Batanes Hotels

Oct 30 2016 to Oct 31 2016 1 room(s)  2 adult(s)
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Llopes St., Barangay Kayvaluganan,, Basco, Batanes (Show Map)
Batanes DDD Habitat Lodging House is a relatively new establishment in Basco, but it is slowly gaining popularity for its great services and comfortable accommodations that will make you feel relaxed and at ease.

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Batanes is located on the northernmost tip of the Philippines. The province is composed of three major islands (Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat) as well as seven other islets. The moment you step on the isles of Batanes, you are transported back in time due to the province's Spanish influence, still apparent in its old churches and edifices. Its bright green rolling hills will remind you of the picturesque mountain ranges found only in European countries, but the traditional villages all over display ancient Filipino culture and traditions.

Your eyes will surely enjoy every bit of Batanes especially its sceneries of pastures and coastal areas. The must-visit places for an impressive view include the Vayang Rolling Hills and the Racuh a Payaman, or Marlboro Country as known to many tourists. Walking, running around, and taking selfies are very popular on these places.

Those who wish to go on a pilgrimage can visit the historic churches located in Batanes. The Mahatao Church (San Carlo Borromeo Church) was built in 1787 and declared a national treasure by the National Museum. The church was said to be occupied by the forces of revolutionary group Katipunan during the war against the Spaniards. The San Vicente Ferrer Church, meanwhile, is declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission. It was first built as a chapel in 1785 until modifications turned it into a church.

The traditional villages of the Ivatan should be able to provide visitors with knowledge about the simple everyday life of the people in Batanes. The members of the Ivatan tribe are the friendly residents of the province. Their villages are filled with incredible stone houses with dried grass roofs. They also use the dried grass in making traditional headgears and sandals.

By Air
Batanes is the northernmost province in the country, situated about 700 kilometers away from Metro Manila. Currently, the only way to get to Batanes is to travel by air.
Options for air travel will be limited. Before, only Philippine Airlines and SKYJET Airlines fly directly to Basco, the provincial capital. However, 
Wakay Air, in partnership with AirSWIFT Transport Services, now also offers chartered flights from Manila to Basco.

How to Get Around
By Boat
Batanes is composed of 10 islands, each with its own charm. To get to these islands, you need to travel by boat, which could get rough and bumpy at times.

The islands of Batanes are hilly and mountainous. An inexpensive way to get around is by bike. Riding a motorcycle is also another option, provided that you have a valid driver’s license. Tricycle tours are also another option since the drivers themselves can act as tour guides too. Traveling by van is also possible, though this is only possible with the companies that offer tour packages around Batanes. Renting a car is possible as well.

