BATANES TRAVEL GUIDE: A 4D3N PHP Itinerary

Batanes is arguably the most beautiful place in the country. No photo can give justice to the majestic landscapes and unique coastlines of the province. If you are still wondering why Batanes is the place where most lost or broken people go, it’s because the beauty of Batanes is enough to heal your soul.

And more than the sceneries, you know what the best part is? The people. The Ivatans are very hospitable and honest. They take the extra mile to help the visitors and they do not take advantage of tourists.

Batanes is the northernmost province in the Philippines. It has three major inhabited islands namely Batan, Sabtang and Itbayat. Upon arriving in Batanes, you will land on Basco, the capital of Batanes which is located in Batan. The entire Batanes Tour is divided into four parts: North Batan Tour, South Batan Tour, Sabtang ,and Itbayat.

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WHERE TO BOOK YOUR TOURS & ACTIVITIES:

COLZ TRAVEL offers everything from flights, accommodations, transportation rentals, daily tours, and even personal tips! If you want to experience the island the best way possible, book your tours with us and we’ll take care of everything else! We’ll see to it that your trip to Siargao will become your best adventure yet.

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Pre Travel Guide

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PAL operates multiple flights to Basco from Manila twice daily. They also offer flights from Clark to Basco four times a week.

If you’re looking for more affordable options, some of the cheapest plane tickets are sold by Cebu Pacific. The airlines offers direct flights from Manila to Basco.

You may also book your direct flights to Basco via Skyjet. The airlines has been recognized as consistently one of airlines that fly directly to Batanes, so you might as well consider flying with them, too.

The travel time is around one hour to 2 hours, depending on the airline you’re flying with, as well as the time and location of your departure.



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From the airport, you can walk to the town proper to get to your hotel, but of course, if you have bags and luggage with you, you can hail tricycles for the price of 40PHP one way.

Make sure to communicate with your accommodation first because they usually provide airport transfers. If not, you can ride a tricycle to your accommodation. In case there are no tricycles around, you may contact the following mobile numbers: 0929 703 8404 / 0999 363 5583

If you’re booked with COLZ TRAVEL, we will provide the airport transfers to and from you accommodation and the airport! So you got nothing to worry!



