Province of Batanes Transportation
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Airphil Express From Manila to Basco
Early this year, there have been talks about Airphil taking over the flights from Manila to Basco. Finally, it was confirmed with an opening salvo promo. For the limited period of February 25-28,2013, Airphil Express opened sales for their discounted rates from Manila to Basco. The promo base fare of P688 was limited for travel period May 1, 2013 to August 31,2013. Although the total amount of the airfare would be more than P688 considering the fuel surcharge, terminal fee, aviation security fee, etc. the sales was nonetheless brisk, up to August bookings. Would-be visitors of Batanes clamored for more promo fares.Hopefully, with the coming in of more competing carriers to Batanes, the plane fare would be cheaper.
Skyjet From Manila to Basco
The Batanes Cultural Travel Agency (BCTA) announced the flights of Skyjet from Manila to Basco and vice-versa. Schedule is as follows: Every Monday / Wednesday / Friday/SundayManila – Basco (5:30 am – 6:40 am)Basco – Manila (7:10 am – 8:30 am)To make it easier on the budget of tourists, Skyjet launched two special promo fares for tourists and a special discounted rate for Ivatans. The latter is for Sunday Flights only, and for all Ivatans worldwide. That means even if they are working or staying abroad, provided they are holders of BCTA Ivatan ID Card, they can avail of the P1,000.00. discount. Ivatan Rates are P 5,900 per way. + P 200.00 Terminal Fee for Manila - Basco Bound Passengers.
Plane From Manila To Basco,Batanes
UPDATE; SEAIR HAS NOW CEASED OPERATIONS IN BATANES. Now, there are two other airlines flying from Manila to Basco and vice-versa.Seair was then the only plane flying from Manila to Basco, the capital of Batanes. We were lucky to have availed of Seair's Buy 1 Take 1 Promo for Batanes. Hubby learned about it through a photo buddy on the very morning of the last day of the promo; 'twas a real treat. If you want to go to Batanes, watch out for their promo fares, usually announced on the months of May and November.This is what we spent for the roundtrip (of 2 pax):PHP 11,777.16 Basic Plane FarePHP 1,000.00 Tax/Charge INSPHP 1,536.84 Tax/Charge PVPHP 30.00 Tax/Charge ASFTotal Price PHP 14,344 for 2 pax already; only PHP 7,172/pax (A GOOD DEAL, INDEED!)Additional Expenses: P200 Terminal Fee @ MIAA Terminal4 (Going back to Manila, the terminal fee @ Basco Airport is only P20)
Before I went to Batanes, I was aware that SEAIR is the only airline that flies to Batanes. But, when I was in Basco, I found out that there were 2 other: Skyjet and Skypasada. Though, I don't know if the other 2 fly to manila via Basco.I suggest if booking a trip to Batanes, do it at peak season aka the summer months to avoid being stranded. And also avail the insurance.The flight going to Batanes took 1 hour and 30 minutes. And going back to Manila was 2 hours because of air traffic at NAIA. What I don't like with flying with seair was the smell of the plane. It smelled like someone puked all over the plane. The scent was overpowering upon entering it. It's also the same scent during the flight going back to Manila. But during the flight, the odor lessened or I was just being immune with the scent. If you are sensitive with things like this, I suggest what the passenger next to me did,...
Hassle Free tour in Batanes
When you plan to travel here in Batanesthe first thing YOU have to do is to reasearch...........and ask persons who have done their travelling in that place.....usually theu will answer you...just post your questions........and then second thing - its much better if you have already availed the package tour especially if you are travelling alone.....four days and three nights will only cost Php 6,000 + food, tour, tourist permits, etc. includedit will save you a lot of time and moneyi saw someone paid Php 1,500 a day for a trip to sabtang....he just joined our tour for a dayi also saw group of friends spending Php10,000 each for the 4 days 3 nights trip -......they hired a trike ,a van, tour guide.... everytime they go out for the tour.......so CHOOSE.................spend PHp 6K and a hassle free 4D 3N tour or spend Php 10K for the same number of days.... plus.......the...
Travel by Van
It is fairly difficult to get around Batanes on your own, as most of the sights cannot be easily accessed (unlike other areas I've been to). In our case, we count ourselves lucky that we booked a tour, and that the van transporation was part of the tour. Most of the beautiful scenery are up in the mountains and you're moving from one area to another which would be most difficult if you did not hire transportation for the day. The same thing when we've taken the boat to Sabtang - we already had a jeep that would take us around the island as the distances were far.
fly to Batanes
It's the fastest way to reach Batanes from Manila. If you book several months before your departure, make sure you check the schedule if it's the same as the one you're originally booked. When we booked last Dec '07, they were flying 5x/wk and they changed it to 3x/wk. Our original booking was changed and the airline called us only a month from the actual date.Seair now also flies to Batanes.
One Airline to Batanes
There is only one plane that flies from Manila to Batanes and Manila to Boracay. During the day that we were flying, the plane had to trips to Batanes. There were angry travelers who were complaining because they had a flight scheduled on that day, but it was cancelled. It turns out that due to bad weather the previous day, the Batanes flight was cancelled, and so there were two trips that had to be done in one day (this was during the 3rd week of August).
Flying SEAIR to Batanes
The only option flying to Basco from Manila is through SEAIR. It's a pity there is only one choice, but a good thing at the same time that this options is available for us to discover this beautiful land. One should be careful though - so many situations of flights being canceled and delayed, which I experienced myself. It was difficult for me, because their service was horrible and SEAIR was just very unhelpful. I decided to compile my practical tips when in this situation, read about it here:The Budget Traveler Blog: http://tinyurl.com/4pwju5d Hope you find this helpful and enlightening!
No train, planes...just automobiles
Hi, local airlines are dumping airfares so reconsider your plans to go via land. Land route includes a Victory that ply the Cagayan Valley route then transfer to a ferry to Batanes. Another option is to get to Currimao, Ilocos Norte (Farinas liner or Viron, I think)then take the MV Ivatan Princess (63-0917-793-0102) to Basco. Smaller ferry boats take you to Batanes.Victory Liner bus: http://www.victoryliner.com/Batanes tourist website: http://www.batanesonline.com/VisitingBatanes/VisitingBatanes.htm or http://www.philsite.net/batanes.htm
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