Traveling Guide to Batan, Sabtang & Itbayat Islands– best-travel-tip

Do a Batan North Tour

Fundacion Pacita
Below is what’s generally described as “Batan North Tour”– as the name indicates, you will certainly venture with the leading areas in the north component of the major island of Batan.

I obtained ta state though … I could not aid laughing as they took me around due to the fact that it was all a little bit unique– visualize, I was a true-blue regional being visited around (where else yet) in my very own home town! In any case, it was rather an experience and also I certainly saw Batan in a brand-new light.

NOTE: If you’re not fit for cycling or motorcycling around the island to go to the complying with areas, you can rent out a tricycle (at Php 1,00 0 for 2 pax Batan North Tour), a cars and truck (depending upon the dimension of the vehicle, the prices begin at Php 2,00 0 for an entire day), or simply go with an assisted North Batan tour by scheduling your place online

◘ ◘ Mt. Carmel Chapel
Located at Sitio Tukon in Barangay Chanarian in Basco, this church is one of the most lately developed praise home in Batanes and also the only church embraced the rock home design. Its prime setting over capitals has actually made it a preferred place not just for wedding celebrations yet additionally for travelers that are trying to find Instagram-worthy shots.

◘ ◘ Fundacion Pacita
This is Batanes’ only deluxe hotel and also appropriately so as it is snuggled over a stunning hillside that has a grand sight over the sea and also the bordering Batan surface. Feel confident, you’re cost-free to stray inside its facilities also if you’re not a resort visitor. You can additionally see its interior gallery where Pacita Abad’s jobs are discovered. That is Pacita? She is an globally recognized musician that was a full-blooded Ivatan and also Fundacion Pacita was her previous residence when she was still active.

◘ ◘ PAG-ASA Radar Station
This utilized to be a USA climate terminal and also reaching the top of it will certainly use you fantastic breathtaking sights over the island.

◘ ◘ Didawud Idjang (Fortress)
There are a total amount of 4 Idjangs in Batanes and also this is just one of them. In the olden times, the Ivatan individuals utilized it as strongholds (compared to castles) to secure themselves throughout times of battle. initially, these are altitudes that were developed by molten volcanic lava which served as a plug on a vanished crater.

◘ ◘ Dipnaysuhuan Japanese Tunnel
Located in capitals of Tukon, this five-door passage that’s total with a collection of chambers, was a shelter that functioned as a search place and also a water storage tank throughout the Japanese line of work.

◘ ◘ Chanpan/Valugan Boulder Beach
This famously recognized for its lengthy stretch of stones because of Mt. Iraya’s eruption in 400 ADVERTISEMENT. The rock development, smoothed over time by the solid Pacific waves, provides a breathtaking sight over the perspective and also of Mt. Iraya.

◘ ◘ Provincial Capitol location/ Casa Real
Built in between the 16 th to 18 th century, it’s a federal government structure and also generally considered as the facility of the community (close by, you will certainly locate a huge sporting activities plaza where the majority of the island’s parties are typically held).

◘ ◘ Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral/ Sto. Domingo Church
This is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Batanes and also it is the initial parish church to be integrated in the very early 18 th century in which it was initially composed of cogon lawn roof covering. It was additionally the initial to have galvanized iron roof covering in the 1890 s. The banquet of its tutelary saint, Sto. Domingo de Guzman, is commemorated by the Ivasays every August 8.

◘ ◘ Vayang Rolling Hills
These are relatively limitless waves of rolling hillsides that are completely backdropped by the seascape. It is ideal taken pleasure in from afar, yet it is additionally best experienced when discovered walking; plus, this place is the very best viewpoint for an unobstructed sight of the district’s 3 significant islands.

◘ ◘ Naidi Hills and also Basco Lighthouse
( One of my favorite hang-out areas when I was young!) An old sitio originated from the Ivatan words ” na” which indicates previous, and also ” idi” which indicates negotiation. Situated right here are old cordless telegraph centers by the Americans which were flopped by Japan throughout World War II. One can additionally obtain a spectacular sight of the community atop the hill 66- feet lighthouse.

