Getting to Cuyo
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, +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
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|XiamenAir||Fuzhou (China), Xiamen (China)|
|Air Juan||Busuanga (Coron), Cuyo, Iloilo, Puerto Galera, Bohol, El Nido|
|Cebu Pacific||Cebu, Manila|
|Cebu Pacific operated by Cebgo||Cebu, Clark, Manila|
|Philippine Airlines operated by PAL Express||Cebu, Clark, Manila|