The Philippines is composed of over 7,640 islands, hence, there is much to explore. It is one of the ideal destinations for travelers on a budget, and it features a wide range of choices for a budget-friendly vacation. The country has diverse tourism featuring various mountains, rich in marine life, history, and stunning views. To further explore the country, listed below are the cheapest places to visit in the beautiful country of the Philippines.


The Philippines is a cheap place to visit as the daily expenses are far lower than in many parts of the world. With just a little money, one can do a lot more exploration than one can expect. This article was updated to include various tours that you can take when visiting some of the most beautiful and affordable places and islands in the Philippines.

12 Coron, Palawan

The island of Palawan is the country’s hidden gem, and by that, it means hidden beaches and water caves. Its white-sand beaches and turquoise clear waters are surrounded by lush green forest and rock formations. Coron offers a more adventurous experience among other beaches on the island of Palawan. It is indeed a haven especially for honeymooners because it’s like the Maldives but cheaper and more private. A private boat ride only costs $43 and is still negotiable, tourists can also bring food or let the crews cook without having the need to pay for additional charges.

  • Recommended Tour: Coron Island Tour ( A Shared Tour)
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Cost: From $29 USD per adult

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11 Vigan

One of the most iconic travel destinations in the Philippines is the historical city of Vigan. The city is highly historical because Spanish Spaniards settled in the city during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines. In fact, it is included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the city truly gives a colonial vibe. The Liberation Boulevard is a perfect accommodation place for travelers on a budget, it features comfortable transient rooms to stay.

  • Recommended Tour: Vigan & Laoag Private Tour
  • Duration: 5-8 hours
  • Cost: From $202.67 per adult

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10 Catanduanes

One of the most visited islands by couples is the island province of Catanduanes, which is also said to be one of the cheapest destinations in the country. Catanduanes features its wonderful pastoral hills and mountainside as well as a beautiful coastline. The best thing to enjoy here includes island hopping in Palumbanes Islands, surfing, and locating the tidal pools within the region. The cost of the accommodation only ranges from $10 to $24 per night.

  • Recommended Tour: Catanduanes 360 Full Day Tour
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Cost: From $140 USD per adult, depending on the group's size

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9 Antipolo City

Antipolo City is the capital of Rizal Province, it is a go-to destination for people coming from Manila for getaways. The city features fascinating landscapes and has an elevated topography, making it a perfect escape from the metro. Plenty of affordable resorts and cozy cafes can be found in Antipolo, and these are all budget-friendly. Maura’s Place offers stunning panoramic sunset views of the city. One of the most known resorts here is the Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, with a starting price of $17 per night.

  • Recommended Tour: Skip the Line: Hike Eat Swim at Mount Purro Nature Reserve
  • Duration: 2-10 hours
  • Cost: From $21.8 USD per adult

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8 San Juan, Siquijor

The mysterious island of Siquijor is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the Philippines. When people visit Siquijor, most of them would stay in the town of San Juan because it offers very dramatic sunset views which visitors love the most. Another reason for staying in San Juan is highly affordable hotels and resorts from $14 per night and most of these are beachfront or located near the coastline. The best tourist attractions here are Cambugahay Falls, Paliton, Butterfly Sanctuary, Salagdoong Cliff Jump, and many more waterfalls and beaches.

  • Recommended Tour: Siquijor Island Tour
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Cost: From $87.18 USD per adult

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7 Baler, Aurora

Located in the northern part of Luzon is the coastal district of Baler, Aurora. Baler is one of the most affordable travel destinations as most of the attractions only charge minimal fees and the bus rides are definitely cheap. There are a lot of historical sites within this town including Museo de Baler. It is mostly known as a true haven for surfers because of its surfing waves. The biggest Balete tree in Asia can also be found here. Accommodation costs around $17 only.

6 Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island is the second-smallest island in the Philippines, it is located in the northern part of Mindanao and has so much to offer to every visitor. Despite being a small island, Camiguin is surprisingly packed with a lot of attractions and things to do that are relatively cheap. The lowest price for accommodation is only $5 per night with free parking and free WiFi. Aside from having one of the most beautiful waters and white sand beaches in the Philippines, Camiguin is also home to hot springs, Nature Park, and waterfalls.

  • Recommended Tour: Camiguin Land Tour
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Cost: From $380 USD per group ( Up to 10)

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5 Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Home to wonderful beaches in the town of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro. In fact, it was awarded as the World’s Most Beautiful Bay in 2005 by the Les Plus Belles Baies Du Monde, a Paris-based organization. The most popular beach destination in town is White Beach, the most affordable accommodation place here starts at $20 per night. Island hopping is also a top activity by the visitors which is also relatively inexpensive. Visitors can also hike to Tamaraw Falls, a twin waterfall that flows through the human-made swimming pools.

  • Recommended Tour: PUERTO GALERA Island Hopping & Snorkeling
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Cost: From $64 USD per adult

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4 Tagaytay City, Cavite

Aside from Antipolo City, Tagaytay is also a go-to place for the people in the metro to unwind. Tagaytay gives a calm feeling to its visitors because of the nature and fresh air in the city. The cheapest thing to do here is getting to see the Taal Volcano featuring the beautiful sunrise, this is a free experience and a free therapy for some. The famous attraction here aside from the Taal Volcano is the Sky Ranch, People’s Park in the Sky, Picnic Grove, and many more. Hotels here cost from $20 per night.

  • Recommended Tour: PanoramicTagaytay Ridge Tour from Manila
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Cost: From $150 USD per adult

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3 Baguio City

What’s interesting about Baguio is that most of the popular attractions here are free, all the visitors need is accommodation, bus fare, and food. For only $60 dollars, a person can already have an excellent yet quick vacation. Baguio is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the Philippines and it provides numerous picturesque views of various attractions. Things to enjoy here include Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Baguio Botanical Garden, Bell Church, Kenon Road, museums, etc. The cheapest comfortable accommodation place costs $10 per night.

  • Recommended Tour: Baguio City Tour with Lunch
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Cost: From $105 USD per adult

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2 Bataan, Central Luzon

Located in the region of Central Luzon, Bataan is a destination in the Philippines famous for its history and laid-back atmosphere. All over the city are stunning buildings and memorials that shine a light on the city’s historic past. Besides the history, Bataan is also a place to enjoy relaxation as the city is endowed with charming beaches, impressive waterfalls, and towering mountains. In Bataan, tourists will enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming, and kayaking. Prices for some historic tours in the province may be expensive but other outdoor activities and things such as transportation and food are cheap even by backpacker standards.

  • Recommended Tour: Indigenous Forest experience Manila 2022
  • Duration: 10-12 hours
  • Cost: From $160 USD per adult

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1 Intramuros, Manila

Intramuros is one of the numerous historic places one can visit in the Philippines on a budget. Also known as - the Walled City, Intramuros is located in the capital city of the Philippines and is endowed with hundreds of years of Spanish history. During the exploration of this historic area, one will be met with old churches, beautiful stone fortresses, impressive cathedrals, and museums rich with artifacts ranging from cultural to artistic, musical, and historic. Many of these attractions come with surprisingly cheap price tags and with 30 minutes Kasela rides costing less than $10, one can easily drive around and have a wonderful time here without straining their pockets. As with many other parts of the country, food, water, and transportation are budget-friendly in Intramuros.

  • Recommended Tour: Experience Intramuros with Bamboo Bicycle - Ecotours
  • Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Cost: From $37.34 USD per adult

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