BATANES: Budget Travel Guide (Budget + Itinerary) 2018

BATANES is a scene of changing moods, sometimes balmy, sometimes placid and other times ominous.  But its postcard-worthy topography and the genuine hospitality of its people – the Ivatans, make it such a tourist-friendly place. From mighty stone houses blanketed by the richness of Ivatan culture, to towering sentinels standing on strikingly gorgeous hills pounded by incessant waves, Batanes tick all the boxes for a scenic and laid-back vacation.


Here’s a blog to help you plan your trip to Batanes:


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Airlines such as Skyjet Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines flies between Manila and Batanes (Basco). Meanwhile,  the new Bombardier  Q400 of Philippine Airlines flies between Clark (Pampanga) to Basco (Batanes).   One way airfare starts at around PHP 2,914! Book at




For those asking, as of the moment,  there is no passenger boat to Batanes from Manila or Ilocos.  There is no way to go to Batanes by land from Ilocos or Manila.  The only way to get there now is by air.





Hotels and homestays abound in Basco, Batanes.  Here are some of the cheap hotels you can find in Basco, Batanes.




agoda troy lodge

Barangay Kayvaluganan, Basco




agoda marfel

De Padua Street, Barangay Kayvaluganan, Basco




agoda nathaniel

Nuñez Street, Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco





agoda batanes dive
Barangay Chanarian-Tukon, Basco





Agoda Batanes seaside

National Road, Basco, Basco, Philippines





agoda amboy

Barangay Chanarian, Basco Batanes




agoda midtown inn

Abad Street Cor. Lizardo Street Basco, Batanes




batanes shanedel inn

669 National Road Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco, Batanes




Diura Fishing Village

Php 300 per person per day




Levinda Lodge

(fronting the church)

Sta,Maria Itbayat, Batanes

Mobile number: 0921 566 8269

Php 200 per day


Cano’s Lodge

Itbayat, Batanes

Mobile Number: 0919 300 4787

Php 250 per day




When in Batanes, eating their traditional dishes wrapped in vunung leaves is a must-try.  These are available in some restaurants and eateries.

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Paulvanna’s Canteen in Mahatao

Contact#: 0928 362 8473


Octagon Restaurant

Contact#: 0917 552 6684


Fundacion Pacita Restaurant

Casa Napolli Pizza

Contact#: 0918 964 2567



Vavayat Souvenir Shop

National Road, Brgy. Kayvaluganan

Basco, Batanes

Contact#: 0929 341 1005  




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Batanes has 3 major inhabited islands, namely: Batan, Sabtang and Itbayat.  When you arrive in Batanes, you will land on Basco, the capital of Batanes which is located in Batan.


Batanes tour is divided into: North Batan Tour, South Batan Tour, Sabtang and Itbayat.



By Van/Tour Package

If you want a hassle-free tour you can avail of inexpensive tour packages offered in Batanes you can join the group tours or private tours of  BISUMI Tours and Services owned by my Ivatan friend, Ryan Cardona, a former tour guide.



Mobile #:  SMART – +63 998 988 5898 0919 279 5963

GLOBE – 0915 803 4582

Email: [email protected]


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 Batanes Tour Rates per Person  (BISUMI rates)


North Batan Tour: Php 1,100 per person

South Batan Tour: Php 1,700 per person

Sabtang Island Tour: Php 2,200 per person

Tour Package Inclusion


*Land Transportation (Tour and Transfer)   *All lunch during the tours. *Certified Ivatan tour guide.   *All registration fees and permits.   *Round-trip boat rides for Sabtang Island Tour.   *Refreshments during the tour.   *Php 100 worth souvenirs from Vavayat Souvenir  Shop.


You can choose from:   *4D/3N (North + South Batan and Sabtang Island Tour)   *3D/2N (North + South Batan and Sabtang Island Tour)   *3D/2N (North + South Batan Tour)



By Tricycle

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North Batan Tricycle Tour: Php 1,000

South Batan Tour: Php 1,500

Sabtang Tour: Php 1,350


Recommended Batanes Tricycle Driver:

Ryan Cardona – Mobile #:  SMART – +63 998 988 5898 0919 279 5963


By Bike 

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Due to the craggy and hilly landscape of Batanes and the distance of the attractions from each other, I won’t recommend this unless you have a strong stamina or you’re an experienced mountain biker.  I tried biking from Marfel’s Lodge Extension to Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hill using a Japanese bike and I had a really hard time.