What to See
Built in 1877, House of Dakay, also known as the House of Estrella, is considered the oldest stone house in Batanes. To date, the house is still in its original form, featuring the very same stones that were used when it was built more than a century ago. The cogon roof, however, is replaced every 25 to 30 years. Numerous typhoons have battered Batanes over the years, but the house still stands strong—a testament to the amazing craftsmanship, engineering, and architecture of the locals.
The Basco Lighthouse is one of the three lighthouses in Batanes, with the other two found in Sabtang and Mahatao. The Basco Lighthouse stands on the site which used to be the location of some telegraph facilities used during the American period. It was destroyed during the World War II, and the ruins are located not too far away from the lighthouse. The Dipnaysupunan Japanese Tunnel, built to serve as a shelter for Japanese soldiers, is just minutes away from the lighthouse.
Batanes also features quite a number of 17th and 18th century churches that are famous not only as places of worship but also for their exquisite architectures and interiors. Some of the notable churches in the area include San Jose Church in Ivana and the San Carlos Borromeo Church in Basco. The Santo Domingo Church, an 18th century cathedral in the Basco Town Proper, is also worth a visit
The Ruins of Songsong is considered a ghost town because of the roofless stone houses that were abandoned when a huge tidal wave hit the area during the 1950s. The Nakamaya Burial Grounds is also another landmark that visitors need to see in the province. The site is shaped like a boat which serves as a reminder of the belief of the Ivatan (the ethnic people in Batanes) that the sea is their final resting place.
Natural Attractions
From the rolling hills that seem to go on endlessly to the verdant greeneries and azure ocean waters that stretch to the horizon and beyond, Batanes is blessed with an array of natural attractions that will leave anyone amazed.
Batanes is composed of ten islands, but only three are inhabited. Batan Island is the most populated and where Basco, the center for commerce and trade of the province, is located. Itbayat Island is up north, which is shaped like a giant bowl and surrounded by boulders and cliffs. Sabtan Island, on the other hand, is unspoiled, pristine, and perfect for nature lovers.
Mount Iraya in Basco is a volcano that stands 1,517 meters tall. The mountain is ideal for those who love mountaineering and trekking. Mount Matarem in the southern part of Batan Island is also another ideal option for mountain climbing. It also has an impressive vantage point where you can feast your eyes on the islands of Batanes from an altitude of 495 meters.
The Valugan Beach is in the eastern section of Mount Iraya, a beach teeming with large andesite rocks that are polished smoothly by the lapping waves. Di-atay Beach in Mahatao, on the other hand, is known for its white sands where you can relax, have a picnic, and soak up the tranquility of the shore. Most beaches in Batanes have powerful waves, but the shores of Homoron Blue Lagoon and White Beach are calm enough, allowing anyone to have a refreshing dip.
Other natural wonders in Batanes Nakabuang Cave in Sabtang and Chawa Cave in Basco. Both caves are located by the sea, and ideal for those who want to be mesmerized with impressive rock formations and take scenic photos.
Lastly, when in Batanes, don’t miss running like Maria von Trapp of The Sound of Music along the Vayang Rolling Hills or the Racu a Payaman, more commonly known as the Marlboro Country. Don’t forget to take selfies or group photos with your friends with the emerald hills and serene pasturelands for your background.
Man-Made Attractions
In Batanes, natural attractions dominate the man-made attractions. You won’t find malls, amusement parks, or movie houses around, but it has its share of impressive man-made attractions where you can learn a thing or two about the culture of the province, the notable locals, and their way of life.
One of the most talked about places in Batanes is the home of world-renowned painter Pacita Abad, who hails from Basco. The quaint Fundacion Pacita was Pacita’s home and studio before her death in 2004. Her brother, former Budget Secretary Butch Abad, converted the home to a lovely and scenic hotel. The proceeds go to Pacita’s foundation, which provides assistance to young Ivatan artists.
The PAGASA Weather Station is also worth a visit, especially if you can’t get enough of the view in Batanes. The weather station is situated on top of a hill and offers a great 360-degree view of Mt. Iraya, the surrounding ocean, and the expansive rolling hills.
Lastly, the Savidug Village in Sabtang Island is home to rows of traditional Ivatan stone houses. There is also the Chavayan Village in the southern portion of the island, which has a number of old houses that were built in the traditional ways of the Ivatan.
Events and Festivals
Every June, Batanes comes alive when it celebrates the Payuhwan Festival, also known as Batanes Day. The province celebrates the establishment of the civil government of Batanes. The festivities include songs, dances, and rituals that also speak of the rich Ivatan culture and heritage.
Come August, the province celebrates the Palu-palo Festival, which features cultural presentations from the various municipalities of Batanes. The festival is held to commemorate the life and culture of the Ivatan people.

Where to Eat
When in Batanes, don’t miss out on the sumptuous feast that awaits you at the Pension Ivatan Restaurant. Order their Ivatan platter, an array of various local dishes such as the payi (lobster), uvud balls, tatus (coconut crabs), grilled tuna, luñis (Ivatan adobo), vunes (a dish made from dried taro stalks), fern salad, grilled flying fish, grilled beef ribs, and turmeric rice. A platter is good enough to feed four to five people and affordable at only PHP 1,500.00.
Bunker’s Café at Naidi Hills is also another restaurant worth checking out in the province. The café, however, is only open for dinner. This establishment is recommended for those who want to have a romantic dinner under the stars. It is also just beside the Basco Lighthouse.
The Marconines Canteen in Racuh a Payaman is also notable for its al fresco dining. This spot is perfect for seafood lovers as the restaurant specializes in different dishes made from the freshest catch of the sea. While there, be sure to try their unique offerings like flying fish embutido and seaweed soup.
Another place to visit is Vatang Grill & Restaurant, a dining place that showcases traditional Ivatan architecture on its façade. The restaurant specializes in traditional Ivatan cuisine and some Filipino favorites as well.

Fare: PHP 7,200.00 to PHP 15,000.00++
Travelers to Batanes have limited options with airfare. On average, a roundtrip plane ride costs about PHP 7,200.00 per person. But during peak seasons, expect the prices to go above and beyond PHP 10,000.00.
Batanes is bumpy and hilly, so land transportation doesn’t come cheap. A tricycle ride costs PHP 200.00 per hour. You can also rent a bicycle for PHP 300.00 per day. Van rentals usually come with tour packages, which can go for as much as PHP 2,000.00 to PHP 3,000.00 a day.

Food: PHP 300.00 per meal
With a budget of PHP 300.00 per meal, you can already have a satisfying meal in Batanes. The price is a bit steep compared with the other provinces, but the serving is enough to feed at least two people.

Shopping: PHP 50.00 to PHP 1,000.00
There are no malls in the area, expect for a few pasalubong areas. Ref magnets, camote chips, turmeric powder, and tubho (local tea) cost about PHP 50.00 per piece or per pack. Souvenir shirts can go for as much as PHP 250.00 depending on the design and quality. Traditional Ivatan baskets, meanwhile, range from PHP 500.00 to PHP 1,000.00 depending on the size.

