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Whenever someone thinks of a vacation trip in the Philippines, the first destination that most likely comes to mind is Boracay, and this is especially because of its dreamy and world-renowned white sand beaches! – Things to Do in Boracay –

Of course it helps to note that there are a LOT of other islands in my home country that are not only beautiful but have also been recently gaining more recognition (e.g. Siargao, Batanes, and more!) Nevertheless, the fame of Boracay as one of the top islands in Asia remains. This is no wonder, of course, because it truly holds an unmistakable magnificence — a magnificence that various international travel agencies and publications have come to acknowledge by showering Boracay with various awards and accolades over the years.

Today though, it’s true that given the continued rise of Boracay’s popularity, there have been several travelers who have been put off by it since they said that it was too ‘touristy’. I have actually first landed in this island at a time when it had already been in such a ‘commercialized’ state (as some would say); but I had a really, really, great time there! It then made me realize that for as long as you know what to expect, what to do, when to go, and where to go, you’ll end up enjoying the utmost beauty of Boracay! So give it a try!

» What You Should Expect and Remember

  • It can get crowded so try to travel at off-peak season (somewhere in June to October)
    Not only is it cheaper (accommodation, airfare, etc.) but you will also be able to avoid the throng of people. You can’t avoid this kind of ‘touristy’ state because it really comes with very popular places (like come on, what can you expect?).
    • However, I have to say that the high peak season also has a distinct charm to it because it’s the period wherein a lot of events and parties are abound! I actually remember how fun (and funny) it was to book a getaway trip to Boracay some time ago in March, only to see that almost all of the people I know in university were also taking a breather in the island — from that point on, it turned into a big ‘get-together’ for all of us!
    • If you’re a foreigner though, don’t worry! Boracay is a great place to meet people. Besides, we Filipinos are known for being friendly and warm so don’t be shy in striking up a conversation with someone!
  • Don’t confine yourself in the ‘White Beach’
    The center of it all is ‘White Beach’ — a 4-kilometer-long postcard-perfect stretch that is divided into three stations (Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3). Apart from the glorious view, this is also the place where all the action happens! From bars, hotels, restaurants, to shops and more! So it naturally happens that this is the most crowded part of the island; fortunately however, there are other white sand beaches in Boracay that you can explore which are above all, less packed. (I will discuss below what these beaches are!)
  • Contrary to popular belief, it’s NOT expensive to stay in Boracay
    There are a lot of hotels and inns that won’t break your travel budget. There are even various restaurants scattered around the island that can offer you hearty yet ridiculously affordable meals; so it can surely be a backpacker’s haven! (I will also be tackling this topic below).

Once you keep these expectations and tips on check, it’s time to plan the exciting things that you must do in this glorious island. As based from my previous experiences, below are my recommended top 5 things to do in Boracay that you should absolutely consider!
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Best Tours in Boracay?

Come and check out this list of the top activities to do in Boracay which features the best things to do and tours in the island and more!

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Things to Do in Boracay

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Go beach-hopping to enjoy the island’s white beaches and turquoise waters!
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As I have mentioned above, DON’T enclose yourself completely in White Beach especially if you want to escape the horde of people. Of course it holds that iconic splendor that you’ve seen in photos but if you’re looking for more tranquility, you can still achieve it in the rest of the island. You see, the great thing about Boracay is that there are a lot of other areas that you can go to, and they are equally picturesque as that of the prominent White Beach.

And the best thing about it? There are 13 of them and they are not too far away from one another because Boracay is a small island that is only approximately 7 kilometers long.

  1. ★ Puka Shell Beach
    Named after ‘Puka‘ shells (shells of cone snails that are bead-like objects that is normally used in making beach anklets, bracelets, and necklaces) this beach is the next crowd favorite in Boracay. Truth be told, it’s simple surroundings is similar as that of White Beach back when it wasn’t so cramped yet. (Simply catch a ride with a tricycle and you’re bound to reach this place in just 20 minutes from White Beach).
  2. ★ Ilig-iligan Beach
    With the same white sand feature, this is a great spot for snorkeling and it has some scenic limestone islets that you can explore. I believe that there are two of these islets: one is deep and the other, shallow. To reach this beach, there are two ways: either join an island-hopping trip that has a stopover here or just simply walk inland from the White Beach.
  3. Lapus-Lapus Beach
    To the best of my knowledge, this beautiful stretch is privately-owned by the Fairways & Bluewater Newcoast Resort and that it is only open to their guests. It really has that feel of seclusion to it, so if you want to visit this part, you have to book into the resort.
  4. ★ Bulabog Beach
    If you’re into beach sports like kiteboarding, parasailing, and windsurfing then this is the beach for you! You will instantly feel the vibrant vibe due to these adrenaline-pumped water activities done by local and tourists alike, so if you’re for this kind of thing, make sure to book a hotel in this part of the island.
  5. Lagutan Beach
    This is actually one of the places where boats dock in Boracay. Though it may not be as scenic as the others, photographers may find the charm of this place frame-worthy.
  6. Tulubhan Beach
    There are some local villages that live by this beach and they typically go to the sea to look for seafood like fish, urchins, and more. With decent resorts here and there, Tulubhan can be a nice place to stay in if you’re looking for a quiet getaway.
  7. ★ Tambisaan Beach
    Tambisaan is popular for its coral gardens and reefs that are just near the shore. For this, you can simply bring your gear with you and then take your own sweet time snorkeling in these waters.
  8. ★ Crocodile Beach
    This is a small nearby island at the southeast part of Boracay. Often a trip that comes along in prearranged tours, it’s a favorite destination for underwater activities given the abundant and unspoiled marine life in this area. What’s more is that there are also small canyons where you can see some sea snakes.
  9. Manoc-Manoc Beach
    A lot of locals play here so it can be a bit crowded, but despite the low-key attractiveness of the landscape, it can be a quaint change of scene.
  10. Cagban Beach
    Much like Lagutan, this is one of the boat docks in the island (it’s actually the main port), but somewhere near this area, you can find private spots to relax in under the sun.
  11. ★ Diniwid Beach
    This is close to White Beach’s Station 1 and it is full of backpacker-friendly resorts. What I like about this place (that is only 200m long) are the stunning cliff side views! To add, there is also a crowd favorite here called Spider House and it is a great place to hangout. Otherwise, you can lounge in the water or lie down on a floating wooden piece that they have set up.
  12. Balinghai Beach
    Yet another small private beach but this time, owned by Balinghai Resort and it has a lovely view. Unlike Lapus-Lapus, they permit non-resort guests as long as you pay the entrance fee (wherein the value is consumable in food from the restaurant). With this in mind, take advantage of the scenery by eating your meals by the beach! Just take note that during high tide, the beach is almost entirely submerged so time it on the low tide.
  13. ★ Punta Bunga & Banyugan Beach
    An additional private beach of the island, this piece of land is owned by the big chain: Shangri-La Resorts. I have to say that this part of the beach is very idyllic (hence the reason why Shangri-La bought it) and since it’s only open to in-house guests of the resort, if you have the budget, this is a great place to book yourself into.

