Province of Batanes Travel Guide

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See all 6 Mahatao Tips
  • Chawa View Deck

    Mahatao Things to Do

    The Chawa View Deck a.k.a. Mahatao View Deck is usually the first stop for the Southern Batan Tour. From the view deck, you’ll have a spectacular view of Batan Island facing the South China Sea. As far as your eyes can see, you’ll see monochromatic blues of the ocean and the sky. We were there on a bright late morning, but our guide said the view...

  • Hedgerows

    Mahatao Local Customs

    From the top of hill where Mahatao Lighthouse is located, I couldn't help but sigh at the beautiful landscape with labyrinth-like hedgerows. According to our guide, Ivatans use the hedgerows to serve as boundaries of their farms. Hedgerows are typically tall rows of reeds, trees, and cogon grass with piled stones to help prevent soil erosion. More...

  • Mahatao Boat Shelter

    Mahatao Off The Beaten Path

    We could have missed the Mahatao Boat Shelter if our guide didn't point it out. I wondered why our van slowed down at the long, winding road, then our guide told us to look down. Only then did we see the Mahatao Boat Shelter (sometimes called Port Shelter). It is where inter-island motorboats, fishing vessels and motorboats dock during inclement...



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  • Radiwan Port a.k.a. Port of Ivana

    Ivana Things to Do

    The first time we saw Ivana Port was when we went to the Honesty Coffee Shop and the San Jose Obrero Church. That time, we witnessed a beautiful sunset from the port. The second time we went there was when we had to get a falowa to go to Sabtang Island. (The port serves as the ferry station of the falowas plying the islands of Sabtang and Itbayat.)...

  • Fresh Fish At The Port

    Ivana Local Customs

    It is a common sight to see fishermen display their catch on the ramp of Ivana Port. Tourists coming from Sabtang Island, as well as locals gather around to check on what's available. The fishermen don't peg a fixed price on the fish. Interested buyers can offer a bid and haggle with the fishermen. Although the fish sold here are fresher than those...

  • Meet Lola Ida At Vahay ni Dakay

    Ivana Things to Do

    You probably remember the photo of an old woman sitting by the doorsteps of an old Ivatan stonehouse. That woman is Floresida (though some say it is Florestida) Estrella a.k.a. Lola Ida, claimed to be the oldest woman on the island; the house is known as Vahay ni Dakay (House of Dakay), declared a UNESCO Heritage Building. That house is probably...



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  • Rakuh-A-Payaman/"Marlboro Hills"

    Basco Things to Do

    Perhaps the name of the place is quite difficult to pronounce and remember so tourists and tourist guides have given it a nickname. It is now more popularly known as Marlboro Hills of Batanes. Rakuh-A-Payaman is one of my favorite places in Basco and the whole Batanes. I loved the view of the mountains, rolling hills and the sea. I enjoyed watching...

  • Valugan Boulder Beach

    Basco Things to Do

    I have seen pebbles of different sizes and colors in the many beaches I've been to, but I've never seen so many boulders strewn along the beach, as the ones in Valugan Boulder Beach. I was so amazed to see really big boulders on the shore. Our guide explained that the boulders are andesite rocks spewed by Mt. Iraya. The rough rocks were polished...

  • Explore The American Bunkers

    Basco Things to Do

    In the same vicinity of Basco Lighthouse are rows of bunkers. Our guide said the place was also the site of the American period telegraph facilities that connected Batanes with the central government. The facilities were bombed by the Japanese Imperial Army at the start of World War II, leaving a few of buildings. Some bunkers have been converted...


Itbayat Island

  • Packing List

    Itbayat Island What to Pack

    - Bring warm clothing like jacket during the cold months of November to January- Wear light, comfortable clothes, shorts or jeans, rubber slippers or sandals during the tour- wear long sleeves and long pants at night (mosquito nets are available usually)- Please wear decent clothing - Bring mosquito Repellant- There are stores that sell basic...

  • Air transportation to Itbayat

    Itbayat Island Transportation

    Chamtrad (8 seater)Schedule: By reservation pending full bookingFare: 1153.88/pax/way, Contact: +63 920-514-5274Air Batanes (8 seater)Schedule: Tue-Thu-SunFare: 1200/pax/wayBaggage cost: 15/k luggageContact: +63929-963-9161/Luz EstebanWebsite:

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  • Feb 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Great disappointment with the company Batanes Travel & Tours on all levels of expectations. With the expensive rate at Fundacion Pacita, as well as the beyond-the-budget rate the company charged us, we expected to have a room overlooking the sea and mountains but instead, we were told that Batanes Travel & Tours gave us a stuffy basement room beside housekeeping where you can hear all the noises and is accessible only by going down a flight of stairs. To top that, they wouldn't even entertain our complaints. Nelson, the tour coordinator promised that Dominic, the owner would give us a call, which NEVER happened. Also, not all our meals were good and we did not have the chance to taste their specialties like lobsters and crabs, which are a must if you want the best when you travel. It was so disappointing for my family and friends with us because obviously, we were overcharged for everything. If you want to go to Batanes, I would suggest going by yourselves without any tour company. Locals there are very accommodating and everyone can speak English. Tour guides and drivers are all freelancers so you can just ask your hotel staff for recommendations. It will save you enough to make another full trip.

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