◘ ◘ Kural Marine Sanctuary
I keep in mind seeing this location for barbecues in the weekend break with family members, pals, and also family members! In 2005, it has actually been discovered that the aquatic life in this field is so abundant and also ideal for diving that it has actually been determined to appropriately secure it. After getting a pass, any individual can dive, swim, snorkel, and also outing right here to appreciate its all-natural charm.

Other/Substitute Activities

If you’ve obtained the moment, I very advise the following:

◘ ◘ Climb Mt. Iraya
Towering over Basco at about 1,009 meters over water level, this inactive volcano is the initial destination you will certainly see upon touchdown in the airport terminal. To obtain a picture-perfect sight, timing and also persistence are needed considering that its optimal is generally covered by clouds. When it comes to climbing this hill, it can be rather tough as a result of its bountiful native vegetation and also animals, yet it’s definitely workable.
NOTE: It provides the water in all families in Basco– so of course, when you’re in Batanes, you can consume alcohol from the faucet! It’s risk-free and also fresh sparkling water!

Do a Batan South Tour

Racuh a Payaman

Given that Batan is a big island, today will certainly be invested in the southerly components as you undergo the leading highlights of the staying locations: Mahatao, Uyugan, Ivana, Itbud, and also Imnajbu.

* If you’re ever before continued time, this Batan South Tour can be integrated with the North Tour and also can be carried out in a day. Yet certainly, it’s constantly best to unwind to ensure that you can have even more time (and also media event!) in each area. Keep in mind: you must maximize your journey right here!

NOTE: If you’re not fit for cycling or motorcycling around the island to go to the complying with areas, you can rent out a tricycle (at Php 1,500 for 2 pax Batan South Tour), a cars and truck (depending upon the dimension of the vehicle, the prices begin at Php 2,00 0 for an entire day), or simply go with an assisted South Batan tour by scheduling your place online

◘ ◘ Chawa Viewdeck
A best place to appreciate Batanes sundowns! Via a close-by stairs, you can additionally come down greater than a hundred actions down to the nearby high cliff to fish, take images, or romp in the waters.

◘ ◘ Boat Shelter Port
Located in Mahatao, this sustains the objectives of the angling market of the district particularly: fish adequacy and also generation of work. It was built in October 2005 and also as a 130- million pesos job, it is the greatest framework job by the Provincial Government back then. The location was picked as a result of its cove-like framework that offers great defense to the watercrafts throughout harsh climate.

◘ ◘ San Carlos Borromeo Church
Its charm and also superb state of conservation made it a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines in2001 Outside the church, you will certainly additionally locate a regular olden Spanish light article 2 upright frameworks regarding 30 meters apart that were utilized to be by hand lighted with fire to ensure that the regional anglers can recognize just how much the coast is.

◘ ◘ Homoron Blue Lagoon (or Spanish Lagoon)
Located in between Ivana and also Mahatao, it’s a fascinating place due to the fact that back in the Spanish age just the Spanish were permitted to swim there.

◘ ◘ Maydangeb White Beach
A cove with multi-colored rocks and also white-colored sand, this place can conveniently match the charm of Boracay! It lies along the nationwide freeway regarding 9 kilometers from Basco and also is being preserved by both Mahatao and also Ivana Local Government Units (LGU’s).

◘ ◘ Spanish Bridge
This was built and also developed as component of the highway of Ivana throughout the Spanish duration as the roadway causes the front door of the Church. It is still being utilized to day by individuals and also vehicles alike.

◘ ◘ House of Dakay
Probably one of the most photographed Ivatan home in the islands, this was developed of lime and also rock in 1887 and also had by Luisa Estrella that bestowed it to her favored nephew, Jose “Dakay” Estrella. A survivor of the damaging quake of September 13, 1918 which has actually ruined a lot of the remainder of the community, its shutters and also flooring have actually never ever transformed and also has actually kept a lot of its genuine appearance throughout the years.

◘ ◘ San Jose de Obrero Church
Built in 1784 by Fr. Jose Fausto de Cuevas, it is the only church in Batan with a different belfry that was built 30 years later on. Constructed by the seaside location, it is right here where Katipunero revolutionaries that regulated by Captain Perea have actually come down on September 18, 1898 to free the district from the Spaniards.

◘ ◘ Honesty Coffee Shop
An unmanned beverage shop which has actually arrived worldwide. Showcasing the very best of Ivatan’s sincerity, in right here you will certainly locate no standby vendor due to the fact that the proprietors rely upon the sincerity of its consumers when they pay for items extracted from the shop.