*★ = Favorite

TIP: Join this speed boat island-hopping tour for a hassle-free experience!

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Enjoy the sunrise and sunset.
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Top Photo by Tod Baker / Bottom by Ji Heng Wu / CC

Ask anyone who has been to this island and they will surely tell you about Boracay’s breathtaking and extraordinary sunsets! It’s a view that will really mark its spot in your heart and mind, that up to this day, I myself can still picture out the scenes in my mind and it makes me swell with happiness… with a tinge of melancholy (because I miss it a lot!)

Feel free to pick your spot in any of the Boracay beaches to watch the sunsets (typically between 5 to 6PM), but I do highly recommend the view by the White Beach for this since the silhouette of the passing boats (or paraws) by the horizon perfectly adds to this spectacular display.

…But of course, don’t forget about the sunrise too! It is equally beautiful and it’s always a wonderful thing to welcome the new day by the beach in this way. So enjoy and savor this experience!

TIP: Make the most of the sunset views by booking any of the following:
Chartered Paraw Sailing
Sunset Cruise Experience

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Join the island’s lively nightlife and events!
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I personally think that if you were to ever ask Filipinos as to why they visit Boracay, their answer would be because of two things: (1) the beach and (2) the nightlife. Actually, a huge chunk of the younger population LOVE to go to Boracay for the nightlife scene!

Indeed, when I was still in university, every vacation time (around March to April), a lot of my friends would suggest going to Boracay as it also in those times that the bars and clubs in the island would typically start to do themed parties (think foam party, neon party, etc. etc.) in anticipation for the youngsters who are oh-so-ready to dance and drink their worries away!

NOTE: The country in general has cheap alcohol so if you’re a foreigner (who holds a stronger currency) take advantage of this! In fact, there are ‘happy hours’ in each and every bar in Boracay wherein during off-peak times, most drinks will be at a half price.

If you want to know the places for partying with the right vibrant crowd, consider the most popular bars and clubs below:

  1. Exit Bar
    One of the well-known bars in Boracay. Back when I was in the island, me and my friends spent a good amount of our time here especially since we enjoyed the kind of music that they were playing.
  2. Coco Bar
    Famous for its neon-lit bar, it’s a vibrant place to be in! Come and enjoy your night here with their signature drinks while playing a game of Jenga.
  3. Guilly’s Island
    This is where most of the people go to for partying, and it has that gung-ho kind of vibe going on. Open from 5PM to 4AM, you can enjoy ‘happy hour’ from 5PM to 9PM.
  4. Epic
    With a prime location in Station 2 near D’Mall, Epic is one of the classier places for partying with your friends. Come morning though, it’s your typical restaurant spot. (Happy hour happens from 12PM to 10PM).
  5. ★ Cocomangas Shooters Bar
    Famous for its ’15 Shots’ challenge, one can say that they have profoundly ‘conquered’ Boracay if they managed to win this ordeal. As the name goes, you have to chug down 15 shots consecutively and if you can still manage to stand after drinking it all, you will become a part of the ‘legends’: you’ll get a shirt stating your achievement, your name will be engraved on the ‘golden’ wall, and then you will be counted to the scoring table that is grouped per country. (Apparently, Filipinos are winning so far!) Given this kind of challenge, Cocomangas can be such a fun and lively place to be!
  6. Club Paraw
    A favorite of both locals and tourists, you will enjoy a bigger dance floor in this venue. Make sure that you take advantage of happy hour from 4PM to 9PM.

*★ = Favorite

Of course, there are TONS of other bars and restaurants in Boracay, and as much as I want to list them all, I chose to merely pick the most known ones above. Otherwise, if you’re more into a low-key kind of night, just pick a restaurant by the beach and enjoy a show of firedancers!

Anyhow, if you ever find yourself traveling to Boracay alone, don’t fret! As I’ve said, it’s a great place to meet locals and fellow travelers (even expats!), and the best way to start a networking spree? By joining the famous Boracay Pub Crawl!

