What is it about Batanes really? Is it the elusiveness? After all, she’s the northernmost province in the country, even closer to Taiwan than Luzon. Is it the way she stands out? Not only is she the smallest and least populated, she is very in touch with her past and shows off the quirky sides to her personality. Is it the quietness? She may be surrounded by the most violent seas, but she enjoys virtually zero crime rate. Is it the physique? Everyone has heard of her natural beauty, the kind that effortlessly makes you feel insignificant.

It takes more than drive to get to Batanes. She’s distant and has one hell of a temper. You’ll be facing the biggest storms if your timing is not right. But if you know your way around her, it can be quite easy to get on her good side.

A word of caution: When the time comes that you have to leave Batanes, she will break your heart.

Batanes: Pure Beauty

 

How to Get to Batanes

The fastest way to reach Batanes is by air. However, the options are limited. Only Philippine Airlines and Skyjet Air fly to Basco, the capital town of the province. Travel time is 70-110 minutes, depending on your choice of airline. Here’s the schedule as of June 2014:

Philippine Airlines (PAL)
Daily

  • PR 2086 – ETD 07:30am ETA 09:15am (April 1-May 31, December 1-31)
  • PR 2084 – ETD 06:00am ETA 07:45am (The rest of the year)

Skyjet Air
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 5M 816 – ETD 05:30am ETA 06:40am

You will be landing at Basco Airport. The town center is just a short walk away.

Year-Round Fares. Basco flights are notorious for being expensive. They can cost as much as your soul. Not really, but they can reach up to P15,000 or higher. Philippine Airlines’s average year-round fare is P7200 (roundtrip). Many travelers I know always point out that it is even cheaper to fly to Hong Kong and other ASEAN cities than Batanes. #Truth #NoLiesDetected

Just a moment ago, I did a mock booking with PAL and found out that the rates for a February 2015 travel costs P9500, roundtrip. (I found weekday promo roundtrip tickets for only P6500!) I tried booking the same dates with SkyJet, and the cost totaled P11,500.

Seat Sale/Promo Fares.  There’s hope! The key is to book early. Promo fares to Batanes are rare, but they exist. You just need to catch them when they’re up for grabs. How? Stalk Philippine Airlines. Like them on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter. Subscribe via email. This way, you’ll be the first to know when a big Basco sale is about to happen. Seat sales usually open at around midnight.  (For more information, read: How to Book Piso Fares.)

How much did it cost me to fly to Batanes? P1757, roundtrip. Yep! No kidding.

Breakdown of my Manila-Basco Fare. P288 SALE.
Breakdown of my Manila-Basco Fare. P288 SALE.

After months of waiting for a sale covering Basco, I was finally able to snag promo seats! It was a P288 base fare sale that amounted to P1757 with taxes and all.

 

Where to Stay in Batanes

Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge is the only hotel in Batanes, but if you’re a budget traveler, it will cost you an arm. And a kidney. Or both.

Thankfully, there are many alternatives. Basco Town Proper has some really cheap inns and homestays that offer accommodations for as low as P150 per head. However, I have tried only Troy’s Lodge (homestay) and it was a pleasant experience. Some of my blogger friends also recommend Marfel’s Inn.




Troy’s Lodge
Rate: P700 per room (2-3 pax)
Contact No.: +63 938 976 2237
No wi-fi

Marfel’s Lodge
Rate: P700 per room (2 pax), P350/person for a single fan room
Contact No.: +63 908 893 1475
Wi-fi equipped

Both inns are located in the town proper of Basco and near the airport.

 

Where to Eat in Batanes

Batanes may not be famous as a food destination, but it would be a shame to not sample local cuisine on your visit. (I did not like it that much, to be honest, but it was worth a try.)

The province’s natural environment is relatively harsh, narrowing the variety of dishes and ingredients used. Seafood is a staple, and yam (gabi) and turmeric (luyang dilaw) are widely used. Here are some of the native dishes:

Uved balls (banana blossom)
Uved balls (banana blossom)

Venes
Venes

Lunis.
Lunis.

Chicken tinola in turmeric
Chicken tinola in turmeric

Glorified gabi (Yan talaga yung name sa menu. LOL. Sweetened yam.)
Glorified gabi (Yan talaga yung name sa menu. LOL. Sweetened yam.)

