Batanes Tours
Escape to postcard-perfect Batanes, the Home of the Winds in the Philippines, through these tours and activities. Visit its famous lighthouses, rolling hills, stone houses, local cuisine, and unique culture.

Batanes Tours

Escape to postcard-perfect Batanes, the Home of the Winds in the Philippines, through these tours and activities. Visit its famous lighthouses, rolling hills, stone houses, local cuisine, and unique culture.
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Mt. Iraya Batanes Full-Day Hiking Tour | With Pickup & Dropoff

Climb to the summit of the highest point of Batanes on this full-day guided tour of Mt. Iraya. If you’re an avid mountaineer and nature lover who want an off-the-beaten-path experience while in the province, then this package is just what you’re looking for.  After being picked up from your accommodation, you will be dropped off at the jump-off point, where you will immediately start your trek to Mt. Iraya after a short introduction of the rules and regulations you need to follow to ensure the mountain’s preservation. Mt. Iraya is actually an active volcano that towers over Basco at approximately 1,009 meters above sea level, making it very visible even from the airport albeit its peak almost always covered by clouds. Rated a moderate to difficult climb, the mountain is rarely visited by tourists. Don't worry, though, as your guide will be with you at all times.  As you trek to the top, you will pass by various trails in protected areas that are abundant with endemic flora and fauna. You will also catch a glimpse of the Basco Lighthouse and town proper. You will take on the trails that wind around the mountain. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach an area flanked with high reeds that lead to the most challenging portion of the hike. Ascend up the steep, almost vertical trail with rocks that serve as footholds and handholds for assistance. After completing that section, you will soon reach the summit. If the weather is good, your efforts will be rewarded with a picture-perfect view of the island and Mt. Matarem on the other end. Rest and enjoy your packed lunch at the summit. After a while, you will make your way down to the jump-off point, where your vehicle awaits. Put on your hiking shoes and prepare to scale the remote mountain of Mt. Iraya in Batanes with this guided trekking tour. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
12 hours
Available:
Mar. - Jul.
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Batanes Cultural Half-Day Tour | Diura Fishing Village & Spring of Youth

Enrich your knowledge about age-old fishing traditions in this Diura Fishing Village day tour package in Batanes with a side trip to the Spring of Youth. If you have time to kill while on the island and want to experience an off-the-beaten-path adventure, then this excursion is just what you’re looking for.  You will be picked up at your accommodation in Basco on your chosen schedule. From there, you will make your way through winding coastal roads, past rolling hills, to a secluded cove that's home to a small, but close-knit fishing community, known by the locals as the Diura Fishing Village. After a short hike from the vehicle’s drop off point, you will finally reach the village. Your guide will lead you on a stroll around. Witness the daily fishing routines of local fisherfolks and see the salted dorado or arayu up close as it's either hung up on bamboo poles or being dried along the shore. While in the village, you will also learn about the sacred Ivatan tradition of harvesting of dolphin fish. Your tour guide will fill you in on the process of the time-honored ritual called the kapayvanuvanua, an old-age fishing ceremony held during the start of the fishing season in March. If you're lucky, you might be able to witness this traditional ritual in person. You’ll then make your way to the Spring of Youth, locally known as Racuh-A-Idi Spring of Wellness. The free-flowing spring water here is believed by locals to have healing properties. Once you reach the drop-off site, you will walk through old columnar stone stairs leading to and from the man-made pool.  You will then be welcomed by the refreshing atmosphere of the spring. Feel free to dip in the pool, surrounded by several native cottages and bamboo benches. Admire the refreshing view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Iraya here, as you wade in the waters before heading back home. Experience the simple life of the Diura Fishing Village in Mahatao, Batanes and see the beauty of the Spring of Youth on this half-day guided tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
Mar. - Oct.
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Sabtang Island Batanes Half-Day Tour | With Boat Transfer & Lunch

Get ready to explore Sabtang and its iconic attractions in this one day tour in Batanes. If you want to see spectacular views and learn about the culture and traditions of the Ivatans, this day trip is tailor-fit for you. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Basco and taken to Ivana Port. From there, you will board a faluwa, a traditional boat without any outriggers, which will take you on an exciting ride to Sabtang Island. Once you get there, you will make your way to Morong Beach. This scenic white sand beach contains a natural unique rock arch formation, known as the Ahaw Arc Rock Formation, located right by the shore. Take plenty of creative photos with the arc as your backdrop before you head over to marvel at the stone houses in the village of Savidug.  Built to withstand the strongest of typhoons, the houses here are a testament to the Ivatan's strength and resilience. You will have a quick stroll around the village then head on to another fascinating village on the island, the Chavayan Village. This baranggay is also popular for its stone houses and the rustic church of Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel, which also boasts of its cogon grass roofing. Another notable building in the village is the Sabtang Weavers Association, where you will buy handicrafts from the locals. You can also try out the vakul here, the traditional headgear of the Ivatans. You will be capping off your tour with a visit to the Chamantad/Tinyan Viewpoint. This picture-perfect view deck will provide you with a panoramic vista of the rugged landscape of the island. To reach the viewpoint, you will take a short trek through the rolling hills towards the cliff that faces the open sea.  Immerse yourself in this culturally enriching island tour of Sabtang in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
All year
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Nakamaya Burial Site Batanes Half-Day Tour | With Pickup

