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There are two small airports on northwest Panay island. The bigger, international one is in Kalibo and the other one is Caticlan airport right on the northwestern tip of Panay, that is only some minutes away from the island of Boracay.
Caticlan can only be reached from Manila and Cebu City by Philippines Airlines or Cebu Pacific Air.
Kalibo airport, that is located about a 90 minutes drive to the east of Caticlan, is connected to Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Airasia offers cheap flights from KL, while Singapore Airlines, Silkair and Tiger Airlines fly from Changi Airport in Singapore.
Most international airlines offer flights to Manila or Cebu.
Arriving at Kalibo airport, Buses, Mini buses and taxi cars are waiting to transfer guests instantly to Caticlan jetty. The costs are from 200 to 1000 pesos per person. It is possible to buy combi tickets for the bus and the boat for 250 pesos, but is not recommendable, cause the boat ticket is only 25 peso.
From Caticlan jetty it is only a 15 minutes boat passage to the pier on Boracay island, where pickups and tricycles are waiting to bring guests to their hotels.
For an up to 30 days stay in the Philippines, tourists of most countries do not need a visa. But be prepared to pay a terminal fee, when leaving (Kalibo: 700 (!) peso).
Weather and climate
The climate in Boracay is tropical monsoon climate with a dry and sunny period from November to May and a rainy season from June to October. The best traveling time is from November till April, when the weather is mostly sunny and dry. All year round the tempertures are warm, there is no real winter or summertime.
- time zone: GMT plus 8 hours / GMST plus 7 hours
- mobile phone: possible
- electricity: 220 Volt with US-plug; Euro plug works without add. adapter plug
- wifi: everywhere available
- vaccination: not mandatory
- ATM and banks are available
- medical care: one small hospital, pharmacies