Mabuhay Maritime Express (MME), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Philippine Airlines, is to launch scheduled
Kalibo-Boracay ferry services using two brand-new 42-meter
catamarans featuring a tri-class configuration – First Class,
Premium Class and Regular Class.
The 410-seater, high-speed catamarans, named MV
Malambing and MV Magalang, will operate four times per day,
increasing to eight by December 2018.
“We decided to join – and revolutionize – the
inter-island ferry service business, to complement local air
travel as a holistic approach to promoting Philippine tourism,”
said MME President,
Jaime J. Bautista.
More than 40 inter-island ferry companies have
been plying the waters around the archipelago for decades,
providing inexpensive transport for passengers, cargo and vehicles
from major domestic points.
“We aim to offer travelers a seamless air to sea
transfer, taking passengers to their favorite tourist destinations
as fast and as comfortable as possible,” added Bautista who is
also PAL President and Chief Operating Officer.
With support from the local government, MME is
building its own jetty port at Kalibo, 10 minutes away from the
airport, where free shuttles are available for Boracay-bound
The 90-minute ferry service will be fastest
route to Boracay.