Batanes is an underrated travel destination in the Philippines. Most people might even ask “where is Batanes?” Batanes is the northernmost province in the Philippines. It is also the smallest in terms of population and land area, so it is perfect if you like to travel to somewhere quiet. Aside from the tranquility, Batanes travel spots also offer beautiful and picturesque views. In this Batanes travel guide, you will see the hidden beauty of Batanes.
- 1 How to go to Batanes?
- 2 Where to stay in Batanes?
- 3 Where to go in Batanes?
- 4 Where to eat in Batanes?
How to go to Batanes?
The only way to reach Batanes is through the air. The fare going to Batanes is very expensive, and plane fares in Philippine Airlines are mostly cheaper than other airlines. The duration of the flight will take roughly 70 minutes – 2 hours.
Where to stay in Batanes?
Nathaniel’s Lodge is for you if you are finding a very convenient place. It is at the center of Basco which means it is very near the airport and there are also restaurants and coffee shops nearby. Aside from the clean rooms, the attentive and accommodating staff will make sure you would have a great experience in Batanes. And you would expect all of this at a very affordable price.
If you are looking for a place to homestay then this place is for you. Hillside Villa is somewhere you could truly relax. Aside from being extremely clean, it is also very spacious. This place is also surrounded by a lovely garden. There is also a veranda where you could enjoy the fresh air and the view. And the courteous staff will also make you feel at home.
Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge
If you are looking for a place where you could truly disconnect then this place is for you because there is no wifi or TV. You would enjoy being in the moment because the view of the mountain and sea is breathtaking. And the serene atmosphere is perfect for a romantic getaway or have quality time with friends or family. There is also a great café nearby if you want to have a portion of great food. This place might be a bit pricey but it is worth it.
DDD Habitat Lodging House
Where to go in Batanes?
If you want a break from the noisy, polluted and crowded atmosphere in the cities then visit Sabtang Island. You would surely enjoy your stay here because of the beautiful views, fresh air, clean surroundings and friendly locals. Some of the tourist spots to check out here in Sabtang Island are Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint, Chavayan Village, San Vicente Ferrer Church and Savidug Village. Try to spend at least one night here to have a fuller experience of the place. When you go here, prepare yourself because most of the time the boat ride is rough.
Basco Lighthouse is one of the most popular Batanes travel spots. You would surely love the breathtaking view of the ocean. The best time to go here is around 6 pm because this place is more beautiful during the sunset. The view will also become better if you climb up the top of the lighthouse. You could also rent their cultural attire for picture taking.
It is originally known as Rakuh a Payaman but it is famously known as Marlboro Hills. Visit this Batanes travel spot if you are a nature lover. Here, you would see the Pacific Ocean and the West Philippine Sea in one place. You could also relax and sit or lay down on the grass while feeling the cool sea breeze. When you are taking pictures, always be careful and don’t forget to put on some sunscreen.
Mount Iraya is a dormant volcano and it is the highest point you can get in Batanes. This place is for you if you like going on hikes. The time it takes to reach the top is around 2 and a half hours. And on your hike, expect a steep, slippery and muddy path and a lot of bushes on your way so be careful. You should also expect to be foggy when you reach the top. Most of the time there is always a cloud covering its peak so if you want to take a picture, it is better to take it from a distance.
Vayang Rolling Hills
If you want to spend more time with nature then visit Vayang Rolling Hills. The whole place is breathtaking so you won’t have any trouble looking for a background for your selfie. The wind also tends to blow harder here so dress appropriately. You would also see a lot of cows and goats grazing here. This is also a great spot to watch the sunset if there are a lot of tourists at the Basco Lighthouse.
Where to eat in Batanes?
Honesty Coffee Shop
Honesty Coffee Shop is located at Radiwan, Ivana Batanes. Honesty Coffee Shop is honestly one of the most unique places you could visit in Batanes. This place would test how honest you are because there are no guards or cashier here, you would get and pay what you need even if no one is looking. This is a place to go if you want to have a quick snack and coffee. (There are also souvenirs here)
Casa Napoli is located at Brgy. Chanarian, Basco Batanes. If you are craving a pizza then check this place out because this is where you would find the best pizza in Batanes. Aside from their pizzas, their chicken and pasta are also worth trying.
Phil’s Brew is located at Amboy Cor. Argonza, Basco Batanes. If you like coffee then the café is for you because this is where you would taste the best coffee in Batanes. This is also a place you should try if you have a sweet-tooth because there are a lot of desserts. You should try their tres leches, dukay and lemon square.
Café du Tukon
Café du tukon is located at Tulan Sitio Tukon Chanarian, Tukon, Basco Batanes. If you are conscious about what you eat then this café is for you because they offer healthy and organic dishes. The view is also beautiful and relaxing which is perfect for a romantic date. It might be a bit pricey but it is worth it.
Vunong Dinette is located at Tagaytay Road Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco Batanes. If you don’t know or haven’t tried authentic Ivatan meal then visit this place. What makes this place unique is some of their dishes are wrapped in kabaya leaves. You should try their turmeric rice and coconut crab. And don’t forget to make some reservations to have a better experience.
Batanes is a great place to disconnect and relax. It might be a bit expensive but it is worth it. Once you see its beauty for yourself, you would fall in love with this place. And after visiting this place, you would want to go back again and again.