You’re bound to meet new friends and you’re also bound to have a crazy night! For a cheap price of only Php 990 ($20~) you will get to ‘hop’ around 5 bars + clubs, have free drinks, get discounted drinks, gain a free iconic shirt + shooter glass, and experience fun get-to-know games with the other group participants all night long! (To book your trip, go online here).

Now, if you rather want to know the best time for visiting Boracay in order to fully enjoy the peak of the island’s nightlife, that would be during:

  • “LaBoracay” – (Month of May) From the words ‘Labor Day’ and ‘Boracay‘, Laboracay is the biggest summer party celebration of the island! It’s not an official event though, but it’s a term that is typically used by Filipinos to commemorate the series of big events that commonly happens during this period. If you must know, it’s not only the locals who come here for LaBoracay but even foreign and local celebrities who are ready to party hard! (From DJs, to actors, etc.). If you want to know the complete list of parties every year, you can check this site.
  • Holy Week
  • Christmas & New Year

If you want some novel or quirky fun, check out this theatrical variety show. Otherwise, if you’re a fan of sports, the ‘Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival’ and ‘International Beach Volleyball Tournament’ are held during the month of May (1st half) and something along this same month, the annual ‘Dragon Boat Racing’ affair of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation is also held.

Come January (2nd half), water sports take place under the event name ‘Boracay International Funboard Cup’. And since it’s the beach, there is a Frisbee tournament that is done on the White Beach during July (called as ‘Boracay Open Asian Beach Ultimate’).
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Indulge yourself with the local food.
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One of the things that you have to understand about Boracay is that if you are not well-informed, you could end up finding all these typical western restaurants that hold no personality of the island’s cuisine. This is not to say that these western restaurants are no good — because they are — but if you really want to enjoy true Filipino fare and dishes, follow my advice and tips:

  • Go to D’Talipapa – because a beach trip is NOT complete without seafood! For sure there are a lot of seafood restaurants in White Beach as an example, but if you want the true-blue way of eating like a local, drop by Station 2 to find D’Talipapa — a wet market that sells fresh seafood ingredients! Once you are done shopping for the food that you would like to eat, simply go to one of the nearby restaurants and have them cook it for you. (They have a wide range of cooking styles that you can choose from.)
  • Go to Filipino Restaurants – and try local dishes! Other than gaining the chance to experience our hearty food, these are typically priced cheap too so it’s quite a steal. (Starting at Php 50 or $1+). For my favorites, try Smoke Resto at D’Mall, Plato D Boracay (also) at D’Mall, Mesa at Station 2, or Boracay Kitchen at Station 1.
  • Try street food – To start, taste the local BBQ sticks, pork fat crackers (chicharon), balut (famous fertilized egg), and of course the Chorizo Burger! This is a favorite snack in this island. What is it? Well, it’s simply a sweeter version of grilled chorizo with sweet sauce in a bun… BUT the taste is something that everyone and you would go gaga for! (If you’re not a fan of sweet meat then this might not work for you, but it’s still worth a try).
  • Take advantage of the fresh local fruits – what else but mangoes?! I promise you, we might just have the best mangoes that you will ever taste in your whole life! Other than this, indulge yourself with coconut juice that is freshly picked. And while we’re in the topic of drinks, take your time in enjoying all the kinds of fresh juice mixes that every establishment serves. If you want to try another favorite, go to Jonah’s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar at Station 1 because the drinks here are absolutely addictive! They are even served in such big quantities apart from being cheap; therefore, it’s going to be worth your money.

If you truly want some western fare, go to Aria at D’Mall for Italian cuisine, Bite Club at Station 2 for burgers, Tres Amigos at D’Mall for Mexican fare, and Zuzuni at Station 1 for desserts.
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Try out the various water sports and activities!
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Boracay can hold your attention for a looooong while given the array of activities that you can do. It may be a small island but it sure packs a LOT of fun! Aside from the island-hopping tour activity that I have already suggested at #1, try these water activities below to get the most out of your summer vacation:

  • ★ Fly Fish Ride
    I absolutely recommend this if you want to have a wild ride with your friends! Basically, you will be riding this HUGE inflatable that’s like a ‘flying fish’. It will be pulled by a speedboat that will abuse its power and speed, and you have to hang on to it (for dear life) as it tries to spin you around at the sea! You can even try to put a challenge among your friends, like who will fall off the most for example! If I can impart another advice, let your competitiveness slide for a bit and then let yourself get thrown off the ‘fly fish’. Why? Because it’s part of the fun! (There’s the milder alternative for this like a..
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The numerous islands in the Philippines are all famous for their pristine beauty and rich marine life among many others; therefore, it’s natural that a lot of tourists seek to visit such places first. However, the capital of Manila in itself has something to offer to every kind of traveler out there too. So if you ever find yourself in this vibrant urban metropolis, below are the the top best hotels in Manila that you need to consider for your stay!

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Best Hotels in Manila

» Best Budget Hotels in Manila  «


+ Our Melting Pot
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Agoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

This is one of the cheapest yet well-maintained hostels in Manila that can serve as your home away from home. Located in the heart of Makati city, you’ll be well located.

What to love: Affordability
Address: Unit A, 3rd Floor, Wang Mart Building #37 Polaris Street, Makati
Closest landmark: Ayala Triangle Gardens
Price starts from: $5~
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+ Makati Junction Hostel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

WIth a funky ambiance, this hostel has private, dorms and coed rooms for their guests as well as amenities that are not limited to a spacious lounge, game room, and more.

