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Destinations on Islands: Luxury Hotels in Zanzibar found to be Five-Times cheaper than those in Bora Bora

Indian versus Pacific Oceans? Recent research identified alternatives to the most famous and expensive travel spots by analysing data from 40 destinations.

Zanzibar, the Islands found on the Indian Ocean Coastline of Tanzania have been found to be the cheaper alternative to Bora Bora, a cluster of Leeward Islands in the South Pacific.

Apparently, recent studies indicate that hotels in Zanzibar cost five times less than those in Bora Bora islands.

On the other hand, Phuket, Thailand was found to be the cheapest holiday destination on the list, offering an affordable alternative to Fiji.

DaddySkins carried out research to identify cost-effective alternatives to the top expensive and well-known travel locations by analysing data from 40 destinations.

Here is the methodology

The most searched-for luxury travel spots were identified analysing data from Google and ranked from the most expensive to the least.

Similar destinations that offered comparable attractions such as beaches, cultural experiences, or urban environments, but at a lower cost, were identified.

Average costs for hotels, meals, and cocktails were analysed for each destination.

1. Bora Bora Versus Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania, stands out as an ideal alternative to Bora Bora, offering a similar tropical experience at a lower cost.

While Bora Bora tops the list as the most expensive destination known for its luxury, Zanzibar provides budget-friendly options with hotel rates at USD 146.10, the cheapest meals for two on the list, and cocktails at only USD 5.10.

Bora Bora

2. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands vs Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Philipsburg, St. Maarten, is a great alternative to St. Thomas, which ranks second in cost. For those seeking a more affordable option, Philipsburg not only saves on accommodations but also provides more affordable dining and drinks, making it an attractive choice.

3. Maldives vs. Crete, Greece

Crete, Greece, offers a cost-effective alternative to the Maldives, which ranks third in expense and is known for its crystal-clear waters. Crete provides similar coasts and sites with savings, including hotels at $215.70, meals at $44.69, and the lowest cocktail prices on the list at $4.

4. Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Tamuning, Guam

Tamuning in Guam presents a budget-friendly tropical paradise similar to Honolulu. With hotels at USD 214.50, meals at USD 60, and cocktails at USD 9, Tamuning is a great alternative for those seeking a tropical getaway at a lower cost.

5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico vs. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, offers a more affordable beach vacation compared to Cabo San Lucas, which is fifth in total cost. With the second cheapest accommodations, meals at $41.30, and cocktails at $7.10, Puerto Vallarta is an excellent choice for budget-conscious travellers.

6. New York City, USA vs. Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam provides a more affordable urban experience than New York City, which takes the sixth spot for total travel costs. With hotels at $131.95, meals at $74.49, and cocktails at $13, travelers can enjoy the vibrant city life of Rotterdam at a significantly reduced cost, making it an appealing alternative.

7. Fiji vs. Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand, is a budget-friendly alternative to Fiji, which ranks seventh. Phuket offers luxury on a budget with the cheapest hotel rates, meals at $32.64, and cocktails at $5.85.

8. Singapore vs.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur offers a similar urban experience to Singapore at much lower prices. With some of the lowest meal prices on the list at $27.13 and cocktails at $6.80, Kuala Lumpur is an attractive alternative for travellers seeking an urban adventure at a lower cost.

9. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic vs. Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico, provides similar tropical experiences at reduced prices compared to Punta Cana, which ranks ninth in total travel costs. With hotels at $122.65, meals at $51.87, and cocktails at $11.60, Cancun is a cost-effective alternative.

10. Paris, France vs. Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg offers a budget-friendly cultural experience compared to Paris, which rounds out the top ten with high costs. Saint Petersburg boasts the lowest cocktail prices and the second cheapest hotel rates in the ranking, making it an ideal destination for travellers seeking a cultural experience on a budget.

Bottom Line

A spokesperson from DaddySkins commented on the study results: “It’s fascinating to see how similar experiences can be found at a fraction of the cost.

Whether it’s choosing Zanzibar over Bora Bora or Phuket instead of Fiji, travellers can enjoy luxurious vacations without breaking the bank. This research is a great resource for anyone looking to explore the world affordably, showing that dream destinations are within reach for everyone.”

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