DIY Travel Guide to Batanes, Philippines

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor August 11th, 2015 Posted in Destination, DIY Travel, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog 46 Comments

Would you like to tick off various items from your #travelgoals in one trip? Then Batanes is your place to be! Go Travel to Batanes, Philippines!

DIY Travel Guide to Batanes
Stand on this pedestal, face north, and behind you are the 7,100+ islands of the Philippines.

Being one of the dream destinations in my country, my expectations were way too high. And guess what, this northernmost province of the Philippines won’t disappoint you.

According to some personal blogs, they described this destination as a finest getaway, a place bathed in serenity and dramatic scenery, a green wonderland, an amazing destination, one of the safest places here in the Philippines, and one on every Filipino’s bucket list. After staying for 8 days in the majestic islands of Batanes, I attest that these descriptions are all true and insufficient. Yes, these are insufficient. These adjectives cannot justify the glory of Batanes. You have to come and experience it by yourself.

Here’s my itinerary, contact information of guides, some tips, and budget breakdown for my 8 days solo travel in Batanes.

DIY Travel Guide to Batanes
This is how the locals of Itbayat unload their goods

Contact information of my local guides in Batanes:

  •  Itbayat Island Guide – Jojo Labrador – 09206603801
  •  Batan Island Guide – Sir Joel – 09493499350
  •  Batan Island Accomodation – Nanay Cita’s Homestay – 09399193616
  •  BATODA (Batanes Tricycle Operators & Drivers Association – 09297038404
  •  Sabtang Island Guide – Jhun Castillo – 09084366357

Trip Highlights:  

Batan Island 

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Vayang Rolling Hills in North Batan
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one of the lighthouses in South Batan with beautiful exterior

Itbayat Island 

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Coral Cliff Caves in Itbayat Island
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on top of Torongan Hills in Itbayat Island
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Who would have thought that this is in the Philippines- Coral Cliffs in Itbayat Island

Sabtang island 

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Nakabuang Cave Natural Arc of Sabtang Island
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Honesty Coffee Shop in South Batan

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Travel Tips:

  • Choose window seat D (right side) when flying to Basco then take the window seat A (left side) when going back to Manila. These sits will give you the perfect view of Batanes Islands.
  • Bring sunblock!!
  • Electricity in Itbayat Island and Sabtang Island is off from 12:00 midnight to 6AM.
  • Water in Itbayat has a weird taste. I opted to buy mineral water all throughout my stay.
  • Be at Basco, Itbayat, & Sabtang Port 30 minutes before the scheduled trip.
  • Acquiring a guide in Itbayat is not mandatory but it will help you a lot!
  • Food / meals are expensive in Itbayat. If you’re on a budget trip, you can cook your own food. If not, help the locals and pay approximately PHP 250/meal.
  • Pack light!

Daily Budget:

 DIY Travel Guide to Batanes

DIY Travel Guide to Batanes

Itinerary Details:

DAY 1 (Batan Island)

  • arrival in Basco, Batanes
  • checked in at Nanay Cita’s Homestay
  • roamed around the town proper of Basco
  • prepared my things for my 3day trip to the northernmost inhabited island of the Philippines – Itbayat Island

Places to visit:

  • plaza
  • Basco port
  • Dominic de Guzman Cathedral
  • SBC Canteen

DAY 2 (Itbayat Island)

  • DIY Travel Guide-Travel to Batanes, Philippines
    “Please experience Batanes. Don’t just google it.” @ Torongan Cave, Itbayat Island

    woke up as early as 4AM

  • travelled from Batan Island to Itbayat Island thru a falowa (3-4hours)
  • settled my things to one of the stone houses near the Itbayat Municipality Hall
  • whole day tour with Kuya Jojo Labrador

Places to visit:

  • Chinapoliran Port
  • Town Proper
  • Lake Kavaywan
  • Karoboban View Deck
  • Torongan Cave
  • Torongan Hills
  • Raele Village
  • Yawran Village
  • Varayvaya Village
  • Itbayat Airport
  • Old PAGASA Station
  • Nahini Votox (Boat-shaped burial grounds)
  • Lake Kavaywan

DAY 3 (Itbayat Island)

DIY Travel Guide to Batanes
Locals wearing vakul
  • attended the Holy Mass with the Locals
  • wandered around their town proper
  • half-day tour with Kuya Jojo Labrador

Places to visit:

  • Maria Immaculate Church
  • Riposed
  • Nahili Votox
  • Port Mauyen
  • Paganaman Port
  • Small Lagoon
  • Mauyen Port
  • Coral Cliff Caves

Activities to try:

  • Hiking (Mt. Riposed)
  • Swimming (Small Lagoon)

DAY 4 (Itbayat Island)

  • early morning ride to Itbayat PAGASA (New) Station
  • met their Municipality Mayor
  • roamed around their town proper
  • travelled back to Batan Island

Places to visit:

  • Itbayat Elementary School
  • Municipality Hall
  • PAGASA New Station
  • Plaza

DAY 5 (Sabtang Island)

