How to Get Here
Check out the following airlines for both local and international flights (and look out for major seat sales!):
You can take a direct flight from any of the following local cities to Batanes:
Manila (1-hour travel time)
The easiest way for foreign tourists to visit wonderful Batanes is by getting a flight from Manila from their respective countries.
Best Time to Go
Best Time to Go
Experience four seasons (unofficially) in Batanes. Cycling between the regular two seasons of sunny and rainy for the tropic regions, Batanes also experiences a very cold season which can be considered as winter and the extremely hot season which is summer (with the sunny season considered as spring). The coldest months are usually from November to February, while the hottest months are from March to May with April as the driest month. During the rest of the year, it is often rainy with the usual typhoons and August as the month where most typhoons are experienced.
There are also a couple of festivals scattered across the year and since Batanes is the smallest province in the country, it is easy to go and experience these festivals for yourself.
During the second week of April, the 5-day Kulay Festival is held in cooperation with Basco's local government and the Philippines' very own Department of Trade and Industry. The festival means "anything dried" and is held to highlight the food heritage of the Ivatans. The locals then introduce locally produced and processed food products to both local and foreign tourists.
Another 5-day festival is the Bayanihan or Payuhuan Festival which is celebrated every June. During the event, a procession is done across the whole province to remember the route of evangelization.
The Palu-Palo Festival is celebrated every first week of August and showcases the rich culture, history, and of course, food of the Ivatans. Centered, on culture and livelihood, there is no better time to immerse in the Ivatan way than witnessing this festival.
Sabtang Island also has its own festival which is the Vakul Kanayi Festival held every April 25 - April 27. Partake in local outdoor games, cultural shows, colorful parades, and witness a street dancing competition in this big event.
What to Do
Gram it up
The beauty of Batanes will take your breath away. We're willing to bet on it. It's the kind of beauty that deserves to be shared to the whole world to see - and that's exactly what Instagram is for! Get your phones ready and make sure you have enough memory because we're sure you'll be taking a snap of every moment in this majestic province. A snapshot of you against a wonderful sunset backdrop? Check. Admiring the lush rolling hills? Check. Show everyone just how beautiful Batanes is, after all, you deserve bragging rights for reaching Batanes too!
Frolic at Nakabuang Beach
A lot of beaches claim the title of unspoiled, but for the beaches in Batanes, this is definitely the gospel truth. Now that we're talking about unspoiled beaches, Morong Beach or more popularly known as Nakabuang Beach in Sabtang Island would take the cake. Famous for the Nakabuang Arch, a natural rock formation that serves as an icon for the whole province. It's also the best place to just relax, get a tan, have a picnic, swim, and have fun! The perfect white sand rivals that of Boracay, but what makes it better is that the beach is surrounded by lush greenery, azure skies, and calm waters.
Grab a bike
Exploring the island via tours is all well and dandy but renting a bike or motorbike is even better! Get to experience the island at your own pace plus never worry about traffic because there isn't any, aside from the occasional herds of cows that cross the street.
It is also the common means for getting around the island aside from jeepneys and tricycles. While there are also some cars for rent, it is still recommended you at least try going on a bike to get a feel of the fresh island breeze as you pedal your way across the emerald green pastures of Batanes. Best part is, whenever you see something interesting, you can get off your bike and explore on your own!
Domestic Flight to Cebu (One-Way)
Roundtrips can cost from Php 4,000 - 15,000 depending on the season.
Php 1,000 - 3,000 per night
Php 120 - 300
Tourist Attraction Entrance Fees
Php 10 - 50
Php 4,000 - 5,000 for 3 days