Boracay on less than 5000 budget

The Boracay Budget Friendly Guide 138


You are here because you love the BEACH. I know how much you can’t resist the turquoise waters that shimmers like thousand diamonds under the sun and how much you love to lay flat on a sugary, powdery white sand while getting your perfect tan. I know you’ve seen the sunset a million times but you still fall in love with it each and every time. I know how much you love to party under a moonlit sky until the break of dawn and be on a high. Trust me. I know. And I know there is only one place you wanna lose yourself into. BORACAY.

Isn’t it?

It’s no surprise why this precious island is every Filipino’s fancy as it is one of the Philippines most coveted destinations due to its world class beaches that can rival those in Barbados or Maldives. But in this times where value for money is every average Filipino’s concern, will a quick 3 day escape to Boracay be ever considered practical?

Now this is where this post come in handy. This will prove that no one needs to spend a hefty amount to have a taste of this paradise. Allow me to show you how.

Boracay Budget Guide

Who says only skinny people can flaunt their stuff in Boracay? LOL

IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER

1. KNOW YOUR AIRPORT – It is greatly important to know which airport are you flying to get to Boracay in order to jump start your budget allocation. It’s either in Caticlan or Kalibo Airport. Wondering what’s the difference?

  • Caticlan Airport
    PROS
    – Convenient & Time Efficient No need to travel for hours in order to get to Caticlan Jetty Port
    CONS
    – Airfare is way more expensive.
  • Kalibo Airport
    PROS
    – Airfare is relatively inexpensive.
    CONS
    – Time Consuming. A bit of a hassle since you will spend 1.5 to 2 hours traveling from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty Port.

2. KNOW THE MANDATORY FEES – Now that you have determined in which airport you will be flying to and fro, time to know what are the necessary fees.

  • Caticlan Airport
    * Terminal Fee (Caticlan Jetty Port) – P100.00
    * Terminal Fee (Cagban Port) – P100.00
    * Caticlan Airport Terminal Fee (Flight home) – P200.00
    * One Time Environmental Fee – P75.00
    * Roundtrip Boat fare – P50.00
    TOTALP525.00
  • Kalibo Airport
    * Terminal Fee (Caticlan Jetty Port) – P100.00
    * Terminal Fee (Cagban Port) – P100.00
    * Kalibo Airport Terminal Fee (Flight home) – P200.00
    * One Time Environmental Fee – P75.00
    * Roundtrip Airport transfer (van & boat) – P500.00
    TOTALP975.00

3. KNOW WHAT TIME OF THE YEAR ARE YOU GOING TO BORACAY – Knowing in what time of the year you will be going to Boracay is a must so you can determine how much money you will need to shell out for a descent Boracay escapade. Know whether you are going on the:

  • Off-Peak Season (July-December except for Super-Peak Season) – It’s the rainy season at which during this time, tourists are very minimal, so are the costs (accommodation and tours).
  • Peak Season (January-June except Super-Peak Season) – It’s the summer season where there are many tourists and you know what happens when demand is on a high, prices are higher.
  • Super Peak Season (December to April) – This is the start of the holiday season from Christmas, New Year to Chinese New Year and the Holy Week. Costs are at its highest during these times.

4. KNOW YOUR STATION – Along White beach is where restaurants, hotels and boutiques are located. It is divided into 3 stations.

  • Station 1 – Hotels are expensive almost exclusive. Less people but plenty of spaces at the beach.
  • Station 2 – Hotels are a little expensive. Near D’mall, bars and restaurants and thrift shops and boutiques.
  • Station 3 – Hotels very inexpensive. Quiet place away from the partying crowd. Near activity area.

Things to do in Boracay

3D2N BORACAY ON A BUDGET PLAN

Now that you are equipped with the basics, let’s go to budgeting. Please note that prices are indicated at Off-Peak | Peak | Super Peak seasons and are possible expenses for one person. 

  • Plan P5000.00 – Super tight budget traveler.

