My costs start at the main Ferry Terminal 5kms from Coron Town and include:
- 1 night in a GRANDPAcking Standard Aircon Double Room
- 3 Days & 2 Nights on an Apo Reef SCUBA Diving Liveaboard; Drinks on board
- 5 nights in a BELOW GRANDPAcking Standard Double Fan Room with Shared Bathroom
- Food & Drink
- Mobile Data / Communications
- Visa cost apportionment
- Transport from Coron to San Jose, Mindoro
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MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:
Cost Of Existence (COE):
Accommodation: My accommodation was 1 night in a ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Aircon Room with Ensuite and Hot Water Shower (breakfast excluded) – I paid in advance for 2 nights but only used 1 because my ferry from El Nido was delayed – followed by 5 nights in a BELOW ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’ Double Fan Room with Shared Bathroom (breakfast excluded).
Transport: I did not need any 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 Coron.
Food: I averaged PHP269 / day. I bought big bottles of water for drinking and ablutions at an average cost of PHP27 / day.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was PHP1023 / NZ$34 / US$23 / €20 / £16.
This put a ‘backpacker’ roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day, and paid for my refreshments.
Cost Of LIVING (COL):
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were PHP1385 / NZ$46 / US$31 / €27 / £21.
Visa: The Philippines Visa isn’t cheap, so I have apportioned the Visa costs against my nights in Port Barton. It comes out at just over US$1 / day.
Getting Away: It cost me PHP1000 for the ferry from Coron to San Jose (it cost PHP1500 for the shorter trip from El Nido to Coron)
Drink / Partying: A small San Miguel in starts at PHP40 but can be as high as PHP65. I am becoming a bit partial to the local rum and coke, so I bought another bottle. I averaged PHP79 / night on drinks. I also had a party when I came back from Apo Reef.
Personal: I had a haircut for PHP60 and got all of my clothes laundered for PHP180.
Trips: Coron was a LIVING Idea destination; I spent PHP20,000 on the Liveaboard Trip and PHP250 on on-board beers.
Shopping: I bought a pair of Nike ‘knock-off’ jandles for PHP150.
Other: We all tipped the Liveaboard crew PHP700.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at PHP4436 / NZ$147 / US$98 / €88 / £68 per day. This was 184% of my total budget… I was over-budget by 84%.
I covered the over-spend with LIVING Funds brought forward from previous locations. I still have LIVING Funds brought forward left – which will go into another LIVING Idea at a later date.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Cost Of Existence (COE):
Accommodation: You will struggle to book a GRANDPAcking Standard room online for under PHP1000 / night. Get online early and search for deals before you arrive. Once in Coron, you should be able to find suitable accommodation at PHP900 / night (excluding breakfast). Most accommodation in Coron Town is backpacker level. As Coron seems to be constantly full, it will be hard to get better discounts on the few GRANDPAcker level options available. You are unlikely to get breakfast included.
Transport: You can hire a scooter for PHP500 / day. The roads are good enough for you to share one scooter. To break the monotony, I have budgeted for you to do a day tour of Busuanga Island once each week.
Communications: I have included a prepaid 1 Month Globe ‘unlimited’ data package with no texts and no talk time.
Food: I have budgeted for you to have breakfast (Omelette & Toast for PHP85 or Fried Eggs & Rice for PHP40 – average PHP70) and an ‘instant’ Coffee for PHP25. For Lunch I have budgeted a Whole Grilled Fish & Rice for PHP50 or a Sample Dish & Rice for PHP70 (average PHP60) in the ‘tin-pot buffets’ near the market and a small fruit shake from a street stall for PHP50. For Dinner I have budgeted for something simple (PHP90-150) from the lower quartile of the menu in a local cafe with a fruit juice (PHP75).
The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about PHP1842 / NZ$61 / US$41 / €36 / £28 per day. This is almost exactly the same as Port Barton.
Cost Of LIVING:
This is about PHP566 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 24% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
With that money you could:
- Upgrade your dinner and eat in a nice restaurant (and still have PHP300 left)
- Drink 14 small San Miguels
- Save up for 3 days and both go on a boat trip
With that amount of LIVING funds available things will be a bit ‘tighter’ than in other places but you should still be able to have many good days.
Coron Town is worth a short visit… for the out-door types who want to do a couple of Island Hopping Trips and tour Busuanga Island on a scooter. If you are prepared to stay in backpacker accommodation, you should have enough funds to do something nice every day.
Personally, I think that after 1 month you will have had enough of the place and will want to move on.
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