What to love: Ambiance
Address: Annex Matheus Building, General Luna, Don Pedro St, Makati
Closest landmark: Power Plant Mall
Price starts from: $10~
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+ Z Hostel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

This is a relatively new hotel that’s found within the heart of Makati and it offers modern rooms, stylish lounge areas, game room, on-site cafe, and many more.

What to love: Social events and activities
Address: 5660 Don Pedro St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Closest landmark: Century City
Price starts from: $10~
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+ U Hotels Makati
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

This is one of the most affordable hotels in Manila that has a great location in the city. You’ll be assured of spacious rooms and even a lobby that offers free coffee and snacks.

What to love: Good-for-value
Address: 5091 P. Burgos Street corner San Mateo Street, Poblacion, Makati
Closest landmark: Century City
Price starts from: $25~
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+ Red Planet Amorsolo
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
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A simple yet modern accommodation, this hotel is a great choice for travelers who want to stay somewhere central and stylish without breaking the travel budget.

What to love: Affordability
Address: 99 Urban Avenue, Ayala, Makati City, Makati
Closest landmark: RCBC Plaza
Price starts from: $30~
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+ City Garden Hotel Makati
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Centrally located but still a distance away from the chaos in Makati’s center, City Garden Hotel is easily one of the best mid-range hotels in Manila.

What to love: Outdoor pool
Address: 7870 Makati Ave Corner Durban Street, Poblacion, Makati
Closest landmark: Power Plant Mall
Price starts from: $50~
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+ Citadines Millennium Ortigas
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
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Boasting grand views over the Ortigas skyline, guests can enjoy the apartment-style rooms that features kitchenette, seating area, and more.

What to love: Outdoor pool
Address: 11 Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Center Pasig
Closest landmark: SM Megamall
Price starts from: $70~
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+ Astoria Greenbelt
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Smacked right in front of the famous shopping complex of Greenbelt, this property has stylish rooms and amenities to make your stay perfect!

What to love: Prime location
Address: 914 Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road) Makati City
Closest landmark: Greenbelt Mall
Price starts from: $70~
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+ Somerset Alabang
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

If you want to escape the metro, Somerset in Alabang is a great place to stay in while still enjoying a packed urban setting that’s near Manila’s key spots.

What to love: Outdoor pool
Address: 3409 Spectrum Midway, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa
Closest landmark: Resorts World Manila
Price starts from: $70~
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+ The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

This is one of the most impressive boutique hotels in Manila and it even houses an art gallery and a 2-storey fitness center. You’ll surely love the quirky rooms too!

What to love: Ambiance
Address: 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati
Closest landmark: Salcedo Saturday Market
Price starts from: $80~
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» Best Luxury Hotels in Manila «


+ Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Awarded as highly rated 5-star hotel, this is a luxury accommodation in Ortigas that will indulge any kind of guest to the fullest with its well-appointed rooms and amenities.

What to love: See this post
Address: Meralco Avenue & Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Closest landmark: Metrowalk
Price starts from: $100~
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+ Manila Hotel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com
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This is an elegantly designed hotel that features a mix of colonial and modern Filipino elements and features. The proximity of Intramuros is a huge plus too!

What to love: Ambiance
Address: One Rizal Park, Ermita
Closest landmark: Intramuros Golf Course
Price starts from: $120~
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+ Sofitel Philippine Plaza
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Styled like a tropical haven within the city, the rooms in this hotel offers views of Manila Bay. You’ll also enjoy their lux outdoo pool, jogging trail, tennis courts, and more!

What to love: Famed Spiral buffet
Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay
Closest landmark: SM Mall of Asia
Price starts from: $130~
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+ Shangri-La at the Fort
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Found in the bustling BGC, this new 5-star hotel boasts an outdoor swimmign pool, several dining options, and magnificently furnished rooms + suites with grand city views.

What to love: Luxurious amenities and location
Address: 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Closest landmark: Burgos Circle
Price starts from: $200~
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+ Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
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Nestled beside the famous Greenbelt, Landmark, SM, and Glorietta Malls, you’ll find everything you need around Raffles. Not to mention, their luxurious property is the ultimate indulgence.

What to love: Luxurious amenities and location
Address: 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati
Closest landmark: Greenbelt Mall
Price starts from: $240~
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I hope this article helped save you the time and effort when looking for the best places to stay in Manila.

Enjoy!

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Coron is an island in Palawan, Philippines that is highly sought after not only by locals but also tourists from all over the world — it’s easy to see why given its grand limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and rich marine life among many others. That being said, with such a beautiful destination as it is, you’ll surely be needing an equally beautiful accommodation to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. To save you the time, below is the list of the top best hotels in Coron that will help you as you consider the best place to stay for your visit, no matter your budget or travel style!

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Best Hotels in Coron

» Best Budget Hotels in Coron  «


+ Fat Monkey Hostel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
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Don’t let its price fool you because this hostel is clean and found in a quiet place. To spend your idle times away, it even has a big common area with enough necessities.

What to love: Affordability
Address: Dipulao Upper Road, PSU Road, National Highway
Closest landmark: Mount Tapyas
Price starts from: $6~
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+ Hop Hostel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.comAgoda or HostelWorld
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

If you’re looking for a cheap hostel that doesn’t sacrifice comfort, style, and location, then Hop Hostel is the place you need to be in!

What to love: Proximity to the center
Address: Calle Nueva Barangay 5, Coron Town Proper
Closest landmark: Coron Public Market
Price starts from: $10~
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+ Coron Ecolodge
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Agoda
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Smacked in the city center, this hotel offers great service, rooms and amenities to travelers on a budget. This is definitely a great base for starting your adventures!

