A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Koh Tarutao vs. Boracay for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Koh Tarutao or Boracay?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Koh Tarutao and Boracay. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Koh Tarutao or Boracay?

Koh Tarutao

While much of Thailand has been built up into a tourist destination of hotels and resorts, there are spots that are still untouched and covered in the beauty of this part of the world. The unspoiled regions of the Ko Tarutao Marine National Park is 51 islands of rainforest ready for visitors. Established in 1974, the park is the second oldest in the country, and was the setting for the 2002 season of the reality television show Survivor. The park includes stunning coral reefs, pristine white beaches and wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Trek through and keep your eyes out for mouse deer, wild pigs, sea otters, tree pythons, sea eagles, hornbills, reef egrets and so much more.


A small island in the Philippines known for its resorts and beaches, Boracay is a little escape. Each beach has its own unique character, each with new treasures waiting to be discovered.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Sightseeing Tours in Thailand, The Best Cultural Tours in Thailand, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Philippines, and The Best Adventure Tours to Philippines.

Which place is cheaper, Boracay or Koh Tarutao?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Koh Tarutao is $98, while the average daily cost in Boracay is $55. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Koh Tarutao and Boracay in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Koh Tarutao $49
    Boracay $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Koh Tarutao $98
    Boracay $46
Compare Hotels in Koh Tarutao and Boracay

Looking for a hotel in Koh Tarutao or Boracay? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Koh Tarutao

Hotels in Boracay

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Koh Tarutao $33
    Boracay $28

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Boracay

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Boracay:

  • Speedboat Caticlan to Boracay Transfer (Oneway): $81
  • Departure: Ferry boat Transfer Boracay to Caticlan Airport: $30
  • Caticlan: Speedboat Airport Transfer to Boracay: $50
  • Caticlan: Shared Airport Transfer From/To Boracay: $54
  • Caticlan: Ferry Boat Airport Transfer To Boracay: $41
  • Shared Transfer from/to MPH for Domestic Passports: $21
  • Private Transfer from Caticlan Airport to Boracay: $43
  • Boracay Transfer round trip with Island Hopping: $68
  • Boracay Adventures Transfer Services Via Caticlan: $35
  • Airport Transfer to Boracay or vice versa: $26

Is it cheaper to fly into Koh Tarutao or Boracay?

Prices for flights to both Boracay and Koh Tarutao change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Koh Tarutao $28
    Boracay $14

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Koh Tarutao $14
    Boracay $15

Tours and Activities in Boracay

Here are a few actual costs in Boracay for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2 Hours Boracay Land Tour via Etrike: $26
  • Aklan Tibiao Antique Tour : $190
  • Atv Mainland Adventure with lunch: $63
  • Best Boracay Sunset Party Boat Experience: $45
  • Boracay - Crystal Kayak phot-op Experience: $9.01
  • Boracay ATV Tour and Kawa Hot Bath: $85
  • Boracay Buggy Car Adventure: $105
  • Boracay Cliff Jumping & Snorkeling Experience (Private): $105
  • Boracay Eco-Hopping Tour: $86
  • Boracay Helicopter Tour with Red Whale Party Yacht: $224
  • Boracay Hopping Tour with Standard Boodle Fight Lunch: $36
  • Boracay Island Hopping +Banana Boat (Shared Tour): $41

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Koh Tarutao $6.99
    Boracay $16

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Koh Tarutao and Boracay, we can see that Koh Tarutao is more expensive. And not only is Boracay much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Boracay would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Boracay and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Koh Tarutao would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Koh Tarutao than you might in Boracay.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Koh Tarutao Expensive? and Is Boracay Expensive?.