Basco
The well-known restaurants like Pension Ivatan and Shanedel’s in Basco all offer these authentic dishes. Prices usually range from P100-P200 per person, but the serving is big enough for two persons.

Lobsters, locally called payi, are ridiculously cheap in Batanes! Coconut crabs are also available but they are already a threatened species, so let’s spare the poor crab.

If you’re on a budget, you may try a carinderia where P50 can give you a good meal. In the town center, SDC Canteen is a popular choice although options are limited.

Sabtang
Paypanapanayan Canteen is the usual lunch stop in Sabtang. They offer lobsters and other seafood, vegetables, and bukayo for P350 per head. There are few other places near the port. Our guide took us to a small carinderia where we had the best meal of our trip. Unfortunately, for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the place.

 

How to Get Around Batanes: Tours and Transportation

The faluwa that ferries passengers from Ivana to Sabtang, and the cogon-roofed tricycle.
The faluwa that ferries passengers from Ivana to Sabtang, and the cogon-roofed tricycle in Sabtang.

Here are the available transportation options:

Bicycle Rental. The bicycle is the cheapest way of going around the island, but make sure you have the stamina to match. The landscape is rugged and a bicycle ride can take you up and down the slopes of rolling hills a hundred times over. Not really a hundred, but you get the point.

  • Small bikes: P300/day
  • Mountain bikes: P500-P1000/day (depending on the type and how long you’re gonna use it).

Old ones are available for P25 per hour.

Bike!

Motorcycle Rental. For those who have a driver’s license and can drive a motorbike, then this is a good option. Rental costs P500-1000 per day. Gas is not yet included.

Tricycle Tours. If you’re a party of two or more, a good option is the tricycle. The good thing about this is that the driver already know where to go or have bits of local info about the place, making the tour more guided. The rate is usually P200 per hour. Given the time it takes to tour these zones, here are the estimated (and the usual) trike rates, good for two (2) persons:

  • North Batan: P1000
  • South Batan: P1500
  • Sabtang Island: P800

Our tricycle driver was:
Dale Veracruz, 0929 341 0941.

If you need a tour guide to further appreciate the history of the place, you may contact:
Ryan Cardona, 0998 988 5898

To get to Sabtang Island, you will need to board the faluwa at Ivana Port. Roundtrip tricycle transfers cost: P440.  The boat leaves some time between 6:00am to 7:00am and returns at 2:00pm. The driver will take you to the port in the early morning and will come to fetch you in the afternoon.

To get to Itbayat, you may travel by boat that leaves Basco at 6:00am. Travel time is 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Fare, P450.

You may also travel by plane. It takes only 10-12 minutes, but the cost is at P1800. For more information about traveling to and around Itbayat, read: Itbayat Travel Guide

 

Places to Visit

Batanes is a 10-piece archipelago, but only the three biggest islands are inhabited and are easily accessible to tourists. Basco, the capital, is in Batan Island, which is divided into four municipalities. However, for tourism purposes, Batan Island is divided into two: North and South.

Batan Island North (Basco)
For a description of tourist spots in Batan North, visit: 10 Incredible Places in Batan Island North

Valugan Beach

Chadpidan Beach

Basco Lighthouse at Naidi Hills

Vayang Rolling Hills

Tukon Church

PAGASA Weather Station

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel

Fundacion Pacita

 

Batan Island South (Mahatao, Ivana, Uyugan)
More information about the places listed below here: 12 Must-Visit Spots in Batan South

Marlboro Country

Diura Beach

Honesty Shop

Tayid Lighthouse

House of Dakay

Chawa Viewdeck

Homoron White Beach

Spanish Lagoon

Imnajbu Beach and Chapel

Alapad Pass

Songsong Ruins

Spanish Bridge

Mahatao Boat Shelter

Sabtang Island
More information about what to expect from a Sabtang Island Tour at: 6 Awesome Places in Sabtang

The iconic Mahayaw Arch
Morong Beach

Down to the cove!
Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint

A stone house in Chavayan Village
Chavayan Village

A local woman wearing vakul on top of a hat.
Savidug Village

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel
St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel

The Old Beaterio in Savidug
The Old Beaterio

A closer look
Sabtang Lighthouse

San Vicente Ferrer Church
San Vicente Ferrer Church

Itbayat Island

For what to expect in Itbayat, check out: Itbayat Travel Guide

More information about the amazing places to visit in Batanes:

Sample Itinerary

If will be spending only three full days in Batanes, here’s an ideal itinerary.

