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 Summit | Guided Hiking Tour in Batanes

Prepare yourself for a day of hiking to the summit of the highest point of Batanes. This guided tour of Mt. Iraya is ideal for avid mountaineers and nature lovers who want an extraordinary experience not a lot of travelers can do. You will see Mt. Iraya once you land in the airport at Basco, its peak almost always covered by clouds. This hike will give you the best chance to see how beautiful the view from the peak can be. After being picked up from your accommodation, you will be dropped off at the jump-off point where you will start your trek. You will be hiking up an active volcano that towers over Basco at approximately 1,009 meters above sea level. Rated a moderate to difficult climb, Mt. Iraya is rarely visited by tourists. Don't worry, though, as your guide will be with you at all times. The guide will inform you about the rules and regulations you need to follow to ensure the mountain’s preservation. You will pass by various trails in protected areas 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 leads to the most challenging portion of the hike. Ascend up the steep, almost vertical trail with rocks that serve as footholds and handholds to reach the top. 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 this remote mountain rarely visited by travelers. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

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

Enrich your knowledge about age-old fishing traditions and take a dip at the famous Spring of Youth in this Diura Fishing Village day tour package in Batanes. This is perfect for travelers who want to relax at a serene place loved by locals and tourists alike. You will be picked up at your accommodation in Basco on your chosen schedule. Your tour guide will inform you about the day's itinerary as you make your way through winding coastal roads, past rolling hills and down 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 first stroll around the village accompanied by your assigned tour guide. 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. The harvesting of dolphin fish is a sacred tradition among the Ivatans. Your tour guide will give a lengthy discussion about 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. Walk through old columnar stone stairs leading to and from the man-made pool to take a dip in the free-flowing spring water which is believed by locals to have healing properties. The pool, surrounded by several native cottages and bamboo benches, fronts the Pacific Ocean. Admire the refreshing view of the sea and Mt. Iraya as you take a dip in the spring. Spend some time seeing how charmingly simple life is in the fishing village by booking this tour. Check availability by choosing a date above.

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

Get ready to explore Sabtang and its tourist attractions in this one day tour in Batanes. It is one of the only three inhabited islands in the northernmost province in the Philippines. If you want spectacular views and learning about the culture and traditions of the Ivatans, this day trip is 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, for an exciting ride going to Sabtang Island. Once you get there, you’ll make your way to visit key spots via a cogon-roofed vehicle. Marvel at the stone houses in the village of Savidug. Built to withstand the strongest typhoons, the houses are a testament to the Ivatan's strength and resilience. Head next to one of the best views in Batanes: Chamantad/Tinyan Viewpoint. It is one of the most popular spots for sightseeing and picture taking on the island. Take a short trek through the rolling hills towards the cliff to get a panoramic view of the open sea. You will stop by a rustic church in Chavayan Village next. Buy souvenirs from local weavers who make the vakul, the traditional headgear of the Ivatans. From there, you will make your way to Morong Beach, one of the most photographed spots in Sabtang. This scenic white sand beach contains a natural unique rock arch formation right on the shore. Indulge in a festive lunch right by the beach while appreciating the scenic view the place has to offer. Many tourists who have visited Batanes claim that you haven’t really experienced the province if you don’t spend at least a day on Sabtang Island. Once you see how beautiful it is, you will understand why! Immerse yourself in this culturally enriching island tour of Sabtang in Batanes. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
12hours
Available:
All year
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Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb

Get active and spend a leisurely day outdoors by hiking up Mt. Matarem, the second highest peak in Batan Island in Batanes. The southern counterpart of the iconic Mt. Iraya offers an easy to moderate hike even for beginner climbers. This half-day sightseeing and hiking tour is suited for beginner and novice hikers and nature-lovers who’d like to get active while enjoying refreshing views. After being picked up at your accommodation in Basco, you’ll make your way to Brgy. San Vicente, the drop-off point in the southern part of the island roughly 13 km away from the town capital of Basco. 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. The trek takes you through scenic trails winding through an inactive volcano that stands 473+ meters above sea level. The mountain gets its name from the local term for “steep” which sums up its rugged contours and trails. While 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 tree and get up close to local flora and fauna. The trail will pass 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 gradually 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 and the airport, the coasts of Basco and Mahatao facing the Pacific Ocean, the old lighthouse and Fundacion Pacita; the sight of hedgerows and Rakuh e Payaman, followed by the southern town of Uyugan, Ivana to the southwest and Sabtang Island from a distance. Get a different perspective and enjoy stunning panoramic views by hiking up this worthy mountain. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Batan South | Exclusive Guided Day Tour in Batanes

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 natural wonders in the comfort and convenience of an air-conditioned vehicle. After being picked up from your accommodation in Basco, you will head south to Paderes Viewpoint. There are steps by the cliff going down to the beach. Feel free to explore and take photos of the breathtaking view. Your next destination is Tayid Lighthouse, one of the three functioning lighthouses in Batanes. This structure is an important part of 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. Have a sumptuous lunch of traditional Ivatan cuisine when you stop by the scenic Racuh a Payaman, also known as Marlboro Country. Do some jump shots, roll around the grassy hillside, or just sit and absorb the spectacular views. Either way, enjoy your moment there before you continue on with your tour. You will head to the House of Dakay, the oldest house on the island, and Honesty Coffee Shop next. The shop is unmanned 24/7. You will find 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. From the shop, 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 Batan South when you book this exclusive guided day tour in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Batan South Day Trip | Batanes Tricycle Tour

