Just like any vacation, one needs to search on ways to travel and modes of transportation available going to that destination. Most of us, budget travelers, would opt to commute instead of getting airport-hotel transfers packages since we believe that the latter is expensive. But with Southwest Tours Boracay, my idea has changed.
Boracay is about an hour’s flight from Cebu or Manila just off the larger Philippines island of Panay. Since we are from Davao City, we travelled to Cebu then to Caticlan via Cebu Pacific. If you want a lesser hassle just like what we want, then you can choose to travel by plane directly to Caticlan. However, bear in mind that less hassle means more cost. So if you value money more than comfort, you can actually fly to Iloilo or Kalibo then take a bus ride for 5 hours or 2 hours, respectively.
Regardless of where you are from, whether Caticlan, Kalibo or Iloilo, you will still have to take a boat ride going to Boracay. Good thing Cebu Pacific has partnered with Southwest Tours Boracay which offers a great deal travelling to and from Boracay.
With just spending Php400 per way, Southwest will cater all your transport needs from Caticlan Airport to Boracay, straight to your hotel. This includes private bus from Caticlan airport to Caticlan Seaport, Environmental Fees, Terminal Fees, Boat Ride from Caticlan to Boracay and Van Transfers from BoracaySeaport to the doorsteps of your hotel. In addition, the costincludes EXPRESS LANE SERVICE, which means you don’t have to line up with the crowd. The company also operates 24/7 which means if you’re flight is as early as 7:00am, Southwest can arrange your transfers to the airport as early as 4:00am. In all fairness, they are on time and their service is exceptional. We have decided to get roundtrip service, which cost us Php800. This is actually cheaper since we bought the ticket from Cebu Pacific because the actual cost for their roundtrip service is Php1,075 for to and from Caticlan Airport and Php1,225 for to and from Kalibo Airport. With all the perks Southwest can offer, it is worth every penny. In fact, their fee is much way cheaper when you think of the time and hassle you will save.
If you still think this is way expensive, well let’s calculate the difference between commuting and paying Southwest Tours Boracay for one way trip per person:
Tricycle from Caticlan Airport to Caticlan Seaport Php 50
Environmental Fees 75
Terminal Fee 100
Boat Fee 30
Tricycle from Boracay Port to Hotel 100
Total of Commuting Php355
Southwest Tours Boracay Fee Php400
Difference Php 45
The difference is merely immaterial knowing the perks and hassle-free ride to and from Boracay, isn’t it?
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