10 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Batanes (Or Should You?)

Updated Batanes Budget Travel Guide 2017

Batanes doesn't have Starbucks, Mc Donald's, Jollibee, a movie house or a shopping mall, but it certainly has a lot to offer. If you’re used to fast-paced life and all the comforts of urban living, Batanes will certainly make you realize that it is also good to slow down and enjoy the best of what life has to offer. Planning a trip to Batanes? Think again! Even before booking your airfare, you should read this first.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Travel To Batanes

Reasons not to travel to Batanes
Tayid Lighthouse in Mahatao, Batanes

1. If you want an airbus to bring you there, it will not happen!

Because Basco airport has a short runway and only small airplanes with a capacity of less than 100 passengers could fly and land to Batanes. Sorry, no "grand entrance" for you!

Reasons not to travel to Batanes

2. If you're looking for Starbucks they, don't have it!

But they have an honesty coffee shop where you could have a good cup of coffee and grab some snacks. Unfortunately, you could not use your Starbucks card here! Hahaha!

Honesty Coffee Shop in Ivana

3. If you're looking for night life, they don't have it!

They don't have night clubs where you could party all night long. But you could go out safely at night, lay on the grass and just watch the stars while enjoying the cool breeze of the air. It's one of the best ways to party! Be one with nature!

Restaurants in BATANES
Enjoying the night at Naidi Hills

4. If you're looking for banana boat ride, they don't have it!

But you could ride their local boat called faluwa, which is far more exciting and thrilling than a banana boat ride. A must-try is the 3 to 4-hour faluwa ride from Basco to Itbayat! It will surely be an experience to remember! LOL!

BATANES TRAVEL GUIDE How to Get to Itbayat
Faluwa ride from Basco to Itbayat

5. If you're looking for fast food chains, they don't have it!

But they have home grown restaurants that serves the best of local flavors. Be sure to try one of them before you leave. You'll regret it if you don't!

Where to eat in Basco Batanes
Ivatan Platter

6. If you're looking for Boracay-like beach with super fine and white sandy shoreline, they don't have it!

But they have Valugan boulder beach, a one of a kind beach in the Philippines which doesn't have fine white sand, but it has enormous stone boulders spewed by Mount Iraya lining up its shore. How cool is that?

Batanes - Batan Island North Tour
Huge stones by the beach at Valugan

7. If you're looking for a movie house or a theme park, they don't have it!

But you could just go out, watch the sunrise or the sunset, bike around, or spend your day savoring the best of nature has to offer. That's how you could keep yourself entertained in Batanes.

Batanes - Batan Island North Tour
Vayang Rolling Hills

8. If you're looking for towering buildings, they don't have it!

But they have towering lighthouses that are not just stunningly beautiful but also serve as guides for the seafarers. Be sure to have your photo taken! Selfies too! Hehehe!

Reasons not to travel to Batanes
Basco Lighthouse on Naidi Hills

9. If you're looking for shopping malls, they don't have it!

But they have souvenir shops where you could buy some keepsakes, souvenirs and local delicacies to bring back home as "pasalubong". My most recommended souvenir shop is Vavayat Souvenir Shop in Basco for their wide selection of items to choose from.

Reasons not to travel to Batanes
Vavayat Souvenir Shop in Basco, Batanes

10. If you think you can easily forget Batanes, think again!

Because just like your "one great love," it will never be easy to forget Batanes!

Reasons not to travel to Batanes
Marlboro Hills (Racuh A Payaman)

Now, do you really want to travel to Batanes? Plan ahead! Book a hotel and flight package in advance if you are on a budget to get the best deals on accommodations, tour packages and airfare to Batanes.

For your hassle-free Batanes Tour Package needs, you may contact:

BISUMI Tours and Services

  • Contact Numbers: 0919-2795963 (Smart) / 0915-8034582 (Globe)
  • Email Address: ryan.batanes@gmail.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/bisumitours
  • Instagram: @bisumitours

For your Affordable Batanes accommodation needs, please contact:

Marfel's Lodge

  • Address: Reyes Street Kayvaluganan, 3900 Basco, Batanes
  • Contact Number: 0908-8931475
  • Email Address: marfellodge@gmail.com
  • Facebook: Marfel's Lodge
  • Instagram: @marfel_lodge


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  1. Give it 10 more years and everything will change. Hopefully not. :(

  2. One great true experience we had there in Batanes last Feb. 6-9...to sum it up...It's BLUE...it's BREATHTAKING...It's BATANES!!!

  3. Batanes is like a mini ireland. Although i’ve never been to both places, some pictures tell it so. Such as lighthouses, rock shores, houses made of stone and cliffs. In God’s time i could visit these places. ^_^

  4. I will surely find time to visit Batanes!

  5. yes definitely breathtaking. We had our travel last feb 25 til 28. suliiiiiit. sarap ulitin

  6. I was there for 8 days. If you love the outdoors, you never run out of things to do! I didnt have enough time to climb Mt. Irayat. Also wanted to spend one night more at Sabtang. So beautiful! If you plan on cycling, bring at least a helmet.

  7. This place is definitely for me! :)

  8. Wow! That must be great. I want to go to Batanes. The photos speak that the place is unique away from too much noise and hazzle. Love the place. I want to go with my friends.

  9. Very well said. I love this place and the honest and accomodating people. Batanes is worth to travel.

  10. As A Fellow Ivatan, This Is Correct. Except The No.6. There's A White Beach At Mahatao It's Just That Its Corals Until The Edge Of It


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