Explore the beauty of Batan South on a tricycle with this guided day tour. This is the perfect trip of picturesque cliffs, lime-and-stone churches, and rolling hills, among many other natural attractions that make the island a must-see destination in the country. This budget-friendly tour is perfect for backpackers exploring the southern part of the largest island in Batanes. It is also greatly suitable for small groups who want to discover the charm of Batan island. After being picked up from your accommodation in Batan, you will head straight to the Paderes Viewpoint where you will alight near the famous Blow Ur Horn signage. Here you will have 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. Nearby is the San Carlos Church of Mahatao. The original chapel was replaced by the lime and stone facade after it was severely damaged by a storm. Have a quick stopover in Tayid Lighthouse for a photo opportunity before proceeding to Racuh a Payaman in Marlboro Country for a sumptuous lunch of local cuisine. Rest for a bit or have a short nap before you continue on with the tour around Batanes’ world-class natural attractions. From the roadside, you will have a short walk to Homoron white beach and blue lagoon. Take a dip into the cold, calm waters and take some photos before you go to your next stop. Witness the rich underwater ecosystem of Batanes when you go to Ivana Marine Sanctuary. You’ll also see House of Dakay, the oldest house in the whole of Batanes group of islands. It is patterned after traditional houses – not for aesthetics – but for the purpose of withstanding storms. Try buying goods from an unmanned store when you visit the Honesty Coffee Shop. Here, you are expected to pay according to the amount listed on the board and log them on a notebook. Be amazed by Ivatans’ values. See the iconic hills and grasslands of South Batan when you book this affordable day trip. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Sightseeing | Tricycle Tour in Batanes

Hop on in this budget-friendly tour of Sabtang, one of the three inhabited islands in Batanes. You will go around in a tricycle, a motorized vehicle that's used everyday by the locals. Your day starts when your local guide picks you up in your accommodation in Basco. The guide will brief you on the day's itinerary before you go to Ivana Port, where the faluwa, a boat that’s unique to the island of Batanes, is docked. Enjoy the cool sea breeze during the boat trip. Your guide will call your attention when you are nearing the island. One of the first things you will see is the Sabtang Lighthouse. It is a 20-ft stone tower that looks great contrasted against the lush greens of the mountains. From the port, you will visit the Savidug and Sinakan Villages where you will see the traditional Ivatan homes. You will be able to identify three types of houses: the maytuab, the sinadumparan, and the jinjin. Both the maytuab and sinadumparan are stone houses; the first one has 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. Have a taste of authentic Ivatan cuisine when you take your picnic lunch in Lukoy Beach. This site is also known as the Secret Beach among the locals, as it is only accessible through a cliff. Laze in the white sands for a quick rest before continuing on with your tour in Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. This is one of the most picturesque sites in Batanes. Cap off your tour in Morong Beach where you can laze on the sand and listen to the sound of the waves lapping gently in the background. Pass through the iconic Nakabuang Arch, also known as Mahayaw Arch, while beachcombing. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the beautiful island of Sabtang in a local transport. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
9.5hours
Available:
All year
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Half Day Tricycle Tour of Batan North in Batanes

Explore the beautiful landscape of Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines, in this budget-friendly tricycle tour of Batan North. If you like seeing verdant rolling hills and scenic seascapes, this tour is for you.  Your excursion begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Basco. Your tricycle driver/guide will take you to Vunong Dinette where you will be served authentic Ivatan cuisine. Enjoy your delicious lunch, as the cattle in the whole province are grass-fed. 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 resourcefulness of the builders as the materials used in constructing this place of worship are the very stones of Valugan Boulder Beach, which you will visit later on. Afterwards, 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 is as a remnant of WWII and a landmark that signaled the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. 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 Pacific Ocean and the green hills make a good backdrop. Don’t hesitate to ask your guide to take your photos! You will also see Fundacion Pacita, 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. Hop on this tricycle tour to see the beauty of North Batan. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
5.5hours
Available:
All year
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South Batan Attractions | Whole Day Shared Tour in Batanes

Hop on this day trip around the southern part of Batan 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 joiner day trip is for you. After being picked up from your accommodation in Basco, your tour guide will talk about the island as you make your way to your first stop. More than picture-perfect views of the mountains and the sea, this southern tour will give you a glimpse of the colorful culture of the Ivatans. Your first stop is Paderes View Point. On your way, you will see the famous “Blow Ur Horn” sign, which prevents vehicular accidents due to the road’s sharp turns. From the viewpoint, there is a stairway leading to the beach below. Make sure to take photos of this picturesque view before you head to your next stop, the San Carlos Church of Mahatao whose original architecture was replaced by a stone-and-lime facade after being destroyed by a strong storm. From the church, you will check out 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. The highlight of your South Batan tour is Racuh a Payaman, also known as Marlboro Country. Its wide expanse of rolling green hills with a view of Mt. Iraya in the distance brings to mind the lush countryside depicted in the cigarette commercial. It is definitely one of the best places to visit in Batanes. After lunch, you will continue to Homoron White Beach and Blue Lagoon where you can relax by the rocky natural pools. You will also get the chance to see the House of Dakay, the oldest house in Batanes built in 1887, as well as the Honesty Coffee Shop, a 24/7 unmanned neighborhood store that relies on the buyer’s honesty. Your last stop will be Alapad Hill and Rock Formation, an aftermath of Mt. Iraya’s volcanic eruptions. Here, you are offered a breathtaking view of where the sky meets the sea. Explore the best of South Batan’s attractions by booking this tour. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Day Tour | With Transfers and Lunch

