Unbelievably Great Holidays In The Philippines For Under P1000!

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Good vibes, here we come!

PHP1000 may not seem like a lot of money, and yes, it is considered a very low budget holiday. But who says all good holidays have to cost a bomb? With Php1,000, you could probably think of saving it or paying off some bills, but sometimes, you just need to treat yo’self to a holiday under P1000!

You must be thinking: “What?? There’s no way I could go on holiday under P1000!”

Well, we’re happy to show you how to have a good time on a budget!

Holiday under P1000: 9 holidays you can consider

Holidays don’t have to be super expensive like a fancy resort (although we know a few places to go if that’s your thing!). 

In the summer time, the Philippines is an amazing place to visit, especially for short getaways. It’s a perfect holiday destination for people on a tight budget.

1. Holiday under P1000: Nueva Eciga

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Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours

Food costs: Php200.00

Travel expenses: Php792

How to get there:

  • Bus from Manila to Gapan
  • Tricycle ride from Gapan to Papaya
  • Tricycle ride from Papaya to Minalungao

This route takes you directly to Minalungao National Park, an astonishingly beautiful scenic park full of natural formations and clean waters. It’s an artist’s ideal model for an empty canvas and a hiker’s dream. There are loads of places to explore at a leisurely pace. If you enjoy fishing Pantabangan Lake isn’t too far away either.

2. Holiday under P1000: Tagaytay

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Travel time from Manila: 2 hours

Food costs: Php500

Travel expenses: Php340.00

How to get there: Take a direct bus from Manila to Tagaytay

Tagaytay is the spot which has the full package – sight, sounds and a lot of excitement. It’s one of the most visited tourist spots because of the huge range of activities like the parks, hiking trails, amazing views of the lake and volcano – we could just keep going on! People rave about the food here as well, so you definitely won’t go hungry!

3. Holiday under P1000: Batangas

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Travel time from Manila: 4 hours

Food costs: Php500

Travel expenses: Php220

How to get there: Get on the Manila LRT at the Doroteo Jose LRT to Gil Puyat LRT. Then grab a bus from the Jam Liner Buendia Bus Terminal that goes to Batangas Grand Terminal.

It has one of the longest coastlines on South Luzon, so Batangas is packed with beaches! Surfing, snorkelling, swimming – all watersports are on the cards here! If you decide to upgrade your budget, you can really let loose in the affordable resorts! But it works just as well for a day trip.

4. Holiday under P1000: Santa Rosa

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Travel time from Manila: 1 hour

Food costs: Php200

Travel expenses: Php250

How to get there: Take a direct bus from Metro Manila

One of the newest commercial districts has generated a lot of buzz, especially Nuvali Republ1c Wakepark. You get to try out wakeboarding and paddleboarding. If you’re less adventurous, there are lots of family-friendly activities like mountain biking and exhibitions.

 

5. Holiday under P1000: Cavinti

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Travel time from Manila: 3 hours

Food costs: Php200

Travel expenses: Php600

How to get there: Grab a bus to Santa Cruz, Laguna from Cubao or Pasay. Then hop into a jeepney bound for Cavinti. And because the waterfall is so famous, there’ll be a lot of tricycles available to take you there.

Home to the famous Pagsanjan Falls (aka Magdapio Falls), you can go bamboo rafting or shooting the falls! Great for adrenaline junkies.

 

6. Holiday under P1000: Rizal

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Travel time from Manila: 3.5 hours

Food costs: Php250

Travel expenses: Php400

How to get there: Hire a van from either Starmall in Mandaluyong or Araneta Center in Cubao heading to Tanay. Then hire a tricycle that goes to Mt. Daraitan Registration Centre in Barangay Daraitan.

Tinipak River and Mount Daraitan are perfect spots for outdoor lovers. Although the trip is long, arriving there early means you get a full day of physical activities like rock climbing, spelunking, river trekking and so much more. Just remember to bring spare clothes! Also check out the wind farm if you have time!

 

7. Holiday under P1000: Zambales

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Travel time from Manila: 5 hours

Food costs: Free

Travel expenses: Php700

How to get there: Jump on a bus from Cubao or Monumento to Iba or Santa Cruz, Zambales and hop off at San Antonio Public Market. Hire a tricycle to Pundaquit. From there, take a boat ride to whichever spot you choose.

A long stretch of shoreline hosts many beautiful spots for camping and stargazing. The choice is yours out of Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Anawangin Cove, or Talisayin Cove. Most of the expenses are on travel if you bring your own food and tents. But if camping out isn’t your style, cheap accommodation can be find nearby.

 

8. Holiday under P1000: Laguna

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Travel time from Manila: 3 hours

Food costs: Php250

Travel expenses: Php400

How to get there: Board a bus heading for Santa Cruz, Laguna. From the terminal, get on a jeepney towards Lucban and ask the driver to stop at San Salvador. At the Information Desk at a waiting shed, a tour guide will take you to the Captain’s House for registration. Ride a tricycle to Hulugan Falls.

Laguna is home to many affordable resorts. But we want to point out one spot in particular – Hulugan Falls. It’s grown in popularity over the years and the reason that pictures don’t do it justice is owed to its stunning natural beauty. Important to note is wearing the right footwear – the trek to the falls can be hazardous and lead you to do the falling if you’re not careful!

 

9. Holiday under P1000: Calatagan

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Travel time from Manila: 4 hours

Food costs: Php200

Travel expenses: Php400

How to get there: Board a bus direct from EDSA-Taft to Calatagan

Home to Cape Santiago Lighthouse, one of the oldest in the country. The beaches are relatively quiet and it’s a wonderful place for families to get away from the hum-drum of the city. If you plan to stay there, accommodation is affordable, where some transient houses rent at Php150 per head.

 

What do you think of these destinations for a holiday under P1000? Share this with your friends and plan your next budget trip!

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Written by

Vinnie Wong