Boracay budget: ₱10,300 (US$206)
I’ve been coming back to Boracay island for 5 consecutive years and I will do so for more years to come. It may not be the same Boracay from 20 years ago but I believe it’s more of how you experience being really there, and from 5 years ago until today, I still consider this Island as one of the most beautiful places here in the Philippines.
Our daily routine starts by going to the market to buy foods to be cooked and eaten throughout the day, after lunch we drink at the balcony or do island activities and then take a quick nap before preparing for the nightlife.
How to get to Boracay
There are 2 ways to get to the island, (1) via Caticlan airport, this route is the fastest way to reach Boracay, it’s probably just 1:15 hours flight and 15 minutes boat ride, (2) via Kalibo airport which would take around 1 hour flight, 2 hours shuttle ride and 15 minutes boat ride, the travel time is much longer than the 1st one but this is much cheaper, but believe me, it’s the same. When booking Kalibo-Manila make sure that the schedule is 10am on-wards. We have experienced booking a 6am-flight to Manila, we had to rent a ferry boat and a van to make it in time for departure.
Where to stay in Boracay
These are the hotels that we have stayed-in, they all have a kitchen and a small balcony, complete with AC, fridge, TV, a single spacey bathroom and 24 hours security.
Budget: 500/head (max 5 pax/room)
Full list of Hotels and other accommodations in Boracay.
Boracay Station 2 Activities
Visit Boracay My Guide website here to check other island activities and rates.
Almost all activities you can imagine can be found in Boracay, seems like every year we visit there’s a new activity being discovered. I must say that I’m not really a fan of island activities and I would rather spend my money on food, drinks and souvenirs, but we did try some during our first visit.
Buggy Car and ATV
Beer drinking and passing-out (LOL)
Boracay Budget Breakdown
- The airfare was on sale and we got it for only ₱3,300 all in, back and forth
- ₱500/head for the hotel accommodation, a big room with two king size beds (4 days is at ₱2,000)
- If you have friends that can cook, ₱2,000 for 4 days is a safe budget for food allowance. Dining outside will be limited
- Be at the bar as early as 5pm so you could avail the happy hour (beer is half the price). ₱1,000 for 3 nights.
- ₱1,000 budget for island activities, depending on the activities you choose, we got ATV + skycycle package for ₱600.00, helmet diving is ₱400, they will provide you with list of activities and packages.
- ₱1,000 budget for simple souvenirs like ball pen, bag tags, fridge magnet and t-shirts.
Foods and Nightlife
Food and Booze.
Location: Station 2 – D’mall complex, at the back of Epic Boracay, Open from 0800-0100
Review: Big servings for a reasonable price. The flavor of Bulalo is too light but it’s good enough. The Sizzling Porterhouse is tasty.
Spent: Php420.00 to share
Location: Station 2 – Beach front, D’mall.
Review: I’ve set a high standard when it comes to Baby Back Ribs, probably because the first BBR I tasted was from Chili’s and it was exceptional, stunning flavors.
Gasthof’s BBR is classic. Good quality of meat, marinated and grilled. The thing that makes it stand-out is the sauce. The sauce is an Asian recipe of BBQ sauce–sweet, sour and a little spicy.
Half serving cost about Php450 but good enough for three people to share. I didn’t finish the whole thing and I had to take-out the remaining two ribs.
Sinigang na hipon (Sour Shirmp Soup) is one of the traditional Filipino dishes that have existed generations to generations. There are already ready-made powdered mix which you can buy even from a small convenient store. All you need to do is to mix it with water, shrimp and vegetables then let it boil for 20-30 minutes.
Gasthof’s version is traditional. They use sampalok (tamarind) and they don’t use the ready-mix powdered sachet to make the soup sour, they cook it using earthened pots under a campfire.
Spent: Php450.00 (BBR), Php230.00 (Sinigang na hipon)
Location: Station 2 – Beach front Open 24 hours
Review: Owned by an entrepreneur from New York and managed by a local staffs. A fast-food restaurant that serves burgers, hotdogs, American style and Filipino style breakfasts.
I’ll be direct to the point. (1) Expensive breakfast (2) Staffs are no where to be found (3) Waiting time of 45 minutes is too long for a simple breakfast which mostly consists of just fried foods.
Spent: Php330.00 for all American breakfast (extra rice cost Php45.00)
We tried to check other bars but we always end up taking the whole night out at Tito’s, maybe because of the ambiance and its reggae theme. The first time we visited Tito’s they have a full band playing reggae music but now they’ve downgraded to just live acoustics because of government regulations to reduce noise, but it’s still great, the performers are so talented. They serve happy hour from 5pm-7pm where beers are half the price.