Batanes, is an archipelago province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region. It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area. The capital of Batanes, Basco is 280 kilometers north of Apari, Cagayan (the tip of main island of Luzon) while it is only 190 kilometers south of Taiwan.
The wind swept islands of Batanes are beautiful and enchanting and they are like no other in the Philippines. Since Batanes is separated from the country by miles of rough waters, the Ivatans (the name of the people of Batanes) have developed a different culture. Ivatans are honest, gentle and polite but brave and robust. They are proud of their their heritage and their land.
The landscape of Batanes is also distinct from other Philippine provinces - steep cliffs, rolling hills, deep canyons and boulder-lined shores - not unlike New Zealand in some way. But the most noticeable of all features of Batanes is the architecture of the houses - stone walled and thick thatched roofs to withstand the battering of typhoons.
The weather of Batanes is cool and windy. And it rains any month of the year. It has an almost temperate temperature from December to February where temperatures dip as low as 7 degrees centigrade. Although Batanes lies along the typhoon belt and gets hit by strong typhoons, it get it's fare share just like other provinces on the north. But in spite of the reputation of Batanes as a backward region, it now has modern conveniences like mobile phones (cell sites by Smart & Globe Telecoms), electricity and cable television but hardly any vehicles.
There are a lot of things to do and see in Batanes, swim on the many beaches, see the fishing villages, the churches and lighthouses, island hop, but best of all, it is a beautiful place to reflect and admire nature.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL / HOTEL CHECK IN
1:00PM START OF NORTH TOUR: MT. CARMEL CHAPEL / TUKON RADAR STATION
BASCO IDJANG VIEWING / JAPANESE TUNNEL
VALUGAN BOULDER BEACH / STO. DOMINGO CATHEDRAL
VAYANG ROLLING HILLS / BASCO TOWNPROPER
6:00PM BACK TO HOTEL
DAY 2 6:00AM BREAKFAST
9:00AM START OF TOUR :
CHAWA VIEWDECK / BEATERIA / SPANISH LIGHTHOUSE
MAHATAO LIGHTHOUSE / RACUJA PAYAMAN (MARLBORO COUNTRY )
ALAPAD ROCK FORMATION, LORAN STATION
ITBUD COMMUNITY / SONGSONG RUINS
UYUGAN TOWN PROPER / VERNACULAR HOUSES
HONESTY COFFEE SHOP / SAN JOSE CHURCH
IVATAN TOWN PROPER / HOUSE OF DAKAY
OLD SPANISH BRIDGE / HOMORON BLUE LAGOON
DAY 3 6:00AM BREAKFAST
DEPARTURE BACK TO MANILA
VALIDITY: MARCH 2019
- 2 Nights Accommodation
- North and South Batanes Tour
- Set Lunch per Tour
- Driver Guide
- Permits, Registration, Entrance Fee & Env’t Fee
- Visitors Sustainable Eco Tourism Fee
- Government Taxes