My mom always wanted to go to Batanes. It’s her dream vacation eversince. So for her birthday and mother’s day, I gave her what she always wanted – a trip to Batanes.
I’m the type of person who does her own itinerary (DIY) I dont avail of tour packages at all, but in this case, I decided to get a tour package since I really didn’t have time to create an itinerary for the trip. I got one from Wakay Tours for 18,000++ per person. It was really worth it! And kinda cheap when you think about it (inclusions: airfare, tour package, accommodation, daily breakfast)
Flight was at 5:15 am. Got to Batanes around 7 am. Batanes airport was so nice it actually looked like a resort!
We were asked to line up and pay the eco-tourism fee of P350 per person
We were 6 in our tour group –
Judge Sabarre & Roland – they’re both working in our government. They’ve been travel buddies eversince. The two are really fun to be with since they have a lot of inputs on various places they’ve been to. So many happy stories to tell and funny pictures to show us.
Ate Marj and Kuya Vince are newly weds. They’re actually expecting a baby; Ate Marj is 4 weeks pregnant. They too are adventurous, they make it a point to travel to as many places as they can to see the country and all its beauty. Such a sweet couple!
Then there’s me and my mom, having the time of our lives with these great bunch of people!
There were other friends we met at Casa Feliciano – Misty and Kath – 2 friends who seem soo happy go lucky and very adventurous, and there’s Arnel (who we call Father because Judge Sabarre thought he was a priest. LOL)
When we arrived our hotel, we were asked to rest then prepare for our 9am tour of north and south Batan. See places we visited.
Kuya Boyet was our tour guide, he’s the funniest and very very accommodating. He talked about Batanes’ history and all facts about the islands.
All Ivatans speak fluent tagalog and english. They have 98% literacy rate. Many college students are sent to Manila on a scholarship program in well known universities.
After visiting the amazing places in the north and south of Batan, we ate lunch at Diura Fishing Village. This is a must visit if you want to eat fresh seafood and really yummy food! We ate at Monica’s Cottage and Catering. A Set meal was prepared. We just paid P300 per person.
Off to Sabtang! you shouldn’t miss the once a day trip from Basco to Sabtang. It leaves at 6:45am from Ivana Port. Trip takes about 30 mins.
Heard a lot about this place. True enough, it was glorious! The Sabtang lighthouse welcomed us as we docked on Sabtang Port, thank goodness the sun was up. No sign of rains at all!
See places we visited.
at 2pm, we were on our way back to the port to catch the trip back to Basco. It was a short trip at Sabtang, but all worth it. After taking a lot of pictures and walking up and down the Chamantad-Tinyan view point, your day feels complete.
We had lunch at Morong Beach. It was a set meal prepared ahead of time – Steamed white snapper, chopsuey, lunyes (Lunyes is Batanes’ specialty. It’s pork cooked in its own fat. It’s like their version of Adobo.), and bukayo for dessert. You just need to pay P300 per person. Be reminded to bring your swimsuits and extra clothes if you want to swim at Morong Beach.
New friends we met during the tour invited us for a night cap at Doc Jay’s. This is one of the very very few bars in Batanes. There was a live band who sang a lot of OPM. They were really good! After a few drinks, we decided to call it a night.
This was our free day so my mom and I decided to eat lunch at the Octagon. This is one of the places where Toni Gonzaga and Coco Martin shot scenes for You’re My Boss. Food was ok, fairly priced.
Next, we went to Yaru Art Gallery where artworks by Ivatan artists are showcased. We’re not really into buying art so we just admired all paintings and artworks there. Some souvenirs can also be bought here.
We went to Bisumi, this is our favorite since souvenirs are sold cheaper than other souvenir shops. You can also have customized shirt prints.
Went back home to Casa Feliciano to leave our pasalubongs there. We rested for a bit then called for a Tricycle to go to Fundacion Pacita. Some people would say it’s not open to the public, but it is. So just go there, take pictures, and have merienda at Cafe de Tukon just right beside Fundacion Pacita.
For dinner, we had lobster and sinigang. Super yummy!! At Casa Feliciano, 1 kilo of lobster is at P1,000 and the sinigang is 200. We got half a kilo of lobster for the 2 of us. What a way to end our last night! Too bad we weren’t able to take a picture of the food since we were sooo hungry. LOL.
We actually just woke up then left for the airport.
To be honest, 3d2n is enough to see Batanes, but 4d3n is okay too if you want to have a free day, enjoy the peace and quiet, and relax while in paradise.