* Accomodation – Orchids Hotel in Station 3, at the back of Arwanna Hotel, a minute or 2 walk from the beachfront. Quiet and cozy place with a typical Filipino household vibe.
Price: Standard Fan Room (2-3 person) – P500 | 915 | 1200
* Activities – 3 days can be very boring if you are just gonna go swimming or sit around watching passersby. So here are some activities you can include on your vacation.
1. Banana Boating – P250 | 300 | 350
2. Sunset Sailing – P200 |300 | 350
3. Flyfish – P400 | 500 | 600
Note: These activities are in groups so you can just join other groups that are in need of a person or two to take the other part of the cost.
* Where to eat – Andok’s and Mang Inasal are your best choices from breakfast to dinner and even snacks. Cost per meal starts at P70
* Night Life – a bottle or 2 of beer or a glass of mojito at the beach and a little bit of a chitchat with other tourists will suffice. Beer is at P40/bottle and Cocktails P90/glass during happy hour.

Things to do in Boracay

This is how thrilling flyfishing is in Boracay! I prefer this over banana boating.

  • Plan P7500.00 – Slightly tight budget traveler.

* Accomodation – If you are not big in accommodation then I would still recommend Orchids Hotel in Station 3 but if you prefer a hotel that is near everything that you need at just the right price then I suggest you stay in La Carmela De Boracay in station 2.
Price: Standard AC Room (Good for 4 persons) – P2500 | 3500 | 3900
* Activities – This time you got more money to spare for a funfilled vacation. You can add these activities to the ones mentioned above.
1. Island Hopping – Small boats good for 5 people is priced at P1400 | 1600 | 1800
2. Helmet Diving – P600 /person standard price may rise during peak season
3. ATV ride – P500 | 600 | 800
* Where to eat – Go Buffet for Dinner! Try Bamboo Beach Restaurant for only P295. Also, have a fruitshake at Jonah’s for P80.
* Night Life – Try Pub Crawling for P790

Boracay Budget Guide

Behind us is the said largest pearl in the world found in Palawan.

  • Plan P10,000.00 – Not-So-tight budget traveler.

* Accomodation – Go beachfront in Residencia Boracay located in Station 1. Price: Superior Room with breakfast (2 person) P3300 | 4000 | 4500
* Activities – Go parasailing P2000 | 2200 | 2500 or try the GMAX Reverse Bungee which is the latest craze in Boracay for P4500 (3 persons with video) P3000 without video
* Where to eat – Go Seafood Paluto at D’Talipapa where you can buy inexpensive fresh seafoods and have them cooked. Price are charged per kilo per variety of seafood and the type of dish the seafoods are going to be cooked.
* Night Life – Party in Epic Bar.

Things to do in Boracay

The colorful sunset in Boracay

Note: Budgets mentioned above don’t include airfare,  only the mandatory fees but you can just watch out for occasional seat sales happening all year round to get discounted airplane seats. Also, it would vary whether you are going alone or in a group.







WAYS TO ENJOY BORACAY WITHOUT DAMAGING YOUR BUDGET

  • Avoid hiring a motorcycle/tricycle to go around the island or to go from one place to another. You can just walk along white beach. Saves up money. Burns extra calorie.
  • Instead of clubbing, you can just spend the night on a few drinks watching fire dancers.
  • Walk from station 3 to the end of station 1 then pay visit to the grotto of Virgin Mary and make a wish. Locals say this have been one of their traditions.
  • Window shop at D’mall.
  • Watch Kitesurfers do their thing in Bulabog beach.
  • Avoid the crowd and head to Puka Shell Beach.
  • Witness the sunset by the beach with a snack instead of going Paraw Sailing.
  • Spend more on activities and food rather than a luxurious hotel room.
  • Limit your spending. Bring money that is just right for your daily activity so you won’t be taunted to buy things you just fancy but is unnecessary.
  • Don’t be shy to ask. You can save a few hundreds by comparing prices from one contractor to the other and taking advantage of the least expensive offer.
  • Book your room accommodation directly from the hotel and not from agencies or online booking websites to avoid extra charges.
Boracay Budget Guide

Visited the grotto in the early morning before we left and bid goodbye to this paradise. If you have noticed the water is a bit greenish, that’s because it’s the seaweeds shedding off season

I guess this is everything. If you feel asking me for further information, just leave your comments below.

