An Insider’s Guide to Boracay on a Budget

An Insider’s Guide to Boracay on a Budget

White sand beaches and beautiful blue sea; Boracay is a place you would normally only be able to find in your dreams. It’s a small island in the Philippines just off of Panay.

It’s known for its beaches, but that’s hardly all there is to do. Get involved in a range of different water-based activities, or find a nice, warm place to curl up, relax and maybe have a massage; all without breaking the bank.

White Beach

This beautiful paradise on earth is one of the main reasons visitors travel to Boracay. Just like any beach, it’s packed with things to do which don’t cost any money at all.
Go for a stroll along the shoreline with your friends, someone special or even on your own. Take a dip in the lukewarm water, or go out a little further for a swim.
Feel more like taking a lazy day? Bring a towel and work on perfecting that holiday tan whilst reading a good book or having a short kip.

Mount Luho

Boracay doesn’t just have Beaches, it also has mountains. Head to Mount Luho and you can go for a hike. The views at the top are incredible and – best of all – it’s completely free.
Make sure to bring some snacks in case you get hungry and enough water. You’ll quickly be enjoying some of the best sunrise-sunset panoramas on the island.

Crystal Cove Island

Don’t just spend your time outside, head inside – into a cove – and go for a swim. Crystal cove offers an adventure for everyone. Trekking trails, a beautiful beach, breathtaking views and a mini museum, are just some of the things available to island visitors.
The coves are open from 8am to 5pm and can be accessed by boat from the main Boracay island.

Beach Massage

Have a spare ₱500 ($9 USD)? That’s all it will cost to have a massage on the beach. Take your relaxation to the next level. Massages can be found for cheaper, but we recommend spending at least ₱500 for something which is going to be worth it.

D’Talipapa Market

A seafood market where you’ll find almost any aquatic edibles you could think of. You can also find a huge range of different souvenirs available for you to take back from your travels for yourself, or to give to someone close to you.
Some believe that prices are too high. However, like nearly all markets, a little bit of haggling and some buyer smarts can make all the difference when it comes to finding something affordable.

Ariel’s Point

Now, this one is going to cost you more money than the other activities on this list, but what’s important to remember is that the price includes food, drinks, travel and access to local amenities and services (kayaks, canoes, snorkeling gear, and rafts) for the whole day.
Ariel’s Point is where you go to try cliff-diving. This unique experience involves exactly what the name would imply; jumping off of cliffs and into the water below. Adrenaline junkies can go as high as 13 meters, whilst those more unsure of their jumping abilities can select smaller heights down to 3 meters.
Cliff-diving will cost you ₱1,600 PHP (around $31 USD). However, remember that this will last you for the whole day and includes food and travel.

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