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.
- All guests are required to pay PHP 400 for the Visitor's Sustainable Ecotourism Fee and Protection Area Management Board Fee.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.
- Wear light-colored shirts and a pair of good trekking shoes or rubber-soled sandals for comfort.