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9 Batanes Tourist Spots to Include in Your Bucket List

It’s no surprise that Batanes, the northernmost paradise of the country, can be found on almost everyone’s travel bucket list.

Dubbed as the Philippines Last Frontier with its breathtaking landscapes, awesome views and well-preserved villages, you’ll feel like you’re transported to a dreamy place much like in the Lord of the Rings.

Plus their impressive cultural heritage and warm Ivatan people! This dream destination is now within reach with the increasing number of flights available.

To make sure that your trip will be one for the books, check out these tourist spots and attractions in Batanes!
 

 

1. Basco Lighthouse

Basco Lighthouse Batanes

The 6-story lighthouse was erected in Naidi Hills. It provides an imposing and unobstructed view of the Mt. Iraya to the north, West Philippine Sea and the Basco Town Proper to the south.

  • Location: Naidi Hills, Brgy. San Antonio, Basco.
  • Fee(s): Free
  • Best for: Romantics, Photo Enthusiasts
  • Highlight(s): Take in the breathtaking view.
  • Insider info: You can hike to the lighthouse of rent a bicycle or motorcycle from Basco Port.
  • Activity tips: Drop by at the WWII ruins and don’t forget to buy keychains and other souvenirs available at the foot of the lighthouse.

2. Rakuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)

Marlboro Country Batanes

You can’t help but exclaim that the hills are alive, really! It was the American tourists that coined the moniker Malboro Country because of its similar contour, endless rolling hills, and wind-swept communal pasturelands for cows, carabaos and horses.

  • Location: Uyugan
  • Best for: Nature-lovers, Photographers, Julie Andrews
  • Highlight(s): Hold your breath to the spectacular view of nature.
  • Insider info: Each family can only have up to ten cows to freely roam in the pasture. A limit is imposed to prevent overgrazing. In return for use of the land, family members of the livestock owners must help out in community activities such as building houses, maintaining the hedgerows around the land and other cooperative works.
  • Activity tips: Don’t forget to wear your jacket or windbreaker because of the strong winds. Be sure to have your cameras or phone ready to capture postcard-worthy pictures. And after feasting your eyes and heart, have a happy tummy at Marconine’s canteen for a superb food treat.

3. Casa Real

Casa Real Basco Batanes
Photo Credit: @firefightergobs / Instagram.com

It was built between the 16th and 18th century and is now the seat of the Provincial Government. It was burnt down on December 15, 1856, but after a series of renovations and expansions, it was unveiled on March 24, 2007.

  • Location: Basco
  • Fee(s): Free
  • Operation hours: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Best for: History Junkies
  • Highlight(s): Seeing one of Batanes’ historical landmarks.
  • Activity tips: Aside from taking a picture, know more about the history of the historical site.

4. House of Dakay

House of Dakay Batanes

Built of lime and stone and might be the most photographed Ivatan house in the islands, it was named after Jose “Dakay” Estrella, the favorite nephew of , Luisa Estrella, the owner. It was acknowledged as a UNESCO Heritage Building.

  • Location: Ivana
  • Fee(s): Donations are welcome
  • Best for: History junkie, Architecture lover, Culture vulture
  • Highlight(s): Feel nostalgic in immersing yourself with the oldest standing Ivatan House.
  • Insider info: As per Batanes history, Ivatans live in the highlands in cogon houses, but the Spaniards forced them to the lowlands and were taught to build stone houses using limestone and corals.
  • Activity tips: Support the relatives/caretakers of the house by buying souvenirs inside. Plus, don’t forget to OOTD with care their traditional costume for photo ops.

5. PAG-ASA Radar Station

PAG-ASA Weather Station Batanes
Photo Credit: @nsjg__ / Instagram.com

This is the northernmost station of PAGASA in Luzon, the reason why Batanes is frequently mentioned in typhoon storm updates being the northernmost reference point. This used to be a USA weather station and climbing to the top of it will offer you great panoramic views over the island.

  • Location: Basco
  • Fee(s): Free
  • Operation hours: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Best for: Science lovers especially weather enthusiasts
  • Highlight(s): Makes you feel mighty visiting it knowing it’s essential for storm updates.
  • Insider info: It’s capable of seeing storms from the Pacific Ocean and the West Philippine Sea.
  • Activity tips: Chat with the staff and learn more about the weather.

6. Honesty Coffee Shop

Honesty Coffee Shop Batanes
Photo Credit: Kim David / Shutterstock.com

An unmanned refreshment store which has become famous worldwide showcasing Ivatan’s honesty. There is no standby seller, the owners rely on the honesty of its customers when paying for goods taken from the store.

  • Location: Port of Ivana
  • Operation hours: 24/7
  • Highlight(s): Test of character: Will you break the rules?
  • Insider info: Leave kind words on the coffee shop’s guestbook.
  • Activity tips: Always write down what you get and pay accordingly.

7. Mount Carmel Chapel

Mount Carmel Chapel Batanes

Popularly known as Tukon Chapel, it was heavily inspired by the Ivatan stone houses. This chapel is the latest built worship house in Batanes.

  • Location: Sitio Tukon, Barangay Chanarian, Basco
  • Fee(s): Free
  • Best for: Couples who want to get married!
  • Highlight(s): Get lost in its charming and intimate interiors.
  • Insider info: The ceiling decoration of saint frescoes are painted by Fundacion Pacita’s art scholars.
  • Activity tips: Don’t forget that this is still a house of worship. Pray and observe silence.

8. Fundacion Pacita

Fundacion Pacita Batanes
Photo Credit: KYTan / Shutterstock.com

It is a premier hotel and an art museum that was once the home and studio of Pacita Abad, internationally renowned Filipino-American contemporary painter.

  • Location: Brgy. Chanarian, Tukon Basco
  • Fee(s): Free
  • Operation hours: 24/7
  • Best for: Chill tourists, Art enthusiasts
  • Highlight(s): What could be better than being in a paradise on earth andrelaxing on a peaceful, romantic lodge with divine food and colorful sights?
  • Insider info: The main hotel also serves as a museum. The proceeds for “Batanes and Art” exhibition support the education of Young Ivatans and heritage conservation in Batanes.
  • Activity tips: It’s strongly advised to have a reservation especially for sunset viewing and star gazing. You can stay for a minimum of two nights.

9. Valugan Boulder Beach

Valugan Boulder Beach Batanes

This popularly known for its long stretch of boulders due to Mt. Iraya’s eruption in 400 AD. It is a sacred fishing port of the Ivasay fishermen most especially those from Barangay San Joaquin.

  • Location: Contra Costa Rd, Basco
  • Insider info: The place is a fave subject for a number of award winning photos locally. Valugan Boulder Beach has been a subject of a number of award-winning national photography contests.
  • Activity tips: Catch the sunrise and enjoy the scenery. Not recommended for swimming.

 

Enjoy an unforgettable trip to Batanes! Check out other tourist spots to visit, restaurants to try and more in the province. Discover cheap Batanes hotel deals and cheap flights from carriers like Philippine Airlines and more with Traveloka!

 

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