Batanes bike rental rates:  

Php 25 per day    Php 300 per day for small bikes/Japanese bikes

Php 600 per day for mountain bikes




Batan tour is divided into South and North tour, you can do this in 2 days. See the sample Batanes Itinerary below this post:






Attractions in North Batan 

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Naidi Hills Lighthouse

Valugan Boulder Beach

Vayang  Rolling Hills

Sto.Domingo Church

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel

Idjang Viewing

Mt.Carmel Chapel

PAG-ASA Weather Station

Fundacion Pacita  




Attractions in South Batan include:

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Mahatao Town Tour


Mahatao Church (San Jose Borromeo Church)

Mahatao Pier/ Boat Shelter

Mahatao Stone Houses

Mahatao Lighthouse

Diura Fishing Village

Fountain of Youth   Racuh a Payaman (Malboro Country)


Imnajbu Tour


Imnajbu Beach and Chapel

Old Naval Base


Song Song Ruins


Uyugan Town Tour

Spanish Bridge    


Ivana Town Tour

San Jose de Ivana Church

Honesty Coffee Shop

House of Dakay (oldest stonehouse in Batanes)

San Jose de Ivana Church



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Sabtang Town Tour


Sabtang Lighthouse

San Vicenter Ferer Church

Savidug Community

Savidug Idjang (Fortress)

Sabtang Town Vernacular Houses

Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint

Chavayan Community Vernacular Houses

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel and the Old Beaterio

Morong Beach



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Hiring a tour guide is recommended if you wish to visit the gorgeous attractions in Itbayat since hiking are mostly required.



The port of the falowa (boats) going to Itbayat is located in Basco, so you can just take a tricycle to get there. Flowat/Boats to Itbayat costs Php 450 per way, travel tie is 3-4 hours.


Motorbike Rental with Driver/Guide: Php 2,000 per day

Tricycle: Php 3,000 per day with Guide

Contact: Kuya Jojo Labrador at 0949 349 9350  

*If you are visiting Rapang Cliff, there is another guide fee of Php 1,000.


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Sta. Maria Immaculada Church

Lake Kavaywan

Mt. Karoboban View Deck

Torongan Cave

Torongan Hills

Paganaman Port

Small Lagoon

Rapang Cliffs

Stone Bell

The Beach of Kaxobcan


Nahili Votox

Komayasakas Cave and Water Source


Northern Sarokan

Eastern Sarokan

Pevangan Cave

Agosan Rocks

Port Mauyen


*Boat rental to other islands north of Itbayat  like Yami , Siayan , Dinem , Ditarem and Misanga can cost as much as Php 7,000.




4 Days / 3 Nights


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If you are pressed for time, the typical Batanes itinerary is 4Days/3Nights which includes North Batan, South Batan and Sabtang Tour.


If you wish to include Itbayat in your tour, I suggest adding 3-4 more days to be able to explore it. But I recommend doing it on the 2nd day of your trip and just follow the itinerary below for the succeeding days, just in case the boat trip back to Basco gets cancelled because bad weather .  Do check the weather update before proceeding to Itbayat.


9:00 AMArrival in Basco, Check-In at Hotel
9:30 AMBreakfast and rest
1:00 PMNorth Batan Tour
Mt. Carmel Chapel, PAG-ASA Weather Station, Fundacion Pacita, Idjang Viewing. Japanese Tunnel, Boulder Beach Valugan, Vayang Rolling Hills, Naidi Hills and Lighthouse, Bunker Cafe, Sto. Domingo Church in Basco
7:00 PMDinner



Day 2                  SABTANG TOUR
6:00 AMBreakfast
6:30 AMTravel to San Vicente Port to catch the boat to Sabtang
7:15 AMSabtang Town Tour
 San Vicenter Ferer Church, Savidug Community, Savidug Idjang, Stone Houses, Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint, Chavayan Community Vernacular Houses
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMMorong Beach/ Siesta/ Swimming
2:00 PMBack to Sabtang Port/ Travel back to San Vicente Port
3:30 PMBack to Hotel
7:00 PMDinner