Basco, Batanes — See the iconic sights of Batanes, from rolling hills to centuries-old stone houses, in this private day trip of Sabtang Island. If you had always wanted to see what makes this smallest island province a top entry in most Filipinos' bucket list, this guided excursion is for you. While Sabtang is the smallest among the inhabited islands of Batanes, it is home to the well-preserved culture of the Ivatan. Your tour begins after you have been picked up from your accommodation in Basco. Your driver, who will double as your guide, will take you to Ivana port where you will board a faluwa, an outrigger-less boat that is native to the province. You will be taken to the spectacular Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. Here you will have a great vantage point to see the beauty of Sabtang. The raw, rugged landscape is quintessentially Batanes.  You will see traditional stone houses next, when you visit Savidug and Chavayan villages. 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. In Savidug village, you will see the Sinadumparan stone house that has two sloped cogon roofs and identical stonewalls. You will see the two other types of stone houses in Chavayan. You will also get to observe the locals’ traditional livelihood of weaving when you visit the Sabtang Weavers Association. Don't forget to take a photo of yourself wearing the vakul (with fees to be paid to the locals) a traditional headdress worn by Ivatan farmers to protect them from the heat and to be used as a pillow during their afternoon nap.  From the village, you will head to Morong Beach next. You will have your lunch here and have time for a walk along the beach or, if you brought your swimsuit with you, a quick dip in the sea. A highlight is the Nakabuang Arch (and cave) which is pretty popular for picture taking opportunities given its unique shape with the white sand beach and blue sky as its backdrop.  Be prepared for a full day of sightseeing on one of the only three inhabited islands in Batanes when you book this private day trip to Sabtang. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
9.5hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Attractions | Half Day Shared Tour in Batanes

Come along on a half day tour of the northern part of Batan, the second largest island in Batanes. From rolling hills to a pebble beach, stone churches and a lighthouse, this joiner trip will take you to the best destinations in Batan at an affordable price. Your tour begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Basco. Your driver and tour guide will brief you about the attractions included in your package. You will have someone in your group to take your photos for the duration of the trip. You will head straight to Vunong Dinette where you will be served authentic Ivatan cuisine. 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. The external structure of the church is patterned after the traditional stone house of Batanes that’s made to withstand the fiercest storms that hit the area frequently. From here, you can also visit the Tukon Weather Station. Afterwards, you will check out the Dipnaysuhuan Japanese Tunnel, an interconnected network of tunnels in Tukon Hills that's a remnant of World War II, when a 490-man naval combat unit led the Japanese invasion of the Philippines from the coast off Batan. From the tunnel, head to Fundacion Pacita, 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 visit 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), Basco Lighthouse, Bunker Complex, and Naidi Hills where you can watch the sunset. See for yourself the picture-perfect landscape of Basco Town that you've only seen online before when you book this joiner day trip. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
5hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Day Trip | Guided Tour in Batanes

Explore the beauty of Batanes with this exclusive guided tour of Sabtang Island. If you want to see traditional Ivatan stone houses and the picturesque Chamantad Cove and Tiñan Viewpoint, this trip is for you. Your excursion begins when you’re 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. Upon arrival, you will proceed to Sabtang Lighthouse. Take some photos before you head to Savidug and Chavayan villages, where you will see the Ivatans' traditional old stone houses. Stone and lime are used to build these houses in order to withstand the fiercest of storms that frequent the area. In Chavayan Village, you will see the Sabtang Weavers Association. You can rent the vakul 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. You will see the mission-styled Sto. Tomas de Aquinas Chapel and the Sta. Rosa De Lima in Savidug Village before you will head to Chamantad Cove and Tiñan Viewpoint. You will reach one of the highest parts of Sabtang when you head to Chamantad Cove. There is a small trail that leads to a scenic view of the ocean. You will be given time to take photos; this is one of the most spectacular spots in Batanes. 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. See the postcard-perfect beauty of Sabtang Island on this guided day trip in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Attractions | Private Guided Day Trip in Batanes

See for yourself what makes Batanes a must-see destination. This guided day tour is perfect for those who want to maximize their stay in North Batan before exploring South Batan and Sabtang Island. The tour begins when your driver, who will also serve as your tour guide, picks you up from your accommodation in Basco. Upon arriving at Vunong Dinette, you will be served authentic Ivatan cuisine for lunch. Expect to taste a medley of flavors in the local dishes. Afterwards, you will head to Vayang Ranch, famously known as the Rolling Hills because of the picturesque view of the vast stretch of green mounds set against the blue sky. 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. 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 be making stops at Casa Real (Provincial Capitol) and the Kilometer 0 marker, the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, and the Basco Lighthouse. Enjoy taking pictures with Mt. Carmel Chapel as the backdrop, and appreciate the views from the PAGASA “Tukun” Weather station, where you can drink in the 360 view of Mt. Iraya, Dinem Island, and the sharp cliffs by the beach on one side and the rolling hills on the other. You will end your North Batan tour at Naidi Hills. Note how the colors of the sunset makes everything look magical, including the lighthouse set against the greens.  Explore the lush pastoral landscape and historic locations in North Batan by booking this private day trip. Check availability by selecting a date above.

