Batanes is the northernmost and smallest province in the Philippines. But even though it has a small land area and population, you can never run out of things to do in Batanes and reasons why you will love this tiny archipelago in the Philippines! Rachel and I truly loved the amazing sceneries and people in Batanes, and we know you’ll love them too.
So in this blog post, we will let you know our complete 6-day Batanes itinerary and the most usual 4D/3N Batanes travel itinerary.
Like what we’ve said in our previous related blog posts about Batanes. We already wrote about our 10 Batanes off the beaten path
How to go to Batanes
The only way to go Batanes is by plane. There are daily flights from Clark, Tuguegarao and Manila going to Batanes. Take note that there are no boats or ferries going to Batanes anymore, so the only option will be the by plane.
How to go to Batanes from Clark
There are two flights from Clark International airport with Philippine Airlines to Batanes. If you were lucky enough to get a promo, one-way ticket can cost you around 4000 PHP. If not, regular prices can go up to 10 000 PHP for a one-way ticket. It will include luggage (up to 10 kilos) plus hand luggage.
How to go to Batanes from Manila
There are flights with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Sky Jet going to Batanes from Manila. Just look for the best price and schedule for you. It can cost you around 4000-5000 PHP for a one-way ticket.
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How to get to Batanes from Tuguegarao
You can also get to Batanes from Tuguegarao with Sky Pasada. We always use Skycanner to compare prices and schedules of flights, whether local or international!
Weather/Best time to visit Batanes
For Rachel and I, the best time to visit Batanes is in Summer, which is around March to June. It’s the time where there are only minimal rainfalls and weather is so nice and sunny in Batanes. You wouldn’t have a problem to explore all the places you want.
However, if you’re the type of person who likes the cold weather instead of warm, you should visit Batanes in December to February where the weather is nice and cold. Take note that the weather is so unpredictable in Batanes, so click here to know more about the weather in Batanes!
TRANSPORTATION AROUND BATANES
There are bicycles and motorbikes for renting. You can also get a tricycle which is the most common transportation around Batanes. You can rent bicycles starting from 30 PHP per hour it would be great for heading to the lighthouse and moving around the town. You can rent a mountain bike great for heading to rolling hills and the lighthouse to move with total freedom.
Prices are around 600 PHP per day which is enough to visit these destinations. You can rent a motorbike around 800 PHP to move around the island. If you are renting a motorbike remember there is only one petrol station located in Basco and you will not find more around the island.
Prices for a tricycle ride around the town are 50 PHP and little bit more expensive if you are going outside the center of Basco. If you want to rent a tricycle for a tour prices are 1000 PHP for North tour, 1500 PHP for South tour and 1000 PHP for touring around Sabtang.
The boat ride from Basco to Sabtang is 100 PHP each way. The boats are leaving around 7 am from Batan to Sabtang expect to stay there 30 minutes before to buy the ticket. You also need to add the transfers by tricycle to Ivana port around 250 PHP for two people. To come back to Ivana port from Sabtang boats are leaving around 1-2 pm isn’t exact time.
If you do overnight in Sabtang as we did boats are leaving 6 am in the morning and expect to stay there 30 minutes before. From Sabtang no need to take a tricycle since you will find the tricycle for the tour in the port. The boat ride lasts 30-40 minutes.
The boat ride from Basco to Itbaya leaves at 6 am and it costs 450 PHP each way. It takes around 3 hours to get there and the trip can be tough depending on the weather.
There are also jeepneys available starting from 6 am until 6 pm but better you ask locals to know the exact time and picking point since it can vary.
DAILY BUDGET IN BATANES
There is a enviromental fee 350 PHP per person excluded children until 12 years old for payment. This payment is for valid Basco in Batan island and if you are heading to Sabtang you have to pay extra 200 PHP.
A meal is 350 PHP in a restaurant almost all of them they have fixed prices. You can find 60 PHP per dish in a carinderia and rice 25 PHP. You can find street food fish barbecue for 40-60 PHP depending of the season. Prices in Batanes are much higher than the rest of the country. The food is so delicious and we really loved fish in Batanes.
For accommodation the cheapest that you can find in Bascos is 700-900 PHP and if you want more comfort prices will be around 2000 PHP. If you go to Sabtang you can find accommodation for around 300-500 PHP per room in a local Homestay. Also in Itbayat prices will be going 300-500 PHP for a Homestay.
Prices for the tours are bounding but they will make fix price starting from March, these prices are from January 2019.
Our Batanes itinerary
We have already been writing about our recommendations and tourist spots in Batanes, but people also keep on asking questions about our Batanes itinerary. So, here it is.