Day 3                  SOUTH  BATAN TOUR
7:00 AMBreakfast
7:30 AMMahatao Town Tour
 Chawa Viewdeck, Mahatao Pier, Vernacular Houses, San Jose Borromeo Church, Diura Fishing Village, Fountain of Youth, Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)
1:00 PMImnajbu Tour
 Imnajbu Chapel and Beach, Old Naval Base, Alapad, Song Song Ruins
3:00 PMUyugan Town Tour
3:30 PMIvana Town Tour
 San Jose de Ivana Church, Honesty Coffee Shop, Oldest House
7:00 PMDinner


DAY 4                   DEPARTURE
6:00 AMBreakfast
7:00 AMDeparture to Manila



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PHP 6,000 (USD 119/SGD 162/ MYR 510)Roundtrip Flights (via Philippine Airlines) Clark – BascoClark-Basco-Clark
PHP 200 (USD 4/SGD 5/MYR 17)Tricycle from Basco to Ivana PortBasco to Ivana Port
PHP 150 (USD 3/SGD 4/MYR)Falowa / Boat ( Basco-Sabtang-Basco)Basco-Sabtang-Basco
PHP 900 (USD 18/SGD 24/MYR 77)Falowa / Boat (Basco-Itbayat-Basco)Basco-Itbayat-Basco
PHP 7,250 (USD 197/SGD 144/MYR 617)GRAND TOTAL 



PHP 350 (USD 7/SGD 10/MYR 30)BASCO: Marfel Lodge ExtensionFan room
PHP 300 (USD 6/SGD 8/MYR 26)Diura Fishing VillageFan room
PHP 150 (USD 3/SGD 4/MYR) per daySabtang HomestayFan room
PHP 250 (USD 5/SGD 5/MYR 21)Itbayat HomestayFan room
PHP 1,050 (USD 21/SGD 28/MYR 89)GRAND TOTAL 




PHP 1,100 (USD 21/SGD 30/MYR 94)North Batan TourTour Package
PHP 2,200 (USD 44/SGD 60/MYR 187)South Batan TourTour Package
PHP 2,000 (USD 40/SGD 54/MYR 170)Sabtang Island TourTour Package
PHP 2,000 (USD 40/SGD 54/MYR 170)Itbayat Tour (Driver + Motorcycle) per dayDIY Tour
PHP 1,000 (USD 20/SGD 27/MYR 85)Rapang Cliff Tour GuideDIY Tour
PHP 8,300 (USD 165/SGD 225/MYR 706)GRAND TOTALBatan (North and South) +Sabtang+Itbayat



*If you have limited time, you can do North Batan, South Batan and Sabtang Tour.  Only do the Itbayat tour if your schedule is flexible as falowa/boat trips is dependent on the weather.


PHP 50 (USD 1/SGD 1.35/MYR 4.25)MAHATAO




Cheap Batanes Tour Package 2018

North Batan Tour

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  1. I really need to go to Batanes.

    1. Yes, put it on your bucket list

  2. Beautiful photos! Great info you’ve presented, too!

  3. Soon. Thanks for sharing the guide 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience. Batanes is my ultimate dream vacation! I’m planning to visit Batanes as a birthday to my self this coming May.

    1. Did you go to batanes? My gf and I plan to go in may. 2016

  5. That tour package cost 8,400 is for each pax? Or they have different package pag maramihan… Thank you for sharing your experience…

    1. Kindly contact the number. You can get it cheaper pag maramihan ata, They also have promo now.

  6. Planning to go to Batanes on Aug :))

  7. Hi dear! Your blog is really a big help! We are planning to go in batanes this Dec 2016! Keep on travelling!

  8. planning to visit Batanes alone this summer..though i have a little problem in mind, i have a minor physical disability here..i can walk but it would be difficult for me to climb hills and walk nonstop for you think i could manage traveling in Batanes.?can you possibly give me some advice??thnks…i badly wanted to go …ive been on other tours like Ilocos but its plainly easy there and im not sure if its same with Batanes 😉

    1. Yep, It’s fairly easy so long as you;re not going to Itbayat. It should be okay, Kindly contact Ryan for the tour and you can also let him know about your concern.

      1. Thnks much!!finally i got the answer i wanted!! Hehe..i already contacted mr ryan and his travel agents..but hvent told them yet about my concern.. 🙂

  9. Thanks for this info.
    I would like to travel alone in Batanes between last week of March to 2nd week of April 2016. I tried to inquire with travel agencies but I could not afford the cost because most of them offer private tour because they do not have a scheduled group tour during that date.
    Do you have any suggestion where and how to travel there with a cheap package (probably like the one which you are doing) so I can save my budget? I really love to travel to this place.