Duration:
5.5hours
Available:
All year
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Batanes Highlights Tour | North and South Batan Island

Find out for yourself why Batanes is the number one dream destination in the Philippines. This tour around North and South Batan islands will take you to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. This tour is for anyone who wants to enjoy a day of quality sightseeing and marvel at postcard-perfect views at every turn. After being picked up from your accommodation, your air-conditioned van will conveniently drop you off at the vicinity of each site. Sit back and enjoy the view in comfort as you travel around the coastal winding roads of Batan Island. You’ll visit unique and historic sights all over the island including the century-old House of Dakay, a church that contains a library of blank books, and the Honesty Cafe where visitors are expected to pay by honesty system. Pose for photos along with the road at Alapad Rock Formations, with its captivating view of natural rocks weathered by the elements. Soak in the view at Rakuh-A-Payaman, one of the Batanes’ most iconic and photographed sightseeing destinations. Popularly called “Marlboro Country” by tourists, 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. After a lunch of local dishes, 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. Crouch down and walk through a Japanese Tunnel before making your way to Valugan Boulder Beach. This rocky bay offers a view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Iraya on the side, with a long stretch of boulders formed from during the volcano’s eruption in 400 AD. You’ll end your tour at two of the most popular spots in the capital of Basco. Take a short trek from Vayang Rolling Hills to get a stunning view of the landscape overlooking the sea. Then, climb up the 66-feet high Naidi Lighthouse for an amazing vantage point of the whole town of Basco as the sun sets. Explore all the best spots in the whole Batan Island in just one day with this hassle-free joining tour. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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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 Summit | Guided Hiking Tour in Batanes

Prepare yourself for a day of hiking to the summit of the highest point of Batanes. This guided tour of Mt. Iraya is ideal for avid mountaineers and nature lovers who want an extraordinary experience not a lot of travelers can do. You will see Mt. Iraya once you land in the airport at Basco, its peak almost always covered by clouds. This hike will give you the best chance to see how beautiful the view from the peak can be. After being picked up from your accommodation, you will be dropped off at the jump-off point where you will start your trek. You will be hiking up an active volcano that towers over Basco at approximately 1,009 meters above sea level. Rated a moderate to difficult climb, Mt. Iraya is rarely visited by tourists. Don't worry, though, as your guide will be with you at all times. The guide will inform you about the rules and regulations you need to follow to ensure the mountain’s preservation. You will pass by various trails in protected areas 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 leads to the most challenging portion of the hike. Ascend up the steep, almost vertical trail with rocks that serve as footholds and handholds to reach the top. 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 this remote mountain rarely visited by travelers. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

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

Enrich your knowledge about age-old fishing traditions and take a dip at the famous Spring of Youth in this Diura Fishing Village day tour package in Batanes. This is perfect for travelers who want to relax at a serene place loved by locals and tourists alike. You will be picked up at your accommodation in Basco on your chosen schedule. Your tour guide will inform you about the day's itinerary as you make your way through winding coastal roads, past rolling hills and down 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 first stroll around the village accompanied by your assigned tour guide. 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. The harvesting of dolphin fish is a sacred tradition among the Ivatans. Your tour guide will give a lengthy discussion about 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. Walk through old columnar stone stairs leading to and from the man-made pool to take a dip in the free-flowing spring water which is believed by locals to have healing properties. The pool, surrounded by several native cottages and bamboo benches, fronts the Pacific Ocean. Admire the refreshing view of the sea and Mt. Iraya as you take a dip in the spring. Spend some time seeing how charmingly simple life is in the fishing village by booking this tour. Check availability by choosing a date above.

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

Get ready to explore Sabtang and its tourist attractions in this one day tour in Batanes. It is one of the only three inhabited islands in the northernmost province in the Philippines. If you want spectacular views and learning about the culture and traditions of the Ivatans, this day trip is 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, for an exciting ride going to Sabtang Island. Once you get there, you’ll make your way to visit key spots via a cogon-roofed vehicle. Marvel at the stone houses in the village of Savidug. Built to withstand the strongest typhoons, the houses are a testament to the Ivatan's strength and resilience. Head next to one of the best views in Batanes: Chamantad/Tinyan Viewpoint. It is one of the most popular spots for sightseeing and picture taking on the island. Take a short trek through the rolling hills towards the cliff to get a panoramic view of the open sea. You will stop by a rustic church in Chavayan Village next. Buy souvenirs from local weavers who make the vakul, the traditional headgear of the Ivatans. From there, you will make your way to Morong Beach, one of the most photographed spots in Sabtang. This scenic white sand beach contains a natural unique rock arch formation right on the shore. Indulge in a festive lunch right by the beach while appreciating the scenic view the place has to offer. Many tourists who have visited Batanes claim that you haven’t really experienced the province if you don’t spend at least a day on Sabtang Island. Once you see how beautiful it is, you will understand why! Immerse yourself in this culturally enriching island tour of Sabtang in Batanes. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
12hours
Available:
All year
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Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb

