Visit Batanes, Philippines
The Batanes Islands, situated in the Philippines’ far north are quite different to anywhere else you may find among one of the country’s 7000+ islands.
Comprising of three main islands; Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat, each offers its own unique draw. The rolling hills on Batanes are quite beautiful, its villages welcoming and its capital Basco, has all the major amenities required to support a flourishing island community. With only three daily flights arriving from Manila each day it still remains isolated enough to not have been disrupted from mass tourism.
For somewhere to stay the islands’ Fundacion de Pacita boutique hotel offers guests spectacular views out to the Pacific, well set rooms and an excellent staff to guest ratio. The hotel has its own foundation designed to train the local people in the hospitality industry and provide an opportunity not readily available outside of the major cities. This community spirit is visible throughout the islands and you may often see the local people working together on small building project. Lunch is a sociable event where everyone eats at the same time and generosity is shared, even among visitors.
For those who wish to venture further afield a 30 minute ferry ride will take you across to Sabtang Island, a living museum home to the Ivatan people. Small villages hug the coastline still retaining well preserved traditional homes built using rock and grass native to the area. Walls are built one metre (three feet) thick and grass roofing is tied on tightly using strong reeds. For an island which often finds itself in the path of powerful storms it’s extremely important the houses can stand the test of time and it seems to have worked with multiple examples still existing today. People here lead a simple life with farming and fishing being the islander’s main income. The islands protected status has seen it being shortlisted for UNESCO recognition by the year 2020.
Map of Batanes
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Photos of Batanes
Accommodation choices for Batanes
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Batanes. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
An attraction in itself, Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge sits in an enviable position perched on the rugged hilltop with panoramic views of the islands interior and pacific coastline.
Ideas for experiencing Batanes
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Batanes, and which use the best local guides.
On this tour you'll visit Diura fishing village, before moving onto another small village, Itbud, where you'll see a number of traditional Ivatan houses. You'll also have coffee with the locals before finishing your tour at the Chawa view deck, where you'll enjoy impressive views of the island.