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138 thoughts on “The Boracay Budget Friendly Guide

  • King

    Hi Keza…your post is so informative especially to first timer like me. I am traveling my toddler. Can you suggest any activity that my little one might enjoy..Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • Mary ann

    Hello/ Just wanna ask. Kasi yung flight namin we will arrive in Kalibo at midnight. Meron po bang public bus or van going to caticlan and also sa boat transfer until what time po sila nag ooperate. I checked online but they charge 1k per pax which is a bit expensive. may ma isuggest po ba kayo na makaless kami? thanks

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Mary Ann. Most likely there will be vans going to Caticlan from Kalibo during those hours. I was also told that ferry operation is 24hrs. I suggest you DIY travel since transfer per person will only be 500pesos balikan na

  • Jonah

    Hi Ms. Kez, i wonder kung the day on your arrival kana naghanap ng accomodation or did you book ahead? Planning to go in August and parang trip ko pagdating ko dun na maghanap ng hotel para makatipid. Is that feasible?

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Nikki.. We had our activities arranged with Kuya Enteng Ferolino. Try this number 09098179873. But it may be better if you will get your activities once you are in the island so you can haggle til you get the best price.

  • David from travelscams.org

    Great article, thanks for the tips! Indeed, Philippines is a beautiful archipelago of islands of adventures and getaways. Unfortunately, there is a large number of tourist targeted scams and safety concerns over here.

    Do be wary of the Ativan gang/family scam, familiar face scam, sob story scam, the bump and drop, paedophile scam, cards/poker/blackjack scam, beggars, fake goods, pickpockets, fake travel agents, bullet in bag scam, airline desk overweight luggage, immigration officer bribe, taxi spray scam and many more!

  • Lournabell

    Thank you for this blog. Good you did not recommend nor mention the BLUELILLY HOTEL at station 1. Had a very bad experience with them, do you have any idea what other hotels are associated with them and I will keep myself off from any of these? And to those who donΒ΄t want to have a bloody lips because all you can do is to bite them when disappointment and frustrations are at hand please avoid booking thru MYBORACAYGUIDE. ItΒ΄s up to you how you figure that out.

  • kristianjaker

    Hi there!

    Would like to ask, is the “buffet dinner style” still available along the beach front?

    Last time me and my friends went to Boracay was 2012, and that was the usual thing back then, several hotels and such would assemble enclosed areas in the beachfront, then they’d set up these buffet style for dinner.

    If possible, I’d like to ask, how is it now? Me and my friends are going there next month?

    Also, what can you recommend for good buffet for dinner?

    Thanks a lot! Cheers!

  • Gelatto07

    Hi! I’d like to know if staying in boracay for just 2 days and 1 night is enough? I really have a tight work schedule at the hospital so that’s my max. Will be arriving late at kalibo, around 9pm then flight leaving for manila is about 7pm. So it’s like a 1 night and 1 1/2 day i guess. Can you suggest some to-do list for such a short span of time? Thank you so much!

  • AA

    Just want to know if the Restaurants near Kalibo Airport and Airport Transfers like Van and Boat if it is 24 hours?. Since our flight will be at night. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Mish

    Hi Keza 😊 Tanong ko lang po saan ka nagbook ng 250pesos na Van and boat transfer? Usually sa online kasi nasa 700-1k pesos eh.. Thank you in advance po.

  • JZ

    Hi πŸ™‚ Where did you avail the roundtrip transfer worth 500? Is that Kalibo to Boracay already? I have seen rates on different tours that roundtrip Kalibo Airport-Hotel transfer is around 800-1000php. Just wanted to check if I can get lower prices that those πŸ™‚ Thanks in advance.

  • Lene

    Hi may i know where did you book your rountrip flights? (Looking for convenient yet cheapest flight from mnla to caticlan) thanks so much sis! 😊

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Lene.

