The best way to go to Batanes is by air. From Metro Manila, flights to Basco take around 1 hour and 45 minutes. Flights from Tuguegarao City Domestic Airport take around 45 minutes.
Sabtang Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Batanes. It is a well-preserved town with lots of stone houses and foot-thick cogon roofs, intermittent white sand beaches and where people live in peace and harmony with nature practicing their inherent cultural traditions and way of life. Travelers may opt to go on a day trip or spend a night at a Homestay. A traditional lunch at Nakabuang Beach and picture taking at the Ahaw Rock are among the highly recommended activities in the island.
Despite being the most populated island, Batan Island is truly a must-visit place. You can take day-trips to the island and experience nature at its finest. The island has a distinctive charm that highlights the traditional Ivatan way of life. It also boasts a unique and beautiful landscape and seascape.
Ride the cogon thatched roof motorcycles
Take a leisurely ride in the Islands of Sabtang and Batan with this cogon thatched roof motorcycle. This is a must-experience activity with DOT-trained tour guides.
Visit the Gallery du Tulaan at Fundacion Pacita
The Gallery du Tulaan at Fundacion Pacita is the legacy of the late Pacita Abad, an internationally renowned artist who produced colorful works of art. Dine at the Café du Tukon, their in-house restaurant that serves farm-to-table dishes. Book in advance if you plan to stay at the Fundacion Pacita’s star-rated accommodation facility.
It is highly recommended that tourists try vunung when in Batanes. It is the traditional way of serving Ivatan food on special occasions, composed of fish, pork, and/or beef, and vegetables served with turmeric rice wrapped in kabaya leaves.
Visitors must also try a dish with Dibang as its main ingredient. It is a flying fish abundant in Batanes during summer. Often served during breakfast and more prevalent during the summer season, it is commonly sold grilled along the sidewalks of Abad street, the commercial center of Basco.
Organic turmeric tea powder is sold all over Batanes.
Miniature Batanes lighthouses
Ivatans show their creativity through cute fridge magnets depicting Batanes lighthouses, stone homes, and vakul-wearing characters. These are memento must-haves.