BACKPACKING THE PHILIPPINES

Quick facts

Trip length: 

Time of year: 

Year of trip:

Budget:

3 weeks

April - May

2017

$2,038

Table of contents

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       - Manila

       - Boracay

       - Cebu

       - Siargao

       - El Nido

  

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Budget breakdown

 

Things to note:

  • Due to the nature of my freelance work, I always book my flights last minute, which means they cost a lot more than if bought a few months in advance

  • Whilst the Philippines isn't expensive, it's more pricey than some of the mainland popular backpacking countries in South East Asia

  • Transport in the Philippines is super slow, flights are often delayed (for hours on end), so don't think you can quickly hop from one island to another

  • I paid for nearly everything in cash, so it was hard to keep track of a detailed budget

Total Trip Cost (24 days)

Flights from the UK:

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$961

$284

$390

$127

$1,238

$3,000

 

Itinerary Summary

 

Manila

 

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Accommodation

Makati Junction Hostel, dorm room: $11 per night.

 

Boracay

Duration of stay

4 nights and 3 full days

Travel

Flight from Manila: $55

Accommodation

Mad Monkey (permanently closed), dorm room: $12 per night.

Activities

  • Mad Monkey party boat tour $35

  • Please note Boracay was shut down for 6 months are this trip and has completely changed now

 

Cebu

Duration of stay

5 nights and 4 full days

Travel

Flight from Boracay: $55

Accommodation

Activities

  • Whale sharks - DON'T DO THIS - if you want to see the whale sharks travel to Donsol where they don't feed them

  • Aguinid Falls: PHP 300 / $6

  • Kawasan Falls Canyoning: PHP 1,500 / $31

 

Siargao

Duration of stay

5 nights and 4 full days

Accommodation

Soffta Surf Ranch, General Luna, dorm room: $10 per night.

 

El Nido

Duration of stay

6 nights and 5 full days

Accommodation

Outpost Beach Hostel, dorm room: $12 per night.

Activities

Outpost Hostel Boat Tour: PHP 1,700 / $34.50

Accommodation

 

Manila:

Makati Junction Hostel

Matheus Building Annex,

General Luna corner Don Pe, Makati, Manila,  

Book now on Hostelworld >>

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Cebu:

Moalboal Backpacker Lodge

Panagsama Beach,

Basdiot,  Cebu,  

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Siargao:

Soffta Surf Ranch

Tourism Road,

8419 General Luna

Siargao

Book now on Booking.com >>

 

El Nido:

Outpost Beach Hostel

Sitio Lugadia National Highway,  

El Nido,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Travel

 

All internal flights were just booked on Skyscanner and bus tickets were bought on the bus.

Activities

 

Most activities were booked through the hostels we stayed at or at one of the many travel agent stores around.

To give you an idea of prices:

  • Mad Monkey Party Boat Tour: PHP 1,800 / $35

  • Whale sharks - DON'T DO THIS - if you want to see the whale sharks travel to Donsol where they don't feed them

  • Aguinid Falls: PHP 300 / $6

  • Kawasan Falls Canyoning: PHP 1,500 / $31

  • Outpost Hostel El Nido Boat Tour: PHP 1,700 / $34.50

If you're looking to book some day trips in the Philippines, here are some other ideas:

 

Do this trip as a tour

Click on the tour to be taken to the Intrepid Travel page.

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