Travel Guide

Boracay Latin Dance Festival
2018 Feb 22-25 (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

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COAST is the official hotel for the 2018 Boracay Latin Dance Festival. It is located on the beach at Station 2. Festival Passes can be purchased for US$100 with a confirmed reservation at Coast or sister resort Blue Marina.
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Several main events will also be held at the Paradise Garden Convention Center. It is located approximately 3 minutes walking on the beach path.

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Flying To Boracay

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Most travelers land at the Manila Airport (MNL) and then take a connecting flight to Boracay: Caticlan (MPH) or Kalibo Airport (KLO).

Some international flights bypass Manila and fly direct to Kalibo Airport (KLO). For example, some flights from Singapore (Tiger Air), Kuala Lumpur (Air Asia), Taiwan (Eva Air), Seoul (Asiana), also Bangkok and Japan.

TIP Flights early in the morning (before 10am) are generally more reliable.

Which Domestic Airport: Caticlan or Kalibo?

Pros and Cons of choosing an Airport

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Caticlan is the preferred airport for Boracay. It is located right across the ocean channel from the island (see photo). But, Caticlan is a small airport next to the open ocean, so flights can be limited and weather can sometimes shutdown the airport. If there are problems at the Caticlan airport, flights are re-routed to Kalibo airport.

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Flights are cheaper, more numerous, and generally more reliable to Kalibo. It has an international runway that supports large jets and is inland so it is less affected by weather. BUT Kalibo is 2 hours by land (car/bus) from the Boracay boat ferry in Caticlan (see photo). You will need to arrange an airport transfer through your hotel or upon arrival at the airport. Please see below for info on Airport Transfers.

Airport Transfers

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First ask your hotel if they can arrange your airport transfers. This is the most expedient way. For example, the official hotel Coast Boracay, provides complimentary round-trip airport transfers for Caticlan Airport, (with additional fees if you landed at Kalibo Airport).

You can also arrange for an airport transfer upon arrival. We recommend using Southwest Tours *they will take you from the airport and deliver you directly to your hotel. They take care of incidental fees & taxes and have people along the way to keep you going in the right direction and on the right vehicle at the right time.

Southwest tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the airport look for the Southwest booth outside the airport. TIP: we highly recommend buying a round-trip Airport transfer at time of purchase. This can save you from scheduling headaches when departing Boracay.

An airport transfer from Kalibo will include, a 2-hour bus/car ride to the Boracay boat ferry (in Caticlan), a 10-min trip on the boat across the channel. And a final 10-min trip to your hotel via island taxi. If you land at the Caticlan airport - you can avoid the 2-hour bus ride!

Kalibo (KLO) to Hotel
- 3 Hours (door to door)
- includes 2-hour bus ride, 15-30 minute for boat, 15 minute ride to hotel

Caticlan (MPH) to Hotel
- 35 Minutes (door to door)
- includes 20 minute boat-crossing, 15 minute ground transport to hotel.

A Quick Tour of Boracay Island

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The center of activity in Boracay is White Beach which is divided into 3 stations. You can walk White Beach end to end in about 30-40 minutes. The Festival will be held at Coast Boracay in Station 2.

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Station 1 is the famous part of the beach with the softest white sand, higher end hotels and a less crowded beach.
Station 2 hosts the main nightlife of Boracay, there is a beach path surrounded by small shops, restaurants and hotels. You can also find several clubs and an outdoor mall call D'Mall.
Station 3 is a quieter part of the beach with inexpensive hotels.
Bulabog Beach is the beach on the opposite side of the island from White Beach. It is a rocky, windy beach known for windsurfing and kiteboarding. It hosts several inexpensive hotels as well as a community of of locals and adventure seekers. It is approximately a 5-10 minute walk to the other side of the island.
Other Beaches There are other beaches scattered around the island. These can be reached by hiring a motor bike or chartering a boat for some island hopping.

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A full listing of dance events in Manila.