Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Batanes Weekend

The islands of Batanes is so wonderful that a person like me would love a long stay staring at the beaches and the mountains. However, if you only have a 2 days free, you shouldn't worry. I went there with my family just for the weekend and our 2-day itinerary showed us enough for me to fall in love with the place.

Since a number of my friends were asking me about the tour arrangements, I'm sharing them to you here. :)

One thing you should note when traveling to Batanes is that everything there is always as per reservation. We ended up eating our first meal there at a school canteen because no one would serve us food. Also, booking a tour guide in advance is a must. Doing it as spontaneous as what Toni and Coco did in their movie, "You're My Boss", is almost impossible. My dad was thinking of renting motorcycles and we would drive ourselves to the attractions but when we arrived there, even the hotel could not provide a van for rental because we didn't book for it when we reserved our rooms. We were lucky a guide was at the lobby and heard our conversation. She volunteered his husband to drive us around and to book everything we need for our trip. That couple is our Batanes savior.

This is how we spent our 2 days. Actually, three but all we did on the third day is have breakfast, shop for pasalubong and fly out of Batanes.

Day 1 --- photos here
7:30am       arrive at Basco Airport -- most flights, if not all, leave and arrive the airport in the morning
8:00am       check in at the hotel
8:30am       breakfast at the school canteen
9:00am       Vayang Rolling Hills
9:30am       play with vakul at Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hills
9:50am       dropped by the hotel to freshen up before going South
10:15am     Valugan Boulders Beach
10:35am     Dipnaysupuan Tunnel
10:50am     PAGASA Weather Chuchu
11:10am     Tukon Church
11:35am     Tayid Lighthouse
12:30pm     lunch at Marlboro Country, and hope to stay there forever --- photos here
2:40pm       Honesty store
3:00pm       Boat Shelter Port
3:25pm       Chawa Viewdeck
5:20pm       back to hotel to prepare for dinner
6:30pm       dinner at Pension Ivatan
8:15pm       back at hotel, because my sister and I walked our way there

Day 2 --- photos here
7:00am       meet at Ivana Port
7:40am       arrive at Sabtang Port and have breakfast
8:10am       register at Tourism Office
8:20am       walking tour at Savidug Village
8:40am       Old Beaterio and St. Thomas Chapel (part of the walking tour)
8:50am       back to the car
9:00am       Tinyan Viewpoint
9:45am       Chamantad Cove -- only a few tourists go down from the viewpoint to go to the cove
10:15am     walking tour Chavayan Village
10:30am     Chavayan Beach (part of the walking tour)
10:40am     back to the car
11:30am     Mahayaw Arch and lunch at Morong Beach
12:40pm     Sabtang Port
1:30pm       Ivana Port
2:10pm       swimming at a beach in Uyugan
3:00pm       walk to The Local's Pool
3:30pm       The Local's Pool --- photos here
4:10pm       walk back to the beach in Uyugan, collecting swaki and clams
5:00pm       freshen up at the beach
5:35pm       snacks at Paulvana's -- serving Ivatan Specialties venez, uvod, and lunes
6:30pm       dinner at Amboy Hometel
8:00pm       back to hotel

Day 3
4:40am       check out at hotel
5:50am       check in at airport
6:00am       have breakfast at a nearby canteen and shop at the souvenir shop
7:20am       fly out of Batanes
8:30am       arrival at NAIA -- you can go back to work or attend school after lunch

There you go! You can now plan your trip to Batanes. And here are some contacts that may help you..

Batanes Seaside Lodge
+63 927 788 5508
+63 999 992 4977

Phoebe Horcajo - our wonderful tour guide
+63 949 652 7545

That was quite a lot to read. Here's a video summarizing the amazing experience we had in Batanes. Enjoy!