THRIFTY TRAVELS FOR BUDGET-CONSCIOUS PINOYS

Traveling around the country doesn’t have to break the bank; you just need to know where to go.  There are plenty of affordable and exciting destinations in the Philippines that can just as easily satisfy your wanderlust.   

 

The Philippines is a magnet for travelers of all types with its gorgeous landscapes, stunning beaches, and vibrant culture. While luxury resorts are plenty here, there are also budget-friendly getaway options that offer equally amazing experiences for accessible price points. Get ready to explore the less traveled paths!

 

Ride the Majestic Waves in Catanduanes  

Budget for a 3-day trip: From PHP 4,500 to PHP 8,500  

 

Puraran Beach on Catanduanes Island is a hidden gem. It’s a playground for surfers of all levels who want to ride the epic “Majestic” waves, so-called because of their impressive height and power. Puraran is a perfect spot for those seeking a surfing adventure without the crowds. When you’re not playing in the water, you can take a hike up Binurong Point to see breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. You can also explore the island's rich natural beauty with visits to Maribina Falls, Bato Church Ruins, and the Balacay Point Lighthouse.

 

Explore the thrills in Dumaguete  

Budget for a 3-day trip: From PHP 4,100 to PHP 9,500

 

Chase adventures in Dumaguete, affectionately known as the "City of Gentle People." Here you can snorkel and swim alongside schools of colorful fish and sea turtles in the vibrant coral gardens of Apo Island. Trek through the province’s lush jungles to see mesmerizing waterfalls, like the Casaroro Falls in Valencia, Niludhan Falls in Bayawan, or the Twin Falls of Dimiao in Sibulan. Nearby, you can explore the eerie beauty of the Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao, hidden deep within a tropical forest. Paddle across the serene lakes, hike the surrounding trails, and soak in the stunning vistas.

 

Stay spellbound in enchanting Siquijor

Budget for a 3-day trip: From P3,500 to P8,000  

 

The "Mystical Island" of the Philippines, Siquijor, attracts those who are intrigued by the unknown. Beyond its serene beaches like Salagdoong Beach and inviting waterfalls like Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor is rich in folklore and mysticism. A visit here won’t be complete without seeing the iconic Old Enchanted Balete Tree in Lazi, which is believed to be over 400 years old. It's known for its natural spring at its base, where you can enjoy a fish spa. You can also get to know the "mananambals" or "hilot" for healing rituals involving herbs and spirituality, and witness locals in candle lit circles connecting with island spirits, revealing Siquijor's unique culture.

 

Enjoy the fiery charm of Camiguin

Budget for a 3-day trip: From P5,200 to P9,500

 

Camiguin Island boasts a volcanic wonderland for nature enthusiasts and adventurers. Camiguin's highest peak, Mount Hibok-Hibok, is an active stratovolcano that rewards hikers with panoramic views from the summit. You can explore the unique Sunken Cemetery in Catarman, a submerged graveyard caused by the eruption of Mount Vulcan in 1871. Finally, you can end your trip with a relaxing soak at the Ardent Hot Springs in Mambajao, where you can choose from several crystal-clear pools all heated by nearby Mount Hibok-Hibok.

 

Dive into family adventures in Subic Bay

Overnight family trip: From P5,500 to P10,000

 

Subic Bay is the ultimate place for family-friendly adventures. Get up close and personal with wild animals at Zoobic Safari, or catch an awe-inspiring show filled with marine wonders at Ocean Adventure. Wander along the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail, where lush greenery and wildlife await. And you can't visit Subic without diving into some water sports – jet skiing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, anyone?

Keep in mind that the indicated budgets above are estimates and your actual expenses may vary depending on your choices, travel style, and whether you’re traveling solo or sharing costs with friends. It's always a good idea to have a bit of an extra budget for emergencies or unexpected expenses.

 

You can still keep your costs low by planning your trip ahead of time. Do your research and create an itinerary so you can take advantage of discounts and promotions. Try the local eateries, use public transportation, and consider budget-friendly guesthouses or homestays that offer comfort and convenience at a reasonable price. For adventure activities and tours, look for group options to share costs with other travelers. A great way to plan your trip is by downloading the Travel Philippines App, which features the different destinations all over the Philippines and various activities you can do in each of the destinations. The app features an itinerary builder to make your vacation planning much easier.

 

Safe travels, explorer!

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This article Thrifty travels for budget-conscious Pinoys was originally published in GMA News Online.

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