Not everyone knows about this alternative and sometimes, a cheaper way to travel to Boracay Island via 2Go Travel.
While flights will cost you around Php 2000+ per way on a non-promotional base rate, 2Go Travel has a fixed rate (season dependent) for their vessel prices.
2GO Travel from Batangas Port to Caticlan Jetty Port
Our group, which was organized by TravelBook PH, were bound to Boracay together with the crew of GMA 7’s Poptalk.
From Pioneer (Mandaluyong) to Batangas Port, it took us about 2 hours due to traffic and rain. We were inside the port and were all checked in before 9 pm (departure time). According to the e-ticket that we have, it’ll be worth of 9 hours travel time to Caticlan. There were other more travellers heading to the same destination but from Caticlan, they’ll head to either Boracay, Iloilo, Antique, or other nearby provinces.
The ship is not that big like those of what we see in the movies but is definitely just enough for people to fit in. There only are a limited number of passengers for ships like these and that must not exceed unless permitted.
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St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius of Loyola is the name of the vessel (or the ship) that’s heading to Caticlan. We will be on this ship for more or less 9 hours.
What to expect inside?
Upon entry, you’ll witness the reception area. On that same level are the cabins, suite room, and the tourist class beds. Each passenger can have their own linen upon surrendering an ID. Each passenger also has their own meal but you have to present your ticket – never lose your eTicket for this.
This area includes the clinic, chapel, mini store, linen counter and the front desks.
The area above is the cafeteria. You’ll get most of the food when you ordered a combo meal. It may get a little pricey but the food’s definitely worth it, and you don’t have too much choice if your stomach screams for food.
The upper level has the beds for passengers who booked the super value class. It’s a non-airconditioned area. During the day, it could be too hot especially if your bed was located on the middle side. Good thing the vessel’s schedule for leaving Batangas Port was always overnight.
The top floor is the open bar area. There will be performing bands here every night to entertain guests. Drinks and alcoholic beverages are also available. From here, you can see the outside world while the ship is moving. It’s a great place for you to relax and enjoy the vessel’s trip.
Keep in mind that the air-conditioned areas are the lower level and the cafeteria only.
Is the journey safe?
Definitely safer than your regular airways. You almost wouldn’t feel that the ship is always moving. No turbulence. No sound of engines. Just do your thing or sleep while it is on its way to Caticlan.
What’s not probably safe here are your belongings. There will be no designated cabinets for you but there are lockers available. You’d have to bring your own locks, though. Always keep an eye on your belongings. They might get stolen from you when you’re not aware of your surroundings.
How about cell phone signals?
Mobile signals will not always be available because you’re in the middle of the ocean. No wifi available as well. But once you’re near the port, I promise you the signal is better. It’ll only be 5-7 hours of no data connection just like when you’re sleeping.
How many hours of travel time?
About 8-9 hours of travel time from Batangas Port to Caticlan Port and vice versa.
Batangas -> Caticlan = Night Travel
Caticlan -> Batangas = Day Travel
No matter what, you’ll have to sleep. Hah!
How can we book tickets and check for schedules?
You can find the schedule and buy tickets on the 2GO Travel website. Always remember to bring your IDs as it is required when you present your e-ticket.
From Caticlan Jetty Port, what’s next?
Visitors need to buy three different kinds of tickets for the trip to “Caticlan Jetty Port” in Boracay.
1. “Environmental Fee” (75 pesos)
2. “Terminal Fee” (100 pesos)
3. Ticket for your ferry boat to Boracay (25/30 pesos)
Note: 100 pesos Terminal Fee is also collected on the way back from Boracay to Caticlan. Children over six years of age are charged the same rates as adults.
Boat crossing to Boracay will take only 20 mins.
From there, ride a tricycle or whatever going to Stations 1, 2, 3 or Diniwid.
Where to Stay in Boracay?
Start from here
Thanks to TravelBook.PH for making this trip happen!