Get active and spend a leisurely day outdoors by hiking up Mt. Matarem, the second highest peak in Batan Island in Batanes. The southern counterpart of the iconic Mt. Iraya offers an easy to moderate hike even for beginner climbers. This half-day sightseeing and hiking tour is suited for beginner and novice hikers and nature-lovers who’d like to get active while enjoying refreshing views. After being picked up at your accommodation in Basco, you’ll make your way to Brgy. San Vicente, the drop-off point in the southern part of the island roughly 13 km away from the town capital of Basco. 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. The trek takes you through scenic trails winding through an inactive volcano that stands 473+ meters above sea level. The mountain gets its name from the local term for “steep” which sums up its rugged contours and trails. While 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 tree and get up close to local flora and fauna. The trail will pass 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 gradually 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 and the airport, the coasts of Basco and Mahatao facing the Pacific Ocean, the old lighthouse and Fundacion Pacita; the sight of hedgerows and Rakuh e Payaman, followed by the southern town of Uyugan, Ivana to the southwest and Sabtang Island from a distance. Get a different perspective and enjoy stunning panoramic views by hiking up this worthy mountain. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Batan South | Exclusive Guided Day Tour in Batanes

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 natural wonders in the comfort and convenience of an air-conditioned vehicle. After being picked up from your accommodation in Basco, you will head south to Paderes Viewpoint. There are steps by the cliff going down to the beach. Feel free to explore and take photos of the breathtaking view. Your next destination is Tayid Lighthouse, one of the three functioning lighthouses in Batanes. This structure is an important part of 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. Have a sumptuous lunch of traditional Ivatan cuisine when you stop by the scenic Racuh a Payaman, also known as Marlboro Country. Do some jump shots, roll around the grassy hillside, or just sit and absorb the spectacular views. Either way, enjoy your moment there before you continue on with your tour. You will head to the House of Dakay, the oldest house on the island, and Honesty Coffee Shop next. The shop is unmanned 24/7. You will find 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. From the shop, 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 Batan South when you book this exclusive guided day tour in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Batan South Day Trip | Batanes Tricycle Tour

Explore the beauty of Batan South on a tricycle with this guided day tour. This is the perfect trip of picturesque cliffs, lime-and-stone churches, and rolling hills, among many other natural attractions that make the island a must-see destination in the country. This budget-friendly tour is perfect for backpackers exploring the southern part of the largest island in Batanes. It is also greatly suitable for small groups who want to discover the charm of Batan island. After being picked up from your accommodation in Batan, you will head straight to the Paderes Viewpoint where you will alight near the famous Blow Ur Horn signage. Here you will have 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. Nearby is the San Carlos Church of Mahatao. The original chapel was replaced by the lime and stone facade after it was severely damaged by a storm. Have a quick stopover in Tayid Lighthouse for a photo opportunity before proceeding to Racuh a Payaman in Marlboro Country for a sumptuous lunch of local cuisine. Rest for a bit or have a short nap before you continue on with the tour around Batanes’ world-class natural attractions. From the roadside, you will have a short walk to Homoron white beach and blue lagoon. Take a dip into the cold, calm waters and take some photos before you go to your next stop. Witness the rich underwater ecosystem of Batanes when you go to Ivana Marine Sanctuary. You’ll also see House of Dakay, the oldest house in the whole of Batanes group of islands. It is patterned after traditional houses – not for aesthetics – but for the purpose of withstanding storms. Try buying goods from an unmanned store when you visit the Honesty Coffee Shop. Here, you are expected to pay according to the amount listed on the board and log them on a notebook. Be amazed by Ivatans’ values. See the iconic hills and grasslands of South Batan when you book this affordable day trip. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Sightseeing | Tricycle Tour in Batanes

Hop on in this budget-friendly tour of Sabtang, one of the three inhabited islands in Batanes. You will go around in a tricycle, a motorized vehicle that's used everyday by the locals. Your day starts when your local guide picks you up in your accommodation in Basco. The guide will brief you on the day's itinerary before you go to Ivana Port, where the faluwa, a boat that’s unique to the island of Batanes, is docked. Enjoy the cool sea breeze during the boat trip. Your guide will call your attention when you are nearing the island. One of the first things you will see is the Sabtang Lighthouse. It is a 20-ft stone tower that looks great contrasted against the lush greens of the mountains. From the port, you will visit the Savidug and Sinakan Villages where you will see the traditional Ivatan homes. You will be able to identify three types of houses: the maytuab, the sinadumparan, and the jinjin. Both the maytuab and sinadumparan are stone houses; the first one has 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. Have a taste of authentic Ivatan cuisine when you take your picnic lunch in Lukoy Beach. This site is also known as the Secret Beach among the locals, as it is only accessible through a cliff. Laze in the white sands for a quick rest before continuing on with your tour in Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. This is one of the most picturesque sites in Batanes. Cap off your tour in Morong Beach where you can laze on the sand and listen to the sound of the waves lapping gently in the background. Pass through the iconic Nakabuang Arch, also known as Mahayaw Arch, while beachcombing. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the beautiful island of Sabtang in a local transport. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
9.5hours
Available:
All year
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Half Day Tricycle Tour of Batan North in Batanes