◘ ◘ Song-song Ruins
Remnants of an old negotiation which were damaged by tidal wave in the 1950 s. Residents were provided homesteads in Mindanao under the Magsaysay resettlement program and also today, it is a successful seaside area once again.

◘ ◘ Itbud Town
This is where the best-tasting regional white wine called palek originates from and also where maytuab and also sinadumparan( regional Ivatan rock homes) still stand. It had the biggest populace on Batan’s south-eastern component in the 18 th century because of secure supply of water springtime and also a well-fortified idjang

◘ ◘ Itbud Idjang
One of the 4 Idjangs in Batanes. In right here, rock makings are still obvious (most likely for water storage space), in addition to their gathering/meeting location and also the rocks with bored openings for supports are still undamaged.

◘ ◘ Alapad Pass and also Hills
Offers an exciting sight of numerous rolling hillsides and also the huge area of the sea– an area made prominent by the Filipino flick “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit”, starred by Richard Gomez and also Dawn Zulueta.

◘ ◘ LORAN Station
” Long-Range Aid to Navigation” where the United States Coast Guards were based. Its yards and also structures that were when gorgeous and also clean have actually weakened and also were messed up after the Americans left and also deserted it in the 1960 s. Today, it is a National Museum Branch.

◘ ◘ Rakuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)
Dubbed by international travelers as Malboro Country as a result of its comparable shape, limitless rolling hillsides, and also wind-swept public pasturelands for cows, carabaos and also steeds. Without a doubt, this is an ideal spotfor nature-lovers and also digital photographers.

◘ ◘ Diura Fishing Village
A sitio in Basco’s eastern component where an organization of anglers called mataw still exercise the standard angling for arayu( dorado kind of fish). They additionally still observe an old routine called kapayvanuvanua which indicates the beginning of the angling period in March.

◘ ◘ Disvayangan Beach Front
A row of exclusive outing home with fundamental centers beside a government-operated leisure structure including 2 bowling lanes and also a billiards area.

◘ ◘ Tayid Lighthouse
Erected in 2000, this colonial-looking sign provides an incredible sight of the Pacific Ocean, in addition to various other components of Batan Island and also its tough hill high cliffs that deal with the West Philippine Sea.

◘ ◘ Ranum ni Kumalakal/ Rakuh-a-idi (Spring of Youth)
A synthetic swimming pool with sparkling water and also a sight of the Pacific Ocean and also Mt. Iraya. This place is absolutely perfect for barbecues (and also media event!).
~ TIP: You can book online and also book your place in a half day trip to this location, particularly if you desire some even more time to loosen up right here.

Make your means to Sabtang Island


Sabtang is just one of the occupied islands in Batanes and also depending upon the stamina of the waves, it is an “interesting” 30 to 1 hr watercraft flight from Ivana in Batan Island.

TRIVIA: I might have been elevated in Batanes yet I have never ever– I duplicate– never ever had the possibility to go to Sabtang neither Itbayat. Yes, I understand, embarassment on me! For many years, I’ve become aware of stories from my friends and family regarding the charm of these islands and also its “active” watercraft flights; so it had to do with time that I ultimately headed over to this location … and also child, I definitely was sorry for not coming quicker!

NOTE: You can schedule a packaged Sabtang tour for a problem-free experience and also you can also do it in simply a day!

Otherwise, you can DIY this journey. Sabtang watercraft journeys (that covers for regarding a hr) leave from Ivana port from 6: 00 AM to 7: 00 AM– you can reach this port from Basco by renting out a tricycle roundtrip transfer which sets you back regarding Php440 The watercraft journey prices Php 100 each each means, and also when you get here in Sabtang you will certainly need to pay Php 200 ecological cost at the tourist workplace. Later, you can take the watercraft flight back to Ivana beginning with 8: 00 AM up until 2: 00 to 3: 00 PM (depending upon the climate, there can still be watercrafts at 5: 00 PM yet it’s ideal to be at the Sabtang port prior to by 2: 00 PM– or even better, simply ask the residents what is the approximated time for the last journey back to Ivana).