DAY 1: BATAN NORTH TOUR
06:00 am – ETD NAIA Terminal 3
07:45 am – ETA Basco Airport
08:10 am – Check in at lodge/inn
09:00 am – Start Batan Island NORTH Tour
02:00 pm – Late lunch
03:00 pm – Rest
05:00 pm – Sunset at Naidi Hills / Dinner at Bunker Cafe
07:00 pm – Back at inn

DAY 2: SABTANG ISLAND TOUR
05:30 am – Depart for Ivana Port
06:00 am – Arrive at Ivana Port
06:30 am – Boarding
07:20 am – Arrive at San Vicente Port, Sabtang
07:30 am – Start SABTANG TOUR
11:20 am – Lunch
01:00 pm – Back at Sabtang Port
02:00 pm – Boarding
02:40 pm – Arrive at Ivana Port
02:50 pm – Visit Honesty Shop and Ivana Church
03:10 pm – Leave for Basco
03:50 pm – Back at inn/lodge, rest
05:40 pm – Walk around town, watch sunset
07:00 pm – Dinner

DAY 3: BATAN SOUTH TOUR
07:00 am – Wakeup call
08:00 am – Start Batan SOUTH Tour
04:00 pm – End of tour, rest
07:00 pm – Dinner

DAY 4: DEPARTURE
06:00 am – Wake up
06:30 am – Check out
07:00 am – Walk to Airport
08:10 am – ETD Basco Airport
09:55 am – ETA NAIA Terminal 3

 

Budget Breakdown

Here’s a list of expenses that I made during my last trip to Batanes (4D3N) to give you a ballpark figure of how much budget to allot for this. This does not mean that you will be spending just as much on your trip because your spending habits may be different from mine. Note that we are a party of two.

  • P1050 – Troy Lodge (3 nights, divided by 2 pax)
  • P500 – North Tour (P1000/2 pax)
  • P750 – South Tour (P1500/2pax)
  • P400 – Sabtang Tour (P800/2 pax)
  • P220 – RT Basco-Ivana Port Tricycle (P440/2 pax)
  • P150 – RT Sabtang Island Boat Fare
  • P200 – Sabtang Environmental Fee
  • P1300 – Total Food expenses (Lunches, Dinners)
  • P4570 – TOTAL EXPENSES

Airfare and airport fees are not included above. But I spent only P1757 for the roundtrip ticket. So including the airfare and the terminal fees, I only spent a total of P6,600. Not bad for a dreamy Batanes trip!

You can still lower this cost in many ways. If you bike, it can bring down the cost of transportation significantly. You may also skip trying out some of the province’s native dishes for cheaper meals, although I discourage that. Any trip is just incomplete without digging into some local delicacies.

The number of people in the group also affects the overall cost, which means you might end up spending more if you’re traveling alone.

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  • Jas U

    bookmarked! :) thanks for the information..

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      No problem! Let’s all wait for the next seat sale! Hahaha

  • You are so helpful!

    thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      And thanks for visiting our blog! :)

  • kclarin

    this is most helpful. salamat!

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      Salamat din sa pagbisita! :)

  • malory

    yey! very helpful.. thanks! :)

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      Thanks, Malory!

  • CzarinaMaye

    I am still struggling to find that seat sale for Basco but thanks for sharing!! ;) Really helpful post for those who want to discover Batanes. ;)

    • http://blog.jonverdavid.com Jonver

      I feel ya! I really don’t know how Yoshke finds these seat sales!

      • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

        Haha, like PAL’s FB page. Then, choose “Get Notifications” so you would be the first to know when there’s a sale. Promo seats for destinations like Basco get sold out easily that when they launch at midnight, the seats are gone by dawn. :D

      • Len Driz

        Same here! :) Hoping to visit Batanes this year..

  • Cye

    Waahh!! When did you book? Baka next time merun uli!!! This is my dream destination!!!