Explore the beautiful landscape of Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines, in this budget-friendly tricycle tour of Batan North. If you like seeing verdant rolling hills and scenic seascapes, this tour is for you.  Your excursion begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Basco. Your tricycle driver/guide will take you to Vunong Dinette where you will be served authentic Ivatan cuisine. Enjoy your delicious lunch, as the cattle in the whole province are grass-fed. 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 resourcefulness of the builders as the materials used in constructing this place of worship are the very stones of Valugan Boulder Beach, which you will visit later on. Afterwards, 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 is as a remnant of WWII and a landmark that signaled the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. 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 Pacific Ocean and the green hills make a good backdrop. Don’t hesitate to ask your guide to take your photos! You will also see Fundacion Pacita, 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. Hop on this tricycle tour to see the beauty of North Batan. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
5.5hours
Available:
All year
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South Batan Attractions | Whole Day Shared Tour in Batanes

Hop on this day trip around the southern part of Batan 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 joiner day trip is for you. After being picked up from your accommodation in Basco, your tour guide will talk about the island as you make your way to your first stop. More than picture-perfect views of the mountains and the sea, this southern tour will give you a glimpse of the colorful culture of the Ivatans. Your first stop is Paderes View Point. On your way, you will see the famous “Blow Ur Horn” sign, which prevents vehicular accidents due to the road’s sharp turns. From the viewpoint, there is a stairway leading to the beach below. Make sure to take photos of this picturesque view before you head to your next stop, the San Carlos Church of Mahatao whose original architecture was replaced by a stone-and-lime facade after being destroyed by a strong storm. From the church, you will check out 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. The highlight of your South Batan tour is Racuh a Payaman, also known as Marlboro Country. Its wide expanse of rolling green hills with a view of Mt. Iraya in the distance brings to mind the lush countryside depicted in the cigarette commercial. It is definitely one of the best places to visit in Batanes. After lunch, you will continue to Homoron White Beach and Blue Lagoon where you can relax by the rocky natural pools. You will also get the chance to see the House of Dakay, the oldest house in Batanes built in 1887, as well as the Honesty Coffee Shop, a 24/7 unmanned neighborhood store that relies on the buyer’s honesty. Your last stop will be Alapad Hill and Rock Formation, an aftermath of Mt. Iraya’s volcanic eruptions. Here, you are offered a breathtaking view of where the sky meets the sea. Explore the best of South Batan’s attractions by booking this tour. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Day Tour | With Transfers and Lunch

Basco, Batanes — See the iconic sights of Batanes, from rolling hills to centuries-old stone houses, in this private day trip of Sabtang Island. If you had always wanted to see what makes this smallest island province a top entry in most Filipinos' bucket list, this guided excursion is for you. While Sabtang is the smallest among the inhabited islands of Batanes, it is home to the well-preserved culture of the Ivatan. Your tour begins after you have been picked up from your accommodation in Basco. Your driver, who will double as your guide, will take you to Ivana port where you will board a faluwa, an outrigger-less boat that is native to the province. You will be taken to the spectacular Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. Here you will have a great vantage point to see the beauty of Sabtang. The raw, rugged landscape is quintessentially Batanes.  You will see traditional stone houses next, when you visit Savidug and Chavayan villages. 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. In Savidug village, you will see the Sinadumparan stone house that has two sloped cogon roofs and identical stonewalls. You will see the two other types of stone houses in Chavayan. You will also get to observe the locals’ traditional livelihood of weaving when you visit the Sabtang Weavers Association. Don't forget to take a photo of yourself wearing the vakul (with fees to be paid to the locals) a traditional headdress worn by Ivatan farmers to protect them from the heat and to be used as a pillow during their afternoon nap.  From the village, you will head to Morong Beach next. You will have your lunch here and have time for a walk along the beach or, if you brought your swimsuit with you, a quick dip in the sea. A highlight is the Nakabuang Arch (and cave) which is pretty popular for picture taking opportunities given its unique shape with the white sand beach and blue sky as its backdrop.  Be prepared for a full day of sightseeing on one of the only three inhabited islands in Batanes when you book this private day trip to Sabtang. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
9.5hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Attractions | Half Day Shared Tour in Batanes

Come along on a half day tour of the northern part of Batan, the second largest island in Batanes. From rolling hills to a pebble beach, stone churches and a lighthouse, this joiner trip will take you to the best destinations in Batan at an affordable price. Your tour begins when you are picked up from your accommodation in Basco. Your driver and tour guide will brief you about the attractions included in your package. You will have someone in your group to take your photos for the duration of the trip. You will head straight to Vunong Dinette where you will be served authentic Ivatan cuisine. 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. The external structure of the church is patterned after the traditional stone house of Batanes that’s made to withstand the fiercest storms that hit the area frequently. From here, you can also visit the Tukon Weather Station. Afterwards, you will check out the Dipnaysuhuan Japanese Tunnel, an interconnected network of tunnels in Tukon Hills that's a remnant of World War II, when a 490-man naval combat unit led the Japanese invasion of the Philippines from the coast off Batan. From the tunnel, head to Fundacion Pacita, 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 visit 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), Basco Lighthouse, Bunker Complex, and Naidi Hills where you can watch the sunset. See for yourself the picture-perfect landscape of Basco Town that you've only seen online before when you book this joiner day trip. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
5hours
Available:
All year
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Sabtang Island Day Trip | Guided Tour in Batanes