There are 3 watercraft drivers mosting likely to Sabtang and also I chose M/B Aljolyner considering that I directly understand the proprietors. You can call them through this mobile number: +63928-244-5475 When it comes to exploring the island on your own, you can rent out a tricycle at the port for Php 800 (2 pax).

TIP: The watercraft flight can obtain a little bit damp, so it’s ideal to bring a water resistant bag for your fundamentals.

◘ ◘ Savidug Community (Vernacular Houses)
A town which is are plentiful with standard Ivatan homes. Actually, it is the location where the jeopardized black face spoonbill was spotted years earlier. To today, it remains to fly in the location.

◘ ◘ Savidug Idjang (Fortress)
Among the 4 Idjangs in Batanes, this is thought about to be one of the most gorgeous and also completely formed.

◘ ◘ Chamantad– Tinyan Viewpoint
Located in between Savidug and also Chavayan, this location provides magnificent sight of nature and also the Pacific Ocean. Take your pleasant time relaxing right here considering that the views are rather sensational!

◘ ◘ Chavayan Community/ Barrio
This is probably the cradle of Ivatan society and also heritage. Famous for its rows of old homes, slim roads, and also old websites, Chavayan is most likely to leave long-term memories on your browse through. Its Chapel, the only church in Batanes still roofed with cogon lawn, is a rock’s throw out from a stunning coast.

◘ ◘ Nakabuang (Ahaw Stone Arch) in Morong Beach
One of the renowned and also most photographed areas in Batanes as a result of its all-natural rock arc development in an optimal coastline cove.

Explore Itbayat Island

If Sabtang island will certainly leave you amazed, Itbayat island will certainly make your mouth decrease to the flooring. However– taking a trip right here is seriously! The waves can be harsher than the trip to Sabtang and also it will certainly take around 2 to 4 hrs; yet undeniably, it will certainly all deserve it!

NOTE: If the 4-hour watercraft journey does not seem ‘enjoyable’ to you, you can additionally fly to Itbayat through NorthSky Airlines which is a tiny 8-seater aircraft that flies every Monday, Wednesday, and also Friday. It takes around 15 mins and also the price will certainly have to do with Php 1,800 one means. Nevertheless, please bear in mind that it will just fly if ALL seats are complete.

Now, considering that the waves can be rather unstable, it’s ideal to ask about this journey ahead of time with the Ivatan residents. Or else, it’s much better that you have extra days on your journey simply in situation you can not ride a watercraft back to Batan island as a result of negative climate.

NOTE: To do the entire Itbayat browse through, you can schedule a packaged trip for a problem-free experience (see the total checklist of Batanes tour operators here.)

Otherwise, you can DIY this journey. Itbayat watercraft journeys are offered from Basco each day from 6: 00 AM to 9: 00 AM in the early mornings; and also from Itbayat to Basco, around 11: 00 AM to 2: 00 PM. Each, you will certainly need to pay Php 450 one means. If you fall short to capture the watercraft, there are no resorts in the island yet you can constantly organize a homestay with the residents or with your trip guide/operator.

There are additionally 3 watercraft drivers mosting likely to Itbayat particularly Itransa, Ocean Spirit and also Veronica. For information, seehere When it comes to exploring the island on your own, you can rent out a motorcycle (with an overview at Php 1,00 0 for a day) or a tricycle (at Php 2,00 0 for an entire day, great for 2 to 3 pax).

TIP: The watercraft flight can obtain a little bit damp, so it’s ideal to bring a water resistant bag for your fundamentals.

◘ ◘ Turungan Cave & & Hills
The most old home location in Batanes. It is thought to be the initial touchdown location of the Austronesians that originated from Formosa, Taiwan in 4000 BC. Today, it is a location where rock boat-shaped interment pens are discovered, and also it is is thought that this is the interment premises of the cavern’s old inhabitants.

◘ ◘ Kumayasakas Cave River
A below ground stream which moves to the sea and also is a newly-developed water resource for the area.

◘ ◘ Rapang Cliff
Must-see! This is a all-natural park consisted of woodland, high cliffs and also rough hillsides where bonsai arius trees are bountiful along a grazing location for goats. One distinct development that you’ll locate right here is a level rock which exists normally upon an additional rock and also when you strike it with an additional rock, it creates a bell-like audio. Obviously, it functioned as an alarm system for the ancients citizens versus coming close to opponents and also a signal for area conferences and also for collecting goats.

