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How Much Money Should I Take On Holiday to the Philippines?

How Much Money Should I Take On Holiday to the Philippines?

A vacation in the Philippines is fairly affordable. You could buy a few items at some of the local shops, eat an authentic local meal, have a few pints at a local bar and enjoy a show at the local fair or event for less than £40 on any given day.

But the Philippines offers so many things to see. It has beaches, mountains, cultural heritage sites as well as a wide array of small shops and businesses.

So if you’re wondering about the cost of enjoying a few days of vacation in the Philippines then here’s a brief rundown of how much

Holiday ClassAmount Per Day
Budget£25 Per Day
Mid-range£50 Per Day
High-end£120 Per Day

Things to Do in the Philippines

The Philippine tourism industry is one of the most important cornerstones of the Philippine economy and accounts for around 8.5% of the formal Philippine economy.

It offers a wide range of options for both domestic and international visitors, including beautiful beaches, lush forests bucolic mountains, well-preserved historical sites as well as quiet, hospitable towns.

The country also offers a diverse mix of Asian, Mediterranean and Modern architecture for those of you who enjoy culture and history.

Interested tourists also have the chance to visit beautiful antique churches, Spanish style estates, beautiful white sand beaches, forest retreats and beautiful landscapes.

Hotel and Accommodations

The cost of staying at an average hotel in the Philippines is around ₱1,700 (£24), but these prices only apply to hotels in Manila and major tourist destinations, like Boracay.

More expensive Manila hotels and resorts cost around £28 to £50. For example, a family-sized room at the Peninsula Manila in Makati costs around ₱5,700 (£80) and during peak seasons, such as Christmas or local holidays, the cost of these hotels can reach as high as £30 to £40.

Hotels outside major cities and tourist resorts tend to be cheaper. A hotel in a city, like Iloilo or Davao, usually costs between ₱1,000 (£14) to ₱1,200 (£17), but many of them also have the same amenities and services found at major hotels and resorts in Manila.

Most hotels in Cebu, for example, are practically indistinguishable from most of the hotels in Manila, except that they usually charge less and have more reservation slots.

If you plan to stay in a small town or province then the price of hotel accommodations goes down to around ₱800 (£11) to ₱1,000 (£14).

These hotels don’t have the same amenities as major Manila-based hotels, but they offer good accommodations and they are usually located close to points of interests, such as beaches, groves or waterfalls.

Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that the Philippines has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers homey farm-hotels and lodges. If you want peace and quiet then these places are ideal for you.

An agri-tourism hotel may cost between £19 to £25, but they are strategically located in very beautiful areas that offer plenty of great scenery.

All in all, you should be prepared to spend around £180 to £200 if you plan to stay for several days. However, if you’re a little short on funds or if you want to rough it out, there are plenty of low-cost hotels that offer good deals, in which case you will only have to spend between £140 to £180 on accommodations.

Dining Costs

A tourist in the Philippines could spend as little as ₱500 (£7) on food each day. This is assuming you want to dine at the major bars and restaurants. This also holds true if you want to buy your own food from the local mall.

An authentic Filipino meal at a reputable restaurant usually costs between ₱100 (£1.5) to ₱150 (£2). For this amount, you can expect a meal that includes the main dish, some rice and a beverage.

If you want to treat a few friends for dinner then prepare to spend between ₱1000 (£14) to ₱1500 (£21). For this amount, you and your friends can enjoy a buffet or several plates of quality food and drinks at a reputable restaurant. There are also plenty of restaurants that serve authentic Filipino food, and they charge more or less the same amount as other restaurants.

So if you want to stay for several days then be prepared to spend around £50 to £60 on meals and drinks. You can also lower your food budget by buying foods from smaller restaurants and establishments, but be advised that they usually cater to the local palate and you may not like what they’re serving.


Shopping costs are generally low in the Philippines. ₱2,500 (£35) is a fairly good budget if you’re only planning to buy a few clothes, pair shoes and some local souvenirs at the local mall or shop.

However, if you’re planning to buy large decorative items or works of art then be prepared to spend between £40 to £50.

Many Filipino towns and cities have areas dedicated to local craftsmen, and these areas feature local handicrafts, hand-made wooden furniture or some potted tropical plants. So if you want to buy something unique, you may want to visit these areas.

For example, sculptors of Christian saints tend to be quite popular in many small towns in the Philippines, and their works can cost between ₱1,500 (£14) to ₱2,000 (£28) depending on their size and craftsmanship.

If statues are not to your liking then there are also plenty of shops that sell hand-made utensils, local paintings, authentic Filipino decorations and embroidered dresses for souvenirs.

On the other hand, if you’re really short on cash then ₱500 (£7) is a decent budget for one or twp souvenirs. For this amount, you will be able to buy a tourist’s shirt, a locally made hat or even a set of local decorative items.

Estimated Daily Amount for Traveling in the Philippines

The estimated daily amount for travelling in the Philippines is between ₱2,200 (£31) to ₱2,700 (£48). This amount includes accommodations (£12 to £24 ), food (£7 to £10), transportation costs (£6 to £9) and some light shopping (£6).

If you’re planning to visit some of the smaller towns, you can lower your travel budget to around £25 to £27. Also, if you know a local tour guide, they may be able to help you to save some money by pointing out shops and hotels that charge less than the average hotel.

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