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  • BATAN AREA
    • Note: In order to explore the entirety of North and South Batan, you must first settle the corresponding environmental and protection fees: (Environmental Fee: 350PHP; Protection Fee: 50PHP)
    • By Tour: If you’re planning to tour around the whole area for a day, you might want to book with COLZ TRAVEL:
      • Colz Travel provides daily tours around North Batan, and South Batan area. Places to visit are the following:
        • North Batan:
          • Mt Carmel Chapel
          • Tukong Radar Station
          • Idjang viewing (Ivatan Fortress)
          • Japanese Tunnel
          • Valugan Boulder Beach
          • Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
          • Naidi Hills (Old Settlement / Light House)
          • Vayang Ronch/rolling hills
          • Basco town proper
          • Rizal Park and Sto. Domingo Cathedral
        • South Batan:
          • Beatria
          • Spanish Light House
          • Mahatao Tayid Light House
          • Racuh-a-payaman (Marlboro Country)
          • Alapad Rock formation
          • LORAN Station
          • Itbud Community
          • Song Song Ruins (Ghost Town)
          • Uyugan Town Tour Vernacular Houses
          • Honesty Coffee Shop
          • San Jose Church / Ruins
          • Ivana Town Tour Vernacular Houses (House of Dakay)
          • Old Spanish Bridge
          • Homoron Blue Lagoon or White Beach Area
    • Around the town: 
      • By Foot: If you’re heading out to grab some food, you may just walk to your destination since the towns in Batanes are commonly small. Food establishments are within walking distance from hostels or inns.
      • By Bicycle: The cheapest way to explore the island is by renting a bicycle. However, this is ideal for those who have the stamina and skills to pedal through steep slopes, rugged landscapes, and great distances.
        • Renting old bikes cost about 25PHP per hour.
        • A small bike costs 300PHP per day.
        • The rental fee for mountain bikes starts from 600PHP to 1000PHP per day, depending on the kind of bike and how long you will utilize it.
      • By Motorbike: You can also use a motorcycle to drive around town if you know how to drive one. Motorcycle rental costs 500PHP to 1000PHP good for one day. However, gas is not yet included in the fee.
      • By Tricycle: The most common mode of transportation is riding the tricycle. However, tricycles do not just roam around in every area. You have to contact the mobile numbers I have provided below to ensure that you will have a ride. (Contact Numbers: 0929 703 8404 / 0999 363 5583)
        • The regular fare for a tricycle ride around town is 40PHP per trip. Aside from that, here are the tricycle rates from the accommodation to some of the most popular attractions in Batanes.
          • To Lighthouse: 60PHP per trip
          • To Rolling Hills: 160PHP per trip
  • SABTANG AREA
    • Note: In order to explore the entirety of Sabtang, you must first settle the corresponding environmental fee: 200PHP
    • By Tour: If you’re planning to tour around the whole area for a day, you might want to book with COLZ TRAVEL:
      • Places to visit:
        • San Vicente Ferrer Church
        • Savidug Vernacular Houses
        • Savidug Ruins
        • St. Thomas de Aquianas Chapel
        • Traditional Lime Kilns
        • Savidug Idjang Tiñan View Point
        • Chavayan Community Tour (UNESCO Nominated) Site Homoron
        • Morong Beach
        • Chavayan Traditional Ivatan Village
        • Sabtang Weavers Association
        • Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel
        • Nakabuang Beach.
    • Around the town: 
      • By foot: If you’re heading out to grab some food, you may just walk to your destination since the towns in Batanes are commonly small. Food establishments are within walking distance from hostels or inns.
      • By Bicycle: The cheapest way to explore the island is by renting a bicycle. However, this is ideal for those who have the stamina and skills to pedal through steep slopes, rugged landscapes, and great distances.
        • Renting old bikes cost about 25PHP per hour.
        • A small bike costs 300PHP per day.
        • The rental fee for mountain bikes starts from 600PHP to 1000PHP per day, depending on the kind of bike and how long you will utilize it.
      • By Motorbike: You can also use a motorcycle to drive around town if you know how to drive one. Motorcycle rental costs 500PHP to 1000PHP good for one day. However, gas is not yet included in the fee.
      • By Tricycle: If you’re going from your accommodation to anywhere in town, the regular fare for a tricycle ride around town is 40PHP per trip.


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There are a lot of options for accommodation in Batanes, ranging from hostels and guesthouses. The most ideal option is to book a transient house where you get to experience living like the locals for a very affordable price. If you have any special requests when it comes to accommodations on the island, let us know! Colz Travel can book your stay for you!

If you book through Colz Travel, accommodation is also provided! 🙂

  • BATAN AREA
    • Marfel’s Lodge
      • Location: Reyes Street, Kayvaluganan, Basco (Main) / National Road, Kaychanarian, Basco (Annex)
      • Contact No: 09088931475 / 09209764966 / 09178574493 / 09178833249
    • TROY’S LODGE
      • Location: 096 Argonza, Kayvaluganan, Basco
      • Rates: 700PHP to 1000PHP per room
    • Time Travel Lodge
      • Location: Babat Street, Kayvaluganan, Basco
      • Contact No: 09396238978 / 09074335610
    • Nanay Cita’s Homestay
      • Nanay Cita’s Homestay is a gazebo located in Basco, where guests have a panoramic view of Mt. Iraya, as long as the beautiful Batanes coastline. The rooms are exclusive and already include air conditioning. There is a common area where guests can cook their own meals. The bathrooms are common as well but rest assured that they are neat and tidy. Nanay Cita is very accommodating, she even takes the extra mile to organize our tours for us.
        • Location: Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco
        • Contact: +63 939 919 36
  • SABTANG AREA
    • Kaydian Homestay 
      • Location: Adalla Street, 3902 Ivana
      • Contact: 09162207688
    • Siayanrock Is. Hometel
      • Location: National Road, Barangay Tuhel, Ivana
      • Contact: 09198983461 / 09159687429
    • R&E Bed & Breakfast
      • Location: National Road, Barangay Tuhel, Ivana
      • Contact: +31 (0)40 – 762 06 01
    • Nanay Adela’s Homestay
      • If you’re looking for a unique accommodation in Sabtang, Nanay Adela’s Homestay is the best place to be. The accommodation is actually a lighthouse that is located in front of a beach and also offers incredible mountain views. It is a hostel type of inn, with multiple beds inside one huge room. You won’t have to worry about privacy though, because there are curtain partitions that divide each bed. The room has fans and the bathrooms are common yet tidy. The staff is accommodating, although they are not physically present at all times. But nevertheless, the whole area is breathtaking! I highly recommend that you stay here!
      • Contact: +63 921 496 7233


