Budget-Friendly Boracay | How Much Does a Boracay Trip Cost?

When I was still studying, I have always thought that a Boracay trip is expensive... maybe because the ones I knew who go there are mostly the rich and well-off. But when I started reading blogs, I realized that it doesn't take a lot of money to go there, that a budget-friendly Boracay trip is actually possible.

It was my first time to go to Boracay last October 2011. I was with my high school friends. I also tagged along my sister. Since she's still studying and I'm already earning, technically, I will have to treat her. So I have to make sure our trip is cheap because I'll be shouldering my sister's expenses too, so that's times two!

For those who are planning to visit Boracay anytime soon, usually, the number one question is "How much does a Boracay trip cost?" I will try my best to provide the answer based on my recent Boracay trip last October.

We bought our airline tickets to Boracay months earlier through Cebu Pacific's Piso fare. We were only able to book one-way tickets because the return flight tickets were already sold out. Our one way ticket from Manila to Caticlan (Boracay) only costs P281 per person. We asked our friend who happens to work at Zest Air to inform us in case they will have an upcoming promo. During one of Zest Air's promo, we were able to book a return flight ticket from Kalibo to Manila for around P750 per person.

Below is a breakdown of our expenses in Boracay minus the airline tickets:

To start off, I'll present a table of Boracay Trip fixed expenses - these expenses do not vary but they are definitely subject to change in the future.

Manila - Boracay


Expenses Cost in pesos Cost per person in pesos
NAIA Terminal Fee 200
Tricycle fare from Airport to Caticlan port 50 (divided into 3 passengers) 17
Caticlan port terminal fee 50
Environmental fee 75
Boat fare to Cagban jetty 20
Tricycle fare to Station 1 Hotel 50 (divided into 3 passengers) 17
Total
379

Boracay to Manila


Expenses Cost in pesos Cost per person in pesos
Tricycle fare to Cagban jetty 50 (divided into 3 passengers) 17
Boat + Van to Kalibo airport (package) 200
Kalibo Airport Terminal Fee 40
Total
257

Food, accommodation and shopping can vary depending on your preferences. You can opt to stay in a guesthouse or a luxury hotel - it all depends on you. If you want to save a lot, stay in a guesthouse. Like us, we stayed in Casa Fiesta. You can read my Casa Fiesta review here. When it comes to food, I can say that eating in Boracay is a bit pricier than here in Manila. Our usual meal costs around 75-100 pesos per person. If you are planning to buy pasalubong, you may check out my post about pasalubong and souvenirs in Boracay.


Varying Expenses


Expenses Total Cost in pesos Cost per person in pesos
4 days/3 nights accommodation at Casa Fiesta 10,500 (2 rooms for 7 pax) 1,500
Contribution for Groceries (breakfast, water etc.) 200
Day 1Lunch at Big Mama's 95
Day 1 Dinner at a Restaurant Beside E.S. Pascual Store 75
Day 2 Lunch at Big Mouth (D'Mall) ~170
Day 2 Dinner Buffet along Station 2 250
Day 3 Lunch at Shakey's (Monster Meal) 18++ (inc. extra rice) 170
Day 3 Dinner at Mang Inasal 99
Day 4 Breakfast at Big Mama's 95
Total
2654

Grand Total: P3290 (excluding airfare and activities)


Note that the amount quoted above does not include the cost of activities as well as shopping for souvenirs in Boracay. For the prices of these activities, you may check out my other posts.

Boracay Island Hopping
Helmet Diving | Reef Walking
Flyfish
ATV
Parasailing (soon to be published)

11 comments:

  1. cant agree more, boracay can be as cheap as traveling to puerto galera. hehe

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  2. korek! ang sarap tuloy balik-balikan!

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  3. We're leaving for Boracay on the 29th! It's out first time there! (w/ bf) Thank you for your posts sis! giantherockstar from GT here! :)

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  4. Thanks for dropping by! Enjoy your trip!

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  5. wow! i thought going to boracay was soooo expensive! please do help me what will i be needing on this trip im a complete idiot haha shall i start on getting a passport?

    emz....

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  6. Hi emz! yes, if you're not from the philippines. Thanks for visiting my blog. You should go to Boracay. :)

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  7. Thank you for the big help..will be in Boracay on the 24th :)

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  8. hi, would like to ask, kung yun lang gastos, paano kung two person lang.

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  9. Boracay is within reach. Gone are the days that people are afraid to travel to boracay because of the tight budget. Madami na din mga nagooffer ng mga packages and promos going to Boracay, so everyone can get to see the beautiful paradise in Boracay.

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  10. Yes, It is not that expensive as I've imagine. Sarap ulit-ulitn. Keep on posting.

    granton world

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  11. Vacation in Boracay is indeed cheap. Tip, cheap Boracay accommodations are usually located on station 3 while high class hotel and resorts are located on station 1. So if you really want a cheaper price than Php1500 per head, you can walk in along station 3 where you can get Php500 per head.

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