made, do ask for the exact price & negotiate before agreeing.
Expenses (2 people)
1. Air Ticket : KL to Kalibo – RM260
2. Hotel : Fairways and Bluewater Resort – RM493
3. 5 Days Data Plan : RM19 (250 Peso)
4. Kalibo to Boracay transfer : RM86 / 1,150 Peso (500php Van transfer + 350php Terminal Fees & Environment Fees + 300php van transfer to hotel)
5. Boracay to Airport Transfer : RM105 / 1,400 Peso (150php Tuk tuk transfer to Jetty + 250php + 1,000php private van transfer to airport)
6. Kalibo Airport Fees : RM75 /1,000 Peso (500php per person) ** Very Important to have money to pay the airport fees
7. Cash Brought : RM350
Total Expenditure : RM694 per person
My Thoughts & Suggestions on Boracay
The unspoilt beauty definitely makes it one of the top beach destinations in Asia. However it is too far away from Kalibo Airport, the long journey is a downside (making less attractive for revisit).
The sheer numbers of Koreans visitors surprised us. They could easily made up 40% of travelers in Boracay.
Do plan minimum 4 Days for Boracay. 3 Days is way too short as you essentially wasted 1st & last day for airport transfer.
Also please do not compare Boracay with Maldives, if you been to Boracay you can skip Maldives is absolutely untrue. Only people who have not been to Maldives are naive to say such statement.
It is incomparable between Boracay & Maldives as both target different market & purpose. Is like saying shopping in Bangkok is better than shopping in Paris but problem is the things you shop in Bangkok & Paris are totally different so how do you compare?
The reason Im saying this is for travelers who have been to Maldives & heard of such absurd statement not to have the same expectation of Boracay with Maldives. Then it will make Boracay much more enjoyable.