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DECEMBER 2022- JANUARY 2023 OVERVIEW In my previous post (Boracay Island – Philippines – Getting There) I talked about how to get to Boracay Island and how to find long-term accommodation. Check out 12Go to have a look at ‘getting there’ options: It is assumed that you plan to be here for 2 months … arriving with a standard 30 day Visa On Arrival (VOA), then extending your VOA by another 29 days. This gives you up to 59 days for your Boracay Island ‘experience’. … now let’s talk about what it is like to ‘live’ here … EXCHANGE RATE […]

Boracay – Philippines – Information (2023)


DECEMBER 2022 - JANUARY 2023 OVERVIEW In August 2022, I emerged out of COVID-19 restrictions and left Roatan Island, Honduras. I spent October and November in Gili Trawangan Island, Indonesia. … next is Boracay Island, The Philippines … PLEASE NOTE The currency in The Philippines is the Peso (or the ‘PHP’). I will refer to them as PHPs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 57.01 58.61 68.34 Effective (Actual) Exchange Rate 56.06 57.64 67.21 You will NOT get this Wholesale Rate … you will get the Effective (Actual) Exchange Rate; expect […]

Boracay Island – Philippines – Getting There



  APRIL 2016:   Click here to read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I had been on Boracay Island living the ‘beach life’ for 5 weeks. It was time to move on in search of some action. I chose Roxas City as my next stop: Roxas is known as the ‘Seafood Capital of The Philippines’. I wanted to go there and find out what this was all about… I said goodbye to by last Boracay sunset … and set off at 9:30am the following morning. THE TRIBIKE TO THE BORACAY FERRY PORT: My hotel offered to book me a Tribike but I find that these […]

Boracay – Philippines – To Roxas City


MARCH 2016: Why not read our Philippines Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: I was, primarily, in Boracay to extend my Tourist Visa. I was given a free 1 month Tourist Visa in Manila on entry to The Philippines (this is standard for most people) whilst in transit to Puerto Princesa. You can only get the 6 month LSVVE (Long Stay Visitor Visa Extension) in Manila. I was only in transit in Manila – so I could not get one. So, I extended my free Visa in Puerto Princesa. For this first extension, I was only allowed to extend for 29 days. The cost was PHP3130. […]

Boracay – Philippines – Visa Extensions



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


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



  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


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



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