Featured Philippine Ports: Caticlan Jetty Port


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Is one of the two first class municipalities in the Province of Aklan (the other is Kalibo, home of Ati-atihan Festival). It is also in this province you will find the Island of Boracay, the premier tourist destination in the country.

Malay was used to be part of the Municipality of Buruanga,  but on June 15, 1949 the house of congress pass a bill (Republic Act Nos. 381) creating the municipality of Malay in the province of Capiz. On April 25, 1956 the municipality of Malay became part of the newly created province of Aklan. (1)

The town of Malay can be found at the northwestern tips of Panay Island and is known to be the fastest growing Municipality in the country. It is bounded on the north by Jintotolo channel, on the east is the town of Nabas, by the south is the province of Antique, and on the western portion is the town of Buruanga.(2)

PORT OF ENTRY: Caticlan Jetty Port

Caticlan Jetty Port

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Located in Brgy. Caticlan in the town of Malay, is the main entry/exit point to the Island of Boracay. A short 10 to 15  minutes boat ride crossing Tabon strait will bring you to the closest entry/exit point of Cagban Jetty Port (located in the south side facing the strait) in Brgy. Manuk-manukan, Boracay. Whereas Tambisan (facing east), is the alternative entry/exit point during habagat season. Tourism by the way is at its peak during summer season.

Port statistics shows that between January to March of this year, there are 325,000 recorded numbers of tourist visited the Island of Boracay via Caticlan Jetty Port compared to 210,804 on the same month of 2011.

Cagban Jetty Port

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Caticlan Jetty Port is fully utilized for the RORO vessel operations, connecting Roxas Port in Oriental Mindoro; Lo-oc in Romblon, and Batangas Port. It form part of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) which was launched on April 12, 2003. (3)

This so called nautical highway combines several provincial road leading to RORO Ports/Wharves connecting the Island of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It provide cheaper alternative in transferring of perishable goods, vehicles, and people (tourist and vacationers) as compared to costly liners and air transport.

Caticlan Jetty Port is managed by the Provincial Government of Aklan. It is currently implementing expansion project to be able to accommodate a million tourist visitors by 2013; their reclamation project includes reclaiming a 2.56 hectares of sea next close to the terminal itself. (4)

Caticlan Jetty Port Passenger Terminal building has two wings. The wing on the left side (facing the terminal) are used for ro-ro passengers bound for Mindoro and Batangas. Whereas on the right wing (again facing the terminal) are used by foreign/local tourist and aklanon residents boarding fast craft or motorized outrigger to Cagban Jetty Port.

Connecting both wings is the spacious lobby that houses Administrative offices, Medical Clinic, Shipping company offices, Information kiosk, and Baggage x-ray machine. For the convenience of the passengers, the terminal building are fully air-conditioned with cable television, and WI-FI connection while awaiting for the next boarding call.

Outside the terminal building is a ticketing booth for ro-ro vessels plying Caticlan-Roxas and Caticlan-Batangas  route,  another is the ticketing booth for fastcraft owned by Montenegro Shipping (started on August 8, 2008), and Oyster Ferry Boracay Transport; whereas booth/desk for  Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative with 90 operator/boat member are all house just near the other booth. On the other hand, terminal (fee is 50 pesos), and environmental (fee is 70 pesos) booth can also be found near the ticketing booth. For short of cash, there are two ATM machines on the right wing. Beyond terminal premises are food establishment, drugstore, convenience store, buses and for hire vans to and from Iloilo city.

You may also find large passenger type motorized outrigger going to Lo-oc, Romblon in the leftmost part of the pier, outside the terminal premises.

RORO Schedule to and from Roxas Port please click  here: 2015 Updated Schedule


1. philippinelaw.com.info/statues/ra381

2. www.en.wikipedia.com/boracay

3. Socioeconomic Reports on Central Philippines, 7th July 2006 by Sec. Romulo Neri (Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning).

4. www.aklan.gov/ph

Featured Philippine Ports: ROXAS PORT

Port of Roxas, Brgy. Dangay in the town of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro


Dubbed as “The gateway to Paradise” Port of Roxas is the transient point for local and  foreign tourist, vacationers and backpackers, who want to travel in an inexpensive way to reach Caticlan- the jump-off to the world class resorts in Boracay Island.

Named after the late President Manuel Roxas, this town was formerly known as “Paclasan” originally part of the town of Bulalacao in the province of Oriental Mindoro-but later on transferred as barrio in Mansalay, before it got its present status.

