Saturday, February 22, 2014

100 ISLANDS & BOLINAO - TIPS AND TOTAL EXPENSES





Breakdown of Expenses:


COST
Bus from 5th Avenue to Cubao Victory Liner
21.00
Victory Liner Cubao to Alaminos Terminal
393.00
Trike from terminal to City Hotel
10/pax (regular fare)
City Hotel (3 hours Short time 4:30AM – 7:30AM)
500/4 = 125.00
Trike from City Hotel to Lucap Wharf
20/pax
Tourist fee to 100 islands
20/pax
Boat Fee for Island Hopping (Medium – good for 5 to 8pax)
1500/4 = 375.00
Packed Lunch of fish, shrimp, salted egg, 4 rice & 2L water (w/ plastic cups, spoon & fork provided)
395/4 = 98.75
Snorkling equipment rental (mask, snorkel, aqua shoes, life vest)
250 per set
Tip for the Boatmen
100/4 = 25.00
Souvenirs bought at the wharf
250.00
Halo Halo merienda at the wharf
25 to 30.00
Trike to city hotel to shower
20.00
Trike to town proper for dinner
10.00
Dinner at Mang Inasal (town proper)
118.00
Trike to City Hotel
10.00
City Hotel (overnight Jan. 31 – Feb1)
1600/4= 400.00
Trike to CSI (bus terminal for mini buses to Bolinao)
10.00
Bolinao Express Mini Bus to Bolinao town proper
50.00
Trike tour c/o Kuya Julius (includes hatid/sundo sa bus terminal)
1200/4 = 300
Overnight stay at Rock View Resort
2000/4 = 500.00
Entrance & Swimming at Enchanted Cave
120.00 (P 90 if not gonna swim)
Lunch/Merienda at Bolinao Falls
280/4 = 70.00
Cottage rental at Bolinao Falls
100/4 = 25.00
Shirt Souvenir at Patar Beach
120.00
Paluto (Inihaw na Bangus, Pritong Liempo & Porkchop, Rice, 1.5L Coke) at Rock View Resort
540/4 = 135.00
Breakfast (Bread & Coffee from nearby tindahan)
15.00
Tip to Kuya Julius
200/4 = 50.00
Pasalubong Delicacies (Tupig, Bingayen(?))
300.00
Five Star Bus from Bolinao to Balintawak
459.00
Packed Lunch & Bottled Water from nearby Carinderia
69.00
Merienda (Chicharon & Mani)
35.00
Jeep transfers from Camachile to Home
24.00


TOTAL EXPENSE:
4,457.75


TIPS:
1.       If your trip encompasses a long weekend, better have reservations beforehand for your bus trip. Yun delays kasi ng biyahe, baka yun pa kasi ikasira ng bakasyon niyo.
2.       During 100 islands (island hopping), buy your food & bottled water at the wharf kung wala kayong baon. Walang mabibilhan sa islands, if meron man, sobrang mahal.
3.       If planning on snorkling, rent a set sa may wharf or bring your own. Mahal kasi sa may wharf, P250 per set (aqua shoes, snorkel, mask, life vest).
4.       if you’re planning an Alaminos-Bolinao trip. Make alaminos as your 1st day then Bolinao 2nd and 3rd day. Arrive in Alaminos early to do island hopping. After nun, you can clean yourself up sa may wharf, meron sila CR (tabo type) dun P10/pax lang yata yun bayad if maliligo. Then ride a mini-bus to bolinao (P50/pax) at CSI terminal. Wala rin naman kasi magagawa sa Alaminos if dun pa kayo mag stay for 1 night. At least if you arrive at night sa bolinao, early morning puwede na kayo mag start ng tour niyo and mahaba haba ang stay niyo sa falls and patar beach. Kulang kasi ang Half day sa bolinao tour, mabibitin lang kayo.
5.       Sa bolinao in Brgy. Patar, walang mabibilhan ng pagkain (walang restaurants). Most shops ay nasa town proper lang. So if hindi kayo sa town proper mag-stay, daan muna kayo ng palengke para bumili ng pagkain (raw fish, meat, rice, veg, water, etc). Then iluto niyo na lang sa resort na pag-stay-an niyo or ask them to cook it for your at a certain price. In our case kasi, since we weren’t able to buy anything, si resort na mismo ang namalengke and nagluto ng food namin. So mas mahal siya ng konti. Also, bring styrophore na rin to store yung food, bili na lang kayo ng ice para di kaagad masira yun raw meat/fish.
6.       Bring sarongs. Puwede niyo magamit as towel, and cover up from the sun.
7.       Pack light. You’ll mostly wear shorts and sleeveless shirts naman so it won’t take up much space in your bag.
8.       Bring some snacks like hopia, bread, and easy to open canned goods. In my case, I brought some Vienna sausage and bread. Tipid na since di na kami gumastos for our breakfast.
9.       Buy your pasalubongs (tupic, delicacies) sa market ng alaminos. P10 lang per pack sa may market while dun sa naglalako sa mga bus umaabot ng P20 per pack. Doble na ang presyo.
10.   Bring extra money. Original budget namin is just 4K per pax pero based sa expense ko umabot ako ng almost 4,500 because of the pasalubongs.
11.   Trike around the town proper sa alaminos is only 10/pax. Yun iba nagtataga ng presyo so better know the standard fare within the area.



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