Caticlan Airport, officially known as Godofredo P. Ramos Airport, is also known as Boracay Airport due to its close proximity to the most popular beach destination in the country, Boracay. It is the seventh busiest airport in the Philippines and is one of the two gateways to Boracay Island. Caticlan Airport is just an hour’s flight from the capital of the Philippines, Manila. The airport is located in the town of Malay from the province of Aklan.
The airport serves flights coming from and to domestic destinations namely, Cebu and Manila. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines (operated by PAL Express) and most recently SkyJet services these routes. Only small aircrafts are allowed to land in Caticlan Airport due to its small area and short runway of 810 meters (2,660 feet). For larger aircrafts, the Kalibo International Airport is just 69 kilometers away from Caticlan. This larger airport also serves international destinations such as flights from Malaysia, China, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.
For ideas on your next journey from Caticlan, here are some of our recommendations:
Cebu – A mere 50 minutes flight time and 277 kilometers away from Caticlan, Cebu is the next best destination for travelers departing Caticlan. Cebu is one of the major destinations in the Philippines and its capital, Cebu City, is considered as the oldest city in the country. It is also one of the most developed provinces and is known for its numerous pristine white beaches and historical sights. While in Cebu, be sure to take some time to visit the Basilica del Santo Niño, commonly known as the Santo Niño Church. It is a minor basilica in Cebu City and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. It is also a National Historical Landmark since 1941. After your visit, head over right next to the basilica where you will find a small chapel that houses the Magellan’s Cross. This Christian cross is historically significant in the country as it was planted by Magellan’s explorers when they landed in Cebu back in 1521. Lastly, if you plan to travel to Cebu around January, make sure to time your visit around the third Sunday of the month. It is when Sinulog, the annual cultural and religious festival, happens in the city. The main highlight is the grand street parade which can last between 9 to 12 hours with participants coming from all over the country to dance along the street in celebration of the festival. The festivities last throughout the night with musical concerts and various activities happening all over the city.
Taipei – This capital city of Taiwan is only just over 2 hours away direct from Caticlan Airport. When in Taipei, visit the famous Taipei 101 building. It is a landmark skyscraper located in the city and was once known as the world’s tallest building until Dubai’s Burj Khalifa opened in 2004. Taipei 101 has two observation decks. The indoor observation deck is on the 89th floor while the outdoor one is on the 91st floor. Both observation decks offer a 360-degree view of the city. The outdoor observatory is the second-highest observation deck in the world and the highest one in Taiwan. Both observation decks are open from 9 in the morning to 10 in the evening although the outdoor deck may be closed due to weather conditions. After a visit to the skyscraper, head over to the Shilin district of Taipei for the Shilin Night Market. It is one of the largest and most famous night markets in the city. The older section of the market houses mostly food vendors and restaurants while the surrounding area are shops selling non-food items. The night market usually opens around 4 in the afternoon with peak hours at 8 to 11 in the evening. The market continues to be open well after midnight and typically close around 1 to 2 in the morning.
Sydney – If you want to travel further away from Caticlan, Sydney would be a good next destination. It is almost 8 hours away direct from Caticlan. While in Sydney, you should not miss the iconic Sydney Opera House. It is a multi-venue performing arts center located on Bennelong Point in the Sydney Harbour. It is considered to be one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings which also makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2007. Close by is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, another famous landmark in Sydney. It is a steel through arch bridge that spans across Sydney Harbour. After a stroll around the central district of Sydney, head over to Bondi Bay or Bondi Beach which is another popular tourist destination in Sydney. It is a 1 kilometer long beach popular to surfing enthusiast and beach goers. From the bay you can also spot whales and dolphins during the migration months. If you’re lucky, you may also spot Fairy penguins swimming close to the shore.
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