People would always ask how will you describe Batanes. Others will say how the pinned location says ‘Breathtaking Batanes’, but how was it to experience it?
Batanes is the northernmost part of the Philippines. They are a group of islands situated around 190kms from Taiwan. Yes, that near, farther than driving Manila to Baguio.
Ivatans, how locals from here are called, treasured their culture so much that they preserved the beauty and untouched-like creator’s wonders.
Touching down Basco, which is the capital of this town where most homestay and accommodations are situated nearby. Batanes is such a breath of fresh air where each and every spot will truly exceed the expectation one way or another.
Grateful for a very good weather all throughout the almost 5 days stay worth every sun burnt skin are made of. Itinerary are as follows:
***Php 350 Environmental Fee to be collected to each tourist which serves as a passport to all spots in Batanes.
Day 1: North Batan Island Tour (Half day)
Mt. Carmel Chapel (famous in movies or churches for weddings in Batanes) > PAGASA ‘Tukon’ Radar Station > Fundacion Pacita (high-end accomodation in Batanes) > Basco Idkang Viewing > WWII Japanese Hideout/Tunnel > Valugan Boulder Beach > Sto. Domingo Cathedral > Vayang Rolling Hills > Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hills
*Lunch/Dinner option at Panda’s Wine and Grill. Their camote rolls are to die for. They are open for deliveries to your accommodation.
Day 2: Sabtang Island Tour
***30 minute boat ride from Batan via Ivana Port.
San Vicente Ferrer Church > Malakdang Lighthouse > Bgy. Savidug Stone Houses > Sto. Thomas Chapel > Lime Kiln > Savidug Idjang Viewing > Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint > Bgy. Chavayan Stone Houses > Sta. Rosa De Lima Chapel > Nakabuang Cave > Mahayao Natural Arc Formation > Morong Beach (optional swimming and snorkling)
*Lunch option by the beach and enjoy their own version of Pork Bagnet.
***Vakul and Kana-i, known Batanes costume for female and male respectively against strong weathers that hit the islands most of the times. Rentals at Php 20 per person.
Day 3: South Batan Tour (Full Day)
Paderes Point and Cliff Road > Chawa Viewing Deck > Mahatao Boat Shelter > Mahatao Town Proper > San Carlos Borromeo Church > Mahatao Spanish Light House > Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse > White Beach and Hohmoron Spanish Lagoon (optional swimming) > Malapad Rock Formation > House of Dakay > Old Spanish Bridge > San Jose de Ivana Church and Ruins > Honesty Store > Uyugan’s San Antonio de Florencia Church > Ruins of Song Song > Itbud’s Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church > Imnajbu’s San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel (built in honor of the first mass and baptism in Batanes) > Alapad Hills and Rock Formation > Racuh a Payaman aka Marlboro Hills
*Lunch option at Paulvanna’s which serves really good food.
Day 4: Free day
Brunch at Cafe Du Tukon at Fundacion Pacita (a bit pricey but worth it) > Abad Street Market Shopping > Souvenir shopping at Tamsen > Bike tour around the city to experience the everyday lives of Ivatan.
***Bike rentals in Abad Street at Php 25 per hour.
People who have been to Batanes will always say that you will be in love with it. Going back to the first question as to how to describe Batanes. As for me, no words can describe Batanes but to experience it. Pictures will not give justice. The naked eye cannot lie how each 360 degree view can be able to take your breath away and surely captivates your heart.
Chanpan Tours arranged our tours and accommodation at a very reasonable price. It goes with a very informational tour guide slash a very creative photographer is highly recommended. Visit their Facebook page or contact them at 09088931475/09178574493.
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Skyjet and Airswift flies to and from Basco everyday.
Dios Mamajes Batanes!