Boracay budget guide

 

Boracay Budget guide – So are you on a tight budget and thinking how you can save your money and enjoy three days and 2 nights in Boracay island without breaking your wallet? Yes! You can enjoy Boracay for a just 5k budget. Here’s my guide on how you can do it.

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Boracay budget guide

Boracay

1. DON’T VISIT DURING PEAK SEASON

If really want to save more money, I highly suggest not to visit Boracay during peak season. Besides from the high airfare rates, activities and other packages prices become more pricey and even more than double. The beach is way too crowded compared to the off-peak season. So avoid going to Boracay on Christmas season, New Year’s Eve, and especially Holy Week. Peak season is from November to June. The best time to visit Boracay is in September or from July to the last week of October. Rainy season but when we were in Boracay, there was barely any rain. The weather is unpredictable.

Boracay2. BOOK A CHEAP VACATION RENTALS OR STUDIO TYPE ROOM, INNS

They say that Boracay hotels are expensive but actually, there are a lot of cheap hotels, vacation rentals and studio type room on the island ranging from PHP 250.00 – PHP 1500 per night. So why booking an expensive hotel if you are always on the beach, partying outside and wandering around the island. I highly suggest booking a room online. You can book a room through Agoda, Airbnb, and Booking.comAgoda offers discounts up to 70 percent to some of the best hotels in this tropical paradise.

CHEAP HOTELS IN BORACAY

 

Cheap hotel boracay

 

ZEN Hostel Back Beach Boracay

Location: MNL Beach Boracay, Road A1, Bulabog, Malay, Aklan.

Check the latest price here

 

 

Actopia boracay

 

Boracay Actopia Resort

Location: 1194 Cagban Road, Malay, Aklan, Manoc-manoc, 5604 Boracay.

Check the latest price here(Booking.com)

and here(Agoda.com)

 

 

Boracay Backpackers

 

Boracay Backpackers 

Location: Boundary of Station 1 and Station 2, Balabag, Malay, Aklan, 5608 Boracay, Philippines.

Check the latest price here.

 

 

Gailtian Beach Resort agoda

 

 

Gailtian Beach Resort

Location: Backbeach,
brgy. union nabas aklan, Caticlan agoda

Check the latest price here.

 

 

 

Dormitels PH Boracay

Location: Zone 4 Proper Balabag Plaza (behind Balabag Church), Station 1, Boracay Island, Philippines

Check the latest price here.

 

 

Cheap hotel Boracay

Fat Jimmy’s Hotel, Boracay

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 380.00($7.50)

Rating: 7.5

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

Cheap hotel boracay

D7 Resort

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 751.00 ($14.82)

Rating: 6.9

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

 

Cheap hotel boracay

Lolas Lodge

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 1087.00 ($21.44)

Rating: 8.0

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

 

Cheap hotel Boracay

Hey Jude Boracay

Location: Station 2, Boracay Island

Price: Php 1230.00 ($24.25)

Rating: 7.5

Check rate with Agoda | Booking.com

 

I can also share to you a discount coupon if you signed up through my referral link. Just click this link and it should be direct you into Airbnb website “Benjoe gave you  $______ to travel. Click the sign-up button to claim your credit.  Follow the Airbnb instruction to create an account, you can use your Facebook or Google Account upon signup.

Once you already have an account, you can search for several Boracay rentals to use the discount coupon. Airbnb is the best way to rent unique, local accommodations on any travel budget.

Note: Rates are based on Agoda and Booking.com as of September 2017. Prices are subject to change.

– DON’T STAY AT EXPENSIVE HOTELS

It’s also important for you to know the pros and cons of each station.

  • Station 1 – hotels are expensive. Most are exclusive and owned by international brands.  There are fewer people and plenty of space at the beach.
  • Station 2 – You’ll find mid-range hotels here. It is close to D’mall, bars, restaurants, shops, and boutiques.
  • Station 3 – hotels are inexpensive. Quiet place away from the partying crowd.  It is also close to an activity area.

Boracay Philippines

3. BREAKDOWN YOUR BUDGET

Saving your cash is always a good idea. It’s important to break down your budget prior to your visit to Boracay or even before traveling and going to someplace. Breaking down your budget may help you to set your goals and also serve as your guide to limit you from spending a lot of money especially if you are on a tight budget.

4. CHOOSE BUDGET-FRIENDLY RESTO

There are a variety of restaurants in Boracay offering different delicacies and cuisines such as Filipino dishes, Korean foods, Chinese food and Mexican delicacy to name a few. Most of these restaurants are pricey ranging from PHP 300 – PHP 800+ per meal. However, there are still cheap restos and carinderia around the vicinity ranging from PHP 100- PHP 200 per meal.

Boracay Food

These are the following:

  • Viveri’s Cafe
  • Happy Home
  • Smoke Resto
  • Plato D’ Boracay
  • El Centro Bistro
  • Pinoy Delight
  • Seafood at D’ Talipapa
  • Jasper Eatery
  • 928 Cafe and Grill
  • Kolai Mangyan
  • Jonas’s Fruit shake and snack bar
  • Hoy! Panga
  • Fast food(Jollibee, Mcdonald’s, KFC, Mang Inasal)
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at Jona’s Fruit shake and snack bar

5. GO WITH AFFORDABLE ACTIVITIES

There are a lot of activities in Boracay you could enjoy and experience even if you are on a tight budget.