Our Batanes itinerary – how many days you should go, how many days we recommend you to stay and how we did our Batanes travel itinerary. Hopefully it helps you!
1st Day our Batanes itinerary: North Tour
Our flight landed in Batanes at around 9 am, coming from Clark, Pampanga with Philippine Airlines. Like what we said earlier, ticket price was 4000 PHP for a one-way ticket for each of us. We partnered with Amazing Batanes Tours for this trip. They picked us in the airport and they organized everything for us in the following way.
We had a delicious breakfast! Had some flying fish silog cooked by Tita Lydia and we realized (OMG), the food is so good in Batanes. They explained to us how they will organize our trip and we agreed to everything because the way they organized and the plans made looked amazing for us.
They also provided a guide who was explaining all the spots and everything we needed to know about Batanes. It was awesome!
After eating lunch, we did the North tour in Batanes – hitting the main tourist spots of the area. First stop in the tour was Tukon Church. After this we headed on the way to Fundacion Pacita where we took pictures of the places and the landscapes because everything was so beautiful.
Japanese tunnels were quite interesting as well, as it showed how people lived for 3 years during the World War. You can see the rooms and how everything was placed.
We took a few pictures in Voulder Beach and from here, we headed to Basco Lighthouse. It was a quick visit because we wanted to have the sunset at Vayang Rolling Hills. And it was the best thing that we did, as the colors were amazing for the pictures and the landscape was stunning.
After sunset, we went back to Basco town which is a few minutes driving distance and finally had our dinner. Our dinner was at Hiro’s Cafe and at first day, we were so amazed as to how delicious the food is in Batanes. Mrs Lydia is the best cook in Batanes!
2nd Day of Itinerary in Batanes Travel Itinerary
We decided to explore South of Batan Island for this day since we had a lot of time there. We totally recommend going to Sabtang on the second day if you are in a tight schedule for your 4 days/3 nights trip. If you have more time, consider to stay overnight in Sabtang so you can feel the island vibes.
It’s way better than a half-day trip where you won’t have enough time to visit all the barrios. Staying overnight at Sabtang will give you the opportunity to see more places and also meet locals to know more about Sabtang Island.
We did the South tour going down around the coast and had our first stop at Tayid Lighthouse where the views are amazing. It’s just a few minutes driving from Marlboro Hills and these two spots were my and Rachel’s favorite of the South tour in Batanes.
We recommend you spend as much time as you can taking pictures in these places since they are the best and will give you a lot of beautiful memories. After enjoying these amazing views in Marlboro hills, we went down to explore the old churches, amazing beaches and more Batanes tourist spots.
We really liked House of Dakay. It is one of the oldest in Batanes, a house that was built with stones. A few steps from there, you will find the Honesty Coffee Shop which is so popular for having the local products of the province.
And as the name suggests, it is a self-service store so you pay on your own. You just add your money and write down what you bought. It’s the perfect place to buy pasalubong. There are souvenirs and sweets!
We had an awesome and romantic experience in Basco Lighthouse for our dinner at sunset time. The place was so peaceful, the best place to have a romantic dinner with someone, ha! The food was mouthwatering as well!
To have this romantic dinner, you must book in advance and Hiro’s Cafe will take care of everything. Check their Facebook page if you want to organize a romantic dinner with your loved one!
3rd day Itinerary
We went to Sabtang early morning. The boats leave at 6 30 am to 7 am to reach Ivana port so you must wake up around 6 am. The ride from Basco town to Ivana port takes about 20 minutes by tricycle and will cost you 240 PHP.
The boat from Ivana port to Sabtang costs 100 PHP and it takes 30 minutes. In our case, the boat ride was fine, but it can be tough if the water is not calm.
Once in Sabtang, there are two options. If you are in a half-day tour, the tricycle will be waiting for you to drive you around. If you have will have an overnight trip in Sabtang, you can have breakfast in a carinderia and try to put your belongings in a homestay without being in a hurry.
The first spot of the tour and the best spot for pictures was Tinyad Viewpoint. The views here are amazing green mountains and the calm sea. After enjoying the view, hiking and taking pictures around, make sure to have some refreshments like fresh coconut!
The second stop was Chavayan Barrio and it was so interesting and made us understand the culture in Batanes. You can see stone houses from the old times where kitchens are separated. You can even see locals working around. We really loved this walking tour.
After visiting Chavayan, we headed to more tourist spots. A highlight was Morong Beac,h where you can have your lunch. And our favorite tourist spot in our Sabtang itinerary was Duvek Bay. The landscape is so beautiful. You will surely enjoy seeing the calm beach and the locals who are fishing.
A good spot for sunset watching could be Morong Beach, if you have ample time. We had the sunset at Sabtang lighthouse where you can also stay overnight. The place is so beautiful and you’ll never get enough of the views to the beach!