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      I booked around October if I remember correctly. The flight was scheduled in February. :)

  • http://www.senyorita.net/ Micamyx|Senyorita

    What a comprehensive guide! Enjoyed my bday trip last May and I am hoping to visit Itbayat soon :D

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      Sabay tayo sa Itbayat! Pag may time. Haha

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  • Gilbert Arjona

    Nice akala ko sobrang mahal ang magtravel sa batanes now i know makakapunta din kmi dun soon

  • pai

    when are the best months to travel to batanes? weather could be an issue…maybe seat sales are on months with bad weather? i hope not! i enjoyed reading this article. i am very much determined now to pursue my batanes trip!

  • hara

    i really want to go in batanes. hirap ko lang matyempuhan ung promo fare ng pal going to basco… :(

  • marc

    What month best travel to Batanes?

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      December to May. :)

  • cj

    hi yoshke! wanna know if 3 persons can fit in a tricycle for the tour? or is it only good for two?

    thanks for this ultimate guide :)

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      Two is the ideal number of passengers per tricycle. (That’s what I saw on the price list.)

      But I have seen trikes carrying three pax so it is possible. But they might charge extra. :)

  • chelay

    this is so nice!

  • kiko

    do you think there’s a promo for the month of march?

  • http://www.myiloilo.net/ Larah Keth Ansino

    Place full of fun and adventure! Hope to book one of this days. Love love love!

  • Sica

    This is nice. My fiance and I were initially planning to go to Bali for our honeymoon, pero mukhang mas gusto ko na rito. :)

  • Karen Ahappycook

    Great post! Thanks for the information this helps me a lot in my planning!

  • shieryll16

    Hello! What time did you travel to batanes?

  • gracey

    travelling to batanes this coming nov. 26, 2014 reading your blog is such a big help thanks!

    • michelle

      Hi, how much is your airfare?

  • michelle

    Hi, i keep reading your blog and hoping that i could travel to Batanes with the same budget. But the available promo fare is still expensive.:(

  • Nita

    complete! thanks!

  • Corine

    Hi Yoshke! I was wondering if there are ferries that travels from somewhere in Ilocos to Batanes. Our group is planning to stay at vigan muna before we go to batanes eh.

  • Flor

    when is the great time to visit batanes? by the way when din you travel having this kind of airfare promo (i mean the month of your travel)

  • Flor

    thank you for this travel tip. it really gives me hope… :)

  • Arnel

    We Got our ticket via sky jet at 7200 per head :) Not bad…

  • Mark

    thanks for this very useful guide.. may i know how much did you you spend for this trip? or yung total budget mo na lang po… salamat…

    • localite

      Cant u read po ba? Hello

    • dzaz

      baka gusto nyang malaman yung total pag sinama yung pagkain, inumin..etc etc. Makahello naman.

  • marian armada

    Batanes is in my bucket list as must see. whats the best time of the year to visit this place.

  • http://www.guidetrip.com nigameash

    Awesome guide! I would love to visit and take guided tours of Philippines

  • cathy

    wow! thanks! so detailed!

  • Samantha

    Thank you for this guide! Batanes has always been one of the places that I would love to visit :)

  • phillippines traveler

    WoW..! Awesome place it feels so relaxing. I’ll add this to my Bucket list for Next year…(:

  • yani

    after reading this… i will definitely stalk PAL for promo fares. dream ko pumunta sa batanes, and your article is really a big help!

  • http://budgetinn-artesia.com/ Kevin hart

    The guide is usefull for many travellers to come.

  • Janine G. Gliban

    Hello! When did you travel to Batanes? And was the ticket purchased online or via Travel Expo?

    • Wes

      Hello! We’re selling Skyjet Travel Passes to and from Batanes for only 2,500 each. Check out: http://goo.gl/iQSKeb

  • Iren

    What are the best months to go there?

    • jun

      March to May (summer months) if you want a clear weather going there, going there in rainy seasons like June onwards is highly NOT recommended as Batanes is prone to typhoons

  • Chen Mencias

    Did any of the people living in the villages where you went got some economic benefit from you? In as much as we want to save money on travel and find the cheapest way to visit such a high value destination, we also need to think of how we can contribute to the improvement of the lives of the people in the community. Traveling cheap may be good for the traveler but not making a dent to the destination, especially to those who matter most, the people living in the villages. Something to think about.

