Batanes is located in the northernmost part of the Philippines. My friends and I were able to book a flight going there via PAL Express for a trip back in February 2014. We were considering touring Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat at the start of planning stage. After reading about how to get to Itbayat, we decided to drop the said island from our itinerary.
We availed North Batan, South Batan, and Sabtang tours from TRavelYoung, a travel agency referred by our original contact person – Ryan Cardona. Instead of just the usual Sabtang day tour, our group also decided to stay overnight in the island.
Accommodation in Basco was at Marfel’s Lodge for a daily rate of 300 PHP per head. We loved its very homey feel. There’s also an honesty store in the kitchen. Just grab what you want, write it down on the logbook, leave your payment by a canister and, if you don’t have exact amount, get your change from the money in there.
We went to Sabtang Island via the usual day tour offered by travel agencies in Batanes. Falluwa ride between Ivana Port and Sabtang took about 30 minutes. Day tour group returned to Batan after lunch. Our group stayed and travelled a little more with rented tricycles to see other parts of Sabtang which were not covered by the day tour. A tricycle cost 300 PHP and was good for two persons. The service included additional tour in Sabtang Island and drop-off/pick-up at Chavayan. Overnight in Sabtang was via homestay at Chavayan for 150 PHP per person. Our host was a very good cook and we had very delicious dinner and breakfast for 200 PHP a meal for each person. It’s cheap considering that a lot of food were served on the table. She shared the food she had in mind and asked for our preference before preparing them.
When coordinating for accommodation in Sabtang, do note that it’s likely that you’ll be sleeping on the floor with just a mat (banig). Ask your contact for homestays with foam mattresses if that’s what you want to have. Also, DO NOT WEAR A DRESS in Batanes. You’ll just spend most of your time holding on to it so as not to make a show 🙂 But if you still want dresses to be part of your OOTD, better start perfecting this iconic Marilyn Monroe pose:
This is the itinerary we had for our Batanes trip:
DAY 1 – Arrival and half day North Batan tour
DAY 2 – Whole day South Batan tour
DAY 3 – Sabtang Island tour
DAY 4 – Travel back to Basco from Sabtang
DAY 5 – FREE DAY
DAY 6 – Departure
TRavelYoung’s tour rates per person were 1500 PHP for North Batan, 1700 for South Batan, 2000 PHP for Sabtang. The rates include lunch.
Below are some of the photos from this trip.