If you really want to go to a certain place, you have to do whatever it takes to be there. I’m not asking you to rob a bank to have the budget. You just have to work… save… and save a little bit more until you have enough moolah so you can explore.
Going to Batanes has been one of those dreams that I never thought would turn into reality. It is located in one of the farthest ends of the Philippines with a small population. Everything is believed to be pricey there because of its location so it took us one payday at a time to complete our flights and accommodation. We may have splurged a little on food and lodge but we made sure that our trips around the place weren’t as expensive as what others would expect.
Batanes is divided into 3 Islands: Batan (North and South), Sabtang, and Itbayat. We were only able to do the Batan tour because we opted to go to the Fountain of Youth on our last day.
Day 1 — Basco arrival and North Batan Island Tour:
Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hills
Valugan Boulder Beach
Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel
Mt. Carmel Chapel
You may contact Kuya Elmer at 09993895146 to tour you around.
Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)
Mahatao Boat Center
Mahatao Church (San Carlos Borromeo Church)
Mahatao Town
Maywang a Libro Du Vatan (Batanes Blank Book Archive)
Spanish Lighthouse
San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel
Hohmoron Blue Lagoon
Alapad Hills and Rock Formation
Honesty Store
House of Dakay
Old Spanish Bridge
White Beach
Paderes Point and Cliff Road
Contact: Kuya Froilan
Day 3 — Rakuh-a-idi (Fountain of Youth)
Where we stayed:
It has free breakfast and shuttle service to and from the airport. The receptionists are also nice that they would contact a tricycle driver to take you wherever you want to.
For reservation, you may contact/e-mail them at:
Total expenses:
This is a year-in-the-making trip so we splurged on food and accommodation. Please don’t judge us. LOL.
May 12 – May 16, 2016
Total /2
Airfare (MLA – BSO) Skyjet 11,766 5,888
Airfare (BSO – MLA) Skyjet 11,410 5,704.80
Accommodation Batanes Seaside Lodge 7,800 3,900
North Batan Tour Kuya Elmer 1000 500
South Batan Tour Kuya Froilan 1500 750
Octagon 800 400
Octagon (delivery) 500 250
Food Pension Ivatan 800 400
D’ Islands Restaurant 750  375
Jino’s East Pizza 340 170
Fundacion Pacita/Café du Tukon 930 465
Others Eco-tourism Fee 700 350
Tricycle 500 250
Pasalubong 400 200
39,197 19,598.50

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