(Updated March 22, 2017)
Where to go with a limited budget this vacation?
While Filipinos traditionally go to cemeteries to visit their loved ones who passed away, there are some of us who sees Undas as a long weekend perfect for a chance to get out of Metro Manila and finally have a breather away from traffic, pollution, noise or perhaps a heart break.
Most Filipinos love traveling, however, we are also keen on spending especially if we have not much cash to spare.
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If you have been spending most of your holidays through staycations, then make this one different. We got a long weekend coming, grab your backpack and get on an adventure with just P1, 000 or less. You can choose from these 10 awesome yet cheap destinations we have listed for you.
Anilao is one of the most popular beaches in Batangas as it is only two and a half to three hours away from Metro Manila. Teeming with marine life, get ready to find Nemo’s friends. If you are planning to get into basic diving, then you must prepare P1,500. Enjoy the colorful coral reefs in more than 20 diving sites. In case diving is not your thing, you can just go swimming and island hopping.
Borawan and Dampalitan Beaches, Padre Burgos, Quezon
Borawan beach is 5 hours from Manila. What does it have to offer? It has the undeveloped virgin feel a beach gives when only a handful has just discovered its beauty, the type of beach which is not yet stepped on by so many tourists yet. Though it does not have the fine white sands of Boracay, it also does not have the crowd of tourists. You can enjoy the peace while wondering around the rock boulders and high lime stones. Note that there is no fee for setting foot on the Borawan while Dampalitan charges P50.
Kwebang Lampas/ Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao, Quezon
Make sure you have some change as you might be charged with P20 to P45 in a certain local checkpoint while you are riding a tricycle to Kwebang Lampas. Once you passed the gate, you still have to walk a bit more or ride a boat for P35. As assumed by the name, the sea goes beyond in the cave entrance. The sands are whitish and shiny. You will also notice the coconut trees lining the beach. Overnight guest are not allowed, which means you better plan to get back to Lucena later at night.
Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas
Burot beach is part of the shores of Calatagan, Batangas around 3.5 hours away from the metro. The cream colored sands are a bit fine in texture and it surrounds various rock formations. Like the Borawan, it has the undeveloped feel that adds to its peaceful ambiance. While Burot beach is a private property owned by SM Group of Companies, the public is welcome to enjoy camping, swimming, cove hopping and snorkeling. If you wish to stay overnight, you have to bring your own tent (unless you want to rent one for P300) and have to pay P130 for the stay.
Anawangin Cove, Zambales
The beach is noticeably lined with pine trees. There is a vast space for campers to put up their tents and comfort rooms too with ample amount of fresh water as the island also has a clear river across it. You have to cross the river if you want to go hiking on Anawangin’s mountainous peaks. With this cove, you can get the best of three worlds: swimming in a river, snorkeling at the sea, and mountain climbing. There are no hotels and only has weak to no cellphone signal, so you will most likely enjoy camping and campfires.
Boracay de Cavite, Ternate, Cavite
Known to others as Katungkulan Beach Resort, the Boracay de Cavite is a very popular go to the beach to a lot of weekenders. The grayish sand is so soft that you can easily bury your toes in its warm fineness.
Nasugbu has a long stretch of beaches that offers white to black sands and a long line of mountain peaks including Pico de Loro and Punta Fuego. Nasugbu is a beach very affordable for a group of friends who want to go backpacking together as there are public beaches you can go to. Also, you can enjoy various local cuisines at affordable prices.
Laiya Beach, San Juan Batangas
Around three hours from Manila, the Laiya Beach is a seaside community perfect as a getaway during weekends. The clear water and the cream-colored beach will entice you to go beach bumming.
Tagaytay is very convenient to visit as many busses go straight from Manila to Tagaytay itself. Among the popular places to visit are Picnic Grove, Palace in the Sky/ People’s Park, and SkyRanch which takes pride of its Sky Eye as it is the highest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines. From the Olivarez, Tagaytay you can simply go any tourist spot you want through jeepneys at cheap fares as much as P20.
Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Nuvali takes pride of its manmade lake. There is no entrance fee though you have to pay for a boat ride if you want to tour the lake without a single sweat. And if you are up to it, you can rent a bike or walk around the lake and explore the lines of shops and trees. You can also visit the Nuvali Republic Wakepark and try wakeboarding.
The estimated basic expenditures is only for a single person, if you want to take your loved ones with you this holiday but you don’t have cash on hand, you still have time to apply for a personal loan in Philippines at Cash Mart. Cash Mart offers online quick cash loans you can process within a day. Try it now.