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#1 KenHeine

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:27 AM

I am planning to go to Batanes in a few months. Ever since I knew about the place and its culture, I have always dreamed of going there. It's rugged landscape, unique culture and funky architecture makes you think you are not in the Philippines. They say that electricity is scarce in there and that it's "rationed", rooms are most likely not airconditioned and transportation is not very reliable. In other words, it's the perfect place to get some time off from our hurried electric and gasoline powered lives.

Unfortunately, because the place is remote and the weather up there is such a biatch, there are not that many tourists going there, hence, not much reliable info. From what I've learned from my friend Google, there is now a flight going into Basco, Batanes itself. This route is serviced by SeaAir, their pilots must have balls of brass; if I remember it right, SeaAir used to be called Asian Spirit. Do you guys remember Asian Spirit? You know, the one where you are most likely to turn into a spirit, because they crash often. Anyway, I would not want to take a plane directly to Basco. Not because I don't trust the airline, it's because getting there is part of the adventure. Flying in there directly sort of kills the thrill. What I would want to do is fly into Ilocos Norte and then get into a boat to batanes. Let's face it, riding a bus from Manila to Laoag isn't much of an adventure, so I'd rather just fly. From the pictures I've seen before of the rough seas and even rougher port in Batanes, the boat ride might be quite an adventure in itself.

There is a town called Currimao, yes there is such a town, I googled it, and it serves as the jump off point to Batanes; I haven't been able to dig up some boat schedules yet though. I have read about some places to stay there and one place in particular, Fundacion Pacita, seems like the local Shangrila. I'm still thinking about where to stay exactly because that place, though very tempting in their description, seems a bit heavy on the pockets.

I am still searching for more info and polishing up my plan, so any info will be very much appreciated. Info about getting there and travelling options will be really helpful.

Edited by KenHeine, 17 May 2011 - 05:31 AM.


#2 wizard23

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:59 AM

just would like to share - based on my FB friends' travels in Batanes, this is a must-see place. The place is so beautiful, sa pictures pa lang, makes you want to go there. it's one of my dream destination in one of my future travel plans. good luck in your travel plans.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:00 AM

check out www.ourawesomeplanet.com or www.ivanhenares.com, they have comprehensive writeups re Batanes.

As for that flight, i think its not inherently unsafe, depends really on the time of year/weather/typhoon season.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 01:56 PM

one of my dream destination and maybe retirement place. sana makapunta na ako.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:16 PM

check out www.ourawesomeplanet.com or www.ivanhenares.com, they have comprehensive writeups re Batanes.

As for that flight, i think its not inherently unsafe, depends really on the time of year/weather/typhoon season.




thanks for the info sir, nakita ko nga lng dun sa directorie forum meron din thread about batanes... under the same hotels & destinations sub forum... i don't know if this will be merged or kung anong gagawin ng mga mods...

vacation ko this june, but i plan to there on my next vacatoin which is in october. kaya i still got time to plan and prepare.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

I've been to Batanes last December 2009 and I'm going back this September.

Forget Currimao. Time is gold. Take a direct flight from Manila to Basco. There's enough sea adventure to be had in hopping from one island to the another once you're already in Batanes. Currimao is simply too far from the Batanes group of islands (it isn't even in the Northern Coast of Ilocos - look it up in a map.)

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 05:33 AM

malayo pala, I haven't really looked it up yet, nabasa ko lng na there's a boat going to batanes from there. but you got a point sir, island to island boat trips will be fun enough. oh well, tagal pa naman un. kaya I want to gather as much info as I can. Thanks.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 08:48 AM

Don't miss their coconut crab! panalo!!!

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 06:08 AM

Haaayyy naku... malapit na October, original plan ko pa naman sana to go there ... mukhang postponed na naman. Nag iba na nman schedule ko .... kelan pa kaya ako makaka punta ng batanes... ?

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:03 PM

really wanted to go to batanes, i've even dreamt of going to the place. sana makapunta na ko dun.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:04 AM

wanted to go next year

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

wanted to go next year


Never been to Batanes. I'd like to plan a trip there within the year.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:54 PM

ill be visiting Batanes next year for some R and R

been reading a lot of good reviews about Batanes
specially the breath taking views

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:57 AM

been dreaming of this place for years

still a dream

but definitely it will come true

promised that to myself Posted Image

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:33 PM

Excited for Batanes im keeping my fingers crossed tara letssss😄

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:36 PM

One of my dream vacation.

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 10:31 AM

na feature ung Batanes sa movie nila Toni and Coco. ganda talaga makes me wanna go there,.  :)



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Posted 24 July 2015 - 04:10 PM

Been here and parang taiwan na

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:32 PM

ok na ba batanes ngayon? kakatapos lang kasi ng bagyo.



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Posted 19 September 2015 - 01:53 AM

wish to visit this someday






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