If you are doing the half-day trip, the boats leave at around 1 pm after your lunch at Morong beach.
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4th Day Itinerary
We took the first boat going back to Batan in Ivana port. It was around 6 am and the boat ride was a little bit tough but still fine. It took 30 minutes and it cost us 100 PHP.
As we still had enough time, we relaxed on this day eating, resting, and also visiting a few tourist spots included in South tour that we missed during the second day. We also visited some few spots that we didn’t stop by on the earlier days of our trip.
It’s great to have a resting day so you can go on your own to other places like the Lighthouse or Rolling Hills for sunset if you like it. You should also try walking around Abad street and of course, try Ivatan cuisine!
5th Day Itinerary
We took an off-the-beaten path tour in Batanes. It was great to do it and we learned a lot from our experiences. Our first stop after breakfast was the Burial site.
You have to hike for around 10 minutes to reach this point from the main road. You have to go with a local guide. Otherwise, it will be almost impossible for you to find it.
After the hike and listening to the explanations of our guide James, we headed to Diura Fisher Village in the South part of Batan. We visited Spring of Youth, a beautiful infinity pool with awesome views and clear water.
You have to hike 10-15 minutes to reach this place and everything is worth it. You’ll experience its clean water and well-conserved spot., so please be responsible on your travels and keep your own trash.
You can take your time visiting these spots for the day and if you want to explore more on your way back home, it would be great! As you finish in the afternoon, you will have more free time for walking around Basco, buying pasalubongs, and having dinner.
6th Day of itinerary
We woke up early to go back home. The flight was leaving at 9 am from Basco to Clark with Philippine AIrlines. We had our last breakfast in our favorite dining place in Batanes: Hiro’s Café.
We said goodbye to Mrs. Lydia and said thank you for all the nice meals she cooked for us. Rachel and I will treasure her advice about traveling in Batanes and all the laughs that we shared together. We hope to meet you soon!
Recommended Batanes itinerary?
We recommend you to have a minimum of 3 nights in staying in Batanes to see the main tourist spots and at least make sure to visit Sabtang island. If you have more time, I would say a week in Batanes would be great so you can visit both Itbayat and Sabtang. You can also choose the option of hiking Mt. Iraya or visiting Vuhos island for more off-the-beaten path in Batanes.
4 days/3 Nights Batanes Itinerary
1st Day Batanes Travel itinerary: North Tour
As your flight probably will land in Batanes at 9 am or 11 am, the best option is doing what we did in our 1st day Batanes itinerary. Having lunch and going for North tour, visiting the main spots churches, Valugan Boulder Beach and making sure you finish in Rolling Hills for the sunset.
It can be good to visit Basco lighthouse for sunset, but Rolling Hills is more fascinating. Also, don’t forget to check Idjang viewing. After this, go for a dinner in Basco. If you didn’t organize any plan for dinner, we highly recommend you Hiro’s Cafe where Mrs. Lydia will cook the best food for you!
2nd Day Batanes Travel itinerary: Sabtang
If you will be staying just for 3 nights in Batanes, we recommend you to visit Sabtang on the 2nd day and up to you if you want to do an overnight if the weather is fine. You will have more time to visit Sabtang island than with a half-day tour because the boats leave Sabtang at 1pm-2pm.
If you would have an overnight stay in Sabtang, boats leave at 6 am, so you will be ready for the next day’s South tour in Batan. We found Sabtang very interesting and we honestly think that a half-day tour is not enough.
But if you would do a half-day trip in Sabtang, boats leave at 6 am and come back at 1 pm, so you will have breakfast in Basco and have your lunch before leaving Sabtang. You will also be able to visit Tynan viewpoint, Chavayan barrio with the stone houses, walking tour and have your lunch at Morong beach.
If you do a whole day itinerary, you will be able to see more barrios and our favorite part, Duvek Bay in South part of Sabtang.
3rd Day Batanes travel Itinerary: South Tour
The best option is to do South tour in Batan island. You will have enough time during the day to visit the main points such as Marlboro Hills and Tayid Lighthouse. Also, you can visit Honesty coffee shop for a coffee break, check the stone houses and churches around the area.
If you have time, you can still go for sunset to Basco lighthouse or Rolling Hills before dinner since it’s too beautiful to be missed. Another option is to walk around Basco town to grab some coffee, snacks or buy pasalubong before dinner.
4th Day Batanes Travel Itinerary
For your 4th day, make your last breakfast in Basco special by choosing your favorite place and food. Be ready for your flight as they usually leave at 9 am and 11 am. So, make sure you wake up early morning to catch your flight!
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