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  • BATAN AREA
    • Monica’s Canteen
      • Monica’s Canteen is a carinderia located along Amboy Street where you fill your stomach out of a meal that costs 100 PHP. It is perfect for budget travelers like me. There are a lot of viands to choose from, and extra rice will only cost you 20 PHP.
    • Leslie’s Canteen
      • When in Mahatao, there’s Leslie’s Canteen where you can get rice and viand for only 100 PHP. For us Filipinos, that’s just what we need to re-energize. To which I say, the meals in Leslie’s Canteen are good enough to get you full and energized for the next few hours.
    • Marconine’s Catering Service
      • During your South Batan tour, if you want to experience dining with an overlooking view of hills, this is where you would want to be. Just inform your tricycle driver so they can prepare the food for you beforehand. It will cost you 300 PHP per person. For me, the food was fine and you’re paying for the experience, so I guess the price is pretty reasonable. However, if you’re really on a tight budget, just opt for carinderias where you can have a meal for a lower cost.


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 The ideal time to visit Batanes is during the summer months of April-June because the sea is calm and the winds are not as strong. But if you want to experience cold and windy weather on the island, it’s best to visit during December-February. I would advise against going during stormy season because you could get stranded on the island for an indefinite time.



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  • ATM Machines
    • Although there are a bunch of ATM machines in certain locations, it’s best if you have enough cash with you before arriving in Batanes. But in case you need to withdraw cash, there is are PNB and Landbank ATM machines in Basco
  • Mobile signal / LTE
    • The LTE signal is unstable and rough in some areas. It actually depends on the network you’re using and your specific location. In some parts, the signal is strong and the data connection is reliable. Based on my observation, Smart has a more stable and fast data connection compared to Globe.
  • Littering
    • Littering is strictly prohibited in the entire island, so be mindful of your garbage. Corresponding fees are widely collected by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Local Government Units (LGUs) for conservation and preservation purposes.
  • Drone Flying
    • If you want to fly a drone, there’s a fee of 5,000PHP that you should settle. You need to secure a permit and formal request from the DENR office. When flying drones, coordinate with your respective guides on areas to shoot in order to assure that you are not intruding into the private lives and properties of the locals.
  • Photography
    • Indigenous people should not be photographed without consent. Be sensitive around Ivatans and always ask for their permission first before taking photos of them.
  • Filmmaking
    • There are also corresponding fees for those who would want to shoot documentaries or movies in Batanes. Filming a documentary for non-income generating purposes will cost you 7,000PHP while filming a documentary for income generating purposes will cost 12,000PHP. Meanwhile, in order to shoot a film in Batanes, you have to pay 20,000PHP. On top of these, you also have to secure a PAMB permit, as well as a MOA from the DENR office. Additional fees will also be collected depending on the value of destruction committed during the activity.
  • Research
    • Aside from securing a PAMB permit, there are research fees for those who want to conduct a study on the island. For high school students, it’s 30PHP per research. College students have to settle 500PHP per research; for Masteral students, it’s 2,000PHP; for Doctorate students, they have to pay 4,000PHP, and finally, private institutions have to pay 5,000PHP. Government institutions are required to give a donation.

