Cuyo Island | Getting There & Away

Cuyo Island Transport Connections

Getting to Cuyo

Air Juan at Cuyo airport

Air Juan (www.airjuan.com) operates multiple flights between Cuyo, Boracay (Caticlan Airport), Iloilo and Puerto Princesa throughout the week.  The aircraft is a good quality, modern (2014) 9 passenger Cessna Grand Caravan, and the extremely scenic flight takes around an hour.

Tickets to Cuyo from either Puerto Princesa, Boracay or Iloilo usually range between PHP3500-7000 one way, with the earliest bookings receiving the lowest fares. Fares include 10kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry on luggage. Additional luggage can be carried for an additional fee of around PHP75 per kilo and kite bags can be carried for around PHP1500, although the airline should be contacted to confirm current rates.

For any groups travelling to Cuyo, it may be possible to arrange a special private charter with Air Juan, flying from various airports across the Philippines, although these usually need to be organised well in advance.

Contact Ms. Florabel Chu Palay, florabel18cycom@gmail.com, +63 9399022348 for current Air Juan schedule information, fares and booking/charter enquiries.

Overnight passenger ferries connect Cuyo with Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Coron and Manila.

D’Asean Journey operating between Manila and Cuyo stops in Coron for a day. Those wishing for a longer stopover in Coron may consider taking either the 2GO Superferry, Blessed Journey, or Atienza Shipping Line between Coron and Manila instead, and the D’Asean Journey between Coron and Cuyo.

Passenger ferries are a popular choice for kiteboarders coming to Cuyo, due to their generous luggage allowance (usually somewhere around 80kgs) and lower fares, but are not recommended to those with limited time or tight schedules. The ferry schedules are notoriously unreliable, and delays of several days at time are not unusual.  Current departure dates and times should be confirmed at the port with the operators directly.

About the Ferries...

  • All ferries to Cuyo operate overnight.  Journey times vary depending on the conditions, the particular ferry in service, and your direction of travel, but can be anywhere from 12 up to 30 hours

  • Long delays prior to departure (possibly up to several days) are common. Plan to travel well in advance of any flights or other important engagements.  Delays are especially frequent during typhoon season

  • Drinks (including chilled beer, hurrah!) and snacks can be bought on board all of the ferries, although the range is limited (mostly instant noodles)

  • Ticket options vary depending on the operator, but they're typically divided into Economy, Deluxe, and Tourist.  Economy tends to be in the lower decks close to the heat and noise of the engine, while the deluxe decks are open air but higher up so quieter and cooler.  Tourist class is usually within an enclosed air conditioned area which can get extremely cold.  Deluxe class is usually the most comfortable

  • Tickets can generally only be purchased at the port prior to departure.  It's not unusual for tickets to sell out, especially around around Christmas and Holy Week (Easter), so arrive early if possible

  • Passengers are assigned a bunk bed with mattress each, but pillows and blankets are not provided.  Passengers in the air-conditioned section especially should bring a blanket or some warm clothing

  • Journeys can sometimes be rough, particularly during extreme weather, so bringing a supply of seasickness tablets is advisable. Seasickness tablets are cheap and readily available from most Philippine pharmacies

One more thing...

Cuyo has a new ferry! The Blessed Sea Journey begins running September 19th 2017, between Cuyo, Manila, Puerto Princesa and Coron.

The schedule is a little quirky, running on a two week rotation between Manila - Cuyo - Puerto, and Manila - Coron - Puerto, so here's a copy of their full route details for you to figure out for yourself!:

Cuyo Island Flight & Ferry Schedule

Onwards Travel – International & Domestic Flight Connections

Airlines Destinations
Air Juan Busuanga (Coron), Cuyo
Cebu Pacific Cebu, Iloilo, Manila
Philippine Airlines Clark, Manila, Taipei–Taoyuan (Taiwan)
Philippine Airlines operated by PAL Express Cebu, Manila
Philippines AirAsia Cebu, Davao, Manila
Airlines Destinations
Air Juan Caticlan (Boracay), Cuyo, Sipalay
Cebu Pacific Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Hong Kong, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Singapore
Cebu Pacific operated by Cebgo Cebu
Philippine Airlines operated by PAL Express Cebu, General Santos, Manila
Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International (Malaysia)
Cebu Pacific Cebu, Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul–Incheon (S. Korea)
Cebu Pacific operated by Cebgo Manila
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan (Taiwan)
Pan Pacific Airlines Muan (S. Korea), Seoul–Incheon (S. Korea) (both begin July 26, 2017)
Philippine Airlines Beijing–Capital (China), Busan (S. Korea), Chengdu (China), Cebu, Manila, Nanjing (China), Seoul–Incheon (S. Korea), Taipei–Taoyuan (Taiwan)
Philippine Airlines operated by PAL Express Manila
Philippines AirAsia Busan (S. Korea), Cebu, Clark, Davao, Manila, Seoul–Incheon (S. Korea), Shanghai–Pudong (China)
Scoot Singapore
SilkAir Singapore
XiamenAir Fuzhou (China), Xiamen (China)
Airlines Destinations
Air Juan Busuanga (Coron), Cuyo, Iloilo, Puerto Galera, Bohol, El Nido
AirSWIFT El Nido
Cebu Pacific Cebu, Manila
Cebu Pacific operated by Cebgo Cebu, Clark, Manila
Philippine Airlines operated by PAL Express Cebu, Clark, Manila
Philippines AirAsia Manila
SkyJet Manila