What to love: Good-for-value
Address: Calle Real Poblacion 2
Closest landmark: Coron Shopping Building
Price starts from: $20~
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+ Coron Hilltop View Resort
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
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Stay in a resort at a small cost? Yep, it’s possible with Coron Hilltop View Resort! On top of it all, the rooms and location are also great for your Coron vacation!

What to love: Outdoor pool
Address: Brgy. Poblacion 6, Sitio Dipulao
Closest landmark: Mount Tapyas
Price starts from: $30~
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+ Discovery Island Resort and Dive Center
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

All the rooms in this resort have balconies with sea views, and as the name suggests, it provides great diving and even snorkelling services to fill up your itinerary.

What to love: Proximity to the beach
Address: Dicanituan Island, Barangay 5
Closest landmark: Coron Public Market
Price starts from: $40~
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» Best Mid-Range Hotels in Coron «


+ Sophia’s Garden Resort
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

In this accommodation, you’ll find that all rooms face the scenic garden and pool, and if you want to, you can even enjoy a BBQ with the resort’s facilities.

What to love: Lush garden and pool
Address: Dinagpan Road Brgy. Poblacion 5
Closest landmark: Coron Public Market
Price starts from: $50~
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+ Corto del Mar Hotel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

You won’t go wrong by staying in Corto del Mar Hotel because it is one of the hotels in Coron that provides utter comfort and ample amenities during your stay.

What to love: Outdoor pool
Address: Commiseria Street Barangay 1
Closest landmark: Coron Public Market
Price starts from: $70~
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+ Coron Westown Resort
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Boasts 2 outdoor pools, on-site restaurant, and modern rooms. If you’re up for it, you can also make use and enjoy their BBQ and karaoke facilities.

What to love: Modern amenities
Address: Sitio Dipulao, Barangay Poblacion 6
Closest landmark: Mount Tapyas
Price starts from: $80~
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+ El Rio Y Mar Resort
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

An hour away from Busuanga Aiport, this resort is a great respite from the town’s bustle. It features a dive center, a spa, rooms with verandas, and a scenic infinity pool.

What to love: Secluded location
Address: Barangay San Jose
Closest landmark: ~
Price starts from: $100~
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+ The Funny Lion
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

A stylish hotel that doesn’t break your wallet, The Funny Lion features an outdoor swimming pool, an open air bath, a tropical setting, several dining options and elegant rooms.

What to love: Outdoor swimming pool
Address: Sitio Jolo, Poblacion V, Palawan, Coron Town Proper
Closest landmark: Coron Public Market
Price starts from: $110~
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» Best Luxury Hotels in Coron «


+ Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Location, amenities and design — this Bayside Hotel is a modern accommodation in the town center that will totally indulge you during your whole Coron staycation.

What to love: Infinity Pool
Address: National Road, Barangay Tagumpay, Coron Town Proper
Closest landmark: Coron Public Market
Price starts from: $140~
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+ Busuanga Bay Lodge
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Located at the south-western part of Busuanga, it’s still conviniently located in order to bring you to some of Coron’s top highlights (such as island hopping spots, etc.)

What to love: Infinity Pool
Address: Sitio Lawi, Barangay Concepcion, Busuanga
Closest landmark: Coron Public Market
Price starts from: $160~
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+ Club Paradise Palawan
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

This is an exclusive island resort that’s not too far from the town center. You will absolutely love its long stretch of white sand beaches and water sports among many others!

What to love: See this post
Address: Dimakya Island, Coron
Closest landmark: (This is a private island)
Price starts from: $200~
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+ Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Booking.com or Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

This is one of the few 5-star resorts / hotels in Coron that’s on a different island. In here, you will absolutely love their luxurious bungalows that face the beach.

What to love: Modern villas
Address: Malaruyroy, Bulalacao, Palawan
Closest landmark: (This is a separate nearby island)
Price starts from: $450~
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+ Huma Island Resort and Spa
» See the BEST price deal & read reviews at Agoda
» You can also check HotelsCombined to compare rates

Modeled after the famous water villas found in Maldives, you will surely fall in love with how the resort offers utter luxury and relaxation.

What to love: Water villas
Address: Dicilingan Island, Busuanga
Closest landmark: (This is a private island)
Price starts from: $600~
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Overall

I hope this article helped save you the time and effort when looking for the best places to stay in Coron.

Enjoy!

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  • What other hotels or hostels in Coron can you recommend?
  • Have you stayed in one of these accommodations, how was your experience??

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The Philippines is dotted with thousands of tropical islands that can fill up a lifetime (or more) of adventures, but if there is one place that you must NOT miss, it would be Coron in the province of Palawan. After all, it is famous for its limestone cliffs, World War II (WWII) wreck dives, scenic lakes + lagoons, rich aquatic life, white sand beaches, and so much more! Because of this, it’s no wonder that the island is filled with accommodations to cater to every traveler out there — however, if you want the best experience and staycation, I would highly recommend that you look into Club Paradise Palawan.

I recently had the chance to stay in this private island resort and from the moment that I stepped off the boat shuttle, I knew that I was going to have the time of my life! To further prove my point, below are the top 10 reasons why a stay in this luxurious accommodation is a MUST!
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Top 10 Reasons to Stay in Club Paradise Palawan

#1 – Lush and serene staycation

Spanning over 19 hectares, Club Paradise Palawan is an exclusive and luxurious haven that’s found in Dimakaya Island — which, mind you, is actually considered as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As such, this tropical paradise has lush, unspoilt landscapes and seascapes that will make make anyone’s jaw drop.

