5D 4N Batanes Itinerary

*this post is from my old blog from blogger dated 22 March 2011*

 

Since I’m the one in charge of our itinerary, I started reading about Batanes the day we booked our airfare which was way back November 2010 (yea I’m OC like that). I’ve come up with a long list of must see, must eat, and must bring (I will share it on my next post). I don’t want to waste our time DIY-ing (we can do that on our next visit!) because its our 1st time there so I convinced my friends that hiring a tour guide would be wise.We were able to see everything on my checklist and explored each of them to our heart’s content (my 800+ photos are proof). So this is our itinerary plus what really happened in between…

 

MARCH 12 Saturday

Departure 545am at Manila Domestic Airport
715Am – Arrival to Basco Terminal Airport
Our Tour guide Ate Remy picked us up at the airport and drop us off at Shanedel’s Inn (5 mins fr. the airport)
after we checked in and freshen up we walk towards Abad St. looking for a place to have breakfast.
-Hiro’s cafe for breakfast (nothing special, ew ang goto)
– walk around town proper, municipal hall and Basco cathedral (church of Sto. Domingo de Basco)since 1783
-lunch at SDC canteen beside Basco Cathedral (regular canteen food)
-back to Shanedel’s Inn and rest

3:00 pm – Ate Remy picked us up for our North of Batan tour

– Tukon Radar Station
– Tukon Church
– Fundacion Pacita (5 star accomodation grabe sobrang ganda dito!)
– Basco Idjang (Ivatan Fortress)
– Japanese Tunnel – bring a flashlight
– Valugan Boulder Beach

– Naidi Hills/Basco Lighthouse
5pm – wait for sunset at the Basco Lighthouse (san mig light and chichirya mode dito)
6pm – drop off to Shanedel’s Inn
7pm – dinner at Shanedels’ Inn (includes Pako salad, Steamed Flying Fish, Sizzling Pork Chops and papaya and watermelon for dessert-masarap naman)

 

March 13 Sunday

Day 2 (South of Batan Island)
Ate Remy picked us up around 830 am for our tour

AM
730am – bfast at Zantan’s canteen along Natl Rd beside Shanedel’s Inn (we had typical Filipino breakfast(ok lang), sarap ng coffee nila!)

830am – start tour
– Chanarian Viewdeck-breathtaking view!
– Diura Fishing Village
– Crystal Cave
– Fountain of Youth-ur allowed to swim here
– White Beach
– Racuh-a-Payaman (Marlboro Country)-scotland-ish view

PM
12nn – catered lunch (inclusive of tour fees; meal: escargot, sweet and sour fish, ivatan adobo (lunies), uvud balls and stir fry veggies and buco juice, The best!!! ) at Racuh-a- Payaman
130pm – continue with tour
– Hihintayin kita sa langit hills (Dawn Zulueta-Richard Gomez movie was shot here)
– Imnajbu (Stone Houses)
– Uyugan/Songsong Ruins
– Ivana/Honest Coffee House/House of Dakay /Spanish Bridge
300pm – drop off at Shanedel’s inn
– rest and freshen up
5pm – walk to Naidi Hills/Basco Lighthouse (15-20 mins)
6pm – dinner and drinks at Bunker Cafe beside Basco Lighthouse
8pm – 15 mins walk to Shanedel’s Inn from the lighthouse
– tuloy ang inuman!

 

March 14 – Monday

Sabtang Island tour ( wear slippers, shorts, long sleeves, hats, sun screen lotion, swimsuit)
AM
630am – Van picked us up to go to San Vicente Port (30-45 mins)
7am – Falowa ride to Sabtang Island (30-45 mins boat ride)-magBonamine!
730am – arrive Sabtang Island
8am – bfreakast at Heritage House (not included in tour fees)-scrambled egg and fried dibyang
830am – start tour
– Chamantad-Tinian Viewpoint
– Lime Kilns
– Barrio Savidug (Vernacular Houses)- can enter houses just ask permission
– Barrio Chavayan (UNESCO Nominated Site)

PM
12nn – Lunch at Nakabuang Beach (inclusive of tour fees – meal includesturmeric rice, seaweed soup steamed coconut crab, stir fry veggies, fried squid and chicken, steamed mahi mahi, bucayo and buco juice. Sarap!!!)
– explore Nakabuang Beach/Murung Beach (Ahau Arch)
130pm -Sabtang lighthouse
200pm – falowa ride to Batan Island
230pm – back to San Vicente Port
– San Carlos Borromeo Church, Mahatao
check out at Shanedel’s Inn
transfer to Novita House
rest and nap until 5pm
6pm – dinner at Zantan’s canteen – sarap ng Basco burger (100pesos)!

March 15 Tuesday

Free day – Cultural immersion
breakfast at Novita House – homecooked meal of scrambled egg, corned beef and sardines
rented mountain bikes at FV amboy (25/hr -Nunez St)
biked to Chanarian viewdeck and back to basco (it’s like 3km each way or maybe more…anlayo!)
lunch at Novita house-homecooked meal of inihaw na liempo and chopsuey
rest in the afternoon
dinner at Casa Napoli along castillejos st
walk to zantan’s to buy ihaw ihaw pulutan (barbecue and hotdogs)

 

March 16 Wednesday – our flight was cancelled due to windy weather and poor visibility. Yeehoo!

Breakfast at Novita House-homecooked meal of
10am- rented mountain bikes at BCTA (Batanes Cultural Travel Agency) 25/hr
went to Valugan Boulder beach amidst the wind and rain (2kms…super windy!)
back to basco
lunch at SDC canteen
bike to Naidi Hills
and Vayang hills-too windy to go up Vayang hills so we went back to the pier at Basco instead
also the sunken ship site.
return the bikes around 3pm. Pagoda cold wave lotion..
dinner at Novita house-homecooked meal of pansit canton and fried chicken (may birthday?)

 

March 17 – going back to Manila (natuloy na!)

8am flight to Manila
915-Manila
Thanks to the one hundred and one blogs I read (sorry I can’t name you all) in preparation for this trip. We had an awesome time!

Consider your next trip to be Batanes. You won’t regret it I promise! 😉
Our expenses on my next post :).

xoxo,

 

Mitzi

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