Feast your eyes on Batanes’ breathtaking landscapes featuring rolling hills, craggy cliffs, and picturesque views that will leave you in awe. From the more well-known vistas of Basco (found on Batan Island) to the charming little stone houses in Sabtang to the rugged terrain of Itbayat Island, this is a dreamy destination filled with friendly locals and scrumptious food.
Best Time to Go
For sunny and bright weather, visit Batanes during the summer months of April to June.
There are two airports in Batanes: Basco Airport on Batan Island and Itbayat Airport on Itbayat Island. The first airport is the main gateway to the province. Airlines, like Skyjet, typically have one scheduled flight to Batanes. As such, expect the airport to be closed after the last scheduled flight leaves.
Flight – Depending on the season, flights to Batanes can be as low as PHP 4,000 on lean months or as high as PHP 8,000 and up during popular months like April.
Accommodation – Expect to pay around PHP 2,000 and up per night for a double room in a centrally-located hotel in Basco, the main island in Batanes. If you’re a backpacker, you can opt for homestays that can set you back at PHP 400/day with breakfast.
Food – Allot around PHP 300-400 per meal per person.
-Expect unpredictable weather during the winter season from December to February.
-There’s no baggage carousel at Basco Airport. Once they are unloaded and lined up properly in the arrival area, pick up your luggage and show your receipt to verify ownership.
I choose to fly SkyJet because they have the fastest flights to Siargao. Another important thing to me when I fly is my comfort. SkyJet’s aircraft has very big legroom. I can seat back, relax at their plane’s very comfy seats.
It’s my second time to fly to Siargao with SkyJet and I like that it’s super convenient. Their flights to Siargao are direct flight [from Manila]. I can relax while flying because of its spacious legroom—handy since I always sleep during flights—and the temperature onbaord’s cool. I plan to go to Coron and Boracay, especially Coron, which I haven’t fully explored, and in those trips I’d still take SkyJet.
It was my first time to fly SkyJet and it was a very very good experience. I was completely blown away. [The flight] was very comfortable; the staff were very accommodating. I hope SkyJet gets to have more flights. I did not have even a second of regret I flew SkyJet. In my next plans—if I go to Boracay or Surigao—it’s a given that SkyJet’s my top-of-mind airline.