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Travel Guide Budget and Itinerary for Batanes

Batanes is one of the most beautiful provinces in the Philippines. Rolling, verdant hills, fetching landscapes, bucolic ambiance and rugged but stunning views make a trip to this province worth it. I spent a few days here and would love to return in the future.



Guide

Batanes was a bucket list destination of mine and I was happy that I finally visited. The landscapes were just as I imagined. The province was simply beautiful and it still has an untouched ambiance despite its growing popularity. There's limited public transportation, but it is still convenient to explore the island at your own pace. The views aren't just fetching, the province also has a rich culture that it wants to preserve.

The attractions on the island are segmented into different areas, the three most common itinerary inclusions are North and South Batan, and Sabtang. Some travelers also include Itbayat to their itineraries, but this part of Batanes is difficult and expensive to reach.

Places of Interest

North Batan

Basco Church

Batanes has a predominantly Catholic population. The Basco Church or also known as the Santo Domingo Cathedral is more than 100 years old and is a town landmark.

Vayang Rolling Hills


The views of Vayang Rolling Hills are spectacular, especially on a clear day. The mix of different shades of green, blue and white are picture perfect.

Basco Lighthouse

This lighthouse on Naidi Hill provides overlooking views of the province's stunning landscapes. It isn't an old structure, but it was the first lighthouse on the island.

Valugan Boulder Beach



Valugan Boulder Beach is unique because instead of sand, you'll find boulders and rocks lining the shore. The ideal time to take photos is during sunrise.

Tukon Church

The Abad's had this church constructed so they could just walk to it every time they want to go to mass. The design and facade are unique and eye catching.

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel

The Japanese made it to Batanes during World War II. They had tunnels built to serve as a hideout and military posts.

Link to post: Guide to North Batan

South Batan

Chawa View Deck

Chawa provides fetching views of the cerulean sea, rugged rock formations and rolling hills.

Racuh a Payaman


Marlboro Country provides beautiful views of the rolling, verdant hills and the sea. The area is also a pastureland.

Honesty Coffee Shop

This shop is all about honesty. Customers come and go and maybe even buy things. It will be up to them to pay and get the exact change for their purchases.

Alapad Pass and Rock Formation


This area displays the province's rugged but fetching landscapes. Alapad was also one of the locations for the movie of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.

House of Dakay

This traditional house has been around since the 1880s. It has survived many disasters since and is still around as a cultural gem.

Diura Fishing Village



This quaint village has plenty of beautiful views around it. The community is simple and uses fishing as one of its sources of income. The laid back atmosphere is refreshing.

Link to post: Guide to South Batan



Sabtang

Sabtang Lighthouse

Like in other coastal towns in Batanes, you'll see a lighthouse as soon as you disembark from the boat in Sabtang.

San Vicente Ferrer Church

You'll find a handful of beautiful churches all over Batanes, one of which is this one found in Sabtang. It's been around for more than a century and has become a landmark and attraction.

Chamantad Viewpoint



Out of all the views I've seen in Batanes, Chamantad is my favorite. The views of the sea, rock formations, coves and cliffs were spectacular. I couldn't stop staring and taking pictures.

Savidug Village

This village of stone houses allows you to catch a glimpse of local life.

Chavayan Village


Chavayan is another traditional village to include in your itinerary. You'll see a handful of stone houses here as well.

Morong Beach and Natural Arch


This fetching beach is famous because of the natural arch you'll see while there.

Link to post: Guide to Sabtang

Getting Around

There are different ways to explore Batanes, but the cheapest is to rent a bicycle for P500/day. You can also rent a scooter or motorbike for the day for around P1000 to P1500 per day. If you don't want to bike or drive a motorcycle, you can hire a tricycle. Rate for North Batan tour is P1000, P1500 for South Batan and P1000 for Sabtang.

For large groups, you can book a mini-bus or van. I would recommend booking with Wakay Tours, reach them through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bataneswakaytravel/.

How to Go

There are many flights to and from Batanes operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and others. Book your tickets months before your trip to get the lowest fare possible. The weather in Batanes is unpredictable which means flight delays and cancellations are possible even in the summer. Some have been stranded for an extra day or so because of inclement weather. Take this into account when you book flights, accommodation and when you file your vacation leave.

Where to Stay

Read about places to stay in Batanes: where to stay in Batanes

Batanes has become a top destination which has led to the development of the towns. There are now more accommodation options for those who want to enjoy their vacation on the island. You might have to book a hotel or guesthouse months before your tip because rooms are booked out quickly.


Budget

This is a budget for 4 days and 3 nights excluding airfare.

Everything is in Philippine Peso (PHP)

3000 - 3 nights accommodation shared with at least one other person
350 - Environmental fee for North and South Batan
500 - North Batan tricycle tour shared with at least one other person (1000 total)
750 - South Batan tricycle tour shared with another person (1500 total)
200 - Environmental fee for Sabtang
220 - Round trip tricycle to Ivana Port (440 total for two)
200 - Boat fare round trip to Sabtang
500 - Tricycle tour of Sabtang sharing for at least two (P1000 total)
1800 - Food and drinks                                                                             

7520 - Total per person (at least 2 travelers)

You'll spend less or more depending on where you stay, eat and which tours you do. The other variable you should consider when you budget is the airfare. Book months before your chosen dates to get the lowest possible price.

Itinerary

Here is an itinerary for 4 days and 3 nights

Day 1

Arrive at Basco
Check in at accommodation
North Batan Tour

Day 2

South Batan Tour

Day 3

Sabtang Tour

Day 4

Check out accommodation
Buy souvenirs, etc
Depart for flight

It's possible to do the North and South Batan tour on the same day, but it's better to do them separately.




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