Explore the beauty of Batanes with this exclusive guided tour of Sabtang Island. If you want to see traditional Ivatan stone houses and the picturesque Chamantad Cove and Tiñan Viewpoint, this trip is for you. Your excursion begins when you’re 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. Upon arrival, you will proceed to Sabtang Lighthouse. Take some photos before you head to Savidug and Chavayan villages, where you will see the Ivatans' traditional old stone houses. Stone and lime are used to build these houses in order to withstand the fiercest of storms that frequent the area. In Chavayan Village, you will see the Sabtang Weavers Association. You can rent the vakul 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. You will see the mission-styled Sto. Tomas de Aquinas Chapel and the Sta. Rosa De Lima in Savidug Village before you will head to Chamantad Cove and Tiñan Viewpoint. You will reach one of the highest parts of Sabtang when you head to Chamantad Cove. There is a small trail that leads to a scenic view of the ocean. You will be given time to take photos; this is one of the most spectacular spots in Batanes. 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. See the postcard-perfect beauty of Sabtang Island on this guided day trip in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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North Batan Attractions | Private Guided Day Trip in Batanes

See for yourself what makes Batanes a must-see destination. This guided day tour is perfect for those who want to maximize their stay in North Batan before exploring South Batan and Sabtang Island. The tour begins when your driver, who will also serve as your tour guide, picks you up from your accommodation in Basco. Upon arriving at Vunong Dinette, you will be served authentic Ivatan cuisine for lunch. Expect to taste a medley of flavors in the local dishes. Afterwards, you will head to Vayang Ranch, famously known as the Rolling Hills because of the picturesque view of the vast stretch of green mounds set against the blue sky. 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. 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 be making stops at Casa Real (Provincial Capitol) and the Kilometer 0 marker, the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, and the Basco Lighthouse. Enjoy taking pictures with Mt. Carmel Chapel as the backdrop, and appreciate the views from the PAGASA “Tukun” Weather station, where you can drink in the 360 view of Mt. Iraya, Dinem Island, and the sharp cliffs by the beach on one side and the rolling hills on the other. You will end your North Batan tour at Naidi Hills. Note how the colors of the sunset makes everything look magical, including the lighthouse set against the greens.  Explore the lush pastoral landscape and historic locations in North Batan by booking this private day trip. Check availability by selecting a date above.

Duration:
5.5hours
Available:
All year
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Batanes Highlights Tour | North and South Batan Island

Find out for yourself why Batanes is the number one dream destination in the Philippines. This tour around North and South Batan islands will take you to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. This tour is for anyone who wants to enjoy a day of quality sightseeing and marvel at postcard-perfect views at every turn. After being picked up from your accommodation, your air-conditioned van will conveniently drop you off at the vicinity of each site. Sit back and enjoy the view in comfort as you travel around the coastal winding roads of Batan Island. You’ll visit unique and historic sights all over the island including the century-old House of Dakay, a church that contains a library of blank books, and the Honesty Cafe where visitors are expected to pay by honesty system. Pose for photos along with the road at Alapad Rock Formations, with its captivating view of natural rocks weathered by the elements. Soak in the view at Rakuh-A-Payaman, one of the Batanes’ most iconic and photographed sightseeing destinations. Popularly called “Marlboro Country” by tourists, 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. After a lunch of local dishes, 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. Crouch down and walk through a Japanese Tunnel before making your way to Valugan Boulder Beach. This rocky bay offers a view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Iraya on the side, with a long stretch of boulders formed from during the volcano’s eruption in 400 AD. You’ll end your tour at two of the most popular spots in the capital of Basco. Take a short trek from Vayang Rolling Hills to get a stunning view of the landscape overlooking the sea. Then, climb up the 66-feet high Naidi Lighthouse for an amazing vantage point of the whole town of Basco as the sun sets. Explore all the best spots in the whole Batan Island in just one day with this hassle-free joining tour. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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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 Summit | Guided Hiking Tour in Batanes

Prepare yourself for a day of hiking to the summit of the highest point of Batanes. This guided tour of Mt. Iraya is ideal for avid mountaineers and nature lovers who want an extraordinary experience not a lot of travelers can do. You will see Mt. Iraya once you land in the airport at Basco, its peak almost always covered by clouds. This hike will give you the best chance to see how beautiful the view from the peak can be. After being picked up from your accommodation, you will be dropped off at the jump-off point where you will start your trek. You will be hiking up an active volcano that towers over Basco at approximately 1,009 meters above sea level. Rated a moderate to difficult climb, Mt. Iraya is rarely visited by tourists. Don't worry, though, as your guide will be with you at all times. The guide will inform you about the rules and regulations you need to follow to ensure the mountain’s preservation. You will pass by various trails in protected areas 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 leads to the most challenging portion of the hike. Ascend up the steep, almost vertical trail with rocks that serve as footholds and handholds to reach the top. 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 this remote mountain rarely visited by travelers. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

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

Enrich your knowledge about age-old fishing traditions and take a dip at the famous Spring of Youth in this Diura Fishing Village day tour package in Batanes. This is perfect for travelers who want to relax at a serene place loved by locals and tourists alike. You will be picked up at your accommodation in Basco on your chosen schedule. Your tour guide will inform you about the day's itinerary as you make your way through winding coastal roads, past rolling hills and down 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 first stroll around the village accompanied by your assigned tour guide. 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. The harvesting of dolphin fish is a sacred tradition among the Ivatans. Your tour guide will give a lengthy discussion about 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. Walk through old columnar stone stairs leading to and from the man-made pool to take a dip in the free-flowing spring water which is believed by locals to have healing properties. The pool, surrounded by several native cottages and bamboo benches, fronts the Pacific Ocean. Admire the refreshing view of the sea and Mt. Iraya as you take a dip in the spring. Spend some time seeing how charmingly simple life is in the fishing village by booking this tour. Check availability by choosing a date above.

