Don’t think that only the rich and wealthy can afford to go on a vacation. The beauty about living in the Philippines is that there are so many affordable and cheap destinations to choose from — with some costing P1,000 or less! Check out the top 10 Philippine travel destinations for less than P1,000 below.
Need some time away from the city? One of the quickest and nearest getaways is Tagaytay! At P350 per head for bus fare if you hop on one from Manila City Hall or EDSA-Taft bound for Nasugbu or Tagaytay, you still have enough left over to eat delicious bulalo to keep you warm amidst the cool Tagaytay weather, and a trip to the Residence Inn Zoo (P249/head).
- San Juan, Batangas
The long stretch of fine sandy beaches of Laiya Aplaya used to be a well-kept secret among beachsters, but it’s not so secret these days. No matter — if you just want a day trip, you won’t have any problem about booking accommodations since most (if not all) of the resorts in Laiya offer day rates that average around P500 per head. You can simply relax in a tent or under the mini huts peppering the shore. What’s more, the resorts include meals in their day packages. (Corkage fees apply, however, so just buy your drinks from the resort.)As for transportation, the fare is P350 per head. Just take a bus bound for Lipa City from Cubao or Buendia. Once you get to San Juan, take a jeep going to the market. From there, take another jeep going to Laiya.
- NUVALI at Sta. Rosa, Laguna
NUVALI is a breath of fresh air for world-weary urban dwellers since it combines the conveniences of the city and the comforts of suburban living. Transportation will cost only P400 per head if you take one of the Balibago Terminal-bound vans from EDSA-Starmall, Intercontinental Hotel in Makati, or Alabang Town Center.Once you’re in NUVALI, you can take your time eating and shopping at the numerous restaurants and outlet stores. There are also other activities such as fish feeding and water taxi rides.
- Calatagan, Batangas
Another great getaway in Batangas is Calatagan. This municipality also has white sandy beaches where you can soak up the sun’s rays, or go snorkeling if you want a more “active” vacation. The cheapest accommodation costs P150 per head, while transportation fare (Calatagan-bound vans from EDSA-Taft) will cost you P400 per head.
- Nasugbu, Batangas
Just a stone’s throw away from Tagaytay, Nasugbu is another great travel destination for those who just want to spend time with the sun, the sand, and the sea. The long stretch of Nasugbu has both black and white sand beaches — take your pick. Transportation from Manila to Nasugbu is P400 per head for Nasugbu-bound buses from Manila City Hall and EDSA-Taft. And if you want to go on a food trip, fret not — there are plenty of cheap eateries in Nasugbu.
- Noah’s Leisure Park Hotel and Resort
Put a spin on your staycation by setting foot just outside the NCR (National Capital Region) at Noah’s Leisure Park Hotel and Resort. Situated next to Avilon Zoo, Noah’s Leisure Park is a comfortable retreat for families and friends. Amongst the man-made pools and cottages are inviting activities such as the garden maze, climbing wall, and hanging bridge. Overnight stays can be booked, too. Daytime rates are P180 for adults, P130 for kids 4 feet and below, while overnight rates are P250 for adults and P200 for kids.
- Baler, Aurora
Those who are into adventurous water sports — especially surfing — will be thrilled to know that they can just hop on a bus (P341 per head for a one-way trip) to get their adrenalin fix. Genesis Transport Bus provides the only direct route from Manila to Baler and back. Plenty of cheap eateries can be found in Baler, and if you’re not into surfing, simply enjoy the change of scenery, the awesome waves, and Baler’s historical sites.
- San Juan, La Union
Another surfing destination is San Juan, La Union. Bus fare from Manila to La Union costs around P400 per head. There are various eateries and restaurants serving filling yet affordable meals in San Juan, so you can also go on a food trip there!
- Morong, Bataan
Check out the Pawikan Festival at Morong, Bataan, held every November. Aside from that, you can also enjoy Morong’s beautiful beaches. The total fare — bus from Cubao or Monumento to Olongapo City, then another bus or jeep to Morong — costs around P600 per head.
- San Antonio, Zambales
A day trip to San Antonio, Zambales will cost you P700 for total transport fare (bus from Cubao or Monumento to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales; then tricycle from San Antonio Public Market to Pundaquit). The rest of the money can go to your food — and if you really want stretch your money, bring your own food and tent as the food and accommodations can be quite pricey. For leisure, take boat rides to Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Talisayin Cove, or Anawangin Cove.