Channel your inner Indiana Jones when you visit Nakamaya Burial Site, an archaeological wonder in Basco, Batanes. Hidden near the foot of Mt. Iraya, the site is littered with boat-shaped grave markers, testimony to pre-historic Ivatans belief in the afterlife. This tour is for history buffs and adventurers who want to explore a mysterious site off the main tourist circuit while in Batan Island. After being picked up from your accommodation in Basco, you’ll travel by vehicle to the nearest drop-off point going to and from the site. The trail to Nakamaya Burial Site has been covered with concrete pavement, making it now accessible via motorcycle. However, trekking to the site is still encouraged to enjoy the flora & fauna in the area. For those not used to hiking, you need not worry at all as the local guide will be there to assist you through some of the steeper sections of the trail. You’ll eventually reach the burial grounds concealed among the thickets on the northwestern foothills of Mt. Iraya. Like most indigenous groups in the Philippines, Ivatans believe in life after death. The ancient grave markers of Nakamaya, which have been dated to be almost 400 years old, are burial grounds built before the arrival of Spanish colonizers on the islands. The Nakamaya Burial Site contains smooth stones arranged to form the shape of traditional wooden boats called tataya, which are believed to ferry souls to the afterlife. The stone boat-shaped burial grounds face the sea, which, according to Ivatan legends, is the final resting place of man. Radiocarbon testing on human skeletons discovered at this site date back to AD 1600. After taking in the views at the burial site, you will then go back the way you came and head back to your hotel.  Wear your trekking shoes for this half-day hiking trip to the cryptic grounds of Nakamaya Burial Site in Basco, Batanes. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
12 hours
Available:
Mar. - Jul.
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Mt. Matarem Batanes Half-Day Guided Hike | Beginner-friendly

Embark on an off-the-beaten-path adventure in Batanes with this half-day hike to Mt. Matarem. Being the second-highest peak in Batan Island, the mountain serves as the southern counterpart of the iconic Mt. Iraya and offers an easy to moderate hike. So if you’re a hiking enthusiast who’d like to get active in the province while enjoying refreshing views, make sure to get this tour booked.  After being picked up at your accommodation in Basco, you’ll make your way to Brgy. San Vicente, roughly 13 km away from the town capital. This is where your trek up Mt. Matarem will start. Mt. Matarem is not regularly visited by travelers, but a specialized guide familiar with the area will be there to assist you and ensure your safety. This inactive volcano stands over 470 meters above sea level and gets its name from the local term for “steep” which sums up its rugged contours and trails. While the trail features are similar, the overall steepness and hiking experience is much friendlier than hiking Mt. Iraya. You’ll pass through idyllic pasturelands lined with evergreen trees that will get you up close to local flora and fauna. The trail will also take you through woodlands with various clearings so you can enjoy sightseeing and good overlooking views from different vantage points as you hike up. After a few hours of hiking through grasslands and forests, you’ll reach the steepest path and final stretch towards the summit. Your efforts will be rewarded once you reach the top as you will be witnessing a panoramic view of the entire Batan island from the peak. Unlike Mt. Iraya, whose peak is almost always obscured by clouds, good views are guaranteed at Mt. Matarem because of its low altitude. Marvel at the view of Mt. Iraya the airport, the coasts of Basco and Mahatao facing the Pacific Ocean, and the sight of hedgerows and Rakuh e Payaman in the distance. You will also see the southern town of Uyugan and Ivana to the southwest. After enjoying your packed lunch at the summit, you will begin your descent.  Enjoy Batan Island from a different perspective with this half-day hike to Mt. Matarem in Batanes. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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South Batan Batanes Full-Day Private Sightseeing | With Lunch

Get ready to be wowed by the beauty of Batanes in this private guided tour of the southern part of Batan. This day trip will take you to the island’s natural wonders in the comfort and convenience of an air-conditioned vehicle. So if you’re an outdoor and nature enthusiast, then this package is just for you. After being picked up from your accommodation in Basco, you will head south to Paderes Viewpoint. Here, you will see the iconic “Blow Ur Horn” sign, which has been erected in its spot since the American regime. This is to avoid vehicular accidents in the area due to the road’s sharp turns. You will stop by the side of the road and admire the vast seascape in front of you. You will be rewarded with more breathtaking views at your next stop, the Chawa View Deck. The view deck can be seen along the steep mountainside, where a stairway has been built to get you to the beach below. Pose for creative photos here with the West Philippine Sea and West Batan cliffs as your backdrop before you make your way to the Mahatao Shelter Port. The shelter serves as the refuge of the boats from the fierce waves. You will also be dropping by the Mahatahataw Idjang, a mountain fortress that protects the locals from raging winds and rains.  From there, you will be taken to two lighthouses, the Busbusan Lighthouse and Tayid Lighthouse, where you have the best views of the town of Basco. The Tayid Lighthouse is an important part of the Ivatans’ way of life, as it leads seafarers safely to the shore and away from turbulent waters of the sea. Go up the lighthouse and drink in the view before heading to San Carlos Borromeo Church of Mahatao next. It is a Baroque-style church listed as a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines. From there, you will head to the Spanish Lighthouse & blank book archive for some quick photo-ops before having your lunch at Maivanaman. The restaurant features some local dishes and a mini souvenir shop. After eating your meal, you will be dropped off to other interesting points on the island, including the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel, Alapad Hills & Rock Formation, LORAN (Naval Base), Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Itbud, and Song Song Ruins. You will also see the Motchong Viewpoint, a vast expanse of pasture that offers spellbinding views of the surrounding sea.  After posing for some quick photos here, you will be taken to the San Antonino De Florencia in Uyugan, a church painted in pink. Around four kilometers from the chapel is the Honesty Coffee Shop. The shop is unmanned 24/7. You will find here a price list and a cashbox, where you are expected to drop your exact payment. You will also find a logbook where you are to note what items you bought and paid for. Feel free to purchase some goods and souvenirs here before you head to the San Jose el Obrero in Ivana and Church Ruins. You will also be visiting the House of Dakay, the oldest house in Batanes that was built back in 1887. Another piece of history in south Batan is the Tuhel Spanish Bridge that dates back to the 1800s. You will proceed to douse the afternoon heat in Homoron White Beach and Blue Lagoon. Here, you can swim in the turquoise waters, laze around to get a tan or take a brief nap before you are taken back to your accommodation in Basco. Discover the beauty of South Batan when you book this exclusive guided day tour in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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South Batan Batanes Full-Day Tricycle Tour | With Lunch

