How to get from Batangas to Caticlan? Check out all the available ways to travel between Batangas and Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay.
Do you want to visit the Philippines’ most prized beach paradise from Batangas? This article will show you all the available options to get you from Batangas to Caticlan. We will show you the advantages of all these options so you can plan your trip with ease.
About Batangas and Caticlan
Batangas is one of the Philippines’ most industrialized cities. It is also Luzon’s major passenger and container terminal hub, bringing in people and goods from across the country and abroad.
Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay, Aklan, is known to many as the gateway to Boracay. The island is well-known for its pristine white sand beach and landscape. It is also regarded by many travel magazines as one of the Best Islands in the World and a must visit destination in the Philippines.
Caticlan is 360 km from Batangas by ferry and 300 km by plane.
There are various ways to travel from Batangas to Caticlan. The fastest is by flying, but alternative options such as ferries, RORO and planes are available.
Batangas to Caticlan by Ferry
The first option, which is also the cheapest, is travelling by ferry from Batangas to Caticlan. While the journey may take up 9 to 10 hours, each ferry comes with great accommodations so you can relax on your way to Caticlan Jetty Port.
Of course, these ferry accommodations vary in size and price depending on which vessel is assigned on your travel date. Some rooms are good for one person and filled with hotel-like amenities. Others are good for huge groups or for sharing. Each ferry also has on-board facilities for entertainment and relaxation, such as bars, restaurants, karaoke and spas, so you won’t get bored during the trip.
The ferry companies offering regular trips from Batangas to Caticlan Jetty Port are 2Go Travel and Starlight Ferries. They offer morning and evening trips everyday depending on your trip preference. Make sure to check your travel dates before you book a ticket to ensure the ferry schedule will not conflict with your trip.
To get to Batangas Port, you can take a jeepney or cab from Batangas’ city center. Once you get to the port, you can proceed to your selected ferry’s port assignment.
When you arrive at Caticlan Jetty Port, you can simply take a boat to Boracay.
How to Buy Ferry Tickets from Batangas to Caticlan
To reduce the hassle of falling in line for tickets from Batangas to Caticlan, book with 12go.asia. You can buy tickets directly from your chosen ferry company or go to the ticketing office at Batangas Port. But, if you book earlier and online, you won’t have to rush to the lines on your boarding day.
Here is a timetable of scheduled ferry services from Batangas to Caticlan:
Batangas to Caticlan by Land Travel and Ferry
For those who have rented a van or car for their trip around the country, you can go to Caticlan by land and ferry travel. The distance and travel time is similar to a ferry trip, but it will allow you to visit other places along the way.
From Batangas Port, you need to take the RORO (roll-on-roll off) ferry to Calapan Port in Mindoro. Once there, you can take the Western Nautical Highway to Bulalacao Port in the other end of the island. When you get to the Port, take the Bulalacao-Caticlan ferry to Banwa, Aklan. When you get to Banwa, simply take the Western Nautical Highway and drive off to Caticlan Jetty Port.
Batangas to Caticlan by Plane
If you tend to get seasick or in a rush to get to Caticlan, you can take the plane.
Unfortunately, Batangas does not have a local airport that can offer flights to Caticlan. Instead, you will need to drive to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport. From NAIA, it is a 50 minute trip to Caticlan Airport.
Once you arrive at Caticlan Airport, you can take a tricycle or a van to Caticlan Jetty Port. When you arrive at Caticlan Port, you can take the boats to Boracay arranged by your hotel or those which travel to your hotel’s location. From Caticlan Port, it will only take 10 minutes to get to Boracay.
At Boracay, you can take a tricycle, motorbike or just walk to your hotel. Check with your hotel if they can sort out your transfers so you won’t have problems getting to your hotel.
Hotels in Caticlan
Centillo Travellers Inn – a great option to stay close to the Caticlan Port and Airport
Pizzahouse by Darki – another good option to stay in Caticlan.
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