Roro to Boracay -The Nautical Highway
The Nautical Highway stretches 703 kilometers and 137 miles from Manila to Dapitan City in Mindanao. This “highway” is actually a combination of overland highways and roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessels that allow you to bring vehicle to Panay Island and visit key cities like Kalibo. However, one cannot ferry a car to Boracay Island.
Buses- Manila to Caticlan
There are some bus companies in Cubao/Pasay which serves the Manila-Caticlan route. There is the Philtranco. The RORO boracay bus trip is a four-part travel. First, the two-hour bus ride from Cubao-Batangas Port. Then the 2-3 hours RORO to Calapan, Mindoro. Third stretch is another 2-3 hours land travel to Roxas Port, Mindoro. Last part is the 4-5 hours RORO to Caticlan Port. From there, you are just a 15-minute ferry-ride away from Boracay
By Private Cars
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 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.
I am editing this post on November 20, 2012; whether the above information is kept current or not, I cannot say. Definitely refer to the website if you are reading this too very long after my edit date.
The following is an excerpt from About.com‘s longer article Boracay Island Transportation:
Traveling to Boracay By RORO (Roll-On Roll-Off) Ferry
Travelers can reach Boracay via the “Strong Nautical Highway”, a combination of overland and ferry routes that links Manila to Boracay. While cheaper than air travel, this trip takes up to sixteen hours to complete, and is readily disrupted by inclement weather.
- First Leg: Bus from Manila to Batangas Port (2 hours)
- Second Leg: RORO from Batangas Port to Calapan, Mindoro (2-3 hours)
- Third Leg: Bus from Calapan to Danggay Port, Roxas City (2-3 hours)
- Fourth Leg: RORO from Danggay Port to Caticlan (4-5 hours)
Several transport companies service this route – you ride in a single bus or van all the way to Caticlan, but you will have to disembark when the bus boards the RORO ferry. Travelers ride in the ferry’s passenger compartments when at sea.
The most established provider on this route is Philtranco (Phone: +632 851 8077, +632 851 8079; www.philtranco.com.ph) Philtranco buses depart their station in Cubao, Quezon City within Metro Manila (Wikimapia, offsite) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11am. Buses returning from Caticlan leave on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, roughly between 2-3pm. Fare is about US$32, or PHP 1367 one way.
The RORO ferries used in this route are secondhand boats from New Zealand and the UK, with a considerable cargo capacity but not much in the way of luxury. Travelers may choose to sit in the air-conditioned “first class lounge” or relax in the open air.
This next excerpt is from the longer article at 1StopBoracay.com‘s article Boracay ferries – timetables and information:
Boracay by RoRo – Nautical Highway
The Philippine’s Nautical Highway spans a total length of 703kms from Manila, Luzon to the city of Dapitan in Mindanao. Roll-on and Roll-off (RoRo) vessels allow you to take your own vehicle, or ride a bus, to the different stops throughout the journey, which includes Panay Island near Boracay.
Taking a bus from Manila to Caticlan (via RoRo) requires a four-part route. You would have to take a two-hour bus ride from the Cubao to Batangas Port, where your bus would go on-board the RoRo vessel. The RoRo vessel would then embark on a two- to three-hour journey to Roxas Port in Mindoro. From there, a four-hour RoRo trip would take you to the Caticlan Port. Getting to Boracay is easy from Caticlan, especially with the town’s jetty port that serves the island.
You may also take a private car all the way to Caticlan, although vehicles are not allowed on Boracay itself. The RoRo vessel leaves Batangas Port on a daily basis, 08:30. From Roxas, the vessel sails at 14:00, docking at Caticlan by 18:00. Those with private cars could park at one of the numerous secured, paid-for parking lots in the area before setting off to Boracay.
The same vessel leaves Caticlan Port at 09:00. Montenegro Shipping Lines, Inc. Batangas City, Philippines, tel: +63 (0)43 723 7957 or 7598.
Website BackpackingPhilippines.com has too much information for me to try to excerpt, so I refer to the full article: Boracay via Roro Bus Ferry: Batangas-Mindoro-Caticlan.
By Roll-on Roll-off (RORO): The cheapest way to go to Boracay is via the RORO. It is a four-part travel: a two-hour bus ride from Cubao to Batangas Port; 2-3 hours RORO vessel trip to Calapan, Mindoro; 2-3 hours land travel to Roxas Port in Mindoro; and the last stretch is the 4-5 hours RORO to Caticlan Port. Traveling via RORO does come cheap but it is also the most tiresome way to go to Boracay. The series of short trips will only weary down the tourist before he/she can even reach the island.
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