Travel Expenses: Boracay 2011

Oh my, it’s been a while since I did one of these posts. Most of the travels I’ve done since Brunei and Myanmar last year were either sponsored or paid for by my siblings, so I had no material. The trips I *did* pay out of my own pocket, I opted not to blog.

Drama aside, this is one trip I’ve been looking forward to since early this year. I had a self-imposed travel ban and it was really great to get away from Manila, even just for a weekend. This was my first time to fly Zest Air. I was anticipating the worst, owing to some friend’s lousy experience with them, but apart from an hour delay due to changing planes and document double checking by the ground staff, the experience wasn’t too bad.

Boracay 2011
September 17 – 19, 2011

Air transfers
Zest Airways PHP 4,720.00 1
Manila Domestic terminal fee PHP 200.00
Kalibo International terminal fee PHP 40.00

Land tranportation
To and from Manila airport PHP 340.00 2
Van to Caticlan PHP 375.00 3
Van to Kalibo PHP 200.00 4
Trike to and from resort PHP 50.00 5

La Carmela de Boracay PHP 944.00 6

Meal expenses PHP 2,038.50 7
Paraw sailing PHP 200.00 8
Environmental fee PHP 75.00
Tabon port terminal fee PHP 25.00
Souvenir PHP 120.00

Total PHP 9,327.50

1 Ticket bought in July.
2 Thanks for the ride Anna!
3 Contacted a van driver (Dodoy Bolante, +639157931081, +639072125087) in Kalibo. Quoted us Php 3,000 for the 1.5 hour van ride to and from Caticlan. Since there were only 4 of us, we said we’d just take the Php 200 per person option, wherein we’d wait for other passengers. In the end, we got antsy and agreed to have the van to ourselves on the ride to Kalibo. The rate already includes the boat tickets to Boracay. The van is new, aircon is working beautifully and the seats are comfortable. Seats up to 12 passengers. This is a great option if you’re traveling as a group. Or quite picky about transportation.
4 There was this sign outside the terminal building advertising the van that goes directly to the airport. Like Dodoy’s offer, it already includes the banca fee to Caticlan. Unfortunately, the van isn’t as pretty, nor is its aircon working as good.
5 If you’re getting the tricycle to yourself or your group, the flat rate is Php 100 for the trike. But if you’re traveling solo and want to save, tell the driver you’ll share the trike with other passengers and the fee is only Php 20 per person.
6 Anna and Amanda bought vouchers from one of the local groupon sites for an overnight stay in this resort. It’s around Php 1,800 per night, including breakfast for 2.
7 I’ve yet to master the art of finding good food at reasonable prices. It’s either that or good food is really expensive in Boracay.
8 Amanda managed to haggle the price down to Php 600 (others were offering Php 700 to Php 1,000 per boat). The boat was the cutest among them all: plain white sails and apple green banca. Contact Ago at +639192105739.
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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 16 Comments
  1. dyanie says:

    Whoa! Ang mahal ng airfare mo! Nakapag isip isip ka ba ha? Hugs ati!!!! :D

  2. First time mo pala mag-Zest Air LOL :P Nakakamiss yung Paraw sailing natin sa Boracay. Balik tayo ulet at mag-night swimming! :P

    • nina says:

      Grabe Mica, ibang iba yung paraw adventure namin! Kung gaano ka-relaxing yung paraw natin, ganun ka-exciting ang paraw kapag maalon! Di pa kami nakakalayo sa shore basang basa na kami!

      And yes, balik tayo! Mas matagal naman this time at mag night swimming kasama ang ghost paraw and unidentifiable twinkling light in the sky!

  3. Expense #4 is what I usually ride to Caticlan — I usually stay in the front for the fresh air XP

  4. Amanda says:

    Lol re: your comment to Mica about the paraw XD I still remember:
    Me: So will we get wet? (Not iykwim)
    You: Not much.

    3 min into paraw — Totally drenched. XD #underestimatednature

  5. chyng says:

    aayy ang mahal pala sa Zest. but at least it landed safely. hihi

  6. Katie says:

    mahal ng airfare.. Di bale you are rich nman so okay na ang cost hehe :)

  7. dyanie says:

    Lahat nireplayan mo ako lang hindi tsee :(

  8. jackie says:


    May I ask how did you reserve for the La Carmela Room,
    I think its very affordable.


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  10. Oj Israel says:

    Nice travel blog you got here! I’m in a lookout for fellow travel bloggers! Keep it up and more photos! Thanks!

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  11. rose :) says:

    hello ms nina i saw u tv chanel 27, the show called the diaries, the show was about pasig river ( pasig ferry ). your so good ms nina :)

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