After our 4-day Boracay trip, our next destination is Coron, Palawan. The original plan was to fly back to Manila and then take the plane going to Busuanga because that’s the only way we know. But after reading travel sites, Jeff stumbled upon a suggestion from tourists to take the Air Juan plane. Curious what Air Juan is, I googled and learned that it’s a 9-seater plane and has direct flights from Boracay to Coron and Puerto Princesa.
Direct flight from Caticlan to Busuanga, Palawan
I felt relieved to learn that it will only take 45 minutes from Caticlan to Busuanga airport in Coron, Palawan. Compared to our original Caticlan-Manila-Busuanga route, this will save us time and money. If we take the long route, we have to buy Caticlan-Manila and Manila-Busuanga tickets which cost around Php 8,000 per passenger. The Air Juan flight Caticlan to Busuanga is only Php 4,599.
To tell you honestly, Jeff and I are scared of flying in small planes. It has to be big planes that’s why whenever we go to Boracay, we’d take the Manila-Kalibo flight because planes that land in Caticlan are smaller. But with this trip, we have no choice but to take this prop plane. Besides, you only live once, so we have to conquer our fear.
Our flight departs at 12:45 pm, we were really running late because we’re still at the boat going to Caticlan by 12:15 pm. I think this is one advantage of riding a chartered plane, they will wait for you :p. Naaaah, we’re just lucky that they gave us grace period, we arrived 15 minutes before our ETD, and shortly after that, we were boarding the plane.
It’s like riding a van in the air with the two pilots at the front.
It’s cool and comforting for this nervous flyer to see what the pilots are doing. I can tell if something’s wrong unlike in big planes where the cockpit is off-limits to passengers.
Another advantage of flying in small planes is that you can see more views because they fly low.
The 45-minute plane ride was very smooth with no turbulence at all. I overcame my fear, besides I read that you are more likely to die in a road accident than in a plane crash.
Our travel buddy also enjoyed her ride, well, she slept after take-off and woke up just before landing.
Air Juan Flight Schedule and Fares
Aside from Caticlan to Busuanga, Air Juan also has direct flights from Caticlan to Puerto Princesa, Caticlan to Cuyo, Manila to Coron, Manila to Subic, and Manila to Puerto Galera. Check below for the schedule.
They don’t have online booking yet that’s why I sent an email first for our details and they will send you a link if you wish to pay via credit card. They also accept over-the-counter payments.