Alternative Way of Going To Boracay Island
Most of us probably know the easiest way of going to Boracay would be purchasing a plane ticket and you’ll be in the island paradise in no time. However, not everyone finds it cheap especially when the flight date is just around the corner since fares rose to unaffordable amounts. Today, I’m going to share alternative ways of going to Boracay Island given you have the luxury of time.
Our 2nd Boracay Summer vacation as a large group was right around the corner and unfortunately I still don’t have a ticket. Forced to look for another way of going to the island, I hit the internet, made some research and stumbled upon RODASTCO Vans which transports passengers and packages to Mindoro from Manila. I called their Sampaloc Terminal and booked a one way ticket to Roxas Port in Oriental Mindoro. Through PGMA’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway, the van journeys to Batangas Port then board a Roll On – Roll Off ferry to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro and drives you all the way to the Port of Roxas.
RODASTCO Van Terminal in Sampaloc, Manila.
Before boarding the ferry to Calapan from Batangas.
Neat and orderly passenger waiting lounge in Calapan Port.
Travel time from Manila to Batangas Pier was now cut short to about an hour and half on an easy drive because of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Star Tollway merger which takes you directly to Batangas Port. The ferry from Batangas to Calapan was a little over a 3-hour trip and there was nothing else to do in the sea vessel but to sleep.
Waking up to the sound of the boat’s horns, I found out that we just docked at Calapan Port, so I immediately rushed to the exit to look for the van. Halfway towards the Port of Roxas, I woke up on a cruise along rice fields and mountains in sight. I woke up on a beautiful Mindoro morning.
Vehicle preparing to board the RORO Ferry.
The Port of Calapan seemed to be quiet when I arrived but after asking around, I found out that passengers, cargo, and vehicles already boarded the ferry. I had little time to grab a quick breakfast before I board the boat. There are several eateries and lodges near the port where you can wait before embarking. I rushed to the ticket booth and paid the terminal fee and ran to the vessel. Ahead of me is still long journey in open water so I went around the ferry, and found a spot where I can rest. I’m still tired of traveling all night I might as well rest and recharge for this fun filled Boracay vacation.
Open sea view.
The open air part of the ferry.
Caticlan’s Jetty Port
Finally, after more than half a day of traveling, I reached Caticlan and 30 minutes away from my destination. The travel was really exhausting but I say it’s worth the experience. Using this mode of traveling could sometimes, but not all the time, be cheaper than regular flights. Today, airline companies giveaway promos that are far more cheaper than taking this route, and of course, faster. On the contrary, booking promos are usually months, sometimes a year, away from your travel date. As travel date approaches, prices rise until the travel date itself. Taking the long way down best suits you when air fares are way to high and time is under your control. This may be exhausting but for me it’s worth the experience.
Now, here are some fast facts that may help you on the trip:
1. RODASTCO Terminal is in Sampaloc, HOWEVER, you may ask them for an agreeable pick up point. Call them (02) 732 68 91.
2. RODASTCO Van fare cost P700.00 per person only from Manila to Roxas. Batangas-Calapan ferry fares and terminal fee are also included.
3. Port of Roxas in Oriental Mindoro – Caticlan’s Jetty Port cost around P450.00 – P480.00 (I forgot the exact price) Terminal fee cost P15.00.
4. From Caticlan-Boracay Island, please refer to my Boracay, Aklan feature.
5. Timetable of my travel from Manila to Boracay just to give you an idea.
2200 Left Sampaloc Terminal
0030 Arrived at Batangas Port
0100 Left Batangas Port
0330 Arrived at Calapan Port
0400 Left Calapan port
0730 Arrived at Port of Roxas
0830 Left Port of Roxas
1230 Arrived at Caticlan’s Jetty Port
1300 Left Caticlan’s Jetty Port
1330 Arrived Boracay Port
1400 Boracay White Beach
6. Enjoy and have a looooong, safe trip. =)
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