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Suggested Itinerary & Budget for Dumaguete City

Patrick
Written by Patrick

It’s a good idea to understand the various travel costs for your destination BEFORE traveling there.  This helps in creating a realistic budget and to ensure that you are aware of costs before the trip so that you do not overpay for things and don’t overspend your budget while at the destination.

Have both an itinerary and a budget when traveling to get the most out of your trip and the money budgeted for the trip.  Therefore we have provided you both an itinerary and budget for a 7-day trip to Dumaguete City.

Travel Costs

Accommodation

A bed in a hostel dorm costs from 250 PHP ($5 USD), but smaller dorms can cost from 500 PHP ($10 USD).  For a private double, prices start around 700 PHP ($14 USD).

Most budget hotels begin at 350 PHP ($14 USD) per night for a double room and usually include free wifi and breakfast.  For a three-star hotel, prices begin around 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.  Airbnb is also widespread throughout the country, with private rooms starting from as little as 500 PHP ($10 USD) per night.  For entire apartments, expect to pay at least 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.

Resorts and luxury accommodations vary greatly from 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) to 5,000+ PHP ($100+ USD).  However, there are some really nice resorts and luxury accommodations which are surprisingly affordable.

We use and recommend booking online to save money using HostelWorld, Agoda, Booking.com, and AirBnB

Food

Local food is extremely cheap, with street food costing under XXX PHP ($X.XX USD).  For an inexpensive meal at a local restaurant, prices start around XXX PHP ($X.XX USD).  For a meal at a mid-range restaurant with drinks and table service, expect to pay from XXX PHP ($X.XX USD).  Knowing that their target customers are primarily tourists, Western food venues can be pricey compared to Filipino food.  Also, some of the ingredients need to be imported, which contributes to the higher cost. Western food (burgers, pizza, pasta, etc.) is much more expensive but is still relatively affordable at around XXX PHP ($X.XX USD) for a meal and drink.

Fast food like McDonalds will cost around XXX PHP ($X.XX USD).  A beer at the bar will cost around XXX PHP ($X.XX USD).  

A week’s worth of groceries will cost between X,XXX-X,XXX PHP ($XX-XX USD).  However, food in this country is so inexpensive, and kitchens & refrigerators are hard to come by, I don’t recommend cooking your meals here since there is plenty of delicious street food to eat at very cheap prices. You won’t make it as good as they do and the food is too delicious to miss!

Transportation

There are many modes of transportation available in the Philippines and each varies greatly. 

Public Transportation is cheap.  Bus services on the islands are inexpensive.  Local buses (called jeepneys) are the most common type of transportation in towns and cities. The fare is usually between X,XXX-X,XXX PHP ($XX-XX USD).

On islands without a bus system, a taxi or tricycle is the only form of transport with fares starting at 50-500 PHP ($1-$10) USD for short trips. 

Taxis are everywhere, and they’re very cheap.  Most fares shouldn’t cost you more than 500 PHP ($10 USD) around town.  

To get between islands, you’ll need to take a boat or to fly.  There are ferries that connect the island together since they aren’t too far apart but, generally speaking, flights are the most realistic option.

Flights between islands usually cost about 2,000-3500 PHP ($40-70 USD).  However, this isn’t the cheapest way to travel.  It’s only recommended if you have limited time. 

We recommend booking online to save money using Skyscanner, momondo, Kayak, kiwi.com.

Attractions & Activities

Most attractions and activities in the Philippines are pretty cheap. Most attractions throughout the area are FREE to enter, though some of the more well known and popular ones cost XXX-X,XXX PHP ($3–5 USD) to enter. 

Depending on the activity, most day tours only cost around XXX-X,XXX PHP ($XX-XX USD), oftentimes less.  You have more bargaining power if you go with a group. If you are expecting to do some climbing, remember to pack some warm layers. It gets cold at the top!  

Other activities such as Island Hopping, scuba diving, helmet diving, swimming with whale sharks, jungle trekking, canyoning, ATVs, jet skis, wakeboarding, cruises, parasailing, horseback riding, cultural experiences, and tours can cost as much as XXX-X,XXX+ PHP ($50-$100+ USD).

The Philippines is one of the least expensive places to learn how to scuba dive. Learning to scuba dive usually costs about XXX-X,XXX PHP ($300-400 USD), but often includes FREE accommodation for the duration of the course, which lasts three or four days.

Always book your tours and activities when you arrive.  Stick to travel agents who are selling on the ground. If a travel agent won’t negotiate with you, move on to the next until you find one that will.  Booking tours online is almost always more expensive.  

Summary of Typical Costs in {Destination} in 2020

  • Hostel Dorm Bed: XXX-X,XXX PHP ($5–7 USD) per night
  • Budget Hotel:  350 PHP ($14 USD)  per night
  • Mid-Range Hotel:  350 PHP ($14 USD) per night
  • Street Food: 50-150 PHP ($1–3 USD)
  • Restaurant Meals: $4–6 USD
  • Local Beer: 50-100 PHP ($1–2 USD)
  • 1.5L Bottle of Water: 38 PHP (75 cents) 
  • Jeepney Ride: 7-25 PHP (20–50 cents)
  • Tricycle Ride:   
  • Taxi: $1.50-$10 USD – use GrabTaxi app
  • Long-Distance Bus Ride: $8–10 USD
  • Public Ferry Ride: $4–6 USD per ride  
  • Domestic Flight: $40–70 USD
  • Island-Hopping: $14–25 USD
  • Diving with Whale Sharks: $25 USD

How Much to Budget

 ACCOMMODATIONFOODTRANSPORTATIONATTRACTIONSAVERAGE DAILY COST
Budget$7$5$5$15$32
Mid-Range$15$15$10$20$60
Luxury$45$30$15$50$140

Suggested Itinerary

We have created a detailed 7-day itinerary for a trip to Dumaguete City.   It is available for you to view and download using the link below.

READ MORE: Detailed 7-Day Itinerary for Dumaguete City Trip

Suggested Budget

We provide detailed budgets for each of our itineraries above.  The budgets include all costs incurred on the trip broken down by day.

READ MORE: Digital Itinerary, Checklists, and Expenses Spreadsheet

Trip Report

We’ve provided a detailed trip report of our experience using the above itinerary.

READ MORE: Trip Report: 7-Days in Dumaguete City

DON’T FORGET …

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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