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Money and costs

Currency
Pesos (Php)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 24, 2018 6:51PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
(US$35)
  • Dorm bed or single room: P400–800
  • Local meals and three beers: P600
  • Medium-range bangka or jeepney ride: P80
  • Tricycle ride: P10
Midrange
(US$35–100)
  • Air-conditioned double room: P800–3000
  • Restaurant meal with drinks: P700
  • Group van or bangka tour: P1000
  • Daily motorbike rental: P500
Top end (more than)
(US$100)
  • Boutique resort: P3500–10,000
  • Meal and drinks at a resort restaurant: P1500
  • One-way domestic plane ticket: P2000
  • Private island-hopping trip: P3000-6000

ATMs dispensing pesos are widely available. Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and some shops in all but remote areas.

Tipping

Restaurants 10% service charge added to bill in cities and tourist hotspots. Otherwise leave 5% to 10%.

Taxis Round up taxi fares, but consider tipping more (P50 to P70) for honest taxi drivers who turn on the meter.

Hotels Not expected, but slide P50 to porters or leave a few hundred pesos in the staff tip box at resorts.

Guides Always tip your guides, as they can really use it.