      I booked our flights with airasia during their seat sale.. they dont have flights to Caticlan yet so from Kalibo airport we rode a van to Caticlan port. If you want a flight directly to Caticlan, check out Cebu Pac and PAL. Not sure how much is the current prices though. 😘

    • Johnson Go

      Hi Lene,

      If you are still looking in to go to Boracay anytime between Jan 8 – June 30 this 2017, send me the details of your excursion through facebook or email.

      Thanks and happy new year!!!

  • Fendy

    Hi.. Can I know what the latest time bus from kalibo tuh caticlan airport and what the earliest from caticlan to kalibo also for the ferry time. Thanks a lot

      • Fendy

        Hi Keza i just booked a flight from MNL to Caticlan but i take the earliest flight. Can I know what is the earliest time ferry start to operate from Boracay to Caticlan jetty and it takes how many minutes for the travel time? Thank you a lot πŸ˜€

        • Keza M Post author

          Hi Fendy. As to what i was told ferry operations is 24 hrs but if it isnt i bet they have trips as early as 5am. Travel may take 15-30 minutes depending on the sea condition.

  • Marla

    Hi, how much is the fare for a bus ride or van from Kalibo airport? we are 5 and our time arrival is at 7pm on Dec15, is it still possible to travel straight to Boracay even if its already late? Thanks.

      • Rex

        Hmmm… The hotel offered a RT transfers from Kalibo to Boracay for P1.5K per head. I was pressed for time and no one could give me more solid info at that time so I grabbed the offer… now only to realize that we are being charge P1k extra per head for their services. What a rip-off….

  • michelle nerie galagar

    Hi, do you have a link for the orchids hotel that you are referring? I cant seem to find their website just to make sure that what we would be getting in agencies are fairly priced since one of your tips is to book directly from the hotel. Thanks

  • katie

    Ask ko lng about the transfers, madami oo ba sa kalibo na maaskyan na bus na worth 500 with boat round trip na? Or mgpabook na lng kme baka kc mas mahal po.

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Katie. Vans po 250 one-way with boat na. Terminal fee na lang babayaran nio sa Jettyport. Nasa labas lang sila ng airport sa Kalibo at madami sila. Same with the travel pabalik. Nasa labas lng jettyport yung mga vans.

  • Masters

    Hello we are planning together with my girlfriend to have vacation in boracay magkano kaya total budget if ever yung range ng budget siguro kahit 3 to 5 days? πŸ™‚

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi. Budget depends on the activities, accommodation, splurges among others. You have to decide muna kung ano mga gagawin nyo and evrything then budgetting will follow. When we were there, each of us spent 8000 for 4days and splurged a little on food and drinks then took some activities like parasailing, helmet diving, flyFish, atv ride, paraw sailing, island hopping. Our accommodation was the big saver cause it only cost 900/night

  • Edz

    Hi!
    Me & my family (parents,my husband & 2 kids) will be in Boracay this coming Oct 14-17,2016 . Can you suggest activities that all of us can enjoy?
    Thank you

  • kC

    Ms. Keza, your blog is so helpful and informative. Just wanna ask if you have any idea, what would be the latest boat ride from jetty port? ETA kasi namin is 6:45 pm (Kalibo)

  • Anna

    This is very informative ! Am a first timer and coming with me is my Partner and Son who is 7yrs old who also are bora-virgins hihihi. Im planning to book a hotel/apartelle that is located station 2 as per booking.com its a 2 minute walk towards the beach. Do u think that’s somewhat near ? Kasi yan n mura na nakita ko πŸ™‚ Super Thanks sa blog mo kasi napaka detailed. Godbless !

