BATANES: Budget Travel Guide (Updated: 2016)

I spent only P6600 on my BATANES trip including airfare. Batanes isn’t really expensive, you just have to know your way around. Here’s how I did it.

     

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

Wakay Air
Daily

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.

 

When to Visit

As with many other destinations in the Philippines, your best bet is from December to May, which is generally considered the dry season.

While there are flights outside of this period, they are prone to cancellations due to weather. Facing the Pacific, Batanes is notorious for having more than its share of typhoon hits.

Where to Stay in Batanes

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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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      • gloria says:

        paano po ba mag process ng papers or what na kakailanganin papuntang batanes? what if more than a month gusto ko magstay saan pwede magstay ??

        • joyce says:

          pinas lang naman ang batanes, di mo na kailangan mag asikaso ng papers.. kung gusto mo tumira dun for good pwede din naman kasi marami pwede rentahan dun na apartment na mura lang at madami dn naman pwede pasukan n trabaho dun kya d din uso namamalimos dun.

  1. CzarinaMaye says:

    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. 😉

      • yoshke says:

        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. 😀

  2. Cye says:

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

  3. Gilbert Arjona says:

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

  4. pai says:

    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!

  5. hara says:

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

  6. cj says:

    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 🙂

    • yoshke says:

      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. 🙂

  7. Sica says:

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

  8. Karen Ahappycook says:

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

  9. gracey says:

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

  10. michelle says:

    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.:(

  11. Corine says:

    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.

  12. Flor says:

    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)

  13. Mark says:

    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…

  14. marian armada says:

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

  15. Samantha says:

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

  16. phillippines traveler says:

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

  17. yani says:

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

  18. Janine G. Gliban says:

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

    • jun says:

      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

  19. Chen Mencias says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

      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.

    • Raina says:

      The simple fact that you visited the place already contributes to their economy. You’re not cheating anyone by trying to travel cheaply. The biggest expense in a Batanes vacation is airfare and that goes to the airline and not to the economy of the destination.

      Besides, Ivatans are simple people. They’re not POOR! They have everything they need in those islands and they are happy and satisfied people.

      From what I noticed during my two trips, most of them don’t aim for a lot of money or richer lives. They like living simple and that’s more than enough. They have 0 crime rate, the best seafood selection, and great beaches, what else could they ask for? Personally, if only internet was faster there, I would not think twice to live there.

  20. sexybebe says:

    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)

  21. boni says:

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

    • Jean says:

      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.

    • rica says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • Vince Axl says:

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

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  23. riona says:

    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! ^^,

  24. 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?

  25. John Michael Delfin says:

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

  26. Raina says:

    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.

  27. Joey Leo says:

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

  28. Ditos Atayde Alcain says:

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

  29. 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 😉

  30. Xiomsi says:

    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 🙂

    • Vince Axl says:

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

        • Vince Axl says:

          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.

  31. Bekz Damz says:

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

  32. Maique Henry says:

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

  33. myn says:

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

  34. Leonor M. Fabricante says:

    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?

  35. Lisa Silla says:

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

  36. nowel says:

    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..

  37. Krris Razo says:

    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!

  38. mina says:

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

  39. Francis Elizarde says:

    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…

  40. Faye Fadrigon says:

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

  41. Corazon Victoria Anel says:

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

  42. NANAY PILAR says:

    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

  43. Kate Ignacio says:

    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 says:

      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

  44. zeejay207 says:

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

  45. Jun says:

    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!

  46. Janice Hope says:

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

  47. Karla says:

    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?

    • Anthony says:

      rainy season usually starts mid July to November. December to February is the coldest months in Batanes while March till June is the most suitable time to roam around the islands… well, you might want to take with you atleast a jacket for the cold night. We went there mid may last year and it was kinda hot during the day but cold at night with the winds adding up to the coolness….

  48. Gene says:

    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

  49. Vince Axl says:

    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.

  50. barbie says:

    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?

  51. Pete Marvin Pañares says:

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

  52. Ramil says:

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

  53. Pinky says:

    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?

  54. K-zel de Mata says:

    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.

  55. friendsie finaifai says:

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

  56. Seyra Rico says:

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

  57. @iamKarst says:

    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!

  58. Prince says:

    Hi there. Thank you for the very informative blog about Batanes. Yeah, you’re right, the transpo is very expensive. Yet, given the beauty of Batanes, the experience would be much more important than the transpo expenses. Hoep to visit Batanes soon.