    • riona

      hmm.. i think the ones who will benefit more with the ‘not traveling cheap’ will be the airline companies.. i mean, come to think about it as well, these high value destinations that you are talking about are not gaining anything from the transpo costs but the ‘tourism’. so even if we book the cheapest flights, it’s no big deal because what we contribute — for example — is the promotion of the tourist destination (so that more and more people would want to visit these wonderful places) and the things that could be bought/hired in that place as well, where those who matter most, as you’ve said, the people living in the villages, will be the one to benefit.. no offense meant but just sayin’..

    • Pissed at stupid.

      Using the local tricycle driver as guide and pseudo tour operator helped one local resident. Eating in a local eatery helps a resident. That’s actually better than staying in a hotel run by a business group. Think about it.

  • sexybebe

    i wish i can find an airfare promo! my dad mentioned yesterday that he wants to visit Batanes. Hoping to make my old man’s dream come true (btw he is already 65 y/o)

    • Wes

      Hello sexybebe! We’re selling Skyjet Travel Passes to and from Batanes for only 2,500 each. Check out: http://goo.gl/iQSKeb

  • boni

    so if the travel agent quote me for Php17,000 per head for full board this is too expensive for February trip?

    • Jean

      Now I’m looking for accommodation and tour. They quote me for more than php 15000~20000 per head. I can’t imagine traveling like this blog.. I read several blogs, I think this is way too expensive.

  • http://itsmejhaymengote.blogspot.com jhay

    Sino pupunta ng Batanes sa March 11, 2015? Solo traveler here

    • shin shin

      ako..hehehe. . .

      • jhay

        march 11 ka din ba magtatravel?

    • Lalaine Servañez Romero

      me.. i want also to go, but mybe on april.. :)

    • rica

      Chen Mencias added 2 new photos.
      22 hrs ·

      This is what we had been cooking for the last 2 months. Two unique Batanes community rituals will be opened to tourists for the first time. Be one of the 16 visitors who can participate. PM me to get the details of the newest product of Ecotourism Philippines. First group will be from Feb 28 to March 5, 2015. Second group will be from March 11 to 16, 2015. Hurry! 5 % discount will be given to the first 5 people who pay in full. Make sure you have a confirmed flight booking before you book this product

    • alexander

      Hi im.planning to go batanes on march 20 to 23, 2015. im a solo traveller..looking for travel buddy..i will truly pursue this trip to batanes even alone…

      • alexander

        I already made the booking with
        PAL this morning..tuloy na talaga ako
        .march 20 to 23, 2015

    • Vince Axl

      Can you make it on August 2015? Looking for a travel buddy here.

  • sheila

    we are planning to visit batanes on april. and uur blog helps-a lot.tnx.

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  • riona

    i’ve been looking for a ‘comprehensive guide’ to tour around batanes — i’ve read some — and your blog is the best one that i’ve read.. it’s very helpful since you’ve shared mostly what is needed and you even shared the budget that you had.. thanks a bunch! ^^,

  • Alice Devera Vasquez

    i love batanes. it feels you are in heaven.try to go there.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mariacatherine.leelian Maria Catherine Canopin-Bacusmo Resuma-Leelian

    one of my dream destinations…

  • https://www.facebook.com/edwin.moore.9809 Edwin Moore

    Pretty interesting place, but the trip must be properly planned.

  • https://www.facebook.com/marlynvillar Mar Lyn

    my hubby and i have always wanted to be here… <3 hopingvsoon

  • https://www.facebook.com/findingmyisland Finding My Island

    I’m going next week, so excited to visit this remote part of the Philippines. Do you know if the boats are going to Itbayat at the moment or is the weather too rough?

  • John Michael Delfin

    Charmaine Lovely Flip. Saktong sakto ang itinerary. Copyahin na lang natin ito. Thanks for this tip The Poor Traveler. =D

  • https://www.facebook.com/arthur.arroyo.7 Arthur Arroyo

    I’ve seen this place been here many years ago

  • https://www.facebook.com/people/Ma-Isabel-Alonso-Talampas/100000060737947 Ma Isabel Alonso Talampas

    love to explore this place

  • https://www.facebook.com/tangcangco.rechel Rechel Tangcangco

    Kristine, feb to june daw. We made the right decision!

  • Raina

    Very few know about Rakuh-a-idi, the spring of youth in Batanes which can be done right after the Sabtang tour. It’s not included in the tours. People can only stay there up to 5pm and there’s a 15 to 20 minute walk to get there.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ruby.juan.5 Ruby Juan

    Thank you for sharing your trip. this will guide me in my Planned trip to batanes in the near future.

