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Travel to Boracay

Caticlan is the final destination of any method of travel — be it air, land or sea, before crossing to Boracay. There are no direct flights into Boracay. All visitors must take a boat from the Caticlan Jetty Port, where there is a 10-20 minute boat ride to Boracay. The Cagban Jetty Port serves as a single entry and exit point of Boracay Island. All boats departing from Caticlan Jetty will dock at Cagban. Located in the southernmost part of Boracay, this jetty has terminals for tricycles (a motorcycle with a sidecar) or "multicab" (a small 8-seater van) which the public can hire to take them to their desired destination in the island. Mandala Spa and Villas provides exclusive transfer service for guests from Caticlan airport or Kalibo Airport.

The fastest way to Boracay is flying to Caticlan airport, which takes 35 to 55 minutes, depending on the type of aircraft. Four domestic air carriers serve the route Manila-Caticlan with up to 30 flight daily and offer also daily connections from Caticlan to Cebu City, the hub for Eastern Visayas and Mindanao. Plane sizes are limited to around 50 seaters, due to the length of the runway.

The Kalibo airport is serviced by three major airlines and it takes 40 minutes flying time from Manila to Kalibo. Several bus and transport companies ply the route Kalibo-Caticlan (60 to 75 min.) in air conditioned vans and buses. Kalibo is generally serviced by larger planes and is on the way to transform the airport into an international hub.

Flights from Manila to Caticlan:

Flights from Manila to Kalibo:

Flights from Cebu to Caticlan

Flights from Caticlan to Busuanga (Palawan)

 

Ship from Manila to Caticlan

MBRS Shipping Lines have two boats plying the route from Manila to Caticlan. The ships leave Manila's North Harbor, Pier 8, every Friday, Monday and Wednesday at 5 PM. Arrival time in Caticlan is the next day between 6 and 8 AM. Other shipping companies service the route Manila to Dumaguit, half an hour east from Kalibo. The companies are WG&A and Negros Navigation.

By Car from Luzon

Caticlan, the entry point for Boracay, can be reached also by private cars or air-conditioned buses, via the 'strong republic nautical highway', stretching from Batangas, Luzon, to Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao. A RoRo (Roll On – Roll Off) vessel leaves Batangas daily at 8.30 AM to Calapan, Mindoro. From there drive your own car or board a mini-van or air-conditioned bus to Roxas, Mindoro, where another RoRo vessel leaves at 2 PM for Caticlan, where the boat arrives at 6 PM. Private cars can be parked at one of the many shady and secured parking lots for a fee. No cars are allowed on Boracay Island. The same RoRo vessel leaves Caticlan daily at 9 AM. Contact number: Montenegro Shipping Lines, Inc., Main office Batangas City, Tel.: 043 723 7975/ 723 7598 and 723 2964. Safe and guarded parking lots are available in Caticlan.

Mainland. What people in Boracay refer to as the mainland is the big island of Panay, with its three provinces: Iloilo, Capiz, Antique and Aklan, where Boracay Island is the most western point. Each province has its own exciting attractions.

Aklan itself has developed several areas into tourist attractions, as mangrove education trails, reforestation areas and waterfalls. Many of these attractions can be visited within a half or whole day.

Malay, the municipality where Boracay is part of, has lots of beautiful natural sights to offer: forests with plenty tropical birds, rivers, caves and waterfalls as well as plenty of farms with rice fields. Trips can be arranged on Boracay Island. Malay also covers part of the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park, in the somewhat difficult but accessible hinterlands of the municipality. The park is in fact the last remaining significant primary low-elevation forest in the island of Panay.

Peninsula Natural Park, in the somewhat difficult but accessible hinterlands of the municipality. The park is in fact the last remaining significant primary low-elevation forest in the island of Panay.

Weather

Boracay's Weather is dependent on the monsoon periods.

November - February: The Northeastern monsoon, known as "Amihan" has temperatures ranging from 77-90 F (25-32 C). Nights are cooler with the occasional rain shower and may be as cool as 72 degrees (22 C). Most sports events occur during this period. Christmas vacation is a popular tourism time

March – June: Summertime. Expect hot, summer days and nights in the order of around 82-100 F (28-38 C), interrupted by the occasional cooling thunderstorm. March-June is considered the busiest months, with the most tourist arrivals. Easter (holy week) is very crowded.

July – October: The Southwest moonsoon, known as "Habagat", is the wettest season and can get very sultry and humid, especially in August. June-October is viewed as off-season months. The rain brings serenity and relaxation back to the island and nature rejuvenates to a lush tropical green.

Mandala Spa and Villas is located on a hilltop overlooking White Beach, catching the pleasant breeze of the Amihan winds while offering protection from the harsher Habagat monsoon. The Mandala estate is lush with tropical plants, trees and birds year-round.

Mandala Spa and Villas has received the Boracay WOW Awards twice for its outstanding commitment to the environment and its green policies. We believe in a sustainable environment that respects nature and provide it with peace, care and nourishment.

Culture

Language. English is one of the most common languages in the Philippines and there are no communication problems in the language. Filipinos are regarded as the best English speakers in Asia.

Religion. Since Spanish times, the Philippines have been a Catholic nation. Most southern islands however, are traditionally Muslim, dating back to ancient migrations from Malaysia. The Filipinos are known for their remarkable hospitality.

Electricity. Boracay is connected to the Visayas/Cebu power grid and the voltage is 220 Volt with 60 cycles. Plugs follow the US standards.

Banks. All major credit cards are accepted at most of the establishments on Boracay. The island has three major Philippine banks with international connections and one rural bank. Some of these banks offer ATM machines at convenient locations. Banks are open from Monday till Friday from 9 AM till 4 PM.

Phone. Boracay Island boosts of one of the most modern telephone systems. Most of the bigger resorts offer IDD and NDD calls from the rooms. All major cell phone networks, which are likewise connected to the global cell phone network, maintain services on the island.

Internet. Boracay is connected to the worldwide web through two server companies, which offer broadband connections. Some resorts offer in-house broadband and wireless connections and many internet cafes are conveniently located between boat stations 3 and 1. Mandala Spa and Villas guests enjoy complimentary WI-FI service on the property.

Health and Medical Services. Basic medical services are available at the Boracay Emergency Hospital and several private clinics. Some of these have small laboratories. Several well-stocked drugstores serve the island.

Emergency. Government authorities and the business sector operate search and rescue groups and work closely together: The 505th RATS Squadron from the Air force and the Coast Guard and Auxiliary Coast Guard rescue team. Dive Shops with their many boats are organized through the Auxiliary Coast Guard. Boracay's modern police station maintains a 24-hour hotline and is equipped with modern transport and communications equipment.

Government. Several government agencies have offices on the island. For example the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Immigration. The municipality of Malay maintains the Municipal Action Center at the Balabag Plaza, where the Philippine Post Office is located.

Food Safety. Freshness and quality of food is quite good in the many restaurants. It is nonetheless advisable to check freshness of seafood and meat in the many displays. Most resorts use the safe water from the central fresh water and sewage system. It is, however, advisable to drink bottled mineral water, especially when out and about.

Security. Security on Boracay Island is exemplary. Boracay is safe 24 hours a day with petty theft being at a minimum. We do advise visitors to exercise common sense. Valuables should be deposited upon arrival at the resort/hotel for safekeeping. While sunbathing and swimming, no valuables should be left at the beach unattended.

Swimming. Swimming in the sea off White Beach is safe, even for children. During monsoon season the sea can become rougher and for swimming basic security measures should be taken.