Batanes is a set of islands located northernmost of the Philippines. It is a get-away place for tired and adventurous souls. Batanes is composed of ten islands nestled in the Balintang Channel, which is the area between the Philippine Sea and Pacific Ocean. The only inhabited islands are Batan, Itbayat, and Sabtang. These islands are popular tourist destinations in Batanes.
Among all the popular tourist destinations in the country, you might be asking, “Why do a Batanes tour?” We may try to help you decide to take a Batanes tour or not. But the question can be best answered if you go to Batanes.
No traffic, no crowds, no pollution, and no tall buildings. There are only around 17, 246 people in Batanes. This is according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. You don’t have to worry about squeezing yourself among groups of people. The most popular tourist spot in Batanes, according to Trip Advisor, is the Sabtang Beach. Every Batanes tour is not complete if Sabtang Beach is not in its itinerary. The Sabtang Beach boasts of clear waters and pristine sand. It is only accesible by a boat that departs early in the morning. If you are in a tour package, you won’t have to worry because the agency will set your boat schedule.
If you are travelling with a group on a Batanes tour, you may want to consider taking the North Batan Tour. You can also travel solo. You may visit the places included in the North Batan Tour. This includes Valugan Boulder Beach and Nakamaya Burial Grounds. The other places are Tukon Church, Vayang Rolling Hills, and Basco Lighthouse. The Vayang Rolling Hills and Basco Lighthouse are must-see destinations. The Vayang Rolling Hills looks like the Windows wallpaper in real life. It’s a vast space where you are free to do anything you want like shout all your problems in life. No one would care and the grazing cows won’t judge you. Don’t forget the Basco Lighthouse also because this served a major role during the war. You can view the disputed West Philippine Sea.
The South Batan Tour allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. According to The Poor Traveler website, South Batan Tour is even better than North Batan Tour. This trip will take you to the Tayid Lighthouse, Malboro Country and Imnajbu Beach. Other spots to visit are The Ruins at Sitio Song Song, Honesty Coffee Shop, and Homoron Blue Lagoon. The Malboro Country will make you feel like you are in a foreign land.
The best time to visit Batanes is during the dry season or from March to May. Otherwise, you’ll get stranded due to the typhoons. The only way to go to Batanes is via air travel. If you are coming from Manila, you can find a Skyjet Airlines or Cebu Pacific Airlines. Take the flight going to Basco, Batanes. There are also flights from Clark, Pampanga. This will take you to Basco, Batanes via Bombardier Q400.