Famous for its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, amazing nightlife and fun water activities, Boracay always makes it to the list of world’s most beautiful islands by international travel magazines. Because of this, many think that traveling to this island is expensive. Believe it or not, a Boracay budget trip is possible!
In fact, you can spend less than P8,000 or $158 for three days! If you want to know how, read this Boracay budget travel blog to guide you on your trip!
What need to know before traveling to Boracay
Location: Boracay is located in the municipality of Malay, Aklan in the Philippines.
Languages: The native languages in Boracay are Aklanon and Ati. But locals, especially those working in the tourism industry, can fluently speak and understand Tagalog, English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and more.
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP, ₱). PHP100 is around USD 2.
Modes of payment: Primarily, cash is the mode of payment in Boracay. While some establishments accept credit cards, make sure to also bring cash to be safe. There are also ATMs in the island so don’t worry if you ran out of cash in hand.
For a more detailed Boracay budget travel guide, read this.
Places to visit in Boracay
1. White Beach
One of the main reasons people flock to Boracay is the stunning and world-famous White Beach. It is a long stretch of fine white sand beach divided into three stations: Station 1 is where the high-end resorts and restaurants are, Station 2 is where the malls and bars are for a fun nightlife, and Station 3 is the most serene part because it has less crowds and more quiet.
Go for a stroll along the shoreline with your friends, someone special or even on your own. Take a dip in the lukewarm water, or go out a little further for a swim. But if you feel more like you’re having a lazy day, bring a towel and work on perfecting that tan while reading a good book. These don’t cost anything at all so don’t worry about your Boracay budget travel when going to the White Beach.
2. Mount Luho
Boracay isn’t all just beaches, it also has mountains to explore. Head to Mount Luho and you can go for a hike. The views at the top are incredible and, best of all, it’s completely free. So if you’re a sucker for free things, this should be in your Boracay budget itinerary.
Make sure to bring some snacks and water in case you get hungry or thirsty. You’ll quickly be enjoying some of the best sunrise-sunset panoramas on the island.
3. Crystal Cove Island
Don’t just spend your time outside, head inside into a cove and go for a swim. Crystal cove offers an adventure for everyone. Trekking trails, a beautiful beach, breathtaking views and a mini museum, are just some of the things available to island visitors. The coves are open from 8am to 5pm and can be accessed by boat from the main Boracay island.
4. Beach Massage
Have a spare PHP500 ($10)? That’s all it will cost to have a massage on the beach to take your relaxation to the next level. But there are other cheaper massages you can avail in the island if you’re really on a shoestring. This won’t hurt your Boracay budget travel.
5. Ariel’s Point
Now, this one is going to cost you more money than the other activities on this list, but what’s important to remember is that the price includes food, drinks, travel and access to local amenities and services (kayaks, canoes, snorkeling gear, and rafts) for the whole day.
Ariel’s Point is where you go to try cliff-diving. This unique experience involves exactly what the name would imply; jumping off of cliffs and into the water below. Adrenaline junkies can go as high as 43 feet, while those more unsure of their jumping abilities can opt for 10 feet. Cliff-diving will cost you PHP1,600. However, remember that this will last you for the whole day and includes food and travel.
6. D’Talipapa Market
This is a public market where you’ll find almost anything. From seafood and poultry to vegetables and souvenirs, they have it all. Plus, it’s really cheap when buying goods here! That’s why we recommend you to just shop for ingredients and cook it yourself or ask around where you can have it cooked for a small fee or paluto. Buying goods in D’Talipapa Market in Boracay is definitely the smartest decision you’ll make for you to achieve the Boracay budget trip.
Where to stay in Boracay
If you think Boracay is expensive, then think again. There are many budget hotels in Boracay that you can stay at for as low as P1,300 per night! We suggest you opt for budget hotels with great amenities since it’s just going to be a place to sleep after a long tiring day in the island. Choosing low-cost hotels is a great decision to achieve a Boracay budget trip. But be smart in choosing budget hotels. Book only the ones that are trusted, with great reviews and don’t sacrifice comfort.
To help you out, here are some of our picks of the best places to stay in Boracay.
ZEN Rooms Bamboo Beach Station 3 (PHP2,185/night)
ZEN Rooms Abozza Station 2 (PHP2,070/night)
ZEN Rooms Basic Matt Guesthouse Boracay (PHP1,398/night)
Boracay budget itinerary 2020
Now here’s the most coveted part of our Boracay budget travel blog. We’ve listed a sample Boracay budget itinerary 2020 complete with airfare!
|Plane ticket from Manila to Caticlan||P1,800|
|Tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port (P50/way)||P100|
|Pump boat to Boracay (P25/way)||P50|
|Caticlan Jetty terminal fee||P100|
|Multicab to hotel||P40|
|Accommodation at ZEN Rooms Boracay (P1,398/night)||P2,796|
P1,800 – Plane ticket from Manila to Caticlan
P100 – Tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port (P50/way)
P50 – Pump boat to Boracay (P25/way)
P100 – Caticlan Jetty terminal fee
P75 – Environmental fee
P40 – Multicab to hotel
P2,796 – ZEN Rooms Boracay (P1,398/night)
P1,000 – Parasailing
P500 – Island hopping
P1,000 – Food
Total – P7,461
Note that this Boracay budget trip will be cheaper when you share the cost with someone because all of these will be divided depending on how many people are there in the group.
We hope this Boracay budget travel blog will help you plan your trip!
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