  59. Karel Kosman says:

    Nice page. I myself moved to this country 5 months ago and totally love it. Settled down in the north Palawan area, half way between El Nido and Coron. Two popular destinations but the gems in between them seem to have totally escaped the tourist radar. Helping some boat operator friends set up tours at http://www.islandhoppinginthephilippines.com/palawan/boat-tours/. In these rural areas, not only are the people super sweet, but easy to find accommodation for 200p a night!

    • JMT says:

      haha! linapacan…listed as one with the clearest water in the world. will look for you when i get there 🙂

    • Raina says:

      Only PAL and Skyjet offers plane rides to Batanes. Unless you want to go to Tugegarao and get a Batanes plane ride from there. Try travel expo on Feb 2016 for cheap fares.

  60. Kathleen Cunanan says:

    Hi, my airfare sale po ba for June 2016? for 2 pax? thanks

  61. Lhez says:

    nice info for the travellers! this is really big help for tgose who love experience Phil travel.i wish i could visit Batanes sooner.its beautiful island. any 1 group travel? pls let me.

  62. lone traveller says:

    Just checked PAL fare, PHP8100, Skyjet PHP11,000
    Plan to go 24-27 July (going into wet season, wish me luck)
    Will sort out accommodation and land tour later
    Thanks a lot for your detail write up

  63. Lutchie Hermosa says:

    hello ask ko lang po saan ka kumuha ng tour? dun na ba mismo sa batanes when you arrived?

  64. Ichan Ichan says:

    Hi, I’m planning to visit batanes kaso as we all know medyo may kamahalan para sa kagaya kong solo mgtatravel kaya I’m looking for a travel buddy, Jan – May (2016) are my desired months. Kindly text me at 09335880732 or pm me at FB fb.com/ichantaps if you’re interested. Thanks!

  65. Sharm says:

    Hey, anybody who knows special flight promos Manila-Batanes-Manila around summer 2016? Hope you can update me on my email: sharmineo(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks in advance! 🙂

  66. been here june 2014 and planning to return this summer. di na to applicable, sa ngayon kasi 4k (one way) up na ang budget fare sa PAL, unlike last year na 2.3k lang one way. skyjet naman offers almost 5k and up one way.

  67. AndGoz says:

    Batanes trip WoW!!! I’m looking for travel buddy(ies) on mid-May 2015.
    – hobbyist/freelance photographer

  68. Sheila Bucaneg says:

    Hi! I’d love to experience Batanes as well. 🙂 When do these airlines usually release promos like that? 😉

  69. Madz says:

    anyone wants to go to Batanes this coming November 2016? Mas lesser cost if I have some company..solo traveler here

    • Nye Nye says:

      Hi Madz, natuloy kba last year? Kung dpa, Im looking for a travel buddy too. You may check me out at FB Maelin de Velez and PM me there. Thinking of a Summer get-a-way!

  70. Tupe Diaz says:

    this is a really helpful guide. i’m gonna follow your itinerary. thank you.

  71. Going here is not an option for me if i dont have a promo ticket. Going here on a regular priced ticket is like going abroad LoL but i wish to visit this place someday. Kung may flight na ang cebu pac papunta dito bka kaya na ng budget haha

  72. Unless another airline has brought down the airfare. My trip there by Skyjet cost 18k roundtrip. The Ivatans prefer it that way. They do not want a horde of tourists destroying the pristine condition and culture of Batanes. I agree.

  73. betya ortega says:

    Hi Yoshke, thanks for your blog. I really appreciate it and find it more helpful than the one done by pinaysolobackpacker. It is very detailed and i think, more updated. This gave me a good time planning for our trip in June. I think good travel blogs like yours should be compensated. Kahit 100pesos lang per reading, haha. Saves a lot of time and effort on planning a trip. But for now I’ll just give you my wishes – that your dream for a world peace would come true. Keep your passion burning!

  74. Worth jud ang mu.adto sa Batanes te ingon sa ako kaila kay nakastay sya didto… 🙂 Go dayun mo ni Luigi Anton Reyes Borromeo Maria Cynthia

  75. Cha Villaraez De Guzman says:

    My friend and I are planning to have 3 days tour at Batanes. How can we avail early booking at Piso Fare that cost 1757 roundtrip ticket

  76. Veronica- Chase These Kids says:

    Thanks for this informative post! Is there a direct boat ride from Sabtang to Itbayat?

  77. Thanks for this very informative travel guide and budget trip as well! Very useful for my trip future trip to Batanes. But is it really cheap to do a tricycle tour of the province?

  78. Michelle says:

    Hi, I am checking airfare and wondering when you booked tickets and when you went to Batanes? This place looks so surreal and amazing! I am planning to go in Jan for my birthday 🙂

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