Siquijor – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs

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APRIL 2016:



OVERVIEW:

My costs start in Dumaguete, Negros and include:

  • Transport from Dumaguete to Siquijor Island
  • 3 night in a ‘just made it’ GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Chalet 50m from the Beach
  • 1 day Scooter hire plus petrol
  • Food & Drink
  • Mobile Data / Communications
  • Visa cost apportionment

CROSS REFERENCES:

For more detail, read about Dumaguete To Siquijor and Where To Stay On Siquijor.

Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country.

Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country.

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


SPREADSHEET SUMMARY:

Siquijor GRANDPAcking Costs


MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:

Cost Of Existence (COE):

Accommodation: My accommodation was 3 nights in a ‘GRANDPAcking Standard – ish’ Double Fan Chalet with Cold Water Ensuite (breakfast excluded) at the Palm Tree Guesthouse.

Transport: I rented a Scooter for a day at PHP350 from the Palm Tree; it was the best value for money scooter that I have rented in the Philippines so far – reasonably new, mechanically sound, good acceleration, and economical on the gas. Petrol cost an additional PHP99 (which took me around the island for 8 hours). There was no other need for transport.

Communications & Fees: In Manila Airport, I purchased a 1 month Globe SIMcard with ‘unlimited’ data and no texts nor calls; I had to top this up for another month whilst in Iloilo. It was still ‘active’ during my stay in Siquijor.

Food: I averaged PHP520 / day. I, mainly, ate in the resorts (which is why my costs were so high).

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was PHP1065 / NZ$35 / US$24 / €22 / £17.

Cost Of LIVING (COL):

My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were PHP1345 / NZ$45 / US$31 / €27 / £21.

Visa: The Philippines Visa isn’t cheap, so I have apportioned the Visa costs against my nights in Tablas Island. It comes out at just over US$1 / day.

Getting There: It cost me PHP185 to get from my Dumaguete Hotel to my Siquijor Island hotel. This consisted of walking at both ends with a Slow Bankha and Jeepney in between.

Drink / Partying: A small San Miguel costs PHP50 in the resorts (which is average) but I am becoming a bit partial to the local rum and coke (which I buy at village shops). I averaged PHP68 / night on drinks.

Personal: None.

Entertainment / Trips: 200 Cigarettes.

Shopping: None.

Other / Gifts: I tipped the Jeepney driver for being honest with me.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at PHP1322 / NZ$44 / US$30 / €27 / £21 per day. This was 55% of my total budget… I still had 45% left to play with. But this was only because there was nothing to do.


WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:

To afford to take a GRANDPAcker ‘Holiday’ to Siquijor Island, you will need to make some ‘minor’ adjustments to your GRANDPAcker lifestyle.

In essence, you will need to (1) choose Where To Stay carefully and (2) by some of your own groceries to keep your Food & Drink costs down in the resort.

Cost Of Existence (COE):

Accommodation: As usual for The Philippines, it is hard to find a decent ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Fan Room with Ensuite for less than PHP1000 / night. In Siquijor, this is usually a basic fan room with cold water ensuite. To get the cost down to PHP850, you will need to read my Where To Stay post. I suggest that you strongly look at the Villa Marmarine or Tori’s Paradise Resort. You can get a small Fan Chalet (with cable tv and in-room wifi) at Villa for PHP700 / night. Turn up with cash and offer them PHP850 / night up-front for a larger aircon Chalet and they may take it.

Transport: You can hire a scooter at these cheaper resorts for PHP300 / day. In fact, to keep costs down (strangely), I suggest that you hire a scooter twice a week (see Food, below).

Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month Globe ‘unlimited’ data package with no texts and no talk time.

Food: You will be resort-bound on Siquijor. That means that you will be paying resort prices for your daily meals. A lower quartile Breakfast will cost PHP180, Lunch PHP180, and Dinner PHP200. Water will cost PHP45 / litre – and you need 6L per day. A small San Miguel beer will cost PHP50. This is expensive for GRANDPAckers. If you rent a scooter, you can get these costs down by buying snacks, water, and alcohol from local shops. The money saved doing this, PAYS FOR THE SCOOTER RENTAL!

The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about PHP1988 / NZ$66 / US$46 / €40 / £31 per day.

Cost Of LIVING:

This is about PHP412 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 17% of your GRANDPAcking budget).

With that amount of LIVING funds available you could:

  • Buy 8 small bottles of beer
  • Buy 2.5 (750ml) bottles of Tanduay Rum with 1.5L bottles of coke
  • Upgrade your Lunch & Dinner to something from the upper quartile of the resort menu

CONCLUSION:

If you like ‘chilling out’, Siquijor Island is worth a visit… but, again (like CoronTablas, Carabao, and Boracay), it is more of a ‘GRANDPAcker Holiday’ destination than a ‘GRANDPAcker Destination’.

You will be resort-bound and isolated from other resorts and the wider community. From most nice resorts, it is a several kms walk to get to the local shops. But, you could walk 1-2 kms to a main road and catch a Jeepney. Jeepneys are cheap and a trip between 2 adjacent towns should cost no more than PHP10 each.

Personally, I think that after 1 week you will have had enough of the place and will want to move on. You can only sunbathe and read books for so long…


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