Panglao – Philippines – GRANDPAcking Costs

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MAY 2016:


My costs start in Siquijor Island and include:

  • Transport from Siquijor Island to my hotel on Panglao Island
  • 2 nights in a GRANDPAcking Standard Aircon Room in the middle of nowhere
  • 6 nights in a ‘below’ GRANDPAcking Standard Fan Room on Alona Beach
  • 1 day Scooter hire plus petrol
  • Food & Drink
  • Mobile Data / Communications
  • Visa cost apportionment


For more detail, read about Siquijor to Panglao, Panglao Information, and Where To Stay On Panglao.

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


Panglao GRANDPAcking Costs


Cost Of Existence (COE):

Accommodation: My main Alona Beachfront accommodation was BELOW ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’; It was a ‘backpacker’ Double Fan Room with Cold Water Ensuite (breakfast excluded). The room was hot and ‘stuffy’ even with 2 fans on full blast.

Transport: I rented a Scooter for a day at PHP400 from the Spirit of Norway; it was an excellent value for money scooter – reasonably new, mechanically sound, good acceleration, and economical on the gas. Petrol cost an additional PHP70 (which took me around the island for 7 hours). There was no other need for transport other than a Trike to get me from the Spirit of Norway to the Aquatica (PHP50).

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 Panglao.

Food: I averaged PHP358 / day. I ate a mixture of Tinpot and Restaurant food. I ate most of my breakfasts at the Aquatica (paying PHP105 instead of PHP55 if I walked 100m up the road).

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was PHP1201 / NZ$40 / US$27 / €24 / £19.


My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were PHP1221 / NZ$40 / US$28 / €25 / £19.

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 a whopping PHP1449 to get from my Siquijor Hotel to my Panglao Island hotel. This consisted of Trikes at both ends with 2 ferries 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 local shops). I averaged PHP183 / night on drinks (I had a few cocktails :-)).

Personal: I got 3kg of laundry done ‘next day’ for PHP150.

Entertainment / Trips: 100 Cigarettes.

Shopping: None.

Other / Gifts: A couple of ’rounding up’ tips.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at PHP1678 / NZ$55 / US$38 / €34 / £26 per day. This was 69% of my total budget… I still had 31% left to play with. But this was mainly because I stayed in a ‘backpacker’ hotel.


To afford to take a GRANDPAcker ‘Holiday’ to Panglao Island, you will need to choose Where To Stay very carefully. I suggest that you look for ‘specials’ online and compare it to the (above) post. Then you can pick the best deal for you.

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 Panglao, expect to pay more: PHP1200 / night. This should get you a basic fan room with cold water ensuite. To get this rate, you may need to turn up with folding cash up-front and make them an offer.

Transport: You should be able to hire a scooter for PHP350 / day (perhaps PHP400). This should get you a reasonably good scooter.

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

Food: You will need to eat Breakfast and Lunch in a Tinpot. For dinner, you will need to eat from the lower quartile of one of the cheapest restaurants … these will not be on the beachfront.

The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about PHP2006 / NZ$66 / US$46 / €40 / £31 per day.


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 9 small bottles of beer
  • Buy 4 ‘2-for-1’ cocktails on Alona Beach road
  • Buy 2.5 (750ml) bottles of Tanduay Rum with 1.5L bottles of coke
  • Upgrade your Dinner to something from the upper quartile of a menu from a restaurant on the beach
  • Save up for 2 days and both go on a day trip
  • Save up for 4 days and go Whale Shark watching


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

You will (most probably) end up on Alona Beach – where you will pay ‘premium’ prices.

Personally, I think that after 1 week you will have had enough of the place and will want to move on …

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