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Places To Visit

The tours in Batanes consist of four different parts mainly North Batan Tour, South Batan Tour, Sabtang Island Tour, and Itbayat Island Tour. All tours feature scenic views and picturesque landscapes, yet each offers something unique and memorable.

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NORTH BATAN

North Batan consists of an entire tour around Basco, including the breathtaking panoramic view of the island. The tour covers the iconic spots located in the northern part of Batanes. Everything can be explored in just a day, which makes a perfect activity for the first day of your trip! If you were to ask me, I prefer touring around via trike because it actually helps you appreciate the beauty of Batanes even more. The fresh air and the views are more enjoyable while riding a trike. Also, it is no doubt more affordable and flexible compared to van tours.



Mt. Carmel Chapel

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Also know as Tukon Church, this chapel one of the most iconic structures in Batanes. Its walls are made up of boulders and the interiors boast of hand-painted images of patron saints for every municipality there is in the island.



PAGASA Radar Station

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Located at the top of a hill, this spot is surrounded by a lush view of mountains, rolling hills, and beach cliffs. This spot also offers a 360 view of the entire island.



Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel

Situated in Tukon Hills, this place was once a hideout for Japanese soldiers during the Japanese occupation. It features a lot of chambers and it is composed of five-linked doors. Visitors can also reach the top of the hill and enjoy a panoramic view of the island.



Valugan Boulder Beach

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Valugan Beach is best known for its coastline that is composed of boulders and rocks. These rocks are constantly polished by the tides hurdled by the Pacific Ocean. Unlike most beaches, this is the ideal place to just sit, chill, and watch the waves, as it is not safe to swim in the waters.



Basco Lighthouse

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This is the icon of Batanes which can be found in Naidi Hills. The lighthouse is six stories tall and located on the fifth floor is a viewing deck that offers a breathtaking scenery of the West Philippine Sea. it can be found in Naidi Hills.



Rolling Hills

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Another iconic image of Batanes is its rolling hills. What makes everything so relaxing is the scenic landscape. The rolling hills offer breathtakingly beautiful views of a horizon of lush greenery meets the sea.

 

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SOUTH BATAN

The southern part of the island features beautiful landscapes and historical landmarks. I highly recommend that you go around and explore via trike so you can plan your own itinerary. DIY all the way, if you ask me! You have control over time, as well as the places you want to visit. We were lucky enough to have Kuya Rhyan as our guide since he knows his way around the area enough to avoid large crowds of tourists. Plus, we had stopovers that are not usually included in the South Batan Tour itinerary!



Chawa Viewdeck

This spot faces the West Philippine Sea which offers a breathtaking view of the cliffs of Batan Island. You can also have a good view of the Basco Lighthouse from here.



Tayid Lighthouse

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Located in Mahatao, this is one of the three lighthouses that were built in Batanes. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean and unlike Basco Lighthouse, Tayid Lighthouse takes a hexagon shape which makes it very unique.



San Carlos Borromeo Church 

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Also known as the Mahatao Church, this church boasts of its Baroque-style architecture and limestone walls. San Carlos Borromeo Church is one of the 26 churches that were recognized as a cultural icon by the National Museum, as well as the National Commission for Culture and Arts.



Blank Book Archive 

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Also located in Mahatao, this unique library has hardbound books with blank pages. Visitors are free to write whatever they want to in the pages of the empty books. It may be a letter, a wish, a doodle, a prayer, absolutely anything!



Spanish Blue Lagoon

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Also known as the Homoron Blue Lagoon, this lagoon was dubbed as the Spanish Lagoon because according to its history, only Spaniards were allowed to swim in the lagoon during the Spanish occupation. However, today, anyone can take a dip in the waters of the lagoon.



Maydangab White Beach

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Located just a few meters away from the Spanish Blue Lagoon is the Maydangab White Beach or most commonly known as White Beach. Unlike the majority of the coastlines and seawater on the island, you can actually swim in this beach as it has gentle waves and shallow waters.



