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

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

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)
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)

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)!

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Fearless in Batanes (Day 1)


Inspite of the tsunami scare in the waters of the Philippines facing the Pacific, our group of 6 pushed thru with our trip to Batanes. Nobody wants to back out! It was a relief though that the tsunami alert level was cancelled around 11pm the night before our trip.

It was a very early flight. We all lack sleep tuning in on the news. Yes eyebags galore! It helps to know that as the sun shines we will see the beauty that is Batanes. Everything is just picturesque. Everywhere we go, we’re like oooh, aaah, wow! However, with my tons of photos (I’ve got a LOT to show you!) it seems I can’t capture its true beauty. Its just so easy to take great pictures with breathtaking backdrops. At the end each day, our cameras gets reunited with their chargers, dead batt and all.



Fundacion Pacita
Fundacion Pacita


Valugan Boulders Beach
Valugan Boulders Beach


Basco Lighthouse
Basco Lighthouse


p.s. I use ilykpurple in my old site hence the watermark on some photos.

All photos are taken by me unless otherwise stated. Please do not use my photos without permission.





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Batanes Travel Expenses

**UPDATED 29 January 2014

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


March 2011
Cost as a Group Per Person
Roundtrip Airfare via SEAIR 7,177.20
Manila Domestic Terminal fee 200
Hiro’s Cafe breakfast 120
SDC canteen lunch 70
North of Batan Tour + van + tour guide 2200 366.67
(for a group of 6)
dinner at Shanedel’s Inn 200
Subtotal 8133.87

Day 2
Filipino breakfast at Zantan’s canteen (Longsilog+coffee) 80
South of Batan Tour + van + tour guide 4500 750
(for a group of 6 – inclusive of diura entrance
fee 50 and lunch 300)
Dinner at Bunker Cafe 200
Subtotal 1030.00

Day 3
Sabang Tour + Van + tour guide 6700 1116.67
(for a group of 6 – inclusive of falowa ride 100,
sabtang conservation fee 100 and lunch 300)
Breakfast at Sabtang Heritage House 120
Shanedel’s (1500/night for 3 person) 2 nights 3000 1000
(per group of 3)
Dinner at Zantan’s 100
Subtotal 2336.67

Day 4
breakfast and lunch at Novita House 200
bike rental 25/hr 75
dinner at Casa Napoli 130
Subtotal 405.00

Day 5
breakfast 100
lunch at SDC 70
bike rental (5 hrs) 125
dinner at Novita house 120
Subtotal 415.00

Day 6
Novita house (1700/night-2nights) 3400 570
50 % for the extra night that we got stranded 850 142
Basco Terminal fee 20
Subtotal 732.00

Pasalubong and souvenirs 530
water 100
Internet 50
various ihaw ihaw, chichirya, soda etc 200
Tip to our driver Mang Eloy 300 50
Tip to our tour guide Ate Remy 300 50
Subtotal 980.00

T O T A L Php14,032.54

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