Explore the beauty of the southern section of Batan Island with this full-day tricycle tour in Batanes. Taking you to picturesque cliffs, limestone churches, and rolling hills, this day trip best appeals to solo travelers and small groups wanting to immerse themselves in the local culture while enjoying the sights.  After being picked up from your accommodation within the Basco area, you will make your way to Paderes Viewpoint, where you will alight near the famous “Blow Ur Horn” signage. Here, you will see a stunning view of Mount Iraya and the waves approaching the shorelines of Basco. From there, you will head to the Chawa View Deck next for another round of sightseeing. The view deck is situated along the steep mountainside and has a stairway that will lead you to the beach below.  A little over a kilometer away from the view deck is the Mahatao Shelter Port. Serving as the refuge of the boats from the fierce waves, you will see here colorful local boats that make for a perfect photo backdrop. You will also see the Mahatahataw Idjang nearby, a mountain fortress that serves as the locals’ protection from the raging winds and rains.  You will then be taken to the Busbusan Lighthouse before having a quick stopover and Tayid Lighthouse, both of which provide stunning views of the sea. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze here and pose for creative photos with the ocean as your backdrop. From there, you will make your way to San Carlos Borromeo Church of Mahatao next. The original chapel was replaced by its lime and stone facade after it was severely damaged by a storm a couple of years back. You will see another lighthouse at the Spanish Lighthouse & blank book archive before you stopover for lunch at Maivanaman. The restaurant serves local cuisines you will surely enjoy. Once you get back on the road, you will head next to a handful of other interesting points on the island, including the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel, Alapad Hills & Rock Formation, LORAN (Naval Base), Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Itbud, Song Song Ruins, and Motchong Viewpoint.  After posing for some quick photos at these attractions, you will be driven to the San Antonino De Florencia in Uyugan. This church stands out from the rest of the chapels on the island as it is painted in pink. Some four kilometers from the chapel is the Honesty Coffee Shop. Here, you are expected to pay according to the amount listed on the board and log them in a notebook. There is no staff manning this store, giving you a glimpse of how the Ivatans value honesty.  From there, you will head next to the San Jose el Obrero in Ivana and Church Ruins before stopping by House of Dakay, the oldest house in Batanes that dates as far back as 1887. Another historical relic in south Batan is the Tuhel Spanish Bridge that was constructed in the 1800s. You will cap off your day with a visit to Homoron White Beach and Blue Lagoon. Have a short walk here or take a dip into the cold, calm waters before you are taken back to your accommodation in Basco. See the iconic hills and grasslands of South Batan in Batanes with this full-day tricycle sightseeing tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Batanes Sightseeing Tricycle Day Tour with Lunch & Transfer from Basco

Hop aboard a tricycle and see the iconic landmarks of Sabtang Island in Batanes with this guided full-day tour. From rolling hills to stone houses, this excursion is the ideal package for outdoor enthusiasts looking forward to experiencing a day in the smallest island of the province.  Your day starts when your local guide picks you up in your accommodation in Basco and driven to Ivana port. Here, you will be transferred to a faluwa, a boat that’s unique to the island of Batanes. Once you’re all settled in, you will then sail across the sea to the nearby island of Sabtang. Upon docking on the island, you will have a quick stopover at the tourism office to register before you head to the Sabtang Lighthouse. This 20-ft stone tower that looks picturesque contrasted against the lush greens of the mountains. Have your photo taken here for souvenirs. From the port, you will then visit the Savidug and Sinakan Villages, where you will see the traditional Ivatan homes. The villages feature three types of houses: the maytuab, the sinadumparan, and the jinjin. Both the maytuab and sinadumparan are stone houses with the first one having a four-sloped thatched cogon roof while the latter has a two-sloped roof. The jinjin, on the other hand, is made of wood and cogon. The stone walls of these houses are identical in design, but the doors and windows provide avenues for personal creativity. You will then be taken to the Lime Kiln & Savidug Idjang, which once served as a fortress protecting the village. Here, you will be welcomed by the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. From there, you will drive to the Sto. Tomas de Aquinas Chapel before continuing on with your tour in Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. The viewing point sits at a high altitude, providing you with a panoramic view of the rugged landscape and seascape of Sabtang.  After taking in the views, you will learn more about the locals’ way of living at the Sabtang Weavers Association. Here, you will see the handmade woven products they sell as souvenirs. You can also try out the vakul (headgear) for a photo opportunity. This traditional headdress is used by farmers to protect themselves from the heat of the sun and as a pillow when they take a siesta in the fields. You will see more stone houses and Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel at the nearby Brgy. Chavayan before capping off your day trip with a photo-op at the Mahayaw Arch in Morong Beach. Your picnic-style lunch will be served here before you sail back to Ivana Port and head over to Basco for some souvenir shopping. Get introduced to the iconic sights of Sabtang Island on this full-day tour aboard a tricycle Check availability by choosing a date

Duration:
9,5 hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Batanes Afternoon Tricycle Tour | With Lunch & Airport Transfers