  • Patricia Velez- Gaid

    Miss you mucho Batanes ! It’s been do loooong .

  • Joey Leo

    Will be in batanes june 1-6…booked via pal’s promo fare(2,400 rt) solo traveler…hanap makakasabay para mas tipid.

    • http://www.alexbamin3D.com/ Alexis Mendoza

      When did you booked you RT trip? Planning to visit Batanes too but also solo here. :)

      • Joey Leo

        Booked last november 2014…i guess promo fares are usually offered at least 6 months ahead bago biyahe.

        • http://www.alexbamin3D.com/ Alexis Mendoza

          Yeah looks like ganun nga. Will just wait for the next seat sale na lang siguro. Tickets are too pricey pag regular.

    • Velardez Lui

      May i join as well? But I’m planning to go there in the Feb 20th

  • Ditos Atayde Alcain

    be careful with Skyjet… flights might just be cancelled the night before and you will be uncertain of your return flight.

  • Luz Cruz Maniquis

    MIRACLES are coming SOON !

  • https://www.facebook.com/haya.cruz.79 Haya Cruz

    1 sa lugar na gusto ko mapuntahan BATANES

  • Bertong Apoy

    Mapupuntahan dn kita in time.

  • Janice Armiza

    Mkakarating din ako dito

  • mingocarlo

    i love batanes

  • https://www.facebook.com/minerva.g.tarrayo Minerva Gomez Tarrayo

    let’s go, Form a group!

  • Jim

    Are there fishing guides available?

  • https://www.facebook.com/chito.gayamat Chito Menguito Gayamat

    6,600 for everything??? How could that be? Just for planefare via PAL EXPRESS i paid 12,000 +

  • http://damnvixen.blogspot.com Isabeau Jane Gomez

    This is super awesome most helpful guide ever! Batanes is on top of my places to go!

  • https://www.facebook.com/jovelnjason Jovelyn Ramos Lapastora

    pinaka best month na pumunta dyan ay March at April para wala tlagang ulan. nung pumunta kc kami dyan May na for 1week 3 days na umulan super lamig. pero napakaganda. marami ngang nagsasabi na dapat ng out of the country na lang kami kc mahal daw…. pero sabi super sulit kc lahat fresh….. para ka na ding nasa ibang bansa. sana yung ITBAYAT island mapuntahan nyo kc great experience, transpo pa lang ulam na ;)

  • Xiomsi

    a fun and comprehensive article! thank you very much for this. been dreaming of Batanes since I was 14 and reading this encouraged me to go for it. Thanks again :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/mazealbert Albert Marquez

    ako kaso mag isa lng ako pwede b akong mkijoin gusto ko mga june ung end of june kung pwede lng

  • https://www.facebook.com/people/Guissepe-Rocco-Isidoro/100005362247372 Guissepe Rocco Isidoro

    wow…

  • darius__

    very interesting and informative.. thanks!

  • http://www.alejandrotaag.tumblr.com/ Alejandro Taag

    OMG! Thank you for this post!!!!!

    • Vince Axl

      Hi. Any plans going to Batanes? Looking for a buddy here to travel on August 2015.

      • BeeCharm

        we will be there Aug 1 – 4 :)

        • Vince Axl

          Sayang! I already booked tickets for El Nido on July 31-Aug 3 travel. I’m planning to go to Batanes on August 8-11. Thanks, BeeCharm.

  • Bekz Damz

    AS a travel agent, hope makakuha ako ng 6,600 package na all in for the Batanes trip kagaya mo…

  • Maique Henry

    One of my bucket list.. Thanks for sharing. Amazing Batanes! Matagal ko ng gustong puntahan iyan..

  • myn

    inggit much…wanna be there also…my fil-am friend together with american friends frequently visit batanes …he said batanes is rich in limestone…

  • jay fernando

    interested……………..

  • Nadine Vt

    My dream place…

  • Leonor M. Fabricante

    I need your help to book for 4 persons (2 seniors 78 yrs. old.) Feb.18-20. Same itinerary like yours. I don’t know how to avail the promos. Will you be kind enough to help me?