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Anna. If it’s 2 minutes away from the beach, that may be near. Di nman masyado malalayo ang mga hotels sa white beach. Walking distance lang din nman. Just make to have your essentials with you whenever you go out para di na magpabalik balik sa hotel. Have fun πŸ˜†

  • Jes

    Hi, great blog :))) emailed this to my friends. Anyway, did you try mermaid swimming? I’m interested kaya lang I don’t know how much it costs eh and if it’s worth every penny. Also, yung clubbing sa boracay is 7 days a week ba? thanks :)))

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Jes. Yeah mermaid swimming is totally worth it but I suggest you make the most out of your visit to Boracay by exploring the entire island and discovering other things worth spending your time on. And yeah. Clubbing is 7 days a week. Clubs normally start operations around 1PM. Check out http://www.philippinemermaidswimmingacademy.com/ if you are really into mermaid swimming. They have sessions here in Manila. πŸ™‚

      • Jes

        Ohhh the thought of wearing mermaid tails excites me na nga eh:))) kaya lang I was checking prices 1,500 sa websites pero 2,000 naman daw when I inquired. medyo mahal nga sya kaya I’m looking at other options and glad to have read your blog thanks πŸ™‚

  • Ai

    Hi keza, thanks for your blog it’s very informative πŸ™‚ I am going to boracay on November, just wondering if it’s fine to find a van and boat transfer when we get there or is it better to do it ahead of time? our flight will be at 3pm and ETA in Kalibo at 4:15pm. Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Ai. It’ s okay to not reserve a van and a boat transfer. 4.15pm is stil early. There would be a lot of vans headed to Caticlan Jettyport in those hours. P250 is the price which already includes the boat transfer. What you would need to pay at the port is the terminal fee. Ayt. Have fun

  • Jezany

    Hi keza..thanks for your blog..it’s very informative..do you know someone in boracay that offers cheap activities?thanks!

  • Ara

    Hi, I would like to ask if you have any contact numbers of people who is realible and can help us with van and boat transfer since were going to have late in the afternoon flight from kalibo this coming Nov 12..So,that we can inquire or have an early reservations. Thanks! 😊

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Ara. I wanna know how late is late? In this type of scenario, I think the most reliable service you can get for your transfer would be from your chosen hotel. If you had already booked a hotel, try to ask if they can also get your transfer arranged for you. If cost is an issue, Il try to get you Boracay’s tourism office number so you can further inquire… will get back to you with the number. 😊

      • Ara

        Oh thank you Keza! πŸ™‚ Our ETA in Kalibo is at 6:45pm. So, where expecting hardship in terms of travelling from Kalibo-Bora. Can you suggest what could be the best thing we can do about it? Thanks in advance πŸ™‚ Actually we still don’t have hotel accomodation yet.

  • chelaii

    Hi! i’ll be going to boracay this month and i kept on looking for packages for the water activities like island hopping, atv and parasailing. I’ve noticed that the prices you’ve posted was a bit cheaper, may i know where did you find this prices/ deals? thanks.

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Chelaii.. These are normally the prices if you are going to get your Boracay activities from a local commissioner. What happens when you book with agencies is that prices tend to be higher since most likely they are only a 3rd party or a partner agency with those agencies in Boracay. Since you are going this off season, might as well arrange your tour upon arriving in the island. Gives you more options and opportunities to save since prices are lower than the usual.Hope this helps. Have fun. πŸ˜‡

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Anna. It was based from the prices given to us by the commissioners in Bora. We went there during the off season just about weeks before the high season. Those 3 were also some of the activities we took during our 4 days there.. πŸ™‚

      • Jen Manibay

        Hi Ms. Keza, ask ko lang if may contact ka nung commissioner nyo sa bora? Me and my friend will be there in 2 weeks time and mejo mahal ung nacontact ko e. Thanks in advance and thanks sa blog mo πŸ™‚

  • Era

    Hi Keza πŸ™‚ sa wakas nakakita rin ako ng mga sariwang tips sa pamamagitan nitong blog mo, lahat kasi ng nabasa ko na ay mga 2 or 3 yrs ago na. Pwede ko ng gawin ang itinerary ko para sa 3 days and 2 night bora trip ko. Salamat dito πŸ™‚

    Ps. Hindi ba nakakahiya na ang isang 50 yrs old na tulad ko ay maglakad ng naka-2 piece, labas ang bilbil at sangkatutak na varicose veins? =))

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Era. Remember to adjust the prices if you are going this high season but you can always try to negotiate to lower it down a bit. And don’t worry about your last query! There are worse things in Boracay than your 50 year old bod. Go have fun! πŸ™‚

  • Seth Oswald

    Are you after travelling more while spending less? Then choose the budget friendly hotels and accommodations. I for one choose the cheaper option when I travel alone or together with my gals. Usually, we book ahead of time to avail promos like the Deluxe Suite at boracay beachfront hotel, or take advantage of airfare promos and hotel services.

