Boracay – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs

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MARCH 2016:


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.


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.


Boracay Island 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.


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).


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.


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.


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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