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I wish to travel from Manila to Boracay in the Philippines. What are the options I have if I wish to do it over land?

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None. Boracay is an island, with no land connection to the island where Manila is on.

But I assume now you knew that. So let's find the next possible way. Renting vehicles might be a challenge since you will not return them at the place where you got them. So you will have to take buses, trains and ferries.

If you want to shorten the water travel as much as possible, most likely you will travel:

  1. Manila - Batangas by bus
  2. Batangas - Calapan by ferry
  3. Calapan- Roxas by bus
  4. Roxas - Caticlan by ferry
  5. Caticlan - Boracay, again by ferry.

For most of the sections you will be able to find alternative providers, with different schedules. Google will be very helpful to make sure you get the best fitting schedule.

If you schedule it correctly, and if there are no other issues, the whole thing will take you the whole day (about from 5am to 10pm)

Please be aware of the following:

  • Some of the ferries are not very reliable in schedule or might be even cancelled
  • There is quite a high risk of pickpockets in the buses, so be careful and do not let your stuff unattended
  • Bring some food along
  • Bring something to entertain you, like books and music
  • depending on the weather, you might also bring sea-sickness pills. Stay on the lower floors of the ferries and rather in the back of the boat to avoid the sway of the boat
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Thanks @uncovery. :) –  Brennan Neoh Jun 7 '13 at 12:43
    
I was SO tempted to leave just the first line there :) –  uncovery Jun 7 '13 at 13:06
    
Would travelling by plane be cheaper? –  Pineapple Under the Sea Jul 14 '13 at 3:13
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