  • shai pascual

    hi ms. keza…my friends and i were going to boracay this coming june but i’m still confuse kung anung alin ang mas advisable kunin for boracay activities. other sites offer parasailing pacakges for 1700 per head or mas makakamura po ba kami if dun ng lng kami maghahanap..nakita ko po sa blog mo na meron 2000 good for 2 pax….thank you and god bless πŸ™‚

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Melton. I made a list of the prices the last time I was there. I also took the opportunity to ask the commissioners about the prices for peak and super peak seasons. You can check My Boracay Guide for further reference.

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Bebs. We went to Crowne Hotel’s oceanarium. That i think was the Pearl of Allah, the biggest to ever been discovered in Philippines waterz. πŸ™‚

  • jam

    Hi ang galing ngt blog mo..Kudos !
    tanong ko lang,hanggang anong oras bukas ung port(caticlan to boracay)?at ung byahe ng mga vans/bus kalibo to caticlan?
    thank u in advance!

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Jam. Thanks. Not sure e kung may cut off. Guess for safety purpose beyond 7pm wala na ata biahe to Boracay. And van transfers siguro would have to be available until the last flight sa gabi.

  • Fraulein bodo

    Hi ms. Keza your blog is very helpful. Were going to boracay this coming April but I’m still confuse kung anong itinerary and pwede kong gawin. The only thing na Napa book namen is hotel and plane. Do you have any contact person for the transfer van/boat? And also any cheapest idea for making an itinerary. Thanks

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Fraulein. You dont really have to worry about transfers. Mas mura if dun nyo na sa airport kukunin yun. If Kalibo airport kayo lalapag, P250/person van at boat na yun. Pagkadating nyo sa Boracay, sakay lang kayo tricycle going to your station. Tapos madali lang nman gumawa ng itinerary. Just list first yung mga activities and cost. Yung resto na gusto nyk itry and how much. Afterwards ifinalize nyo lang. Eliminate the least na di nyo gusto or feeling nyo di naman kawalan sa vacation nio. Have fun. πŸ™‚

      • Jane

        Hi Ms. Keza, about to go there next month and we’re about to pay 1250 per person for the transport from Kalibo, is it convenient if we just went there and try for the van transpo ourself to minimize our expenses , hassle free po ba? And any additional expenses like our agency said environmental fee and etc?

        • Keza M Post author

          Hi Jane. Yes hassle free nman yung DIY transfer from Kalibo to Caticlan Jetty Port. Yes may other fees pa na babayran. Kindly refer na lang sa post for further info

      • Jane

        Hi Ms. Keza, about to go there next month and we’re about to pay 1250 per person for the transport from Kalibo, is it convenient if we just went there and try for the van transpo ourself to minimize our expenses , hassle free po ba? And any additional expenses like our agency said environmental fee and etc?

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi Lally. Pubcrawl has its own website. Better to check the current rates there. It varies kasi depende sa season ng pagpunta niyo. Parasailing is P2500 per sailing. πŸ™‚

      • Lally Ocampo

        Saw the website. Thanks for the herlp. P690 for female; P790 for male. I don’t what the 100-peso difference is. The inclusions are the same. I don’t think the bigger shirt size accounts for that. Haha. Thanks again!

        • Keza M Post author

          Hi Lally. Good on you. Thanks for the update. I think the P100 difference is because they expect men to drink more than women. Prove them wrong will you?.! 😜😜😜

  • Grace

    Hi! Thanks for the info, it’s really helpful….:-)
    I would like to ask if you have a contractor (for islnd hopping, helmet diving etc.)that you can refer to me. We’re going to boracay this month. Thanks and God bless!

    • Keza M Post author

      Hi. Unfortunately di ko naitago yung contact info nung contractor na nakuha namen.. Andami kasi nila. In fact you can just shop around until you find the best deal…