  10. Hi! Is last week of October a good time to visit Batanes?

  11. Operational na ba ang Boat from Currimao Port Ilococs Norte to Batanes?

    1. As far as I know wala pong passenger boat to Batanes, except the ferry that carries goods to Batanes.

      1. Does the ferry that carries goods accept passengers?

  12. Hi there! thanks for your blog, I’m planning to go there this October I’m just a bit concerned about the weather. If it’s mostly raining that time, I would rather just wait for the best season to go….any thoughts? Thanks! 🙂

  13. how can I have the tour? booking I mean? thanks!

  14. thank you for this information. it helps a lot. is there only one airline going to batanes? which month is best to there, Ms. Gael? thanks, again.

    1. Hmm I am planning to have a solo trip this year (My first attempt trip by myself). My fear is my safety, but as what i have heard about batanes, i am confident i ll be more comfortable travelling alone. I am so keen to start my solo flight in Batanes! Thank you so much for this info.

  15. Hi! Do you still remember what time umaalis yong mga falowa/boat going to Itbayat? Because I have a one week vacation in Batanes and I think I have more time to go there. Thank you! 🙂

  16. hi me and my husband are planning to go to batanes last week of aug to early sept. is it ok to go on those dates?

  17. ano pong gamit nyong camera? thank you po. super na convince po kase ako dahil sa pictures. thanks again 🙂

  18. hi,
    just want to ask, where is the best place to go when you will start travelling alone

  19. Whats the best time to visit batanes?

  20. HI! Are there motorcycle rentals in Batanes? I think it would be awesome to explore Batanes by motorcycle. Thanks.

  21. Hi! A friend and I are will go to Batanes in a few weeks and sa totoo lang we’re quite freaking out because it will be a first time for us both and will only be staying 2 days in (sadly coz of flights and work). I hope you could help us but I swear this post has been a lot of help already!!!
    I only have a few questions:

    1. What are the homestays available in Diura? Because we’re planning to stay there for our first night. May I also ask for your contact?
    2. Is the South Batan tour bike-able? Or would you advise to take the tricycle tour?
    3. Is it possible to squeeze the major attractions of North Batan, South Batan, and Sabtang in a 2-day trip? Or would you recommend for an alternative?

    Thank you so much and I really hope you would notice and answer this! 😀

  22. Wow Batanes is really comparable to NZ!

  23. hello, what is the best month for touring in Batanes considering its weather condition there.

  24. sino pwede i-contact here? I’m planning din kase. pa drop nman ng number salamat

  25. Hey Gael,

    Thank you for this extensive post. I am saving this for my solo trip this coming November :). As a person who likes hiking, I think I’m going to take Ibayat.

    Again, thank you very much,

  26. Hello the pinaybackpackers,
    How about during december is it the weather is nice po ba? I have a 5 years old kid to bring along, Is it safe po ba? And included din po ba xa sa per person sa tours? Thanks!

  27. I heard from my friends that Batanes is expensive place to travel and that’s why I am a bit reluctant to go there. Thank you for sharing your guide at least I will know how much it will cost if I plan to bring my husband there.

  28. can you please give me an estimate of activity tours package with hotel for 3days and 2nights.

    1. Kindly contact Ryan. I listed his number above. 🙂

  29. I’m planning to go to batanes.. such a lovely place.. hope to be there soon..

  30. Missing Batanes so much! And beautiful photos, by the way! 🙂

  31. Very detailed, i suuuper like it:)

  32. Is it ok to have Christmas Family vacation in Batanes, during the period Dec 23 – 27, 2017. Hope to hear from you. Thanks

  33. Hi I tanong ko lang kung pag ngbook ka ng INN sa batanes may susundo sayo from basco?

    1. You can arrange that with your inn

  34. Is it good to visit Batanes during October to November? How’s the weather? Do you also have a blog
    on travel to Palawan?

  35. Advisable pa po bang magtravel sa batanes ng june? balak ko po kasi sana sa june 09-13…
    if hindi po, saan nyo po ba masusuggest na magandang pumunta ngayon? 1st solo travel ko po kasi 🙂

    1. Okay naman ang June, basta walang bagyo

  36. well detailed <3.<3

  37. Is it okay to travel to Batanes in October?

    1. Check the weather updates. So long as there’s no typhoon it should be good.

  38. another great update on this one!