To add, given that it’s a private resort, you’re sure to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city center as it gives you the privacy and relaxation that you’re seeking for. But of course, though it’s a lone island in itself, it’s still perfectly situated that you can reach not only the center of Busuanga but also that of Coron’s top highlights.
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#2 – Luxury rooms and villas to suit anyone’s fancy

To date, Club Paradise Palawan boats 56 modern accommodations including traditional Filipino huts/cottages that each have private balconies. To illustrate, below are the room choices available for guests for an indulgent stay:

  • Sunrise Villa:As the name suggests, these villas face majestic sunrises. For this, you could choose a Deluxe (34sqm), Standard (20sqm), or Premier (60sqm) villa.
  • Sunset Villa: Alternatively, yes, this faces the west and is perfect if you want to be greeted by colorful sunsets. I actually chose this for my stay especially because it’s at a more secluded part of the island (and it faces the beach too). Much like the Sunrise Villas, these are also available in Deluxe, Standard and Premium.
  • Garden View Room: Priced lower but still with the same indulgence, these rooms are enclaved within the lush greens of the resort so you can enjoy the island’s fragrant flora.
  • Garden Suite: These rooms are the standard hotel rooms but with added flair as it has its own private balcony where you can lounge around and enjoy the surrounding vista.
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#3 – Delectable food and settings

You’ll find everything that you need when you stay in Club Paradise Palawan, and with that, you’re sure to never go hungry with the rich selection of dining options that they have:

  • Firefish Restaurant: Offering fresh seafood, tender meats, fruits, organically-grown vegetables and spices, this restaurant features various local and international dishes to suit anyone’s fancy. (This is also the place where breakfast is typically served; if you’ve got special gatherings, they can even arrange beach and island picnics for you! ~ Open from 6AM to 11PM).
  • Dugong Bar: Refresh and lounge with their eclectic selection of wines, cocktails, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. For some added flair, you can even enjoy their indoor entertainment that includes billiards, table tennis, darts and foosball. (Open 10AM to 12AM; Happy Hour from 5PM to 7PM).
  • Shack Bar: Conveniently-located next to the resort’s pool, you can quickly get refreshing shakes and healthy juices made from fresh topical fruits! (Open 7AM to 6PM).
  • Sand Bar: Even more for your ease, the Sand Bar sits just by the beach where you can order drinks that can satisfy even the most discerning taste buds.
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#4 – Endless white sand beach

Amidst the azure waters, Club Paradise Palawan has a long 700-meter pristine beach that’s perfect not only for lounging but also for other activities such kayaking, snorkelling, paraw sailing, diving, etc.

As if that’s not already enough, it even has a hidden beach as well as strategic areas that are perfect for grand views every sunrise and sunset. Needless to say, it will instantly make you feel as though it’s your own tropical paradise.
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#5 – Rich wildlife and sanctuary

The island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for a reason! For instance, it serves as a turtle sanctuary, so from December to February, you can witness endangered hawksbill green sea turtles who come to visit the island’s shores to lay eggs at night. To protect them, the resort fences the eggs and then once hatched, the baby turtles are released and guided to the sea with the help of the guests. How’s that for a memorable experience?

Apart from this, you can also find other animals in Club Paradise Palawan such as bayawak (monitor lizard), bats, birds, and others. Of course, this is aside from the waters that hold rich marine life!
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#6 – Great diving spot with colorful reefs and marine life

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Speaking of rich marine life, much like the rest of Palawan, you can find a diverse number of creatures in the waters of Club Paradise Palawan. Truth be told, the resort has surrounding house reefs that have been protected for the last 15 years so it is filled with colorful soft + hard corals and array of fishes such as frogfishes, damsel, parrot, etc. You could even witness Giant Clams, turtles, dugongs (sea cows) and manta rays.

Together with their in-house dive center, you can be equipped with the right scuba diving gear so that you can explore places like Apo Reef, Kyokuzan Maru (1 of the 12 diving wrecks from World War II), Barracuda Lake, and more.
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#7 – High-quality wellness spa

After all the fun that you’ll be doing in and out of Club Paradise Palawan, you will surely want to slow down to relax and pamper yourself. For this, the resort’s Glow Spa (open from 10AM to 10PM) will be more than happy to offer you heavenly treatments that are sure to rekindle the harmony of your mind and body.

Some of the massages that you must try are “Four Hands” (where 2 massage therapists will do choreographed techniques to revitalize your tired body) and “Organic Massage” (uses a herbal ball bundled with select medicinal leaves found in Coron).

Otherwise, if you want to keep your blood pumping, Club Paradise Palawan also has a gym that is equipped with cardio and strength training equipment.
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#8 – Guaranteed 5-Star service 24/7

Starting from day #1, I can assure you that your comfort and needs will always be met — and even more, right from check-in up to check-out! Besides, I had an amazing time here myself. I was even always greeted by the warm and friendly staff that wanted nothing more than to ensure that I had the perfect vacation!

We all know how a hotel/resort’s service can make or break a staycation, and with Club Paradise Palawan, they’re sure to make your experience with them a wonderful memory that you will never forget!

The icing to the cake? They put high regard to sustainability and social responsibility, so staying with them means that you’re also helping in giving back to the society as well as nature itself.
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#9 – Offers an array of fun activities

You will NEVER be bored during your stay at Club Paradise Palawan. Some of the many things you can do aside from enjoying the beach and the dives…?