The town of Roxas is accessible by all types of vehicles from the Southern and Northern parts of island via the national road. It is approximately 148 kilometers, or no less than three hours drive on a scenic and smooth road to and from the City of Calapan (jump-off to Batangas City).

The town is bounded in the north by the town of Bongabong; Tablas Strait in the east, the town of Mansalay in the south, and in the west is the portion of the town of Bongabong and Mansalay.

The town’s top industries includes Tourism, Agri-businesses, Aquaculture, and Transport services (shuttle buses and for-hire vans ferries locals, and tourist alike to and from the City of Calapan); and because of the continuous influx of travelers and cargoes transiting in this once laid back community, several commercial establishments mushroomed. This once sleepy town turned into a booming town and is fast urbanizing-it became a haven for Commerce and Eco-tourism businesses. Thanks to the development of the RORO Port and its inclusion in the Western Nautical Highway it definitely created positive growth.

PORT OF ENTRY:  Port of Roxas

Located in Barangay Dangay, approximately one (1) kilometer from town proper. Its geographical coordinates consist of;

LAT: 12° 35′ 30” N

LONG:  121° 30′ 45″ E

 Roxas Port form part of Philippine Ports Authority’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) project. Western Nautical Highway is consists of the RORO Ports in:

  1. Batangas
  2. Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
  3. Brgy. Dangay, Roxas Oriental Mindoro
  4. Caticlan, Malay Aklan
  5. Dumangas, Iloilo
  6. Bredco Port, Bacolod
  7. Dumaguete Negros Oriental
  8. Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

SRNH’s Western Nautical project facilitated the South/North bound movement of people and goods from Batangas City all the way down to Dapitan City, and vice versa. Data from sources say’s that from 2003 to 2006, vehicular traffic in Roxas Port increased to 46,218 from 9,269. During early year’s of port’s existence  only one registered RO-RO company operating in between Caticlan-Roxas route; but by 2006 it reaches to three roro/ferry operators. To date, shipping operators grew to four with seven vessels sailing back and forth round the clock, to capitalize the steady passenger and vehicle traffic in between this two ports especially during peak season. 

Inter-modal bus exiting Roxas Port

TMO Roxas is under the jurisdiction of Port Management of  Calapan. Their facilities includes a 7,270 sq. meters of well fenced lot area. Past the entrance gate is a building that houses the Office of PPA-TMO Roxas; inside the modern and air-conditioned Passenger Terminal is the waiting lounge complete with amenities such feeding area for breastfeeding  mothers, diaper changing area, hot and cold water dispenser, cable television, and of course clean comfort room (that was clean when I used it). A food kiosk for hungry travelers are also available upstairs.

This port has a two 9×9 meter fixed protruding ramp with depth of 4.5 meters designed to accommodate roro vessels. It also has berthing space for large motorized outrigger banca that ferries passengers in the nearby Tablas Island’s capital Odiongan (approximate distance of 30 nautical miles), for minimum fare of 335 pesos per person one way.

Port of Roxas has secured parking provision for travelers called Park and Sail, so much like the one in Manila Domestic Airport. Travelers from Manila or Batangas who brought their vehicles here but doesn’t wish to bring it to Caticlan, have an option to leave it at the port’s secured parking area for a fee of not less than 40 pesos per hour.

On the other hand, President Benigno Aquino III issued on the 14th February 2014, an Executive Order nos. 158-declaring and delineating Roxas Port Zone, and placing it under the administrative jurisdiction of the Philippine Ports Authority. (1)

Caticlan Jetty Port by the way is approximately 47 nautical miles from here, a four hours sailing for a minimum fare of 400 pesos per person one way. The following are shipping companies and their corresponding vessels that plies between Roxas and Caticlan (note: vessel departs every hours at most, from early in the morning until late evening).

  1. Montenegro Shipping’s M/V Reina Timotea, M/V Reina Del Cielo,  and M/V Reina de los Angeles.
  2. Starlite’s M/V Starlite Atlantic
  3. Asia Marine’s M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 18
  4. Philharbor’s (Navios Lines) M/V Grand Unity 

To view shipping schedule in between Port of Odiongan in Tablas Island and Roxas Port please do click on your mouse here: 2016 Schedules

To view shipping schedules in between Caticlan Jetty Port and Roxas Port please click your mouse here: Caticlan-Roxas  schedules


1. Executive Order nos. 158