How to get to Boracay

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Where is Boracay . . .

Boracay is located around 315km south of Manila and 2km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Visayas region of the Philippines – the second-largest archipelago in the world, with more than 7000 tropical islands.

Getting to Boracay

The most convenient way to reach Boracay is via Manila International Airport, with a connecting flight to Caticlan Airport, followed by a short boat ride to the island.

Daily flights link Manila to Caticlan town, gateway to Boracay Island. Alternatively, you can fly from Manila to the much larger Kalibo International Airport (a 90-minute bus ride from Caticlan jetty) or Roxas city (two to four hours drive from Caticlan).

A regular fleet of bancas (outrigger-style boats) service Boracay on the 15-minute trip from Caticlan jetty on neighbouring Panay Island to White Beach.

From Australia: The most convenient flights from Australia are on Philippine Airlines and Qantas, with connecting flights to Boracay from Manila or Cebu. Singapore Airways offers flights via Singapore and Cebu.

From New Zealand: Air New Zealand flies direct to Manila, with connecting flights to Boracay on Philippine Airlines.

From the UK: British Airways, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and KLM offer indirect flights to Manila from London as well as connecting flights from other major centres in the UK.

From the USA: Philippine Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines offer direct flights to Manila from Honolulu. Singapore Airlines flies from San Francisco and New York, and Qantas has indirect flights to the Philippines from New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Flight time to Boracay

Manila (Terminal 3) to Caticlan Airport is 1 hour, direct

Brisbane to Boracay is 14 hours 50 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Boracay is 13 hours 45 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Boracay is 15 hours, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Boracay is 14 hours 45 minutes, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Boracay is 16 hours 30 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
London to Boracay is 21 hours 50 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Boracay is 25 hours 56 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Boracay is 20 hours, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying to Boracay

Ninoy Aquino International Airport is situated 7km south of Manila CBD. Hotel courtesy buses meet flights if prearranged. Taxis and hire cars are also available. Kalibo International Airport, around 68km from Caticlan, and Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (Caticlan airport), service Boracay Island.

Entry requirements to Philippines

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 21 days; a visa can be issued on arrival for up to 59 days.

Getting around Boracay

Jump in a tricycle taxi for a short ride along the main street. Motorbikes and mountain bikes are available for hire.
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