Sunday, April 08, 2012

Visiting Boracay on a Budget

Traveling doesn't necessarily mean spending a lot. Most of the time, people tend to be practical, including my very self.  Last March 8-10, I visited one of the world's most famous beaches - BORACAY.

Let's do a little history first, according to Wikipedia, Boracay or "Bora" as a lot will shorten it, is located 315km south of Manila.  It is derived from the local word "borac" which means white cotton.  Other credits say that the name originates from "bora" meaning bubbles and "bocay" meaning white.  All of the words mentioned will point out the powdery white sands of Boracay.




If you're planning out a trip, you do plan everything in advance, from airfare, accommodation, up to the littlest detail of your trip. Here's a table of all my Boracay expenses:


Airphil One Way Ticket (Manila-Caticlan)
1,776.00
Zest Airways One Way Ticket (Kalibo – Manila)
1,691.00
3D 2N Accommodation at La Carmela de Boracay
1,740.00
NAIA Terminal Fee
200.00
Tricycle Fare to Caticlan Port
50.00/2 = 25.00 (each)
Environmental and Admission Fee (Caticlan Port)
75.00
Terminal Fee ( Caticlan Port)
50.00
Boat Ride Fare to Boracay Port
25.00
Tricycle Fare Ride to Station 2
20.00
Day 1: Lunch at Villa de Oro
160.00
Fruit Shake
50.00
Dinner at Andoks
55.00
Day 2: Island Hopping
300.00 (each)
Snorkeling Gear ( rent)
100.00
Lunch near Shangrila Boracay
180.00 (each)
ATV + Entrance to Puka Beach
350.00
Fruit Shake at Jona’s
95.00
Dinner at Mang Inasal
75.00
Souvenirs:  Shell Display from Puka Beach
80.00
Keychain – 8 pcs
100.00
Ref Magnet- 8 pcs
100.00
Jewelry Case
100.00
Coin Purse (2 pcs)
40.00
Day 3: More Souvenir Items Small Native Bag
75.00
White Shirt with Boracay Print (women’s)
100.00
I left my Heart in Boracay Pink Shirt (women’s)
150.00
White Shirt for Men (2 pcs)
170.00
White Shirt ( Unisex)
85.00
White Shirts for men (2 pcs) – for our office Utility Personnel
170.00 /4 = 42.50
Purse (4 pcs)
100.00
Small Sling Bags
70*2 = 140.00
*Fares and Fees: Boat Ride Fee
25.00
Terminal Fee
50.00
Van Fare to Kalibo
150.00
Kalibo International Airport Fee
40.00
*Pasalubong / Delicacies = Any 3 for 100
100*2 = 200.00
TOTAL
8,714.50


Notes:
3D 2N Accommodation at La Carmela (deal from Ensogo) 1,740.00
Airphil Airfare Ticket (on Promo)
We got a free ride to Boracay Port on our way back (haha! )

PROMO FARES AND DISCOUNTED VOUCHERS - - - IT'S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

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7 comments:

Anne Santos said...

How many were you in this trip? Planning to goHow many were you in this trip? Planning to go this year. this year.

Joanne Camet on 11:49 AM said...

Hi Anne! We were around 10 because the in laws of one of my friends also joined us in the island hopping.

We only paid 1,740 for the 3D 2N stay at La Carmela because we got a deal from Ensogo.

If it is just fine for you to stay on a non beachfront accommodation I can suggest Hannah Hotel. It's located at the back of the church (Station 1). Just a 5-minute walk to and from the beach. We stayed there last December.

If you have question(s) do not hesitate to email me.

:)

Anonymous said...

hi Anne is your budget currency is Peso?

Anonymous said...

hi Anne you spend money for just only 8,714? is that a Peso?

Joanne Camet on 2:10 AM said...

HI! Yes, it's in Philippine Peso :)

Kit Cruz on 11:05 AM said...

Most people thought of going to Boracay is too expensive, and you prove them wrong. And there are really cheap hotels in boracay, if budget is a big issue. :)

Joanne Camet on 11:55 AM said...

Hi Kit! Boracay travel is not (anymore) expensive. It can be done on a budget with proper research. Thanks for dropping a comment!

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