House of Dakay

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The House of Dakay is known to be the oldest surviving stone house in Batanes. After the infamous 8.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Batanes in 1918, the House of Dukay is one of the only five houses that remained standing and did not go any reconstruction or renovation.



Honesty Shop

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The popular Honesty Coffee Shop and Sari-sari Store is always open, without anyone manning it! All you have to do is leave your payment at the respective boxes after you get what you want to purchase. It’s amazing how Batanes is known to have zero crime rate, meaning no one steals even with this kind of setup. It really says a lot about the locals’ virtue of trust and honesty.



San Jose de Ivana Church 

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The San Jose de Ivana Church or also known as Ivana Church was declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2008. The church of Ivana was first established by the Dominicans as a chapel in 1787. The present stone church and convent was actually built in Radiwan.



Songsong Ruins

The remains of Sitio Songsong after a tsunami hit the whole barangay way back in 1954 is now considered a tourist landmark known as The Ruins. Just a few meters away from the actual remains, you can find a stretch of fine sandy beach that offers another beautiful view.



Madangay Hills and Rock Formation

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This beauty of this spot will leave you breathless! Characterized by beautiful lush slopes and turquoise waters lined with the fine shores, the sight from the hills is truly captivating. It cannot get any better than this. Aside from the fresh air, what will actually blow you away is the breathtaking view.



Rolling Hills

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The rolling hills is the most photographed image of Batanes. Prepare to be in constant awe as you stare into the beautiful view that is Batanes. The ideal combination of lush hills, plus the glistening coastline of the West Philippine Sea from the distance… It’s beyond perfect.

 

 

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SABTANG ISLAND TOUR

Sabtang Island is the southernmost municipality of Batanes and is the smallest of the three major islands. The island boasts of heritage landmarks, a well-preserved culture, as well as majestic landscapes. With its peaceful vibe and friendly locals, you will definitely find Sabtang Island an ideal place to unwind and make your Batanes trip even more worthwhile.



How to go to Ivana Port?

Sabtang Island is accessible by a short boat ride from Ivana Port. From your accommodation to Ivana Port, you can ride a tricycle which will cost you 500PHP.

Upon arriving at the port, you have to register first before you take on the boat ride that will take about 30-45 minutes, depending on the conditions of the waves. The one-way passenger fee is 100PHP per person.

Upon reaching Sabtang Port, you will have to register and pay the boat fee, as well as the environmental fee of 200PHP. This fee already covers all the attractions in Sabtang Island.

It is best to leave early in the morning at around 6:00 AM so you can get back sooner. The first trip back to Batan is at around 5:00 AM and the next and  last trip back  is at around 12:00 PM. Do take note that it is possible to get stranded on Sabtang Island if the tides are too rough.



How to get around?

  • Note: In order to explore the entirety of Sabtang, you must first settle the corresponding environmental fee: 200PHP


Places To Visit:

Sabtang Lighthouse

The towering structure of Sabtang Lighthouse will welcome you as you near the shores of Sabtang Island. It is considered to be one of Batanes’ major lighthouses. Located at the edge of a cliff beside San Vicente Port, it guides seafarers through the rough waves of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the West Philippine Sea.



Morong Beach

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Morong Beach is the most well-known beach in Sabtang Island. It takes pride in its large rock formation arch called Nakabuang Arch. The arch is unremarkably an icon of the province. The sandy shores of Morong Beach are better compared to the other beaches on the island which is typically consisted of boulders and rocks.



Savidug Village Stone Houses

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Savidug Villag features rows of stone houses that have cogon grass as roofs. These type of distinctive roofing makes the vernacular houses unique of its own. The houses were built decades ago without utilizing cement, yet the structures can withstand any storm that comes to the island. This is also where the most visited chapel in Sabtang can be found, which is named the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. Right beside the chapel is the Old Beaterio which used to be a nun’s convent back in the old days. Today, it serves as a storage area of the chapel.



 Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint

Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint are one of the best viewpoints in Chavayan. Imagine strolling along a lush slope of greenery while overlooking a breathtaking view of the cove. That’s what this spot offers to its visitors.