Explore the beautiful landscape of Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines, in this sightseeing tricycle tour of northern Batan, the province’s second-biggest island. If you like seeing verdant rolling hills and scenic seascapes, then this tour is for you.  Your excursion begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Basco and taken to Vunong Dinette. Here, you will be served authentic Ivatan cuisine. Enjoy your delicious lunch and make sure to try out their specialty dish, the Vunong meal, a plate of turmeric rice, beefsteak, and native pork adobo wrapped in breadfruit leaves. Once you're finished with your meal, you will head to Mt. Carmel Chapel, a rustic stone church built by one of the prominent families in the island. Marvel at the chapel’s stone-finished facade, which is made from the materials coming from the local beach. A short drive from the chapel is the PAGASA “Tukun” Weather station. Thanks to the station’s elevation, you will see here a 360-degree view of the surrounding beachscape and cliffs.  You will then see Fundacion Pacita next, a non-profit bed and breakfast that helps fund the cultural preservation efforts, education, and livelihood projects of the Ivatan. Situated in the hills, this lodge offers its guests and visitors an overlooking view of the ocean. After taking in the views at the lodge, you will be taken to the Basco Idjang Didawud. Sitting about a hundred meters above sea level, this view deck is made out of molten volcanic magma and provides you with a panoramic view of the surrounding seascape. You will need to trek the steep slope by the National Road to reach the view deck.  Afterward, you will see a glimpse of the island’s past when you visit the Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel. This interconnected network of tunnels in Tukon Hills serves as a remnant of WWII and a landmark that signaled the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. You can see the inside of the tunnel with your guide.  A short drive from the tunnel will take you to the Valugan Boulder Beach, a kilometer-long stretch of shore that is mostly made up of boulders. From there, you will also drop by Casa Real (Provincial Capitol), the Kilometer “0” marker, and the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. See more of Batan’s lush pastoral landscape when you head to Vayang Rolling Hills, a picturesque terrain that serves as a poster picture of the island. Make sure to ready your camera as the contrasting blue of the Pacific Ocean and the green hills make a good backdrop. Don’t hesitate to ask your guide to take your photos! You will then go on a quick stroll along Abad Street, Basco’s commercial street before capping off your day at the Basco Lighthouse and Bunker Complex at Naidi Hills to watch the sunset. Experience the best of north Batan in Batanes aboard a local tricycle with this guided afternoon tour. Check availability by choosing a date

Duration:
5,5 hours
Available:
All year
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South Batan Attractions | Whole Day Shared Tour in Batanes

Hop on this day tour around the southern part of Batan in Batanes, where you can watch the ocean dance in the western cliffs of the Chawa View Deck and see the spectacular views of the so-called Marlboro Country. If you want to see why Batanes is highly-rated by nature lovers, this shared day tour is for you. You will be picked up within the Basco area and taken to your first stop, Paderes View Point. This viewpoint is actually located in the middle of the road, where the famous “Blow Ur Horn” sign can be seen. The sign has been in existence since the American regime as a precaution to avoid vehicular accidents in the area due to the road’s sharp turns. You will stop by the side of the road and admire the vast seascape in front of you. You will see more fascinating views at your next stop, the Chawa View Deck. This lies along the steep mountainside and features a stairway leading to the beach below. Make sure to take photos of the picturesque view of the West Philippine Sea and West Batan cliffs before you head to your next stop, the Mahatao Shelter Port, where most of the boats of the locals are sheltered from the fierce waves. You will also see the Mahatahataw Idjang, aka mountain fortress that protects the Ivatans from strong winds and rains.  From there, you will be taken to two lighthouses, the Busbusan Lighthouse and Tayid Lighthouse, where you have the best views of the town of Basco. When taking pictures, include the red-roofed hut near the lighthouse, as it makes for a great contrast with the green hills. You will then make your way to the San Carlos Church of Mahatao. The church’s original architecture was replaced by a stone-and-lime facade after being destroyed by a strong storm in the past.  You will be dropped off at the Spanish Lighthouse & blank book archive for some quick photo-ops before having your lunch at Maivanaman. Once you get back on the road after your meal, you will be visiting a handful of other attractions, including the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel, Alapad Hills & Rock Formation, LORAN (Naval Base), Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Itbud, and Song Song Ruins. You will then be taken to another fascinating view deck, the Motchong Viewpoint. This vast expanse of pasture offers spellbinding views of the surrounding sea.  After your photo-op at the view deck, you will head to the San Antonino De Florencia in Uyugan. This church is painted in pink, making it stand out from all the other churches on the island. Some four kilometers from the chapel is the Honesty Coffee Shop, a 24/7 unmanned neighborhood store that relies on the buyer’s honesty.  Feel free to purchase some goods and souvenirs here before you head to the San Jose el Obrero in Ivana and Church Ruins. You will also get the chance to see the House of Dakay, the oldest house in Batanes built in 1887. From there, be transported back in time with a visit at the Tuhel Spanish Bridge that dates back to the 1800s. You will end your day with a relaxing stay at Homoron White Beach and Blue Lagoon.  Explore the best of South Batan’s attractions with this full-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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South Batan Top Tourist Attractions I Batanes Tour with Lunch

Witness the beauty of the New Zealand of the Philippines with your friends and family by joining this whole-day South Batan Tour. Aside from seeing the iconic rolling green hill of Batanes, you will also learn about the indigenous tribes of the region and immerse in their culture. This private package is perfect for travelers who want to explore South Batan and experience the unique charm of Batanes. The first stop is the Chawa View Deck which overlooks the blue waters of the West Philippine Sea. You will then head to Mahatao Town where you will visit the Mahatao Old Church and Mahatao Tayid Light House among others. Your next stop is the most popular scenic spot of Batanes, Marlboro Country which is also known as Racuh a Payaman. The combination of the seascape and landscape dotted by cattle is definitely a sight to behold.  You will get the chance to immerse yourself in South Batan’s history and culture as you continue your tour.  The next spot is the Alapad and Loran Station Ruins which was used by the US Navy during the American era. Driving further, you will visit the Itbud Community and the town of Uyugan, where you will see the Song Song ruins. As you make your way around the site, you will be amazed by the skill of the locals which are displayed through their houses.  Another unique South Batan attraction that you will visit is the honesty coffee shop, located in Ivana. This unmanned shop allows customers to get whatever they need and simply drop their payment at designated boxes. You will then proceed to the San Jose Church, and then to the  House of Dakay. Constructed in 1887, the House of Dakay is the oldest stone house in Batanes. Finally, you will drive by the Spanish Bridge which serves as a reminder of the Spanish Era. Invite your friends and book this tour to explore Batanes’s South Batan attractions. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Batanes Half-Day Private Sightseeing | With Lunch

