6 Philippine Destinations You Can Fly to Without Breaking the Bank

Have you been hustling all year? Reward yourself with a reinvigorating vacation and travel around the Philippines! Thankfully, going on a vacation has become increasingly affordable, with the rise of several travel products and services. Now you can book a flight without a credit card or fly to unlimited stunning destinations in the country without burning a hole through your wallet. How cool is that?

Without further ado, here are a few of the top local destinations you can book even with a low budget:

Luzon

  1. Legazpi City

Located in the province of Albay in the Bicol region, Legazpi City is a popular tourist spot and home to the world-renowned Mayon Volcano. On your visit here, you can opt for either an ATV tour adventure around Mayon, starting at only P499. You can also go for a more relaxed viewing experience of the country’s “Perfect Cone” at the Mayon Resthouse Observatory or Kapuntukan Hill.

Whether you love history, culture, or nature, there are tons of things to do in Legazpi City. Explore what’s left of the Japanese tunnel from World War II, as well as the ruins of the 16th-century Cagsawa Church. Visit art galleries and museums. Have fun swimming, caving, or zip-lining, too.

The flight from Manila to Legazpi City takes about 1–1 1/2 hours.

  1. La Union

La Union is becoming more and more prominent for its surfing spots, which is why many call it the surfing capital of the Philippines. Surfing is an all-year-round activity in this part of the Ilocos region, but you’ll probably want to catch the perfect waves from July to February. La Union also hosts annual surfing competitions, with parties and concerts adding more fun to the events.

Aside from surfing, La Union offers several other water sport activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. Should you feel that you want to stay away from the waters for a bit, you can do so since La Union also has historical churches, temples, botanical gardens, and museums that you can explore.

Flights to La Union are through Clark Airport, and travel time is approximately 3–4 hours.

Visayas

  1. Dumaguete

Dumaguete is the capital city of Negros Oriental and is about a 5-hour drive from Cebu. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to stay in a modern city but still with a laidback atmosphere to it.

While you’re here, you can tour the first American university in all of Asia—Silliman University—or immerse yourself in cultural festivals that last for days. You can find local accommodations at affordable rates, starting at P350. The streets of Dumaguete will also fill you with cheap but tasty eats, including the glutinous rice roll called “budbud.”


You can even jump off from Dumaguete City to go to nearby tourist destinations, including the province of Siquijor and Apo Island, a world-class marine sanctuary. 

  1. Leyte

Kalanggaman Island and San Juanico—the longest bridge in the Philippines—are only two of the world-class attractions you can see in Leyte. The same bridge connects Leyte to the province of Samar by passing over the San Juanico Strait. Meanwhile, what makes Kalanggaman Island’s paradise-like beauty attractive to tourists are the powdery white sandbars on both ends of the island. 

Other notable activities you can try are climbing the Calvary Hill or the shrine of Our Lady of Assumption, sampling native delicacies like Binagil and Moron, watching the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival, and visiting the historical MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park.

Mindanao

  1. Camiguin

First, here’s some trivia about Camiguin:

  • It’s the Philippines’ second-smallest province after Batanes.
  • It’s called the “Island Born of Fire” since the island came about from countless volcanic eruptions.

Despite being a tiny island province, Camiguin still teems with things to do and places to explore. Tour the island in groups of 12 and pay approximately P2,500, including port transfers. The tour will take you to several tourist spots, including waterfalls, hot and cold springs, sandbars, and lagoons, as well as church ruins and mountain peaks. 

Don’t forget to bring home a box or two of Pastel de Camiguin, a soft, chewy bun with delicious custard filling.

  1. Samal 

Samal, also called the Island Garden City of Samal, is very close to Davao City. The island is surrounded by white sand beaches, rock formations, and caves. In one of the caves, you’ll find countless Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats, making the island paradise a must-visit for nature tripping.

Fly Now, Pay Later!

This list is only a handful out of the many other beautiful places you can explore around the Philippines. Take your pick and avail of Cashalo’s Fly Now & Pay Later service, which allows you to book Cebu Pacific flights to local destinations. Now, you’ll be able to book and pay in installments. That’s traveling with a lot less pressure but a lot more fun!

Fly Now & Pay Later by downloading the Cashalo credit app!