Chavayan Community Vernacular Houses

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This small village in Sabtang is one of the most visited sites on the island. It is an old Ivatan village with stone houses which date back to over 100 years ago. The roofs are made of cogon grass and these are replaced every 25-30 years depending on the thickness.



San Vicente Ferrer Church

Also known as Sabtang Church, San Vicente Ferrer Church is a small chapel that has a rich history behind it. The church originated way back in 1785 when it was founded by the Dominicans during their first mission in Sabtang.

 

 

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Fountain of Youth

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Another must visit place is the Fountain of Youth. You shouldn’t miss this manmade spring that can be reached after a 30-minute hike. Although it is man-made, the spring’s fresh water comes from the hills of Imnajbu. It is a great way to cap off an entire day of touring by swimming in this relaxing spring. The tricycle fare to the spring costs 500PHP. Take note that the place is closed for maintenance every Monday and Friday.

 

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ITBAYAT

Although we were not able to explore the island of Itbayat since we were on a budget trip, I’m sure it has a lot of breathtaking spots and attractions to offer to those who will brave the tedious journey.  Itbayat is more difficult to explore since it will require hiking through rough roads and steep hills. Going to Itbayat, the waves can be rougher and harsher compared to the boat trip to Sabtang Island. The travel time could last for about 4 hours, but rest assured that it will all be worth it!



How to go to Itbayat?
  • By Boat: There are daily boat trips available from Basco to Itbayat from 6:00AM to 9:00AM. Meanwhile, trips from Itbayat to Basco are available at around 11:00AM to 2:00PM. A one-way trip will cost you 450PHP per person. There are also 3 boat operators going to Itbayat namely Itransa, Ocean Spirit and Veronica.
  • By Plane: If you are not willing to go through the 4-hour boat trip, you can fly to Itbayat via NorthSky Airlines. It is a small 8-seater plane that operates flights every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The flight only takes 15 minutes and it will cost you 1800PHP one way. If you’re traveling solo or as a couple, do take note that the airlines will only push through with the flight if all seats are full.

Make sure to catch your scheduled trip because there are no accommodations on the island. However, in case you get stranded in Itbayat, you can ask for help from your tour guide or locals to arrange a homestay accommodation for you.



How to get around?
  • Note: In order to explore the entirety of Itbayat, you must first settle the corresponding environmental fee: 100PHP
  • By Tricycle: In order to explore Itbayat, you can rent a tricycle which costs 3000PHP per day, good for 3-4 people. This already includes a driver/guide who will be with you the entire trip. Tricycle fare from the port to the town center is 100PHP.
  • By Motorbike: You can also use a motorcycle to drive around the island. It will cost you 2000PHP per day, which includes a driver/guide.


Places To Visit:

  • Mt. Karoboban View Deck
    • Mt. Karoboban is considered to be the highest point in Itbayat. It stands at 280 meters above sea level. From the view deck, you can have a sight of the four uninhabited islands of the north of Batanes.
  • Torongan Cave
    • Torongan Cave is a huge cave that is believed to be an ancient dwelling place. From the jumpoff point, you have to go through an hour hike through a forest until you reach the entrance of the cave.
  • Torongan Hills
    • From Torongan Cave, you can continue the hike to the top of Torongan Hills. From here, you can get a view of the surrounding islands.
  • Small Lagoon
    • The small lagoon is a set of several swimming holes at the foot of the cliffs. Several shallow, natural swimming pools are formed in the rocks surrounded by towering rocky cliffs.
  • Rapang Cliffs
    • Rapang Cliffs is a natural park that features a forest, cliffs and rocky hills. You have to go through all these during your hike until you reach a high point which is overlooking the island.
  • Stone Bell
    • At the foot of Rapang Cliffs, you can find the stone bell. This is a flat stone which lies naturally upon another stone. The stone bell produces sounds that resemble a bell every time it is struck with stones.
  • Kaxobcan Beach
    • Since Itbayat is one of the world’s largest uplifted coral reefs, it does not have any beaches except for one. Kaxobcan Beach is a natural beach that was formed after an earthquake caused a landslide on one side of the cliff.