See what makes Batanes a must-see destination with this private sightseeing tour of the northern section of Batan, the second-largest island of the province. If you’re looking to maximize your stay in North Batan before heading off to the other islands of Batanes, then this afternoon excursion is just what you need.  By lunchtime, you will be picked up from the airport or in your accommodation in Basco and taken to Vunong Dinette. Your lunch of authentic Ivatan cuisine will be served here. Expect to taste a medley of flavors in the local dishes and make sure to try the specialty called Vunong meal, a signature dish of turmeric rice, beefsteak, and native pork adobo wrapped in breadfruit leaves. Once you’re done eating, you will hit the road and make your way to Mt. Carmel Chapel, a small chapel patterned after the traditional stone houses of Batanes. From here, you will be driven to the PAGASA “Tukun” Weather station, where you can drink in the 360-degree views of the sharp cliffs by the beach on one side and the rolling hills on the other. You will also see the Mt. Iraya and Dinem Island here.   You will be rewarded with more stunning views at your next destination, the Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. This nature lodge is built on a hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the favorite view decks on the island. From there, you will be taken to the Basco Idjang Didawud. Made out of molten volcanic magma and sits at around a hundred meters above sea level, the Basco Idjang Didawud will provide you with a panoramic view of the surrounding seascape. To reach the view deck, you will trek up the steep slope from the National Road.  Your next stop will be the Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel, an interconnected network of tunnels in Tukon Hills that was a remnant of World War II. This historical landmark signaled the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. If you like, you can explore the insides of the tunnel, which is made out of volcanic rocks and cement.  From the tunnel, you will proceed to Valugan Boulder Beach. The kilometer-long stretch of shore covered by boulders is an aftermath of Mt. Irayat’s eruption and the continuous polishing of the waves and tides that lap against the rocks.  You will also check out Casa Real (Provincial Capitol), the Kilometer “0” marker, and the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral before heading to Vayang Ranch. The ranch is commonly known as the Rolling Hills because of the picturesque view of the vast stretch of green mounds set against the blue sky. From there, you will stroll along Abad Street, Basco’s commercial street before ending your day at the Basco Lighthouse and Bunker Complex at Naidi Hills to watch the sunset. Get introduced to the picture-perfect landscape of North Batan in Batanes with this private afternoon sightseeing tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5,5 hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Batanes Private Day Tour | With Set Lunch

Set sail to one of the charming islands of Batanes and experience the Ivatan culture with this full-day trip to Sabtang Island. Perfect for those who want to see what lies beyond Batan Island, this tour will surely give you more reasons to keep coming back to Batanes. The tour driver will pick you up from your hotel, after which you will be brought to the pier to board a “faluwa,” a native Ivatan boat that will bring you to Sabtang Island. Upon arriving at the island, you will be transferred to a tour vehicle and immediately proceed to San Vicente Ferrer Church. The church was built by Dominicans back in 1785. From there, you will stop by several Savidug Vernacular Houses and the Savidug Ruins on the way to St. Thomas de Aquinas Chapel.  You will also be visiting the Traditional Lime Kiln and Savidug Idjang, where a stunning view of the greeneries and history of the place will welcome you. Tinan Viewpoint is another must-see in Sabtang as it boasts of lush rolling hills overlooking the fierce Batanes seascape. What makes these hills different from the ones in Batan Island is that locals actually built native houses on these hills, and you will meet them on the Chavayan community tour. After meeting the locals, you will make your way to the UNESCO Nominated Site for some photo-ops before heading to Homoron and Morong Beach. The famous Nakabuang Arch is located on Morong Beach and considered to be an iconic landmark in Sabtang Island. After getting your fill of the beach, you will proceed to the Chavayan Traditional Ivatan Village, where you can witness how the natives weave their Ivatan headgear in the Sabtang Weavers Association. On the way back, you will pass by the Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel before making your way back to the pier to take your boat back to Batan Island.  Get introduced to the highlights of Sabtang Island with this private full-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Top Batanes Tourist Spots I Shared Tour With Sunset Viewing

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Batanes with this afternoon tour to the popular attractions of North Batan. Visit the famous landmarks of the region, from churches to panoramic landscapes, on this exciting road trip around the island. You will be escorted by a knowledgeable tour guide who will ensure that you have a relaxing and enjoyable sightseeing experience. Your tour will begin once you are picked up at your accommodation. Your guide will brief you on your day’s itinerary as you make your way to the first stop. You will first visit  Mt. Carmel Chapel, also known as Tukon Chapel. It is owned by the Abad Clan who is the most prominent family in Batanes. The architecture of the church was inspired by the traditional Ivatan Stone Houses.  Afterward, you will check out the Tukon Radar Station and Fundacion Pacita Hotel, which is also owned by the Abad Family. You now proceed to Idjang Viewing Point where you will be able to see the famous rolling hills of Batanes. The next stop is the Japanese Tunnel which was used as a shelter by Japanese soldiers during World War 2. You will then head to Valugan Boulder Beach. This pristine beach boasts boulders along its shores, making it a great photo opportunity.  Next up, you will now explore Basco Town Proper. Your tour guide will take you around the town’s landmark such as the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, and Sto. Domingo Cathedral - the first church ever built in Basco. You will also visit Basco Plaza, which has a bronze statue dedicated to the National Hero of the Philippines - Jose Rizal.  Once you're done exploring the town, prepare to be amazed by the lush greenery of Vayang Rolling Hills. Dotted with cattle, this stunning landscape is reminiscent of the rolling hills of New Zealand. Don’t forget to take photos to immortalize the moment while you’re there. The last stop of your tour is Naidi Hills, which is home to the Basco Lighthouse. This is one of the best places to view the sunset on the island. Cap off your memorable tour with a magnificent view of Batanes’ sunset. Explore the landmarks and scenery North Batan has to offer by booking this tour. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Day Tour in Batanes with Lunch | Stone Houses, Morong Beach, & More

