Budget Boracay Trip: A Travel Guide and Low-cost Tips

by - Friday, February 05, 2016

by Anna Magtibay

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Think dream trip like famed island #Boracay in the #Philippines is totally out of reach? I’m not going to lie, Boracay is a pretty expensive place, but like everywhere else, there are #affordable ways to get around it. Here’s my travel guide and low-cost tips that will help you get on your way.

How to get there

From Manila there are several flights daily from Manila airport to Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport. From Caticlan airport it is a 15 minute bus ride to Caticlan Jetty Port followed by 15 minute boat ride to Boracay Island’s Cagban Port and another 15-20 minute land trip to the resorts in White Beach. 

As for us, we take the Kalibo Airport, it takes around 1.5 to 2 hours of travel time, bus or van to Caticlan Jetty Port (Fare: Php 250 van with boat ride). Upon arrival at the jetty port, proceed to the booths near the entrance to the building and settle the Terminal Fee (Php 100) and Environmental Fee (Php75). 

Inside the port building, register, proceed to the Passenger Waiting Area, and wait for the boarding announcement. You will dock either Cagban or Tambisaan Port. Either way, there are tricycles waiting here that can take you to your hotel that cost Php25 per ride.

Where to Stay

There are a lot of choices to have when you are looking for a cozy and comfortable accommodation in Boracay.

-Astoria Boracay Hotel

Located in Station 1, this Beachfront Luxury Hotel is a perfect place to stay. It is conveniently near the shopping area, popular restaurants, and bars. Some facilities at Astoria Boracay include a nice swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, a business center, and Wifi access.

Deluxe Room

Air conditioning
Hot and Cold Shower
LCD Cable TV
In-room Safe

Bed configuration
1 Queen Bed OR
1 Double Bed OR
2 Double Beds
(Subject to availability. Please advise us of your preference upon booking)

Good for 2 Guests
Maximum of 4 Guests sharing bed
(Extra persons charge applies for the 3rd and 4th persons.)

-Villa Criselda Resort

If you’re in a budget you can try to stay in a transient house or budget hotel which starts at P 500-P 1500. During our trip in Boracay we stayed in Villa Criselda Hotel. Our 3D/3N only amounted to P 5,550 good for 4 (P 1375/each).

Good for 2 Guests
Maximum of 4 Guests sharing bed

What to do

Basically, apart from dancing or partying in Boracay, vacationers can enjoy sunbathing on the powdery white sand of Boracay. For Adventure seekers, you can try watersports such as flying fish, Parasailing, Helmet Diving, ATV ride to Mt.Luho,Island Hopping, Standup Paddling  or take a boat ride to Ariel’s Point where they can face their fears and dive off of cliffs 5 meters, 8 meters, and 15 meters high.

Enjoying the view at Mt. Luho (can be reach by ATV ride)

Enjoying my time on the beach

There is an abundance of things to do while you’re in Boracay. And remember, travelling in your dream place is not costly as you think of, you just have to know how to cut your budget wise.
If you want to know how much budget you’ll be spending with this trip simply write your comment or message me and don’t forget to follow.



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