Boracay, the most popular and beautiful island in the Philippines, is a paradise for sun-seekers. It also offers various activities from scuba diving to snorkeling to island hopping.

With such a wide range of activities available in Boracay, it’s no wonder many people choose to spend their vacation here. However, there are several factors that can make travel to this island expensive or even impossible for some people. If you’re planning on visiting Boracay, this Boracay expenses list might help you decide whether to push through or not. Read more!

Plane Booking

In my previous travel review of Boracay, I mentioned that I decided to travel from Bicol to Manila via bus but I didn’t mention the travel fare, so here’s the story.

Since I am from Bicol, we tried booking through Cebu Pacific from Bicol International Airport (BIA) to Caticlan airport but the airfare is expensive for me. Compared to NAIA to Caticlan flight, the cost is almost thrice the first option.

Flight Comparison of BIA vs NAIA

,The first image above shows that Legazpi to Caticlan airfare is Php 6,981.84 per adult via Philippine Airline.

While the next image shows that if I’m going to book from Manila to Caticlan via Cebu Pacific, that will only cost Php 2,610.24 per head. Sounds like big savings, right?

So I decided to just travel to Manila via bus and here’s the estimated breakdown of my expenses from there:   

Php 1200  Bus Fare
Php 500  Burger, Fries, Biscuits, and Cup Noodles
Php 1000  Emergency meds (Advil, Imodium, Bonamine, Cetirizine, Vicks vapor rub)
Php 250  Taxi
Php 2950  TOTAL

  Maybe next time, I’ll consider traveling via plane directly from BIA to Caticlan because of two reasons.

  1. I can make use of the ten to twelve hours time for work (that might have paid me more than my savings for choosing bus travel)
  2. I want to see Mayon Volcano from above, live!

But that’s okay, At least I was able to spend more time with my best friend from Manila and I can boast that I already entered the Ninoy Aquino International Airport where I had a funny eXperience. Lol. Read my previous Boracay Travel blog to see what I’m talking about.

Hotel Booking

Of course we need a place where we can relax after strolling around Boracay Island so we booked our stay at Lingganay Hotel Resort Boracay via Agoda. Read my review about this hotel too on my previous Boracay blog.

You can see in the screenshot above that we booked a Superior Room with free wi-fi and breakfast. The total amount is Php 8,332.65 and we are 3 occupants so it costs Php 2,777.55 per head.

When We Get to Caticlan

From Caticlan Airport, we rode a tricycle going to Caticlan Jetty Port. Then we rode a boat to Cagban Port and another tricycle from Cagban port to our hotel.

Php 150  Tricycle Fee (max of 4 passengers)
Php 150 Environmental Fee per person
Php 50 Boat Fare per person
Php 100 Terminal Fee per person
Php 150 Tricycle Fee (max of 4 passengers)
Php 600 TOTAL

 

The Moment of Truth – The Island Expenses!

Shuttle service from Lingganay Hotel Resort to D’Mall at Station 2 is free so you won’t have to worry about transportation going to the main Boracay Beach and back. You just have to contact the front desk if you already want to go back to the hotel so that they can fetch you. Their cut-off time though is 10:30. In case you reached the cut-off time or if you’re in a hurry, tricycles are available with a fee of P150 to P200 per ride whether in a group or solo.

Our Meals

Of course, you are not going to Boracay without being prepared when your tummy starts to crave. Indeed there are lots of choices for where to eat on the Island. You just need to identify what you really want to eat to avoid spending extra. Let me show you how our three days went when it comes to food but I can say this is not ideal.

  • 1st Day
    Lunch – Lingganay Hotel Resort

    Dinner – The Hobbit Tavern

  • 2nd Day
    Breakfast – FREE
    Lunch – Included on our Island Hopping Fee

    Dinner – Angel’s Pizza Delivery!

  • 3rd Day
    Breakfast – FREE
    Lunch – Lingganay Hotel Resort
    Snacks – HaloMango

Halo Mango Menu Board

Beach Activities

These are the things that are truly worth spending because you are going to Boracay to enjoy and really eXperience the place.

Php 800  Island Hopping (w/ free buffet lunch)
Php 150  Snorkeling
Php 300  Crystal Cove Entrance Fee
Php 250  Crystal Kayak Fee (unlimited shots)
Php 300  Hair Braid
Php 1800  TOTAL

But let me tell you, three days are not enough to try all the activities Boracay has to offer. I haven’t even tried more challenging activities such as scuba diving, ufo, parasailing, etc., because we want to make sure we won’t be left off by our plane. Those usually range from 500 to 1000 per head so that means you will be spending more if you want to try those.

Overall Boracay Travel Expenses

So from someone who came from Albay Bicol and who chooses to take a bus to Manila and a plane to Caticlan, here are the overall estimated eXpenses for my three days and two nights’ stay in Boracay Island.

Php 2950.00  Bicol to Manila Travel
Php 2610.24  NAIA to Caticlan Airport Plane Travel
Php 600.00  Land, Boat, and other fees in Caticlan
Php 2777.55  Lingganay Hotel Booking
Php 3500.00  Food
Php 1800.00  Beach Activities
Php 7500.00  Souvenirs, personal wants, etc.
Php 20,537.79  TOTAL

What’s the best thing about it is the plane ticket and hotel reservation were refunded by my best friend from Australia and she shouldered almost everything that we spent on that vacation. I actually saved Php 9,000.

Now what you want to do is to look for a best friend who is willing to cover your eXpenses for going to Boracay. Or at least some of it. Lol, just kidding.

I hope this article helps with your plans to go on a trip to Boracay!