DIY Travel Guide to Batanes
This was in Morong Beach in Sabtang Island I was able to wear my 2pc swim suit because no one was there
  • woke up as early as 4AM
  • travelled from Nanay Cita’s Homestay to Ivana Port in south of Batan Island
  • travelled from Batan Island to Sabtang Island thru a falowa (30mins)
  • whole day tour with Kuya Jhun Castillo

Places to visit:

  • Cliff Road Turn
  • Morong White Beach
  • Nakabuang Cave (Natural Arc)
  • Sabtang Light House
  • Sabtang Church
  • Savidug Stone Houses
  • Sabtang Weavers Association
  • Rosa de Lima Chapel
  • Chavayan Road
  • Chavayan Church
  • Duvek Bay
  • Lion Rock at Duvek Bay
  • Chamantad-Tinyan View Deck
  • San Vicente Ferrer Church
  • Thomas Aquinas Chapel
  • Savidug Idjiang
  • Sumnanga Village ( Little Hong Kong of Batanes)
  • Tiñan Viewdeck
  • Chavayan Village
  • Bario Sinakan (Poblacion)
  • Lime Beach

Activities to try:

  • Swimming (White beach with Natural Arc)

DAY 6 (Sabtang Island)

  • travelled back to Batan Island thru a falowa (30mins)
  • travelled from Ivana Port in South Batan to Nanay Cita’s Homestay (30mins)
  • wandered around their town proper
  • hanged-out with fellow travellers and locals

DAY 7 (Batan Island)

  • whole day tour with Kuya (North & South Batan)
  • watched their Batanes Day Program at their plaza

Places to visit:

North Batan:

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Valugan Boulder Beach
  • Naidi Lighthouse (Basco Lighthouse)
  • Naidi Hills
  • Bunker’s café
  • Casa Real
  • Vayang Rolling Hills
  • Nakamaya Burial Site
  • Valugan Boulder Beach
  • Basco PAGASA Station
  • Carmel Chapel
  • Basco Port
  • Domingo de Basco Cathedral
  • Valugan Bay
  • Valugan Boulder Beach
  • Chadpidan Boulder Beach
  • Dipnaysupuan Japanese tunnel
  • Tukon
  • Basco Airport

South Batan:

  • Diura Fishing Village
  • Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Hills)
  • Alapad Rock Formation
  • Ruins of Songsong
  • Radiwan Port
  • House of Dakay
  • Spanish Bridge
  • Tayid Cliff & Lighthouse
  • Chawa Cliff View Deck
  • San Carlos Borromeo Church
  • Disvayangan Beach
  • Honesty coffee shop
  • San Jose Obrero Church
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel
  • Loran Station
  • Mahatao view deck
  • Mahatao Light house
  • Mahatao Boat Shelter
  • Disvayangan Beach
  • Imnajbu Road cliffs
  • Imnajbu Village
  • Itbud Village
  • Chanartian Viewdeck

DAY 8 (Batan Island)

  • departure back to Manila

 You can also check out the video I made for this trip 

Dios Mamajes, BATANES! from Jindraism on Vimeo.

Don’t let your dreams be dreams. If you have to do it alone then by all means… Do yourself a favour, book a ticket for yourself, and witness the beauty of this province. – Jindra 

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Name of the Contributor:

DIY Travel Guide to BatanesJindra Lantacon is a 20-something girl who never got her name spelled correctly at coffee shops. She’s one of those straight forwards and quick witted Aquarians who do not follow conventional ways. When she’s not working or blogging, you can find her panting while climbing mountains, running barefoot on a beach, talking comfortably to strangers, or virtual traveling when she’s out of budget.

Name of the Country: Batanes, Philippines

Date/s of your Travel: June 19-26, 2015

City / Places Visited and Number of Days:

Batan Island – 3 days

Itbayat Island – 3 days

Sabtang island – 2 days

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46 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide to Batanes, Philippines

  1. Hi Jindra, may I know where was your first photo taken? It’s the one with caption “STAND ON THIS PEDESTAL, FACE NORTH, AND BEHIND YOU ARE THE 7,100+ ISLANDS OF THE PHILIPPINES”

  2. Hello, we are planning for a group tour in Batanes, we are 5 pax, Is there anybody here whom we can talk for an all in package for 5 days 4 nights? thanks

  3. Hello Jindra,

    Remember Jhun Castillo for sabtang tour guide tryke#36? He is thankful for your post on his number and got a lot of inquiry after then but he has a new contact number

    Jhun Castillo of Sabtang all in one Guide/Tryke Driver
    Globe: +639062897280
    Smart: +639284386438

    Florante Castillo of Basco all in one Guide/Tryke Driver (brother ni Kuya Jhun)
    Globe: +639062641297
    Smart: +639205799536


  4. Been to Batanes last Jan 5 to 8, 2017. This is my first solo, DIY trip. I can say that it’s the safest place in PH esp for lady solo traveller.

    Stayed at Nanay Cita’s in Basco
    Stayed at Abanador Homestay in Sabtang

    Tour Guides:

    Kuya Olie Javier – North & South
    Kuya Jhun Castillo – Sabtang (his new num is +639284386436)

  5. Hi po. Salamat po sa blog mo marami po kaming nakuha na mga tips. Anyway ano gamit mong cam? Super ganda ng kuha kasi. Thank you po.

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