December 4, 2017 – December 11, 2017 (Yes! Naabutan ko si Miss Universe 2017 doon.)
MY TOTAL EXPENSES:
Approximately P20, 568
This is just based on my 7D/7N trip to Batanes. It’s possible to be more or even less depending on your air tickets, food preference, tour preference. Please read further to find out more ?
AIRFARE WITH SKYJET AIR:
P8723 (booked 1 month before and with 20% BDO Bank discount)
TOURISM FEE UPON ARRIVAL IN BASCO:
P350 with Batanes Map
ACCOMMODATION IN BASCO:
I stayed at 2 different hometels for comparison. When I did a research before going there, two hometels were always being mentioned – Marfel’s Lodge (they have several hometels and Mac Homestay was available that time where their main office is) and Vatan Inn. Both were very clean and their staff were really really nice and efficient.
Mac Homestay – P1500 for 3 nights (no breakfast but with cable TV & they provide soap, tissue, towel, refillable drinking water, airport pick-up, you’re allowed to use their kitchen to cook and my favorite spot there was their veranda at the 2nd floor which is overlooking Mt. Iraya)
Vatan Inn – P1200 for 3 nights (with breakfast, refillable drinking water, towel, airport pick-up, you’re allowed to use their kitchen to cook but no TV and toiletries. That time the heater on their shower was not working but they have a big water bucket and a portable heater for the pail)
ACCOMMODATION IN SABTANG (optional because most tours were only day tours in Sabtang):
Nanay Adela’s Lighthouse – P500 (no breakfast, but with refillable drinking water, cable TV if you’re staying at the main house, towel)
Few steps from the lighthouse is a beautiful lagoon where you can go for dip. It felt like an exclusive beach because non-guests will have a hard time going there. And I was told if the sky is clear at night, stargazing is amazing there. Just beware of goats’ poop around the vicinity though. haha
Option 1 (I took this)
P4800 / pax for 3 days tour with Chanpan Tours (P4800 was their low season rate, regular rate is P5000)
Inclusions: North Batan Tour, South Batan Tour, Sabtang Tour, air-conditioned van, 3 days lunch, all registration and environmental fees, round trip boat fares to Sabtang, local guide
Here’s a quick link of their sample itinerary which I also showed in the video – http://chanpantoursbatanes.com/#itinerary
P 4000 for a 3 Day Tricycle Tour good for 2 pax but sometimes 3 pax. It will come out as P2000 / pax
P1000 / tricycle – North Batan Tour
P1500 / tricycle – South Batan Tour
P1500 / tricycle– Sabtang Tour
Not Included: lunch for 3 days, Sabtang boat fare – P200 RT/pax, Sabtang tourism fee – P200/pax
Super DIY – this means you can request for a tricycle by sending an SMS or calling Basco’s tricycle operator (yes, they’re like Uber or Grab) to take you to a specific attraction in Batanes. Rates varies depending on your destination. But don’t expect that your driver is also your tour guide.
This really depends on you. There are several canteens or “karinderia” with meals costing only P100 or less (plain rice and viand). There are much expensive restaurants within Basco and meals ranging from P300 above.
If you want to try an authentic Batanes meal, I would suggest you to try Vunong’s Dinnette for P300 / set meal. The servings are huge and really great tasting! Advanced reservation is a must.
As for me I bought 2 t-shirts (P180/t-shirt), refrigerator magnet (P50/pc) and Arius wine (P350/ bottle in Sabtang pero P250 lang daw sa Basco). I also liked the seaweed chips sour cream flavor for P35/pack.
BICYCLE RENTAL IN BASCO:
P50/hour for the Japanese bike