Hostels in PhilippinesHostels in Philippines

You are looking for hostels in Philippines? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Philippines hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Philippines.

All Cities in Philippines

We list every single hostel in Philippines and the world. In total, we have 75 cities in Philippines for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Philippines hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Philippines. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Philippines

The Philippines is somewhere that many hostel backpackers leave off their itinerary due to not being accessible by land. But it is only a short flight from the larger airports in mainland Southeast Asia, and it's becoming more and more affordable to fly here. In short, there is no reason to leave this pearl out of your hunt for paradise.

Here you will not find your usually breed of backpackers. Those willing to venture off the beaten track of Southeast Asia will be rewarded with beaches, islands, and hostels that can rival the most picture perfect postcard moments. Don't get me wrong, it is not all smooth sailing, and you will have to work a bit for the perfect trip. As the Philippines is made up of over 7,100 islands, getting to your hostel may involve a medley of different modes of transport. It's not uncommon to take a bus, ferry, taxi, plane, bus, ferry, taxi to reach your next destination.

The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, as opposed to the rest of the continent which is Buddhist. You won't find any tuk tuks here, instead the Filipinos have made use of old military vehicles from the war, now called "Jeepneys". You cannot miss these graffiti emblazoned contraptions, each more flashy than the last. Jeepneys generally run specific routes. But, for an extra fee, you can privately hire. Since the Filipinos as a population have over 200 dialects, they have adopted English as their second language. As a result of this, all Filipinos speak English with perfect grammar and diction.

Now, as most are aware, western currencies favour a generous exchange in Southeast Asia and the Philippines are no exception. However, being an island country, things are a bit more pricey here. But only slightly, so those on a budget can still afford a fantastic 30 day trip here.

Now the food. The food in the Philippines is generally made up of two staple ingredients, rice and meat. The Filipinos have many creative and delicious ways of cooking these two, but vegetarians may struggle in more remote places. Be sure to try lechon (slow cooked crispy pork belly) and chicken adobo (chicken cooked in a tomato sauce served with, you guessed it, rice).

As most are already aware, the Philippines are home to some world class diving. Not a fan of diving? The waters off these islands are so clear that even snorkellers can experience the same views from the surface. The ocean surrounding the Philippines are tropical, meaning that diving and snorkelling are possible in only a bathing suit. Whale sharks can be seen from November to June. But for a better chance to see these majestic underwater beasts, visit between February and April. Malapascua Island, north of Cebu island, is home to the beautiful thresher sharks, with sightings possible year-round. For some of the cheapest, but by no means inferior, diving and snorkelling head to Panglao, Bohol.

For a more cultured view of the country try North Luzon. Here they boast the "North Luzon Loop," a round trip passing through small villages, rolling rice terraces, and beautiful scenery. The north of the island is also home to some of the best surfing in the country.

If you do venture off the beaten trail, in this "off the beaten trail" country, hostels will be few and far between. For the more developed tourism areas there are hostels a plenty, often with a gorgeous beach on their door step. Generally the Philippines hostels are clean, friendly, and readily equipped for all travellers needs. And with English as the countries second language, communication isn't a problem.

expert for Philippines hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Philippines hostels Max Dickinson

Travel Tips for Philippines - from the Community

Oh man, so far no one from the community has left a comment or travel tips for Philippines. How about you kick start the discussion here? Gather your best backpacking recommendations for Philippines and jot them down below. The community thanks you.

Puerto Galera is a nice place, it's paradise.

What a wonderful beach there is in Siquijor. How I wish I can come back!

Manila gets a bum rap from a lot of travelers but I have found it to be a great place. Music bars and cafes are open 'till morning in the Malate/Ermita area.

There's telephone networks all over Camiguin. Internet access is limited to certain areas.

FAQ on Hostels in Philippines

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Philippines?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Philippines here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Philippines safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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