Accommodations: PHP 1,200.00 to PHP 10,000.00
Basic accommodations at a hostel can go for as low as PHP 1,200.00 a night. For those who want a luxurious stay and help young Ivatan artists in the process, a stay at Fundacion Pacita costs PHP 10,000.00 a night.

Activities: PHP 500.00 to PHP 1,000.00
Most attractions in Batanes don’t require entrance fees. The bulk of your budget for activities will go to your tour guides and the fares when you travel from one place to the other. Tour guides charge anywhere from PHP 500.00 to PHP 1,000.00, depending on how easy or extreme the activities are.

Other Fees and Taxes: PHP 50.00++
Most dining establishments include a service charge to your bill, so tipping is no longer necessary. But if you insist, PHP 50.00 should be enough. Consider tipping more to your tour guides.

Day 1
8:00 AM ETA in Basco, Batanes
9:00 AM Check in at the hotel.
10:00 AM Go for brunch at 6 to 8 Panciteria and order pancit batil patung, which is affordable, delicious, and perfect to kick start the day’s activities.
11:00 AM Take a tour of the Basco Town Proper and visit the Basco Cathedral.
12:30 PM Ride a tricycle up the Vayang Rolling Hills.
1:30 PM Visit the Nakamaya Burial Grounds.
2:30 PM Visit the Ruins of Songsong.
3:30 PM Go back to the town proper and have late lunch or merienda at SDC Canteen. You can already enjoy a full meal for just PHP 50.00.
4:30 PM Ride a tricycle to the Valugan Boulder Beach and visit the Japanese Tunnel.
6:00 PM Have dinner at Pension Ivatan, and make sure to order their Ivatan platter.
8:00 PM Return to your hotel and retire for the night.

Day 2
8:00 AM Have breakfast at Phil’s Brew. Try their camote suman and their tsokolate or brewed coffee.
9:30 AM Visit Fundacion Pacita.
10:30 AM Visit the PAGASA Radar Station.
11:30 AM Visit the Tukon Church.
12:30 PM Head back to town and have an Italian lunch at Casa Napoli.
1:30 PM Ride south towards Racuh a Payaman.
2:30 PM Drop by Imnajbu Point to see the Alapad Pass and Rock Formation.
3:30 PM Grab a quick bite at the Honesty Shop.
4:00 PM Visit House of Dakay, the oldest stone house in Batanes.
4:30 PM Visit San Carlos Borromeo Church.
5:00 PM Go to the Homoron Blue Lagoon and White Beach for a quick dip and to watch the sunset.
7:00 PM Ride back north and have dinner at the famous Bunker’s Café. Don’t forget to make a reservation, though.
8:30 PM Head back to the hotel and retire for the night.

Day 3
7:00 AM Have breakfast at the hotel.
8:00 AM Head to Ivana Port to ride a boat to Sabtang Island.
8:30 AM Arrive in Sabtang Island and ride a tricycle to Savidug Village.
9:30 AM Go up the Tinyan Viewpoint and enjoy a spectacular view of the Chamantad Cove.
10:30 AM Visit the Chavayan Village.
11:30 AM Have a fresh seafood lunch at Paypanapanayan Canteen.
1:00 PM Visit the Sabtang Lighthouse.
2:00 PM Have a blissful moment at San Vicente Ferrer Church.
3:00 PM Enjoy the sun, sand, and sea at Morong Beach.
4:30 PM Head back to the port and ride a boat going back to Batan.
5:30 PM ETA in Batan
6:00 PM Have dinner at Jino’s and enjoy the “best homemade” pizza in Batanes.
7:30 PM Head back to the hotel and retire for the night.

Day 4
8:00 AM Have breakfast at the hotel.
9:00 AM Ride a trike to downtown Basco.
9:30 AM Go souvenir shopping.
10:30 AM Head back to the hotel and prepare for check-out.
11:30 AM Check out of the hotel.
12:00 PM Have lunch at Pension Ivatan before departure.
1:30 PM Head to Basco Airport.
2:30 PM Depart Basco for Manila.
4:00 PM ETA in Manila

Local Weather
Batanes experiences an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius yearly. Rain falls on the province for most of the year, with August being the rainiest month of all. April is considered the driest month, while the months from November to February are the coldest.
When traveling to Batanes, don’t forget to bring jackets or scarves to keep you warm. Bring an umbrella as well in case it rains.

In case you need medical attention, there is the Batanes Provincial Hospital in Basco and the Itbayat District Hospital on the island of Itbayat. There are also rural health units and health stations scattered in various municipalities throughout the province.
If you need medicine, Claire’s Drugstore and Hubalde’s Drugstore are two of the pharmacies found in the Basco Town Proper. However, you may want to bring your own medication if you have certain medical conditions.

Batanes is one of the safest and most peaceful places to visit in the country. In fact, the province enjoys a very low crime rate. Nonetheless, always keep you guard up and practice vigilance while you’re there.
Also, it’s best to schedule your trip during March and May when the weather is sunny and dry. Avoid going there during the wet season since your flight will undeniably get cancelled in case of bad weather.