  • Hiking: You can take an exhilarating climb up a nearby trail to reward yourself with breathtaking views on top of Eagle’s Point which is the island’s highest peak. If I may give a tip, this spot is great during sunset time!
  • Ocean Breeze Tour: Embark on a daytime or sunset scenic cruise in one of the resort’s paraw sail boats as you circle around the exclusive island.
  • Island Scout Activities: Perfect for those who have kids, this experience start at 4PM daily at the Tree House, and it helps develop the little ones’ love for ‘Mother Earth’ through activities such as tree planting, etc.
  • Extras: Everyday, there are daily activities that the resort arranges and they can vary. Rest assured, you will be given a calendar to help give you an idea about the things that you can do during your stay.
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#10 – Various choices of island-hopping tours

Now of course, you will need to explore out of the island too and take in the rest of Coron’s beauty! To date, Club Paradise Palawan can arrange the following boat tours:

  • Calauit Safari Tour: This tour takes you to Calauit Safari Park, a 3,700-hectare game reserve and wildlife sanctuary that’s just off the coast of Palawan. In here you can find various pecies of exotic African and endemic Palawan flora and fauna where hundreds of giraffes, elans, waterbucks, Calamian deer, monkeys, fresh water crocodiles, zebras, bear cats, bushbuck and a variety of birds roam freely.
  • Coron Island Tour: A whole day tour that takes you not only to the main island’s town but also to its nearby attractions such as Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoons, Siete Pecaods, and Maquinit Hot Spring. (Snorkeling masks, fins, life jackets, personal guide, and roundtrip land + boat transfers are provided with this activity).
  • Coron Island Hopping: Explore the natural playground of Palawan as you discover 3 unique private islands…
    • Malpagalen Island: A sandbar that’s just next to Club Paradise Palawan.
    • Dimalanta Island: A deserted island that boasts vibrant flora, tall corals, and rich marine habitat.
    • Diatoy Island: A great snorkeling destination that’s necklaced with a long stretch of white sandy beach.
  • Splish, Splash Tour: This is a day trip to Diatoy Island which inlcudes a ‘Boodle Fight’ lunch and an exciting speed-induced Banana boat ride with your family and/or friends.
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» INFO «

Booking: See the BEST deals and prices for Club Paradise Palawan on their websiteAgoda, or Booking.com!

Address: Dimakya Island, Coron, Northern Palawan, 5316 Philippines

Hotel Classification: 4-Star

Check-In: 1PM to 2PM / Check-Out: 12PM to 1PM

Disclaimer: Thanks to Club Paradise Palawan for sponsoring my stay; but as always, all thoughts that are expressed in this article are fully my own. (Some images above are from the resort).
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Pre-Travel Guide

When is the best time to visit Coron, Palawan?
It’s ideal to come around October to early June if you want hot or dry weather, but basically, the weather patterns in Palawan are as follows:

  • April to early June: Best time for sea travel, mostly dry and hot.
  • Late June to September: Wet season that usually brings heavy rains due to monsoon peaks (but the prices are considerably cheaper.
  • December to February: Cooler and drier weather but the winds can foul up boat schedules.

Where to get the best flight promos to Coron, Palawan?
My go-to platform for grabbing the best flight deals is Skyscanner since it scans all possible airlines that fly to and from any destination (including budget airlines in the Philippines like Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, etc.). I can even set up alerts so that it notifies me when the prices suddenly drop or rise.

Coron’s nearest airport is Busuanga and you can ride van transfers to town that typically are priced at around Php 150 per person of Php 1,500 for a whole van.

It’s also possible to come to Coron by boat and they run from Puerto Princesa, Manila, Mindoro, and El Nido (with El Nido being the nearest).

How to change your money into Philippines currency?
The Philippines’ currency is called as ‘peso’ (₱ or Php). I highly advice that you do NOT exchange your money at the airport (if arriving from Manila or Cebu or any of the major cities) since the rates there are totally not competitive. What should you rather do? Either exchange your money or US dollars at a bank or at a money exchanger in your home country or in any of the cities/towns; or better yet, just withdraw from an ATM with your debit/credit card.

Take note though that in Coron, there are only about 4 ATMs but it’s highly advisable to stock up on cash beforehand. Most hotels accept credit cards but town shops or restaurants mostly won’t. As for money exchanges, I’m not sure but I don’t think there are any in Coron, so do remember to exchange your money in the major cities such as Manila or Cebu before you fly into Coron.
Rate exchange: USD $1 = Php 50~

Should I get a visa to visit the Philippines?
Check this link to see the complete visa policy in the Philippines.

Helpful Filipino / Tagalog phrases
Many locals have no difficulties speaking English (after all, it is one of the official languages in the country). However, it always helps to learn the following phrases ‘just in case’ — or simply just to have fun interactions with Filipinos. 

How are you?: Kumusta ka? (koo-MOOS-tah kah?)
Thank you: Maraming salamat (mah-RAH-meeng sah-LAH-maht)
Yes: Oo (OH oh)
No: Hindi (HEEN-dee)
Goodbye: Paalam (pah AH-lahm)
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I’m sorry: Paumanhin (pah oo-MAHN-heen) / Patawad (pah-TAH-wad)
Is there someone here who speaks English?: Meron ba ditong marunong mag-Ingles? (MEH-rohn bah DEE-tohng mah-ROO-nohng mahg-een-GLEHS?)
Help!: Saklolo! (sahk-loh-LOH!) / Tulong! (too-LOHNG)

Overall

It’s clear to see that staying in Club Paradise Palawan for your Coron vacation will help make your vacation a whole lot better! So, what are you waiting for…? *wink*

How about you?

