Arthur and Paul went on a flashpacking deluxe trip to the Philippines. They enjoyed vibrant Manilla, relaxed at the white sand beaches of Boracay, visited the Chocolate Hills at Bohol and snorkeled in clear turquoise water with whale sharks. In the meanwhile they enjoyed good hotels and restaurants. But, what were the costs of their flashpacking deluxe adventure in the Philippines?
This article is part of the Money Matters series in which we ask travelers to keep their expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Real travelers, real expenses.
COSTS 21-DAY PHILIPPINES TRIP: 1500 EURO (1685,00 USD)
DAILY TRAVEL EXPENSES PHILIPPINES*: 71,42 EURO (80,23 USD)
*These daily travel expenses are per one person per day. Including all tours, domestic flights, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, tips etc. Excluding international flights.
EXAMPLES OF PRICES IN PHILIPPINES:
These prices are per person unless stated otherwise.
Standard Philippines expenses
One night in a hostel dormitory: 10,71 euro (12,04 USD)
A short 10-minute taxi ride: 1,0 euro (1,12 USD)
A bottle of water (0,5L) at the store: 0,30 euro (0,33 USD)
A local beer at a bar/restaurants: 1,25 euro (1,40 USD)
A glass of coca cola in a restaurant: 1,25 euro (1,40 USD)
Lunch at a local restaurant: 5 euro (5,62 USD)
Dinner at a local restaurant: 10 euro (11,24 USD)
Notable Philippines expenses
Five single flight tickets (Manila – Kalibo, Kalibo – Cebu, Cebu – Manila, Manila – Puerto Princessa, Puerto Princessa – Cebu): 375,00 euro (421,67 USD)
Comfortable hotel (per room): 50,00 euro (56,20 USD)
Ferry Cebu to Bohol: 9,80 (11,10 USD)
Snorkeling with whale sharks: 19,00 euro (21,64 USD)
Boat tour El Nido – Palawan: 19,00 euro (21,64 USD)
Zipline Bohol: 7,00 euro (7,87 USD)
SOME DETAILS ON THIS TRIP:
About the backpackers: Arthur (28) and Paul (33), the Netherlands.
Destination and travel period: Philippines in December 2014 for 3 weeks
Visited places: Manilla, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Oslob, Palawan
Type of trip: Couple, independently
Accommodation*: Standard (guesthouses and hotels)
Transportation*: Luxe (taxi’s, private cars, first class)
Food*: Standard (food in medium priced local restaurants and western restaurants).
Currency rate: 1 euro = 53 Peso
*4 options: basic, budget, standard and luxury
PHILIPPINES TIPS BY ARTHUR
- Book your domestic flight tickets in advance. It will safe a lot of money during high season. Cebu Air Pacific is good choice!
- Swim with whale sharks in Oslob and visit the nearby Tumalog waterfalls (about 30 minutes by scooter or car)
- When you go to Palawan, make sure to get cash first in Puerto Princess. There are no ATM’s on the island of Palawan.
- For a great dinner, visit the Mezzanine Restaurant at El Nido. It isn’t cheap, but you can enjoy delicious Italian food with ocean views.
- Visit the underwater river in Sabang (Palawan) and do an island boat trip in El Nido (Palawan). Both are quite touristy, but absolutely beautiful.
Have you been on a flashpacking trip to the Philippines? Can you relate to these travel costs?