 

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY 

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Day 1: North Batan Tour
  • Arrival in Batanes
    • Airport Transfer to Accommodation
  • 11AM: Brunch
    • Where: Monica’s Canteen
    • Meal Cost: 70PHP
  • 12PM – 6PM: North Batan Tour
    • Environmental Fee: 350PHP
    • Eco Tourism Fee: 50PHP
      • Mt Carmel Chapel
      • Tukong Radar Station
      • Idjang viewing (Ivatan Fortress)
      • Japanese Tunnel 
      • Valugan Boulder Beach
      • Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
      • Naidi Hills (Old Settlement / Light House)
      • Vayang Ronch/rolling hills
      • Basco town proper
      • Rizal Park and Sto. Domingo Cathedral
  • 7PM: Dinner
    • Where: Monica’s Canteen
    • Meal Cost: 70PHP

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Day 2: South Batan Tour
  • 8AM: Breakfast
    • Where: Monica’s Canteen
    • Meal Cost: 70PHP
    • TIP: You can actually have a heavy meal for brunch already if you want to save costs. Lunch costs in South Batan are pretty expensive since there are scarcely any restaurants available in the area.
  • 9AM – 5PM: Start of South Batan Tour
    • Beatria
    • Spanish Light House
    • Mahatao Tayid Light House
    • Racuh-a-payaman (Marlboro Country)
    • Alapad Rock formation
    • LORAN Station
    • Itbud Community
    • Song Song Ruins (Ghost Town)
    • Uyugan Town Tour Vernacular Houses
    • Honesty Coffee Shop
    • San Jose Church / Ruins
    • Ivana Town Tour Vernacular Houses (House of Dakay)
    • Old Spanish Bridge
    • Homoron Blue Lagoon or White Beach Area
    • Lunch Area: Marconine’s Catering Service
      • Meal Cost: 300PHP
  • 5:30PM: Sunset in Rolling Hills or Basco Lighthouse
  • 7PM: Dinner
    • Where: Monica’s Canteen
    • Meal Cost: 70PHP

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Day 3: Sabtang Tour + Fountain of Youth
  • 5:30AM: Proceed to Ivana Port
  • 6:00AM: Boat to Sabtang Port
  • 6:40AM- 7:00AM: Registration, Settle Down, Payment of Environmental Fee
    • Environmental Fee: 200PHP
  • 7:00AM: Breakfast
    • Where: Local Calenderia
    • Meal Costs: 100PHP
  • 8:00AM: Start of Sabtang Tour
    • San Vicente Ferrer Church
    • Savidug Vernacular Houses
    • Savidug Ruins
    • St. Thomas de Aquianas Chapel
    • Traditional Lime Kilns
    • Savidug Idjang Tiñan View Point
    • Chavayan Community Tour (UNESCO Nominated) Site Homoron
    • Morong Beach
    • Chavayan Traditional Ivatan Village
    • Sabtang Weavers Association
    • Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel
    • Nakabuang Beach.
  • 12:00PM: Back to Sabtang Port
  • 12:30PM: Boat back to Ivana Port
  • 1:40PM: Late Lunch
    • Where: Leslie’s Canteen
    • Cost: 100PHP
  • 2:10PM: Proceed to Fountain of Youth
  • 5:30PM: Sunset in Rolling Hills or Basco Lighthouse
  • 7PM: Dinner
    • Where: Monica’s Canteen
    • Meal Cost: 70PHP

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Day 4: Departure
  • Transfer to Airport: 40PHP/ 2 PAX

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OVERALL

Batanes has a lot to offer. Beyond the breathtaking views, it definitely is a life-changing destination. It can wipe away worries and stress even for just a brief moment. The place has the ability to heal oneself from every kind of emotional pain that we may be suffering from.

If you are longing for a serene escape or simply a memorable trip, Batanes is the place to be. I guarantee you that Batanes will captivate your heart and you will leave wanting to explore more.

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