Luzon AdventuresTravel Guide

Central Luzon to Calabarzon For Less Than 10,000 Pesos ALL-IN

Note: This is a summary of my recent Luzon trip with my friends, and a breakdown of my personal expenses. 

I recently went on a week-long trip with my friends to three provinces in Luzon. It was my first time to travel to a lot of places in such short period of time. It was a fun, but tiring trip, and I am not really sure if I want to do it again. Haha!

We did not have a planned itinerary that’s why it was very exciting. We just followed our instincts to do this adventure.

Right after we got off from our plane at NAIA, we headed directly to our first destination which is Capas, Tarlac to trek the summit crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo, which did not happen unfortunately. The good thing is, we were able to drive an ATV to lahar trail of Mt. Pinatubo instead.


After that, we rode a bus from there all the way to San Antonio, Zambales. We stayed for one night at San Antonio and met a wonderful lady who became our guide to our ‘supposed’ island hopping to Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, and Capones Island.


Ate Precy, our multi-skilled guide in Zambales


We rented this hut for 850 pesos beside a restaurant in Pundaquit. The hut can accommodate 6 persons.


There was a surfing contest for kids at Pundaquit Beach when we went there. We did not see the whole event but only witnessed the awarding. The thought of children surfing is amazing and scary at the same time.

Unfortunately, for the second time, the weather did not permit us to visit Anawangin Cove and Capones Island. We only got to visit Nagsasa Cove for one night, but I had the best time of my life on that trip.


The next day, we visited this beautiful waterfall before we traveled from San Antonio, Zambales all the way to Calamba, Laguna. We stayed for one night at the house of my friend’s uncle. The next day, we traveled from Laguna to Ternate, Cavite and climbed Pico de Loro or Mt. Palay-Palay.


Pundaquit Falls

The famous monolith of Pico de Loro

At the summit of Pico de Loro

Here’s what our route looked like:

Here’s the detailed breakdown of my expenses:




My friends spent less than me in terms of airfare since they booked a year ago for this trip while I booked mine a week before the trip. They only spent less than 1,000 pesos for the round trip fare. 

We were able to save a lot with accommodation because majority of the time, we were on long bus rides from one place to another.

All in all, I spent a total of 9,292.00 pesos for this whole trip. I got to visit a mountain, a waterfall, a cove, a beach, and a lahar trail!

This was one memorable trip for me but as I have said, I do not want to do it again. I have compromised my health and overall well-being during this trip. Not good for me. 🙂

One day soon, I would like to do some slow travel around the Philippines or somewhere. 🙂

Also read:

Exploring the Lahar Trail of Mt. Pinatubo with Capas ATV Adventure

Why The Typhoon Made My Stay in Nagsasa Cove More Special

Budget Travel Guide: Anawangin, Camara, Capones, and Nagsasa

Reflections From Climbing Pico de Loro

  • Ariel Samangka

    I as well don’t plan ahead of time and make my itinerary whenever I travel to places, I simply don’t want to kill my excitement. Wow, with a less expense that you guys have spent you were capable to visit three provinces. I might inquire you some tips on budgeting when traveling. Hehehe

    • hannafrej

      Believe me, I’m not a frugal person. Daghan lang jud ko na save ato tungod sa akng friend nga grabe ka maayo mo budget. Hahaha. Nadala ras kahig.

  • Jullian Robin Sibi

    Wow! It’s amazing how you guys managed to spend less and do more! I hope to learn from you and Lai on this and hope I could travel more soon!

  • One heck of an adventure
    although there’s a downside to that kind of travel as you said.. but at least you’ve visited lots of places and still enjoyed. And wow Pico de Loro. Ako pud unta someday. 🙂

  • JD

    Wow so many places and sites in just less than 10K! Naa pay sukli! HAHAHA! Hope we could budget as much as this!

    • hannafrej

      Yes, happy kaayo ko kay pag uli nako Cebu naa pay sukli. lol

  • Yayamanin kayuuuu!! Pero worth it kay dghan ug destinations! Awesome!

  • Hahaha! We had a similar whirlwind trip a year ago involving being in a new place each day. Kapoy gyud kaau and I do not want to do it again. You’re supposed to enjoy and relax on a trip and not get stressed out, di ba? Hehehe.

    Pero awesome trip — love the ATV adventure. Wa pa ko ka ride ug in-ani maskin kaisa! 😀

    • hannafrej

      Lagi. I don’t want to do it again. But I’m glad naka experience ko ato. 🙂

  • Kriswanders

    Im more of a quality than quantity type. I like to travel to relax and chill. I would prefer staying on one place but make the most out of it. Transferring from a place to another in a short period is stressful but good to know that you still had a great time.:)


    Hey, let’s do something together sometime. I really want you to lead a trip like this somewhere nearby and I am sure many of your fans will go with us. Just give us the IT and the budget and I am ready to transform myself to Laagan na Tambok. 🙂

    • hannafrej

      Hahaha. Yes, I’m really looking forward to travel with the CBC pipz soon. 😀

  • TheChris Climaco

    Wow with a great place like this is really worth it. Thanks for the tips

  • Mejo stressful jud sya nag basa lang kos imong post haha! Pero something that’s spontaneous is exciting bitaw jud. Also, ganahan ko muadto sa lahar trail sa Mt. Pinatubo! Nice kaayooo

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

  • Channel Imperial

    Wow! Php 10,000 is just my pocket money alone! Perhaps I should try to be more frugal next time? Hahahaha! We’ll see.


  • Ramzy Magbitang

    Pretty much echoing what Carlo said na we should definitely organize a trip sometime soon! Spontaneous like the one you had or not, I really feel like it would bring the folks from CBC all the more closer! 😀

  • El Mundo

    Very spontaneous. I had read your previous blog of what had happened, and seeing this is like something to consider. Thank you for sharing the expenses for your trips. At least if I got the chance to travel I would have like a guide for my expenses for a Luzon trip.

  • Spend less, do more is the mantra. Han, amazing trips! Keep going to more places. Make sure nga naay insurance para safe na safe bisan asa pa man maabot! 🙂

  • Marica Pidor

    Never tried going to Luzon except for Manila. Definitely recommending this to my boyfriend. Bookmarked!

  • Will tried to travel in Luzon part not in Manila.. Expense is the number one factor in travel and giving us your breakdown expenses will help a lot of travellers 🙂