  • https://www.facebook.com/SiKaboAko Kabo Yet

    Ows!… Php1,757 round trip airfare? jackpot!…

  • Lisa Silla

    start nang mag-ipon ngayon para pagsapit ng 2016 go na talaga.. batanes, my dream destination…:-)

  • https://www.facebook.com/elsajambre Elsa G. Jambre

    Only up to mid May. June is a rainy month. Flights can be cancelled.

  • https://www.facebook.com/people/Panfilo-Manguera-Jr/100000496227533 Panfilo Manguera Jr.

    got friends from that place and are so friendly…The late Monsignor Baltazar OP served in that place for a long time and is well loved by the people there..

  • nowel

    hello po first time po sana nmin ggwin magasawa ang ganyan pwede po b malaman kung paano ggwin at yung ticket po paano po bibili salamat po..

  • Rosalyn

    Thank you for the comprehensive guide.

  • https://www.facebook.com/melita.layco Melita Layco

    Wow nice place!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/victoria.a.mendoza.16 Victoria A. Mendoza

    Oh! I want to visit Batanes! My dream destination…

  • https://www.facebook.com/jun.acupang Jun Acupang

    oh how i wish…

  • Rachel Allstrom

    Not bad to dream. Why not. :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/flor.siajuatcruz Flor Siajuat-Cruz

    We will be there on Mar 23 to 27, 2015

  • https://www.facebook.com/bob.cruz.969 Bob Cruz

    I want to go to Batanes!

  • Krris Razo

    Postcard perfecf landscapes and seascapes plus the ever smiling, good natured people- nothing else. End of story.
    NOW, if you want to experience tremendous hassle flight cancelations for 3 times (at least) due to weather conditions,regulatr 12-hour brownout a day, jurassic internet connection, unjustified accomodation rates, expensive foods and poor water supply then proceed!
    The government should look on these matters to maximize the tourism readiness of the beautiful BATANES!
    For the meantime (while the island is NOT YER READY FOR TOURISM) consider exploring mindanao like the luxurious DAKAK when you are in philippines and al rabat, morocco when ur here in mid east- worth the travel without sacrificing your comfort!

  • mina

    thank you for a detailed and great write up. reading your article makes my travel to batanes almost done.

  • Francis Elizarde

    my home land.dios mamajes du ivatan ..

  • Francis Elizarde

    tiny group of island never conquered by taiwan and china ..all our great grand parents fight for them they stand hand in hand….thanks for the help of portuguese spanish priars and us armed forces…giving us freedom to live…

  • Jonnah Ong Buentiempo

    See you in June 💚

  • Faye Fadrigon

    So I got the best time, after all… 😸 march ang trip ko. Jamie De Jesus

  • https://www.facebook.com/el.cauntay El Cauntay

    AWESOME Batanes! been there 5 yrs ago and planning to go back…

  • https://www.facebook.com/la.bong.94 La Bong

    I’m going home this May pwede yatang humabol ah!

  • https://www.facebook.com/rutchiel.dormido Rutchiel Dormido

    Pag malaki ang sariling atin gogogo its more fun in the philippines

  • http://ideacrib.net/ Patricia Mirasol

    Did you go during the summer months?

    Bookmarked this post. Thanks for sharing all these useful tips! :)

  • http://ideacrib.net/ Patricia Mirasol

    Did you travel during the summer months?

    Just bookmarked this post. Thanks for the useful tips! :)

  • Corazon Victoria Anel

    How much round trip? How much for hotel? Do you have a package tour all inclusive? Please inform me. Many thanks.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mayette.devera10 Mayette Javellana de Vera

    Gusto ko dn marating yan:)))

  • Capri Corn Noyago

    sarap pumunta dyan!!

  • Bayani Cabling Sebastian

    pangarap ko ring mapuntahan yan, kung loloobin.

  • Brian Santamaria

    been there last week, will definitely be back soon. Dios mamajes

  • https://www.facebook.com/ninfa.tenerife Ninfa Tenerife

    One of the places i would really want to go to!