See the iconic sights of Batanes, from rolling hills to centuries-old stone houses, in this private full-day trip of Sabtang Island. While it is the smallest among the inhabited islands of Batanes, it is home to the well-preserved culture of the Ivatan. So if you had always wanted to see what makes this small island a top entry in most Filipinos' bucket list, this guided excursion is for you. Your tour begins after you have been picked up from your accommodation in Basco and taken to the Ivana port. Here, you will be transferred to a faluwa, an outrigger-less boat that is native to the province. The boat will take you to the nearby island of Sabtang, where your adventure awaits.  Once you arrive on the island, you will have a quick stopover at the tourism office for registration before you are taken to the Sabtang Lighthouse, located right next to the San Vicente Port. The lighthouse not only serves as a beacon for ships passing by but also as an Instagrammable backdrop, thanks to its rubble masonry finish.  You will see traditional stone houses next when you visit the Savidug village right near the coast. Called Sinakan Stone Houses, the architecture and the materials of these structures are vital to the Ivatan's survival, given the numerous storms that beset the province annually. As you stroll across the village, you will come upon the Lime Kiln & Savidug Idjang, which was once a fortress protecting the village. The views here are astounding, so make sure to snap some photos.  You will also be passing by the Sto. Thomas de Aquinas Chapel before you make your way to the spectacular Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. Thanks to the elevation of the viewpoint, you will be welcomed here with the raw, rugged landscape that is quintessentially Batanes. From there, you will get to observe the locals’ traditional livelihood of weaving at the Sabtang Weavers Association. For a small fee, you can take a photo of yourself wearing the vakul, a traditional headdress worn by Ivatan farmers to protect them from the heat. The headdress also doubles as a pillow that they use during their afternoon nap.  From the village, you will be taken to the Brgy. Chavayan Stone Houses and Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel before heading to Morong Beach next. Lunch will be served at the Pananayan Caterings in Morong Beach. After lunch, you are free to stroll around and have a quick dip in the inviting waters of the beach. You will also make a photo-op stopover at the Ahaw Arch Formation. With its unique shape backdropped by the white sand beach and blue sky, the site makes for a perfect beach picture. You will then head back to the port and be brought back to Basco for some souvenir shopping before heading home.  Be prepared for a full day of sightseeing on the smallest island in Batanes when you book this private day trip to Sabtang. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
9,5 hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Batanes Top Attractions I Shared Guided Tour

Discover the beauty of Ivatan culture and explore the natural attractions of Batanes by joining this shared tour to Sabtang Island! This tour will give you the chance to immerse yourself in the Ivatan culture and marvel at the Sabtang’s raw beauty. The right mix of sightseeing and immersion makes this tour package perfect for different kinds of travelers. Your tour will begin once you are picked up from your accommodation. You will board a native boat and travel through the Pacific Ocean towards Sabtang Island. You will then transfer to an open-air jeepney that will take you around the island. The first stop is San Vicente Ferrer Church, which is a National Historical Landmark. Afterward, you will see rows upon rows of traditional Ivatan houses at Savidug Village. The village is also home to the St. Thomas de Aquinas Chapel and the Savidug Idjang viewpoint. Nearby is the Tinan Viewpoint where you can catch a glimpse of the island’s breathtaking seascape. You will then meet more of the locals during the Chavayan Community Tour.  A visit to Sabtang won’t be complete without a seaside lunch at Morong Beach. The beach overlooks the Nakabuang Arch, which is one of the famous rock formations of Sabtang Island. Once you’ve had your fill, the next stop will be the Chavayan Traditional Ivatan Village. Here you will get a chance to wear and take photos of the traditional Ivatan headgear which is hand-made by the Sabtang Weavers Association.   Finally, you will get to pay your respects at Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel which is the only remaining church in Batanes roofed with cogon grass. Your tour will end with a boat ride back to Batan Island where you can enjoy the sunset.  Your driver will bring you back to your accommodation upon arrival in Batan. Complete your Batanes itinerary with this full-day tour of Sabtang Island. Check the availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Batanes Shared Full-Day Tour | With Transfers and Lunch