  39. Hi ms. Gael.

    Galing kumpleto sa details.. ask ko lng kung..
    Anong month of the year pinaka magandang mag visit sa batanes?

    1. summer po – March to May

  40. Hello, i have planned to go there with my gf on Octber 13 t 16… which best the cheap hotel but good place?

  41. Nice read and useful guide… May I clarify though, is the tricycle rate above on a per person/package or is it a basic rental rate per tricycle (regardless of the number of persons)? Thanks!

  42. I’ll be traveling alone need to find out is march a good month?
    If I go island tour do I have to stay in home stay?
    So march 21 to 25 2018 .
    Is it a lot of people travel by them self?

  43. anyone traveling to batanes next year May2018? wala kase ako kasama 🙁

  44. Nice blog! Really a big help.. we’re booked to Batanes but for next year pa. June 2018 for 4d3n. Your blog’s a really big help. Thank you so much!

  45. Great and informative post. Anyway, I have same question with AnZ, may I ask if the tricycle rate above is per person or trike rental (regardless of number of persons)? Big thanks!

  46. Hello! I love your blog. I just want to ask if what is the best month to go to Batanes? And is the place safe for female Solo traveller? Thanks

  47. Thanks. Will save it ffr yieee 🙂

  48. Thank you Ms. Gael for inspiring us to travel. I did my first solo travel last Nov 10-13, this year! quite awesome and liberating experience! I always check your itineraries and budget.. Really a big help 🙂

    1. Hi Lanz, so happy to hear that! Cheers to more solo adventures! 🙂

  49. Can I rent motorcycle in batanes?

    1. I don’t know of any motorcycle rentals there.

  50. hi,
    is Bisumi Tours & Services have office in Manila? How will get your plane tickets with them and the flight details?

  51. Thanks so much for this well detailed itinerary! 🙂

    May I know where did you stay in Sabtang ?


  52. Is there a way for me to bring my own motorcycle in Batanes?

  53. Thanks for the informative article about Batanes. I’m planning to travel there someday.

  54. Hi

    What is the best time or month to go there?


  55. Hi there! Is it possible to combine north and south batan in one day?
    Thanks! =)

  56. Your awesome! Im planning to surprise my partner this 2018. Im planning to go on tours so it’ll be cheaper. Please suggest some other things that may help. Im active on social media.facebook and instagram. Please…It’ll be much appreciated. Thanks.

  57. since then i wanted to travel alone and I choose to do it in BATANES i would like to have a recommendation if it is safe to travel alone for a girl

    hoping for some suggestion and recommendation from those who has been there as a solo back packer

    1. I traveled there alone. Safe for solo travelers.

  58. Malakas ba data signal sa lugar?

  59. How much your total expenses for the whole trip?

  60. Madami na po bang nag tour doon sa ngayon? 🙂 Since nabasa ko po best time to visit is
    March to June which is summer month talaga and usually matao.

    1. mejo madame ng tao kase madame ng flights

  61. Hi! Do you stil have the name and contact number for the Sabtang homestay that’s P150/night?

  62. Do you have companion in going to Batanes?

  63. Hi, you inspired me to travel solo. Now i’ll be traveling to Batanes alone in September. I’ll try to use your itinerary as my basis. I just have a question po.
    did you book all tours with Bisumi/Ryan, including the hotel accomodations?

  64. hi question, if sa trike po paano po makikipag coordinate? na try niyo po ba yun? and kung yung van po what if dalawa lang po kayo? 🙂 thank you.

  65. I am travelling to Batanes end of this month with my wife. We’re doing a 4D/3N trip and would probably be doing the same itinerary you’ve mentioned here (very helpful). I am thinking of just renting a motorbike so it would be easier for us to roam around, except for the Sabtang tour obviously. I just want to know if it is easy to rent out there and if it’s safe. We’ll be staying at Fundacion Pacita. Thanks.

    1. I don’t know of any motorcycle rental. But you can hire a tricycle (with driver).

  66. Hi, thank you so much sharing, my friends and I are scheduled to visit Batanes come December.
    Other than Bisumi, can you refer other tour services? Thanks.

    1. I just tried Bisumi kase. You can just rent a tricycle if you want

  67. Hi! Yun po bang rent ng tricycle kasama na yung driver sa rate or bukod pa po? Thanks!

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