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So here’s a list of activities you might want to try:

  • Helmet Diving – PHP 700.00($ 13.66)
  • Island Hopping – PHP 600.00($11.71)
  • Banana Boat – PHP 250.00 ($4.85)
  • Flyfish – PHP 400.00 ($7.76)
  • Banana Boat – PHP. 250 ($4.85)
  • Sunset Sailing – Price starts at PHP 1200/boat good for 4 people. ($23.29)
  • Standup paddling – PHP 300 ($5.82)
  • ATV Riding – PHP 500 ($9.71)
  • Zipline and Zorbing – PHP 400 ($7.76)
Boracay budget guide

Note: Prices listed above are during off-peak season and subject to change.

So forget the mainstream and common activities, there is another activity on Boracay Island that you probably haven’t heard of. Actually, you can also book an activity with Klook where you can:

  • Plan your own adventure with many activities to choose from – river tubing, waterfall exploration or a cave tour.
  • Feast on a delicious BBQ lunch served in a peaceful jungle garden setting
  • Enjoy a special riverside bonfire and travel back to Boracay at sunset
What to Expect?

Explore a different side to the popular beach destination of Boracay at a local eco-park that offers a host of outdoor adventures – river trekking, caving and wild river tubing to name a few! A whole day nature experience, you are free to plan your own adventure so lounge by the Nabaoy river or rent a mountain bike to explore the land. Take a sip of ‘tuba’, the local coconut wine, if you’re feeling adventurous. Indulge in a delicious Filipino style BBQ lunch at a tropical jungle garden and relax around a riverside bonfire before returning to Boracay at sunset.

Boracay Station 1

Inclusive Of:
  • Entrance fees
  • BBQ lunch
  • Fresh coconut
  • Riverside lounging and bonfire
  • ‘Tuba’ traditional coconut wine tasting
  • Hotel pick up and drop off (anywhere in Boracay)

BOOK HERE

PS: It’s really important to do your own research so you know the rates and the prices

6. SUNSET WATCHING

Boracay Island wouldn’t be complete without the sunset viewing. This amazing Instagram-worthy scenery in Boracay Island is totally free. Seeing the sunset over the horizon and skyline that separate earth from the sky is one of the best things to do in Boracay.

Boracay Sunset

 

7. Boracay nightlife with a bottle of beer.

You can see a lot of bar in the island, fire dancers, singers, bands and etc. If you really on a budget. I suggest to just buy a beer from the store and enjoy the nightlife while walking and watching performers around the beach. Chill lang 😀

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For those who love partying but on a budget, Wave bar offer unlimited drinks for PHP 300.00 until 2:00 AM

Boracay nightlife

GUIDE AND THE EXPENSES

  1. Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty Port Van transfer included boat transfer to Cagban port (Php 500.00 or $9.76) Php 250 per trip.
  2. Tricycle Fare from Cagban Port to Station 2 vice versa is PHP 50.00(PHP 25.00 per way) if you are with other passengers
  3. If you really on a budget, I highly suggest to not eat in a fancy restaurant. There are a lot of fast food chains located at station 2 such as Mcdonald’s, Jollibee, KFC and Mang Inasal. Suggested budget for Breakfast: PHP 100.00($1.95). 
  4. If you have not booked a room yet, I suggest booking a room via Agoda.com. There are a lot of cheap hotels and rentals there ranging from PHP 250.00 – PHP 1500.00 per night. You might also want to check HABS Place located near D’Mall via Airbnb.
  5. For lunch, you might want to try Smoke Resto located at station 2. The price ranges from PHP 150.00-PHP 200.00 per meal.
  6. Boracay escapade wouldn’t be complete without trying the activities. There are a few affordable but exciting activities you can try on the island including:
    • Parasailing – PHP 1000.00($ 19.51)
    • Helmet Diving – PHP 700.00($ 13.66)
    • Island Hopping – PHP 600.00($11.71)
    • Banana Boat – PHP 250.00
    • Flyfish – PHP 400.00
  7. For Dinner, you might want to try at Plato D’ Boracay located at station 2 D’ Talipapa. The price range is PHP 100.00 – PHP 200.00 per meal.
  8. Boracay Nightlife is one of the best to experience in Island, but if you are on a budget, You could buy a bottle of beer in the store, wander around watching the fire dancers, listen to the band and enjoy just enjoy the night. Suggested Budget: PHP 300.00. You could also try to join the party at Wave Bar, they offer unlimited drinks until 2:00 AM for only PHP 300.00.
  9. You can allocate a PHP 500.00 budget for pasalubong. You can buy key chains, ref magnets, mug, and etc.

Boracay budget

SUGGESTED  BUDGET

Enjoying Boracay in 3 days and 2 nights on a budget. The suggested budget below is only applied during off-peak season. Activity rates and prices are subject to change. Airfare is not included since it depends on the price of your ticket.

  • PHP 500($6.87) –  Van transfer from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty port. – Back and forth
  • PHP 200($1.96) – Terminal Fee (Caticlan Jetty Port)(PHP 100 per way)
  • PHP 50 ($0.49) –  Tricycle Fare from Cagban Port to Station 2. – Back and forth
  • PHP 1600($31.41) – Hotel (800 per night/ 2 nights)
  • PHP 400.00 ($ 7.78) –  Flyfish
  • PHP 600.00($11.78) – Island Hopping
  • PHP 300.00($5.89) – Nightlife: Enjoying the nightlife of Boracay with 3 to 4 canned beers while wandering around.
  • PHP 300.00($5.89) – Other necessity (Water, soap, shampoo, etc).
  • PHP 800.00($15.64) –  Total Food budget
  • PHP 300($5.89)–  PASALUBONG(souvenir items, keychain, ref magnet etc.)

TOTAL:PHP 5000.00 ($ 97.50)

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If you are really on a budget and not yet ready to go in Boracay. There is also a Boracay-like island somewhere in Batangas. It also has a pure powdery white sand like in Boracay. Check it here.

You might also want to read:

BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES: Travel guide with 3D2N Itinerary, budget and expenses


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