Get introduced to the beauty of Batanes with this shared guided tour of Sabtang Island. Taking you to see rolling hills and centuries-old stone houses, this full-day trip is perfect for nature lovers wanting to experience the best of the province.  Your tour begins after you have been picked up from your accommodation in Basco and driven to Ivana port. From there, you will board a faluwa, a vessel native to Batanes built without an outrigger, that will sail you across the sea to the nearby island of Sabtang. Upon arriving on the island, you will stopover for registrations at the tourism office before you are taken to the Sabtang Lighthouse. This lighthouse sits right next to the San Vicente Port and features a rubble masonry finish, making it an Instagrammable backdrop for photo-ops.  After enjoying the views at the lighthouse, you will visit the Savidug village near the coast. Here, you will see traditional stone houses called Sinakan Stone Houses. The houses are made of stone and lime to withstand the fiercest of storms that frequent the area. You will then be taken to the Lime Kiln & Savidug Idjang, which was once a fortress protecting the village. The panoramic views of the mountain here are breathtaking, so make sure to snap some photos.  You will then head to the mission-style Sto. Tomas de Aquinas Chapel before you visit the spectacular Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. Thanks to the high altitude of the viewpoint, you will see here the rugged landscape and seascape of Sabtang. After posing for photos at the view deck, you will get to observe the locals’ traditional livelihood of weaving at the Sabtang Weavers Association. You can rent the vakul (headgear) here for a photo opportunity. It is a traditional headdress used by farmers to protect themselves from the heat of the sun. They use it as a pillow as well when they take a siesta in the fields. From the village, you will drive to the nearby Brgy. Chavayan to see their stone houses, as well as the Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel. Cap off your day trip by visiting the picturesque Mahayaw Arch in Morong Beach. Here, you will have your lunch picnic-style before you head back to take the faluwa again to Ivana Port. Once you reach Basco, you will stopover for some souvenir shopping before heading home.  See the postcard-perfect beauty of Sabtang Island on this guided day trip in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Batanes Private Half-Day Tour | With Sunset Viewing

Get ready to indulge in the history and beauty of North Batan with a visit to the iconic landmarks of Batanes’ main island. Loaded with a jam-packed itinerary, this trip appeals to visitors who want to get the most out of their limited stay in the northern section of Batanes.  Once you are picked up by your tour vehicle, you will immediately head to Mt. Carmel Chapel, where you can see the panoramic views of the rolling hills of Basco. From there, you will drive to the nearby sites of Tukon Radar Station and Ivatan Fortress for some photos. A quick drive away from the fortress is the Japanese Tunnel, hidden underneath the greenery of the island. This was used by the Japanese as a shelter during World War II. You will then make your way to Valugan Boulder Beach, a shore blanketed with rocks for kilometers on end.  Once you’ve had your fill of the fierce seascape of Batanes, you will be taken to the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral to offer a little prayer before making your way to the Naidi Hills. This is where the famous Basco Lighthouse is located. The lighthouse has been a popular spot for sightseeing as its view deck offers a stunning vista of the majority of Batan Island. From there, you will make your way to Vayang Ranch, a wide area of rolling hills overlooking the seascape. You will stay for a little while longer here to enjoy the setting sun.  After the sunset viewing experience, you will head to the Basco town proper to visit the Provincial Capitol, Rizal Park, and Sto. Domingo Cathedral, the first church to be built on the island. To cap off your day, you will also drop by the Fundacion Pacita, known as one of the admirable boutique hotels in the Philippines with its classic "Wuthering Heights" ambiance.  Discover the Instaggramable highlights of North Batan with this private afternoon tour around one of Batanes’ primary islands. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
All year
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Batan Island Batanes Full-Day Tour | With Hotel Pickup & Drop-off

See firsthand the beauty of Batanes with this full-day tour of Batan Island. If you’re looking to experience the highlights of the whole island in just one day, then this package is just what you need and more.  After being picked up from your accommodation, sit back and enjoy the view in comfort as you travel around the coastal winding roads of Batan Island. Your first stop will be at the Vayang Rolling Hills. Offering vast green pastures overlooking the sea, this site is perfect for your photo-ops. Breathe in the cool sea breeze and soak in the view before you head over to the Naidi Lighthouse. The lighthouse proudly stands at a height of 66 feet, giving you an amazing vantage point of the whole town of Basco.    Some four kilometers from the lighthouse is the Valugan Boulder Beach, a long stretch of boulder-blanketed coastline formed after Mt. Iraya’s eruption in 400 AD. This rocky bay offers a view of the Pacific Ocean on one side and the active volcano on the other. You will then enjoy a stopover at the Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel. Composed of volcanic rocks and cement, the tunnel served as the Japanese soldiers’ hideout during their occupation in the country in the 1940s.  From there, you’ll visit the quaint Mt. Carmel Chapel, a tiny church on a hill that’s sought-after for destination weddings. While in here, pray and contemplate before you proceed to your next destination, the PAGASA Tukon radar station. Sitting on top of a hill, the station provides visitors with a 360-degree view of Batan Island that goes as far out as the town proper of Basco and the fields of Mahatao.  You will see with more spectacular views at your next destination, the Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. The nature lodge was built on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the favorite view decks on the island. Another must-see viewpoint on Batan is the Rakuh-A-Payaman, one of the Batanes’ most iconic destinations. Popularly called “Marlboro Country”, this idyllic communal pastureland where cows and carabaos graze offers a view of rolling hills, a cove and, the wide-open sea framed by cliffsides. From there, you will make your way to the Alapad Rock Formations, where you will be welcomed by its captivating view of natural rocks weathered by the elements. Pose for some photos here before heading to the Honesty Cafe. This shop has no attending staff, so visitors are expected to pay for their purchases honestly.  Less than a kilometer away from the cafe is the Tuhel Spanish Bridge that dates back to the 1800s. You will then end your day with a visit to the San Carlos Borromeo Church of Mahatao next. This Baroque-style church has been listed as a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines. Marvel at postcard-perfect views of the entire Batan Island in just one day with this hassle-free tour in Batanes. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Batanes Afternoon Shared Sightseeing | With Lunch