  • What do you think of Club Paradise Palawan?
  • Would you like to stay with them? Why or why not?
  • Or have you stayed with them before? How was it?

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Nowadays, coupons and discounts that are not only for vacation getaways but also for other things like dining, beauty, pampering, etc. are on the rise. But if you ask me, for a long time now, I found it difficult to find great and premium deals on trusted merchants in the metro — until weeks ago when I discovered Deal Grocer!

I stumbled across their platform when I was searching for a last-minute getaway outside of Manila that I can do together with my family, and right from the moment that I saw their homepage, I knew that I came to the right place.
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Deal Grocer

So… what is Deal Grocer? To put it simply, it’s more than just a deal or coupon site.

Founded in 2010, Deal Grocer as a brand has continually set itself up as a premier platform that collects the most sought-after experiences and establishments in and out of Manila. Therefore, shopping for life’s ‘little luxuries’ could become a whole lot easier with them — whether it’s a dinner out with your loved ones or a staycation that’s long overdue.

There really is SO much to love about them, and below are just a few:
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» Why I love Deal Grocer?

  • Offers only the top-of-the-line and trusted deals and partners.
    Beyond scoring a deal at a great insider price point (in fact, the best price amongst all channels available out there), Deal Grocer ensures that they curate offers not only from trusted establishments but also those that are of the best value for their customer’s money. In fact, they do extensive research into the best hotels, resorts, restaurants, salons, and fitness centers among many others — afterwards, they form a lasting partnership with these businesses in order to create limited-time offers that are a great steal! That being said, Deal Grocer’s commitment to partnering with the best — and only the best — makes them the most appealing way to grab exclusive discounts.
    • You’ll also know that the deals are really exclusive because there’s a countdown on top of the listings that will show you how much is left, so that’s quite helpful!
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  • Deals are updated regularly!
    Deal Grocer’s team is definitely on top of trends as well as wholly dedicated to its customers’ needs because truth be told, new offers and deals are always added every week! So let’s say, you can’t find anything at the moment on their site, make sure to check again next Sunday to see an updated list.
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  • Easy browsing for the best deals.
    With the number of deals that you can find on Deal Grocer, I can imagine how it must be overwhelming for you at first glance — but don’t fret! In order to make browsing easier, they have grouped the deals not only by type but also by location and  interest.
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  • You won’t miss out on all the important info!
    Taking things a step further, all the details that you need for a specific deal is laid out clear and perfectly, may it be the establishment’s contact details, terms and conditions, and reviews (even those straight from TripAdvisor!). Those that are popular and highly-rated even have the distinct Deal Grocer “Customer’s Choice” seal.
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  • Fast and easy booking process with a responsive response customer service team.
    Deal Grocer may have a sophisticated and secure system, but their booking process is straightforward, fast, and easy! If you even have any concerns, their customer service staff is responsive and there’s even a possibility of chatting with them during business hours.
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  • Various payment options.
    In case you’re wondering, payment isn’t a hassle either with Deal Grocer given the vast number of options that are laid out for its customers. So to date, you can pay with any of the following methods:
    • Credit card
    • Paypal
    • Bank deposit (BDO, BPI, Metrobank, Security Bank, RCBC, UnionBank, Chinabank branches)
    • Over the counter (Bayad Center, LBC, SM, Cebuan Lhuillier, Robinsons, ECPay, CashU)
    • Online Banking (BDO, BPI, Metrobank, Chinabank, Unionbank, RCBC, UCPB)
    • Cash Pickup (minimum of Php 1K worth of purchase — and yes, someone can just come by your house to pick up the payment!)
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  • It’s easy to gift some deals too!
    Got someone you know that would absolutely love one of the deals found on Deal Grocer? Easy — get them a gift voucher! The icing to the cake? They can even deliver the gift voucher for FREE as long as the address is within Metro Manila. (Delivery and processing takes only about 2 to 3 working days).
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» My own Deal Grocer getaway!

So like I mentioned before, I was on the lookout for a weekend getaway with my family so that we can spend some days together before I headed out for a sudden long overseas trip. After browsing through Deal Grocer, I saw a deal on a 2-night stay in Baler’s L’Sirene Boutique Resort — a new luxurious accommodation that I have been eyeing for some time that was at a 40% discount.

You bet that I booked it instantly, and guess what? It only took me a day to book the offer with Deal Grocer and then confirm the reservation with the resort. It was that easy!

Fast forward to the trip itself, check-in was absolutely flawless. After presenting my identification card, they already knew that I was booked into their Deal Grocer deal and then I was immediately led to the room together with my family members. The rest was history: my family and I were in bliss as we enjoyed the resort’s amazing amenities, the nearby beach, the town’s shops, and the surrounding attractions.

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When it was time to check-out, there weren’t any other hassles nor any hidden charges (everything was already paid for anyway through Deal Grocer!).

With all this said, I wish I had discovered Deal Grocer a lot sooner. There could have been so many adventures and staycations in and out of Manila that I could have spent with family and friends in premium places without straining our budget and with all the added ease.

…But at least, the good news is that I now have my go-to platform for these needs! (On that note, I’ll be scouring their beauty and dining deals, next. Who’s with me?! *wink*).
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Overall

Clearly, if you want to grab the best travel and lifestyle experiences in the Philippines, Deal Grocer should be high up on your “deals arsenal”!

…So what are you waiting for?

GRAB DEALS NOW WITH DEAL GROCER!

How about you?

  • What do you think of Deal Grocers?
  • Would you like to try out their deals? Why or why not?
  • Or have you tried them before? How was it?

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