Boracay – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs

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MARCH 2016:



OVERVIEW:

My costs start in Station 1, Boracay.

I DID NOT live to GRANDPAcking Standard; I was Backpacking in Boracay. I was only in Boracay to renew my Visa.


CROSS REFERENCES:

Read Boracay – Philippines – Information for more detail.

Read about Boracay on a GRANDPAcking Budget to discover how to LIVE in Boracay longer-term.

Read about Philippines Retirement Locations.

Read about other Philippines Destinations and Travel Budgets.

Read about GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.


SPREADSHEET SUMMARY:

Boracay Island GRANDPAcking Costs


MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:

Cost Of Existence (COE):

Accommodation: My accommodation was 6 nights in a BELOW ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Fan Room with Shared Cold Water Bathroom (breakfast excluded) in a Hostel about 100m from White Beach.

Transport: I did not need any transport.

Communications & Fees: I already had a 1 month Globe SIMcard with ‘unlimited’ data (no texts nor calls) that I topped up in Coron. This lasted me for my 6 nights in Boracay.

Visa: I had to renew my free 1 month Visa for another month whilst in Puerto Princesa at a cost PHP3,130. I had to renew it, again, for a further 2 months in Boracay at a cost of PHP7,840; over the 4 months covered, the daily cost ends up being significant at over US$2 / day. As a consequence, I have apportioned these costs to Boracay (and subsequent Philippines destinations).

Food: I averaged PHP351 / day. I bought big bottles of water for drinking and ablutions at an average cost of PHP15 / day. I was able to keep my water costs down because my Hostel provided free drinking water.

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was PHP982 / NZ$33 / US$22 / €20 / £15.

Cost Of LIVING (COL):

My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were PHP1426 / NZ$47 / US$32 / €28 / £22.

In / Out Costs: I caught a Tribike on arrival to take me from Station 1 to Station 3. I am staying in Boracay for another month so I have not included any Getting Away costs.

Drink / Partying: A small San Miguel in Happy Hour starts at PHP35 but can be as high as PHP60 out of Happy Hour. I am becoming a bit partial to the local rum and coke, so I tend to keep some of that in my room. I averaged PHP167 / night on drinks. I also had a couple of party nights.

Personal: I had no personal expenses.

Equipment / Clothes / Shopping: I did not buy anything.

Other: The odd small tip.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at PHP1286 / NZ$43 / US$29 / €26 / £20 per day. This was 53% of my total budget… I still had 47% of my daily budget to have fun with.

However, I did not spend those funds: I am not really into spending money on the ‘tourist trap’ items like parasailing and jet-skiing. SCUBA diving in Boracay is ‘average’ and relatively expensive – so I will wait and SCUBA Dive in better places in the Philippines once I get there (like in the Negros or Cebu).


WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:

Cost Of Existence (COE):

Accommodation: You will struggle to book a GRANDPAcking Standard room online for under PHP1500 / night. Get online early and search for deals before you arrive. Once in Boracay, you should be able to find better accommodation at that same PHP1500 / night (excluding breakfast). These are High Season prices so most hotels only do a ‘daily’ rate; but ‘flash the cash’ and negotiate hard and you should be able to get something good at this price (with a bit of effort). You are, most likely, going to find somewhere run by a local family that is not online.

Transport: You can hire a scooter for PHP2000 / day but, at that price, it is cheaper to catch a Tribike. You will find that you will walk everywhere anyway – the distances are short. To break the monotony, I have budgeted for you to do a shared Tribike day trip to Puka Shell Beach (or equivalent) once each week.

Communications: You will need a prepaid 1 Month Globe (or Smart) ‘unlimited’ data package (with no texts and no talk time).

Food: I have budgeted for you to have breakfast (Fried Eggs & Rice or a Tin-Pot Breakfast for PHP50) and an ‘instant’ Coffee for PHP15. For Lunch I have budgeted a Tin-Pot Whole Grilled Fish & Rice or a Sample Dish & Rice for PHP70 and a small fruit shake from a street stall for PHP50. For Dinner I have budgeted for something simple from the lower quartile of a menu (average PHP120) in a cheap local cafe with a fruit juice (PHP80).

The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about PHP2323 / NZ$77 / US$52 / €46 / £36 per day. This is almost exactly the same as El Nido.

Cost Of LIVING:

This is about PHP85 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 4% of your GRANDPAcking budget).

With that money you can’t really do anything. You will be EXISTING, not LIVING.


CONCLUSION:

Boracay is worth a short visit… for a short GRANDPAcking ‘holiday’; it is one of the top beach holiday destinations in the world.

If you are prepared to stay in backpacker level accommodation (like a Hostel), this should save you about PHP600 / day and provide enough funds to do something nice each day.

Alternatively, you can read my post about Boracay on a GRANDPAcking Budget and find out how to LIVE to a GRANDPAcking Standard in Boracay and have some fun.


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