Monthly archives: March 2016


Boracay - Beach - Station 3 Sundown
MARCH 2016: OVERVIEW: I have already posted the GRANDPAcking Costs for Boracay. These demonstrate that GRANDPAckers cannot afford to LIVE on Boracay Island using our standard approach. However, it is such a beautiful world-top-ten beach destination that it is worth showing how GRANDPAckers CAN LIVE on Boracay in High Season on a GRANDPAcking budget with only a few ‘minor’ adjustments to lifestyle. In this post, I explain how… CROSS REFERENCES: Read Boracay – Philippines – Information for more detail. 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: WHAT IT SHOULD COST […]

Boracay – Philippines – LIVING on a GRANDPAcking Budget



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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: 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 […]

Boracay – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs



Boracay - Beach - Station 2 Swimming
  MARCH 2016:   Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: Boracay Island is only 10 km² and is located 300 km south of Manila and just north of Panay Island, Visayas. For GRANDPAckers, Boracay is expensive but (unlike El Nido, Palawan) Boracay DOES live up to its ‘hype’; this really is paradise on earth. At a price. Boracay has almost perfect coconut-tree-lined, white-sand beaches and turquoise-blue waters. Boracay is one of the top beach destinations in the world. But… read on. GETTING THERE: I made my own way from Carabao To Boracay by pump boat. The pump boat leaves from […]

Boracay – Philippines – Information



Boracay - Mount Luho Road
MARCH 2016: Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. INTRODUCTION: I was staying on White Beach Station 3 in Boracay Island for 5 weeks. I wanted to see the rest of the island to see what else it had to offer… BY FOOT: The cost of a scooter in Boracay is a ridiculous PHP2000 / day. You can take Tribikes to different places at PHP10 / kilometre (shared) or look to charter a Tribike for a day (which wouldn’t be cheap). Boracay Island is only 10 square kilometres. So, I decided to walk it over 3 days: The South, The East, and The North. […]

Boracay – Philippines – Around The Island By Foot



Where to Stay Boracay
MARCH 2016: Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: As with Sabang, Port Barton, El Nido, Coron, Tablas, and Carabao the costs of pre-booking accommodation online where too high for my GRANDPAcking Budget. I knew that Boracay was popular, and one of the most expensive places in The Philippines, so I did not want to take a chance… This time, I definitely needed to book something online in advance. PHP2400 / day is my total GRANDPAcking Daily Budget! As a rule, I try and keep accommodation costs to no more than 50% of my Daily Budget; in The Philippines, my target price is, […]

Boracay – Philippines – Where To Stay



Carabao - To Boracay - Pump Boat
  MARCH 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had been making my way through the Romblon Islands. I had spent 8 nights on Tablas Island and another 8 nights on Carabao Island. I, now, needed to head for Boracay Island to renew my Visa. CATCHING THE BOAT: The ‘standard’ way to get from either Lanas Beach (west coast) or Hambil Beach (east coast) on Carabao Island to Boracay Island is to: Catch a 6:00am ‘commuter’ pump boat from the (Hambil or Lanas) ferry port to Caticlan (mainland Panay) for PHP100 Pay a PHP100 Caticlan Port Tax and a PHP75 […]

Carabao – Philippines – To Boracay Island