Visitors have two options in exploring Batanes, you may either join a tour group or do it your own. We are a group of four people so we opted the latter option. This travel guide will show you how to explore Batanes on a budget. For detailed report, read DIY Batanes: Itineray and Expenses.
How to Get to BatanesBooking a ticket to Batanes may be hard especially for budget conscious travelers. But, gone are the days that you will have to pay more than 10k to go to Batanes by plane. Nowadays, PAL Express, Skyjet and other small carriers have promos for their Batanes flights. I got mine for only P1700++ return. All you need to do is to watch out for seat sale. You may subscribe to airline promos or follow EscapeManila’s FB page for regular updates on seat sale / airline promos.
Where to Stay in Batanes?There are a lot of accommodation around Basco that will suit your budget. You may opt to stay in a homestay or a hotel. Below are the recommended places to stay when in Batanes. I have included the mid to high range hotels just to give you an idea how much does it costs. Check hotel rates in Batanes.
Nanay Cita’s Homestay – if you want to have a homey place to stay, I recommend you stay at Nanay Cita’s homestay. Nanay Cita is very accommodating. You may cook your food while staying in her place with no extra charge. You may call her at 09399193616. P350/person. Because I was too busy and comfortable, I forgot to take a photo of the place, hahaha.
Marfel’s LodgeMarfel’s lodge is located near Basco Airport. You may call Ate Fe at 0908-893-14750908-893-1475 for inquiries and reservations. Room rates starts at P350.
Time Travel Lodge Time Travel Lodge is located near Basco Airport.Contact #: 0939-623-8978 or 0907-443-56100907-443-5610Rates per Person starts at P400
Shanedel’s Inn & CafeAddress: National Road, Kaychanarianan, Basco, BatanesContact #: 0920 447-07370920 447-0737Rates per person for a fan room starts at P450
Batanes ResortAddress: National Rd, Basco, PhilippinesContact #: +63 78 533 3444+63 78 533 3444 or 0927-582-90780927-582-9078Room rates starts at P500 for a fan room
Batanes Seaside LodgeAddress: National Road, Kaychanarianan, Basco, BatanesContact #: 0921-229-01200921-229-0120 or 0999-994-2313Room rates starts at P1400 during off peak seasonCheck rates and book.
Fundacion PacitaAddress: Brgy. Chanarian-Tukon Basco, BatanesContact Number.: 09382520942 or 09399016353Room Rates starts at P8000/night
Martin’s InnAddress: Baranggay Kaychanarianan, 3900 Basco, BatanesContact #: +63919 222 8898+63919 222 8898 or 09162323590Check rates and availability.
Brandon’s Lodging & RestaurantAddress: National Rd. Brgy. Kayvaluganan, 3900 Basco, BatanesContact #: 0998 910 8691Room rates starts at P1000/night
Address: Dita St., Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes Philippines
Contact Person: Mon Imperial
Contact Nos: +63 999 990 7548 or +63 915 849 0178+63 915 849 0178Room Rates per Person: Starts at Php250
Where to Eat in BascoThere are a number of places where you can eat while in Basco, Batanes. Here is a list of restaurants and carinderia where you can satisfy your gastronomic cravings after a day of roaming around the island. Of course, another option is to cook for your own food to save cost. Most home stays provide facilities for cooking for free or with a minimal charge.
Pension Ivatan Hometel & RestaurantThis restaurant provides a wide range of authentic Ivatan Cuisine. I had a chance to dine in this restaurant and I must say their food are a-must-try especially the Ivatan Platter.Casa Napoli PizzaThe cozy restaurant offers tasty home-made pizzas. Their regular pizza starts at P220.
Octagon RestaurantA nice restaurant along national highway which offer affordable food selection.
D.Y. Food HouseA Carinderia in Basco that serves affordable food. Their viand is set at P50 per order for vegetable dishes and P60 for meat. Rice is at P15 per cup They also serve siomai 🙂 It is located in the corner of Castillejos and Santanas Streets.
Tourist Spots in Batanes (Things to Do and See)Getting around Basco is very easy. Most of the tourist attractions are just within reach. You may either walk or rent a tricycle to get around. If you need to hire a tricycle, you may contact BATODA at 09297038404. They are pretty much organized and they have a fixed price for every destination. Maximum capacity is only 3 people.
|Welcome to Basco Arch|
|Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church |
|Casa Real now the Provincial Capitol|
|Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel|
|Valugan Boulder Beach|
|Vayang Rolling Hills|
South Batan Tourist Spots (Mahatao, Ivana, Uyugan)The attraction in South Batan are quite far from each other so from Basco you may take a jeepney going to the South. You may start your tour in Mahatao, then Uyugan and Ivana.