◘ ◘ Manuyuk
A sinkhole that works as the community’s gigantic water drainage. It was discovered by a German physician called Gechard Schmith in 1993 and also was discovered to be about 45- meter deep and also has 2 large chambers with a slim flow in between. Obviously, it’s considered as a ‘ haunted’ sinkhole due to the fact that it is where the old Ivatans tossed witches as penalty according to the old justice system.

◘ ◘ Vernacular Houses
These are mixes of European and also Itbayat design with thick wall surfaces of rock and also lime and also numerous layers of cogon for roof covering. They are confirmed to withdstand solid hurricanes, quakes and also various other tragedies, and also can hold up against the toughest ‘regional’ winter months from December to February.

Other/Substitute Activities

If you’ve obtained the moment, I very advise the following:

◘ ◘ Climb Mt. Karububuan
The community’s acme at regarding 280 meters over water level. The historic importance of this hill is that is the various other ‘set’ of Mt. Riposed which is among the island’s structures and also old negotiation for the very early inhabitants.

◘ ◘ Climb Mt. Ripused
As one of both volcanoes thought about to have actually been the structure of Itbayat, it pays for a spectacular view of the various components of the island.

◘ ◘ Sail to neighboring Siayan Island
About a 4 to 5-hour watercraft flight from Itbayat, Siayan is recognized as one of one of the most gorgeous areas in the location. This is primarily an 87-63 hectare island bordered by gorgeous white coastlines and also abundant reef which is residence to lavish aquatic life. ( The very same goes with the neighboring unoccupied island of Mavulis).

Other Activities and also Options


At this factor, you have actually primarily discovered the occupied team of islands in Batanes! So either take your time discovering the community walking as you socialize much more with the residents– or do a few other distinct tasks listed below:

◘ ◘ Sail to the unoccupied islands
As you can see from the Batanes map that I’ve published at the start of this article, there are unoccupied islands in Batanes such as Y’ ami, Ditarem, Dinem, Siayan, and also Misanga. Relying on climate condition, you can take a trip to these locations and also the watercraft rental expense can begin with Php 6,00 0.

◘ ◘ Experience angling with regional anglers
Usually done around the community of Basco, you’ll have a phenomenal angling experience utilizing nylon, and also hook– among the normal approaches utilized by the Ivatans. (You can prepare this experience with Batanes tour operators.)

◘ ◘ Bike around the island
Instead of having the deluxe of electric motor transport to walk around the island of Batan, you can decide to test on your own and also obtain fit! Nevertheless, taking a trip from Basco to the southerly components and also back is completely workable in a day (I did this a great deal with my secondary school pals when I was still residing in Basco).

◘ ◘ Join a neighborhood celebration
One of the BESTthings that you can ever before carry out in Batanes to maximize your remain is to sign up with among the regional parties, carnivals, or events to ideal see the regional custom-made and also society. So go and also time your browse through if you can! The major feast you must witness is Batanes Day(takes place on June 26) and also it’s typically a week-long event including fairs, ceremonies, sporting activities events, and also reveals where you can see Palo-Palo Dance, Fundanggo, Sagalas & & Gozos, and also much more! Various other celebrations are as complies with:
— Savidug Sabtang Fiesta (Around January)
— Ivana Fiesta (May 1)
— Uyugan Fiesta (May 10)
— Diptan Fiesta (June 13)
— Valugan Fiesta (June 27)
— Basco Fiesta (August 8)
— Sinakan Sabtang Fiesta (October 1)
— Itbayat Fiesta (October 7)
— Mahatao Fiesta (November 4)
— Itbud Fiesta (November 27)

NOTE: During carnivals, you can go to any kind of home to commemorate, fulfill, and also consume with them– of course, also if you do not understand them! Everybody’s welcome to do so. Back when my Ivatan pals and also I were more youthful, we frequently amusingly comment that this house-hopping spree throughout carnivals resembled a grand buffet experience due to the fact that we can check your houses and also choose the very best food areas. LOL.

Other than the carnivals over, do come browse through throughout Christmas. We have a great deal of occasions taking place throughout the vacations while additionally taking pleasure in an actual freezing December (which is not so typical throughout the Philippines).

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