  • NANAY PILAR

    cause of your article ,our trip to BATANES became so so enjoyable and fun!from your guide SIR DALE to MARFEL LODGE and almost identical tours we made ,the trip was hassle free for my husband and myself! by the way ,we are both senior citizens and lucky to fulfill our dream to visit BATANES!THANK YOU

  • Kate Ignacio

    Very informative article, Thanks! :) ill be in Batanes on Feb 23-28, solo traveler din looking for a travel buddy to cut the tour cost. :)

    • Danz

      hi ma’am kate! glad to read your comment… solo traveller here also but sched is Feb 24-28 . hope to hear from you as i also look for buddies as well to share some expenses :) Thank you

      • Kate Ignacio

        hello danz, please leave me a pm, whatsapp or viber :) +966564086623

  • zeejay207

    When in batanes, you can also try the newly opened Crisan Lodge. Contact kuya Mon Imperial at 09158490178.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lordylie.escobar Lordylie Garcia Escobar

    my dream destination in the country..hope to see you… the soonest ^___^

  • Jun

    I wish most of us Filipinos are like you, sharing to others the best in us! Thank you for this very educational guide inspiring us to visit other places in our country we dare not go before, due to some misconception and misrepentation in the media. God bless you, you deserved your awards!

  • http://wheresidewalksend.com/ Ian Ord

    Wow!! I’ve been to Luzon a number of times, and never made it north of Luzon to Batanes! Your photos are incredible, and it looks like exactly the type of place I would love to visit in the Phils :) I’ve only been a few places (out of the 7107 islands), but have still loved everywhere I went there! Here’s some of the spots I checked out, if interested https://wheresidewalksend.com/category/guidebook/asia/philippines/

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  • Janice Hope

    Hello. Thank you for this very extensive guide. May we ask when is the best time to visit batanes? Thank you so much

  • Chengay

    Who is going on May 25? Maybe I can join you on a tour.

  • Karla

    Went through your article and am now dying to go to Batanes but when exactly is the right time to fly? I mean, considering the weather conditions and all :) Was actually already inviting my sister to go with me but she said my chosen date falls on a rainy season (June). Any recommendations?

  • Gene

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Anyone going to Batanes this March 30-April 2 during holyweek? Solo traveler also and would be happy to split the transpo. Anyone also has an info how is it like visiting Batanes during holy week (e.g. availability of transportation, open shops/resto.eateries, tourist season?) Would appreciate any info. Thanks

  • Vince Axl

    I just checked PAL, August 9-11 flights costs P6,280 only (roundtrip). Anyone here has a plan to travel? I’m looking for a travel buddy.

  • barbie

    ok kaya mag travel ng July? June kase ang uwi ko sa pinas.. gusto ko sana kahit man lang week before mag travel saka kami magpapabook para makita pa namin if may bagyo.. pwede kaya?

  • Pete Marvin Pañares

    Hi anyone interested in December 2015? Let’s plan ahead.

  • Ramil

    Hello everyone …Everyone interested on August? help me to find airfare promo and I’m looking for travel buddy.. 09173009312

    • Jess

      can i go? we can part ways once we get there :-)

    • King Navarro de Leon

      I’m traveling on August… King Navarro de leon

  • Nads

    THANK U FOR THIS! Bookmarked! Hope i can get cheap tickets too!

  • Pinky

    Thank you so much for this information. I have questions though, when is the best time to travel in Batanes? How much was your pocket money?

  • K-zel de Mata

    This 2015, we (My boyrfriend and I) start on travelling because of my new job. We’ve been to Pampanga, Baguio, Batangas, Calapan City, and Puerto Galera.

    This April, we are inspired to go in Batanes by the movie of Coco Martin and Toni Gonzaga “Youre my boss”, and now we would like to treat ourselves a vacation in Batanes.

    I was looking for a guide on planning things. I found and love your blog about Batanes. Now, we can prepare a how much we should budget and plan things with your guide. Thank you.

  • friendsie finaifai

    wow. I wish I could go there next year! Will wait a good promo offer! Thanks for sharing.

  • Seyra Rico

    Hi! Thanks for writing this post. Can I know when did you go to Batanes and when did you book your plane ticket? Thanks!

  • @iamKarst

    Batanes is on my bucket list so definitely this article will be handy when I visit this place. I am also looking for a travel buddy, just notify me or send me an invite. G’day!

  • Nesha Mendoza

    This is really helpful! Thank you :)

  • Dean Gamay

    This article has really helped me on my trip last Sept ’14. Such an amazing place! I’ve done so many soulseach trips before and finally found myself in Batanes. HAHAA. Not a writer but the place was so exhilarating i decided to blog about it as well! http://neonontour.blogspot.com/2015_04_01_archive.html :)

  • Donald

    hi any: is there a promo this year going to batanes?