Mahatao Tourist SpotsIn order to save cost, take a jeep from Basco to Mahatao (P13) and rent your trike from there if you need to. The tricycle station in Mahata is located across the Mahatao church. Again, they have fixed prices but then again use your negotiation skills when you hire a trike for the rest of the day and make sure you make it clear to them which are the places you will visit.
|Welcome to Mahatao!|
|Chawa View Deck|
|Diura Fishing Village|
|San Carlos Borromeo Church|
|Mahatao Boat Shelter Port|
|Liveng / Hedgerow|
|Racuh A Payaman a.k.a Marlboro Country|
|Racuh a-idi Spring of Youth|
|The Green House in Mahatao|
|Tayid Lighthouse / Mahatao Lighthouse|
Where to Eat in Mahatao?Paulvanas Canteen – they offer very affordable meals. You may contact them to cook your order in advance at 09399186683 or 09276891643.You should try their sisig for P100 per order.
Ivana Tourist SpotsThe attractions in Ivana are very close to each other. You may either walk or take a tricycle. From Basco, take a jeep to Ivana (P27).
|Welcome to Ivana!|
|House of Dakay|
|San Jose de Obrero Church|
Where to Eat in Ivana?Honesty Coffee Shop – the coffee shop is a tourist attraction in itself. The Ivatans are generally honest so they expect guests to be honest too while vising the island province.
|Honesty Coffee Shop|
Uyugan Tourist SpotsUyugan is a municipality in South Batan. It is home to Imnajbu and Itbud Village and the famed Alapad Hill and Rock Formation. From Basco, take a jeep Itbud (P43) or Imnajbu (P46). There are no tricycle in the area so you will have to walk which is very tolerable especially when you have a great view all over.
|Welcome to Uyugan!|
|Alapad Rock Formation|
|The coastal Village of Imnajbu (pronounced as im-nah-bu)|
|San Lorenzo Church in Imnajbu|
Sabtang Tourist SpotsSabtang is the smallest among the three inhabited islands of Batanes. It is where you’ll find a number of stone houses. As the attractions are quite far from each other, you will have to rent a tricycle to get around. I suggest you contact Kuya Jun at 09084366357. He’ll show you around at a very affordable rate.
|Anatacio Dapilan House in Sumnanga|
|1887 Deep Well|
|Ahaw (Stone Arch) / Morong Beach|
|Old Spanish Lighthouse|
|San Vicente Ferrer Church / Sabtang Church|
|Chamantad-Tinyan View Deck|
Where to Stay in Sabtang?There are not much options of accommodation in Sabtang. We stayed in a homestay in Chavayan for only P150/night for a very basic room. You may contact the owner at 0999-489-6295. There are no carinderia/eateries around and your only option if you do not bring food is to pay for P400/person for dinner and P200/person for breakfast.
Where to Eat in Sabtang?There are not much places to eat in Sabtang. We were lucky we were told by our blogger friend Heiz that there is a place in Sabtang where we can buy fresh seafood and cook it for lunch. It is near Sabtang Port’s Arch (lef side of the arch below). You can inform Kuya Jun (contact details above) so he can bring you there and have your orders cooked for lunch. We had fish soup and escabeche for lunch for P500 which is good for 5-6 persons.
Itbayat Tourist SpotsItbayat is the northernmost inhabited island of the Philippines. In fact, when you’re in Itbayat, you’ll be closer to Taiwan than mainland Luzon. Getting to Itbayat is quite a challenge especially when the weather is not too good. Flight and boat trips are cancelled from time to time due to bad weather. You may either take a plane or a bot. For plane, contact Northsky Air (for flights between Basco and Itbayat) at 09491550100 (Basco Office); 09209651495 (Itbayat Office). If you take the boat, I suggest you contact M/V Ocean Spirit at 09399222172 as they have a bigger boat compared to M/V Itransa.Going around Itbayat is quite difficult as there is a very limited number of tricycles and the attractions are quite far from each other. So, we hired a guide for P1,000/day. You may contact Kuya Jojo at 0920-660-38010920-660-3801 as your guide and he’ll also arrange for your trike.
|Sta. Maria Immaculada Church|
|Nahili du Votox|
|View from Torongan Hill|
Other attractions that we have not explored due to limited time are Mt. Koroboban, Mt. Riposed, Rapang Cliff and Manoyok.
Where to Stay in Itbayat?
Basic Phrases Translated in Ivatan
Good Morning : Kapian ka pa nu dios sichamavukhas
Good Afternoon : Kapian ka pa nu dios sichamakuyab
Good Evening : Kapian ka pa nu dios sichamahep
Can you help me? : Maparin mu yaken a sidungen?
How much? : Maniepira?
Thank you : Dios mamajes
What is this / that? : Angu ya / angu ri?
How do i get to? : Maypaypangu ku mangay daw?
How far is? : Manngunngu su kararayi?
This is delicious : Taytu ya masdep
I love you : Chadao kuymu
Bye, see you soon : Avek dana, mirwa ta mayvuya du makalu aya
I don’t understand : Ara kuava mayintindi
Excuse me : Pasensia’ or ‘Pasensian mu yaken’