Hit the road and explore the northern section of Batan, the second-largest island of Batanes. Taking you from rolling hills to pebble beaches, this afternoon tour is perfect for backpackers who love to sightsee and discover new destinations. Your tour begins when you are picked up from the airport in Basco and taken straight to Vunong Dinette. Here, you will be served with an authentic Ivatan cuisine for your lunch. Try their specialty called Vunong meal, a signature dish of turmeric rice, beefsteak, and native pork adobo wrapped in breadfruit leaves. Upon finishing your sumptuous meal, you will head to Mt. Carmel Chapel. Patterned after the traditional stone house of Batanes, this chapel is meant to withstand the fiercest of storms that hit the area frequently. From here, you can also visit the Tukun Weather Station, located some 250 meters away.  After some quick photos in the weather station, you will check out the Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge, a nature lodge built on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Some of the profits of this private accommodation are used to fund livelihood and educational projects around the islands. You will also be visiting Basco Idjang Didawud. This popular viewing deck is made out of molten volcanic magma elevated around a hundred meters above sea level. From the National Road drop-off point, you will be trekking the steep slopes toward view deck.  After you’ve had your fill of the landscapes at the viewing point, you will be taken to the Dipnaysuhuan Japanese Tunnel, an interconnected network of tunnels in Tukon Hills. It dates back to World War II, serving as the shelter of the Japanese soldiers who came to the island in the early 1940s. Your guide will lead you into the tunnel, which is made out of volcanic rocks and cement.  From the tunnel, you will stop over at the Valugan Boulder Bay and Vayang Rolling Hills, two postcard-worthy attractions that are almost the pinup picture for Batanes. You will also check out Casa Real (Provincial Capitol), the Kilometer “0” marker, and the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral before going on a walking tour of Abad Street, Basco’s commercial street. You will end your day at the Basco Lighthouse and Bunker Complex at Naidi Hills to watch the sunset. See for yourself the picture-perfect landscape of Basco Town in Batanes with this afternoon sightseeing tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
All year
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South Batan Batanes Private Full-Day Tour | With Set Lunch

Discover why Batanes tops the bucket list of many Filipinos with this full-day private trip around South Batan’s iconic landmarks. From rolling panoramas to historical architecture, this guided tour appeals to visitors of all ages who wish to see the best of Batan Island in a single day.  After picking you up from your hotel, your adventure will start with a visit to the Chawa View Deck to see the West Philippine Sea up close. The site has a roadside stairwell leading to the shores. From there, enjoy the scenic drive towards Mahatao town, where you will visit famous landmarks such as the Mahatao Old Church. You will also stop by the Spanish Lighthouse and Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse for some photo ops. After posing in front of the lighthouses, you will make your way to the cinematic pastures of Racuh a Payaman, more commonly known as Marlboro Country. The sweeping hills are nothing short of spectacular especially with the view of the seascape as a backdrop. The drive continues on to the Alapad and LORAN Station Ruins, after which you will visit the Itbud Community and the town of Uyugan, which is home to the eerie Song Song Ruins. The ruins are the remains of an old barangay which was abandoned after a tsunami hit Batan Island during the 1950s. Nearby, you will also see the vernacular houses of the indigenous people residing in the area. You will be driven back to Ivana to visit the Honesty Coffee Shop, a unique shop with no shopkeepers. Customers are expected to honestly pay for the things they bought by leaving it in a money box. After purchasing some souvenirs at the shop, you will continue to the San Jose Church and the House of Dakay, known as the oldest stone house in Batanes Island built in 1887. Your last stop on the way back to the hotel is the Old Spanish Bridge, which is made of lime mortar.  Experience the beauty of South Batan with this by joining us on this shared day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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Frequently Asked Questions

About Batanes Tours

Known for its stunning mountain and coastline views that could rival New Zealand, a tour to Batanes will definitely be one of your most favorite experiences in the Philippines. Explore this unique Philippine destination that is world’s away from the busy city life and party beach vibe of other tourist spots.

1. What are the top tourist spots in Batanes?

Batanes is most famous for its lighthouses, rolling hills with stunning views of the coastline, and stone houses. It’s a great place to disconnect and unwind because of its postcard-perfect sceneries and often times is called the New Zealand of the Philippines. It’s called the Home of the Winds because of its cool and windy weather. The top tourist spots include Morong Beach, Mt. Iraya, Basco Lighthouse, Vayang Rolling Hills, Valugan Boulder Beach, Mt. Carmel Chapel, House of Dakay, Rakuh a Payaman or Marlboro Hills, and the Honesty Coffee Shop

2. When is the best time to go to Batanes?

The best months to go to Batanes is during March to June, the dry and summer season in the Philippines with a minimal amount of rainfall. You can also visit during the first quarter of the year where there’s cooler weather in Batanes but rainy days are possible.

3. Is there mobile data or Wi-Fi signal in Batanes?

Yes, but with limited connectivity or intermittent signal especially in distant areas from Basco, the capital. Some hotels or accommodations have Wi-Fi.

4. What’s the best way to get around Batanes?

You can ride tricycles, jeepneys, rent motorbikes and bicycles, or hire a private van when doing land tours. For inter-island transportation, you will need to ride passenger boats called faluwa.

5. How much time should I spend in Batanes?

Visiting Batanes to the fullest is not just a weekend affair. We recommend planning an itinerary for at least 5 days and 4 nights to bask yourself in the local culture and majestic spots.

6. How do I go to Batanes from Manila?

Traveling by air is the most cost and time-efficient way to visit Batanes. You can fly from Manila, Cebu, Clark, or Davao to Batanes via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and SkyJet. Estimate travel time is between 70 minutes to 1 hour and 50 minutes. You can also book a Batanes tour for a hassle-free journey.

7. Can you swim in Batanes?

Yes, if the waves are not rough. A famous spot for swimming is Morong Beach that is known for its Nakabuang Arch. 

8. Is it safe in Batanes?

Yes, it’s safe in Batanes even for solo travelers. The crime rate is low and the locals, Ivatans, are hospitable and friendly.

9. Are there ATM machines in Batanes?

For your banking needs, Landbank and PNB provide ATMs in Batanes where you can withdraw cash. But to be safe, make sure to bring enough cash before heading to Batanes to avoid delays and inconvenience.