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

Get ready to explore Sabtang and its tourist attractions in this one day tour in Batanes. It is one of the only three inhabited islands in the northernmost province in the Philippines. If you want spectacular views and learning about the culture and traditions of the Ivatans, this day trip is 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, for an exciting ride going to Sabtang Island. Once you get there, you’ll make your way to visit key spots via a cogon-roofed vehicle. Marvel at the stone houses in the village of Savidug. Built to withstand the strongest typhoons, the houses are a testament to the Ivatan's strength and resilience. Head next to one of the best views in Batanes: Chamantad/Tinyan Viewpoint. It is one of the most popular spots for sightseeing and picture taking on the island. Take a short trek through the rolling hills towards the cliff to get a panoramic view of the open sea. You will stop by a rustic church in Chavayan Village next. Buy souvenirs from local weavers who make the vakul, the traditional headgear of the Ivatans. From there, you will make your way to Morong Beach, one of the most photographed spots in Sabtang. This scenic white sand beach contains a natural unique rock arch formation right on the shore. Indulge in a festive lunch right by the beach while appreciating the scenic view the place has to offer. Many tourists who have visited Batanes claim that you haven’t really experienced the province if you don’t spend at least a day on Sabtang Island. Once you see how beautiful it is, you will understand why! Immerse yourself in this culturally enriching island tour of Sabtang in Batanes. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
12hours
Available:
All year
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Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb

Get active and spend a leisurely day outdoors by hiking up Mt. Matarem, the second highest peak in Batan Island in Batanes. The southern counterpart of the iconic Mt. Iraya offers an easy to moderate hike even for beginner climbers. This half-day sightseeing and hiking tour is suited for beginner and novice hikers and nature-lovers who’d like to get active while enjoying refreshing views. After being picked up at your accommodation in Basco, you’ll make your way to Brgy. San Vicente, the drop-off point in the southern part of the island roughly 13 km away from the town capital of Basco. 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. The trek takes you through scenic trails winding through an inactive volcano that stands 473+ meters above sea level. The mountain gets its name from the local term for “steep” which sums up its rugged contours and trails. While 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 tree and get up close to local flora and fauna. The trail will pass 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 gradually 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 and the airport, the coasts of Basco and Mahatao facing the Pacific Ocean, the old lighthouse and Fundacion Pacita; the sight of hedgerows and Rakuh e Payaman, followed by the southern town of Uyugan, Ivana to the southwest and Sabtang Island from a distance. Get a different perspective and enjoy stunning panoramic views by hiking up this worthy mountain. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Batan South | Exclusive Guided Day Tour in Batanes

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 natural wonders in the comfort and convenience of an air-conditioned vehicle. After being picked up from your accommodation in Basco, you will head south to Paderes Viewpoint. There are steps by the cliff going down to the beach. Feel free to explore and take photos of the breathtaking view. Your next destination is Tayid Lighthouse, one of the three functioning lighthouses in Batanes. This structure is an important part of 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. Have a sumptuous lunch of traditional Ivatan cuisine when you stop by the scenic Racuh a Payaman, also known as Marlboro Country. Do some jump shots, roll around the grassy hillside, or just sit and absorb the spectacular views. Either way, enjoy your moment there before you continue on with your tour. You will head to the House of Dakay, the oldest house on the island, and Honesty Coffee Shop next. The shop is unmanned 24/7. You will find 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. From the shop, 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 Batan South when you book this exclusive guided day tour in Batanes. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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Batan South Day Trip | Batanes Tricycle Tour

Explore the beauty of Batan South on a tricycle with this guided day tour. This is the perfect trip of picturesque cliffs, lime-and-stone churches, and rolling hills, among many other natural attractions that make the island a must-see destination in the country. This budget-friendly tour is perfect for backpackers exploring the southern part of the largest island in Batanes. It is also greatly suitable for small groups who want to discover the charm of Batan island. After being picked up from your accommodation in Batan, you will head straight to the Paderes Viewpoint where you will alight near the famous Blow Ur Horn signage. Here you will have 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. Nearby is the San Carlos Church of Mahatao. The original chapel was replaced by the lime and stone facade after it was severely damaged by a storm. Have a quick stopover in Tayid Lighthouse for a photo opportunity before proceeding to Racuh a Payaman in Marlboro Country for a sumptuous lunch of local cuisine. Rest for a bit or have a short nap before you continue on with the tour around Batanes’ world-class natural attractions. From the roadside, you will have a short walk to Homoron white beach and blue lagoon. Take a dip into the cold, calm waters and take some photos before you go to your next stop. Witness the rich underwater ecosystem of Batanes when you go to Ivana Marine Sanctuary. You’ll also see House of Dakay, the oldest house in the whole of Batanes group of islands. It is patterned after traditional houses – not for aesthetics – but for the purpose of withstanding storms. Try buying goods from an unmanned store when you visit the Honesty Coffee Shop. Here, you are expected to pay according to the amount listed on the board and log them on a notebook. Be amazed by Ivatans’ values. See the iconic hills and grasslands of South Batan when you book this affordable day trip. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
8hours
Available:
All year
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