Travel Expenses: Boracay 2008

I just got back from a fun, relaxing weekend at Boracay with my favorite travel buddies, Gail, Marc, Eric and Melo. We were all set to go to Romblon, when we found out that we ran out of tickets and we got re-routed to Boracay. Hey, we’re not complaining!

This isn’t our first time to go to this gorgeous Philippine beach, so we skipped the island hopping and other water sports, and just settled on exploring Bulabog beach, walking up and down the long beach road and gorging ourselves silly. This is the life.

December 2008
Cost Per Person
Air Transfers

Seair PHP 0.00 PHP 0.00 1
Manila Domestic Terminal Fee PHP 200.00 PHP 200.00
Caticlan Terminal Fee PHP 20.00 PHP 20.00

Airport/Ferry Port Transfers
Manila (Two way) PHP 550.00 PHP 550.00
Boracay (Two way) PHP 55.00 PHP 55.00 2

Taj Boracay
Php 2,000 per night PHP 2,000.00 PHP 666.00 3

Food Expenses
All meals and drinks PHP 1,998.00 PHP 1,998.00 4

Environmental Fees PHP 50.00 PHP 50.00 5
Ferry Port Terminal Fee PHP 100.00 PHP 100.00 6
Internet PHP 140.00 PHP 140.00 7
Souvenirs PHP 20.00 PHP 20.00
Total Php 3,799.00

1 Thank you Seair!
2 As passengers of Seair, we get complimentary transfers from the Caticlan airport to the jetty port in Boracay island, and from the Jetty port back to Caticlan. We just have to pay for the tricycle going to and from D’mall.
3 Taj Guesthouse is simply one of the best value accommodations in Boracay beach. We were able to haggle the price of our triple room down to Php2,000 per night. There were three of us in the room so the cost was divided into three. We were able to get the next night free after some more negotiations. ;)
4 Damn, we ate a LOT in three days.
5 A Php 50 environmental protection fee is charged to all incoming tourists at the Caticlan port.
6 Both the Caticlan and Boracay ports charge a Php 50 terminal fee.
7 Our lives revolve around the Internet. Sad.
RELATED:   Review: Taj Guesthouse in Boracay

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 12 Comments
  1. dong ho says:

    saya naman. member ka na pala sa seair club.

  2. How did you end up with free air fare? Do you know about what the flight costs would have been otherwise?

    And you MUST share your tips for talking your way into lower rates and free nights at hotels!

  3. Mitz says:

    wow great post. bora for only Php3,800! :)

  4. nina says:

    David: Both the fare and the room are in exchange for some favors :) We’re doing a project with the airline. As for the guesthouse, the owner saw our cameras (there were three people toting DSLRs in our group) and asked if we can take photos of the rooms for a fee. You know where it leads from there lol.

  5. dyanie says:

    Hi Nina! Can u share some hotel/room pics? We’re going to Bora too next year yehey! We don’t have any place to stay yet. Can I inform them that we’re friends so that they could give me discounts? hahahaha! :P

  6. jean says:

    Great, very practical information. :)

  7. vacationeer says:

    its summertime again. boracay is the best!

  8. Tinoki says:

    how can i become a member os seair club?!! pls email me!! thanks!!

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  10. Phing Abalde says:

    galing naman, laging free ang plane fair, sana ako din! hehe…will definitely follow some of your recommended place to stay..

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