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4 Misconceptions About a Batanes Trip

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Enzo Lacap
Enzo Lacap | Jun 04, 2014

1st MISCONCEPTION: IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE TO GO TO BATANES.

1st TRUTH: FOR BUDGET CONSCIOUS TRAVELERS, SAVING IS SO POSSIBLE!

  • WHERE TO FIND AN AFFORDABLE YET COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION IN BATANES? TOURISTS MAY EITHER STAY IN COMMERCIAL LODGINGS OR HOME STAYS. BUT FOR A MORE THRIFTY TRIP, MY RECOMMENDATION IS TO OPT FOR A HOME STAY WHICH YOU CAN RENT FOR P 350- P 500 PER PERSON PER NIGHT.

living room

kitchen

A home stay in Basco has two bedrooms, with dining room, kitchen, and living room with cable TV.

chavayan

In Chavayan, a home stay is even cheaper! For P 150 per person a night, you'd be able to experience living in a traditional old Ivatan house.




AND WHO SAYS BATANES TOURS ARE EXPENSIVE? HERE’S A PROMO FROM BATANES WAKAY TOURS THIS YEAR! THEY'RE OFFERING A 3D/2N STAY ALL IN FOR ONLY P4, 999. 00.

Wakay

For more information, visit their website: Batanes Wakay

and like their Facebook page: Batanes Wakay


VISTING BATANES ISN'T A LUXURY ANYMORE BECAUSE SKY JET AIRLINES OFFERS A 1ST-CLASS QUALITY FLIGHT FOR AS LOW AS FOUR THOUSAND PESOS, ONE WAY.

skyjet cost

For more information, check out their website: SkyJet Airlines




2nd TRUTH: SULIT NA SULIT – BEST WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT! BATANES OFFERS A SMART WAY TO SPEND YOUR TOUR BUDGET BECAUSE OF THE REMARKABLE SCENERIES THAT CAN BE ENJOYED FROM BOTH OF ITS LANDSCAPES AND SEASCAPES. PLUS, AN ARRAY OF ACTIVITIES CAN BE DONE IN A BOUNTIFUL NUMBER OF DESTINATIONS.

Take a peek:

Endless green grass, gigantic cliffs overlooking the seas, and unique rock formations are just some elements that make the Batanes landscape beautiful.

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Vayang Rolling Hills



Alapad

Alapad Rock



With its seascape, Batanes also offers a wide array of shores to go to, such as white sand beaches and boulder beaches. You can spot rich marine life in these places.



Blue lagoon

Blue Lagoon



boulder

Valugan boulder beach



Having around 35-40 tourist spots, a variety of activities can be enjoyed as well. Name it! Getting a selfie, trekking, swimming, diving, and even cultural immersion.



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Swimming in Morong Beach



trekkiing

Trekking in Rakuh-a-idi



nightfishing

Night Fishing in Ivana



faluwa



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Island-hopping or inter-island tour from Batan to Sabtang and/or Itbayat Island



church

Visiting century-old churches. Some are even believed to be miraculous.




2nd MISCONCEPTION: IT'S NOT SAFE TO GO TO BATANES.

TRUTH: A CAREFREE TRAVEL AND TOUR FOR FAMILIES AND GROUP OF FRIENDS IS BATANES’ GIFT FOR ALL AGES.

  • ACCORDING TO PAGASA SENIOR WEATHER SPECIALIST NINO RELOS, IT'S SAFE TO GO TO BATANES DURING THE 1ST, 2ND, AND 4TH QUARTERS OF THE YEAR.


  • SKYJET AIRLINES HAS A 94-SEATER BRITISH AEROSPACE-MANUFACTURED AIRCRAFT THAT'S BUILT FOR SHORT RUNWAYS LIKE THAT IN BASCO. THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT OF CHOICE BY THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.

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  • HONESTY IS A CHARACTERISTIC THAT IVATANS INNATELY POSSESS. ALSO, THE CRIME RATE IN SABTANG ISLAND IS ALMOST ZERO.

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3rd MISCONCEPTION: BATANES IS JUST A USUAL DESTINATION.

TRUTH: BATANES IS BREATHTAKING FROM ALL ANGLES.

  • ACCORDING TO UNESCO, BATANES IS ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING AREAS IN THE PHILIPPINES THAT HAS UNIQUE LAND, ROCK FORMATIONS AND INHABITED WHITE SAND BEACHES.

See for yourself: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelist/521/


  • IN THE AGE OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE, IVATAN HOUSES WITHSTAND THE RAVAGES OF TIME. THE TRADITIONAL IVATAN HOUSE IS COMPOSED OF COGON ROOF, LIME AND STONES, WHILE ITS WINDOWS ARE MADE FROM HARDWOOD.

dakay



  • ONE OF THE MANY REASONS WHY I FELL IN LOVE IN BATANES IS THE FRESH AIR -- I ENJOYED IT EVERY HOUR AND MINUTE OF MY STAY.

  • ALSO, THE FOOD IS ALWAYS FRESH. CATTLE MEAT HERE TASTES SO GOOD. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE OF THE ABUNDANT GRASS THAT NOURISH THE COWS. EVEN PIGS EAT ROOT CROPS INSTEAD OF ARTIFICIAL FEEDS. FISHERMEN ALSO OBSERVE TRADITIONAL FISHING METHODS WHICH PRESERVE THEIR SEAS AND LIVE PRODUCTS. IT'S A TESTAMENT THAT BATANES IS INDEED RICH IN LAND AND AQUATIC RESOURCES.

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4th MISCONCEPTION: ISLAND-HOPPING ISN'T SAFE IN BATANES.

TRUTH: THE FALUWA TRIP IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULDN'T MISS.

  • LIVING IN THE SEAS IS IVATANS’ SECOND NATURE. THE FALUWA, A BOAT WITH NO RIGGING (KATIG) IS THE MAIN TRANSPORTATION FOR ISLAND-HOPPING IN BATANES. A REGULAR FALUWA CAN HOLD UP TO 80 PASSENGERS WHO CAN ENJOY 20-30 MINUTES OF AN EXCITING BOAT RIDE FROM BATAN TO SABTANG. THERE'S A RUNNING JOKE THAT IT WILL BE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE IVATAN COMMUNITY IF A FALUWA TURNS UPSIDE DOWN DURING A TOUR BECAUSE THIS IS CONSIDERED TO BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE.

passengers faluwa

  • THERE ARE COASTGUARD STAFFERS IS ON BOARD TO CHECK THE SAFETY OF THE PASSENGERS AND EVEN THE CREW. PASSENGERS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO WEAR LIFE VESTS ON BOARD FOR SAFETY.




WHAT I SAW AND EXPERIENCED AMAZED ME. YOU NEED TO SEE IT YOURSELF. FIND, DISCOVER, AND SHARE THE MAGNIFICENT BATANES ISLANDS.

enzo

Watch the full Batanes Documentary here:

Batanes Dokyu Part 1

Batanes Dokyu Part 2

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