Banaue to Batad
From Banaue you can charter a jeep to take you to Saddle Point. From Saddle its about an hour hike to reach the village of Batad.
Private Trip of Jeeps from Banaue cost about 2,500 pesos.
Public Jeep is available daily from Banaue Market to Saddle 150 Pesos, take note the jeep leaving Banaue to Batad is only 1 jeep departs in between 2pm-3pm. If you missed this you only have one option. Charter a Tricyle to take you to Saddle, we were able to haggle 500 pesos on the tricycle to take us to saddle point.
Manila to Batad
Purchase your bus ticket to Banaue in advance. Go to Autobus terminal (between University of Sto. Thomas and McD on Espana) or Florida bus station (corner of Espana and Lacson). Ticket was P464/p(April 2007), and buses leave every 10pm for a 9hr overnight bumpy ride. A/C on long distance buses here is always on full blast so wear your winter clothing, or pack some old crumpled newspaper to clog the blow hole. The bus stops almost every 2hrs for breaks.
As soon as we arrived in Banaue, we were immediately swarmed by "men in red teeth" selling us a tricycle ride to Batad. We walked our way outta there fast towards the town where we caught a jeepney bound to Batad for P100/p, 1hr. I don't recommend hiring a tricycle for this journey. It is more expensive, and you'll be more uncomfortable due to big rocks and deep muddy potholes on the road. Plus, Jeepneys would more likely to take you all the way to the Saddle. Tricycles can only go as far as the Junction. Hiking from the Junction to the Saddle takes about 45mins.
From the Saddle, follow the steep trail down behind the waiting shed to the Village. Hiking from the Saddle to the Village takes about 45mins.
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Getting to Batad
From Manila, take the Victory Liner bus in Kamuning, Quezon City bound for Banaue, a single trip that leaves at 10:45 p.m. daily. it's an 8-9 hour bus ride with three short stop-overs for the passengers to eat, buy some foods or go to the comfort room. About 7:00 a.m. the following day, you will arrive at the mountainous place of Banaue (The Victory Liner Bus' last stop is in Banaue Hotel). It's important to first contact the ticketing office to make a reservation. Ticket price is Php 400.00 per head. After Banaue, you can rent a tricycle going to the marketplace, Php10.00 each. There you can take a jeepney going to Batad Saddle Point for Php 100.00 per head. But if you didn't catch the scheduled trip, you can also rent a tricycle going to Batad Junction for Php 350.00 for the maximum of four persons. From Batad junction, you can either take a walk going up to the Saddle Point or take a jeepney for Php50.00.
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how to go to batad
just visited batad last weekend.... well, what can i say. its worth the walk....
going to batad you have to take a jeep from banaue. make sure its goes until batad saddle point. the trip is usually at 3 pm and leaves batad to banaue at 8:30 am. fare is P30. from saddle point you have to walk for 45 mins to 1 hr. the trail is established so you do not really need a guide. and if you go by the jeep you will probably meet people who lives in batad and they are very much willing to show you the way to batad.
there are also tricycles but they charge P350 and they can only take you until junction. after that you have to walk all the way to saddle point.
To and From Batad
from center of Banaue where the bus from Manila stops, you can take a jeepney that will take you to the junction where the start of the trek [look for signboard, batad] or in the middle of the trail. there are also jeepneys now which can up which lessend the trekking to at least 45mins or an hour. there are vehicles also which accomodate even only 4 passengers, you pay only 80-100 pesos. you can also ask the driver to bring you to Bangaan Village to take a look before bringing you to the junction. I'd suggest not to take a tricycle which i have tried before. It will take longer and the trip is more shaky. From the village back to the center, you can ask the driver to pick you up on the scheduled day and time. but there are also jeepneys coming from the farther village which passes by along the junction. i'd suggest to trek back in the morning so you can catch up a reliable jeepney. it's also nice to try riding on the top of the jeepney, which they call topload, just hold on tight and watch out for tree branches along the way.
no pain no gain
getting to banaue rice terraces is very painful, but rewarding. no pain, no gain.
few suggestions: if you can drive long hours to get there... do it... but if your afraid of the winding roads (paved all the way to banaue) take a bus (victory liner is better than autobus). take note: there are plenty of rice terraces, but the one in "batad village" is the best.
manila-banaue (overnight) -- 9 hours (around P260/person)
upon arrival to banaue, walk towards downtown (it's very near) and look for a jeeney that goes to "batad". make sure to get a jeep that would carry you all the way to batad waiting shed and not only to "batad junction". coz if you missed that jeep to the waiting shed, you'll be walking for about 1.5 hours just to get to the waiting shed. last trip is at 1PM (this would drop you at the junction only). fare is around P50/person. it's not worth to stay in the town of banaue for an overnight.
once you get to the waiting shed... a lot of people would solicit for a guide (it's up to you if you want to get one). P300-P350/guide. from the waiting shed, you need to walk down a steep (very steep, lots of stairs, cliffs) mountain for about 1.5-2 hours to get to the village of batad.
once you get there.....take a rest.... do the sightseeing the next day...
the next day.... wake up early to go to the waterfall (it's really beautiful. you get to walk on top of the terraces). of course.. take a guide with you. the walk is for 45 minutes each way. swim, it's worth it. then go back and eat lunch at the center of batad village (not the same as where your lodge is). from the center of the village, tell your guide to bring you to the hanging bridge (another 1-2 hours walk from the center of batad). go back and rest...
the next day... you can go home, but it's better if you stay 1 more night... wake up before 10am coz u need to walk up the hill again to get back to the waiting shed (this time the trek is longer and uphill).
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The only way is to walk!
The only way to get to Batad is Walk! There are no roads and no airstrip!! I guess you could probably land a helicopter somewhere but you'd probably blow the village away! The closest place to drive to is Batad Junction or the Family Inn just above the village of Bangaan.