Batanes is one of the most beautiful and picturesque provinces in the Philippines. In fact, it is my most favorite province in the country. You will definitely have fun when you visit Batanes. Here is a list of things to do in Batanes.
Getting around Basco is quite 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 (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.
In 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
The 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
Uyugan 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 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 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 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
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