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We Found Love in Batanes

And so, we are married! And this is our very first vacation as husband and wife! Yehey! 🙂

After all the months of planning and organizing our wedding, and yes, crying (for me, anyway), now it’s time for some R and R! A little disclaimer, though. Since it has only been a little over a month since we got married, this post might contain slight fluff than usual. We have been thinking of going to Batanes for some time now. So, this is quite a dream come true for us. Before we show you the beauty that is Batanes, let me just share a couple of our honeymoon misadventures, I mean, highlights, before we even got to the place.

**We almost missed our flight because we woke up late. The hotel concierge had to call us to inform us that our car service was already waiting outside. Good thing my husband knows how to pack our stuff really quick 😛 Only downside, forgot my phone charger, jacket, and contact lens in the hotel room. Oh well.

**On the plane, I asked my husband to hold my ring for me while I put on some sunblock. Oh, the vanity. My husband wore my ring on his pinky finger and when I was asking for my ring back, we took one look at his pinky finger and then panicked. My husband must have accidentally dropped my wedding ring on the airplane floor and the both of us were panicking for all of 2 minutes until I spotted the ring. Note to self: Have the ring resized ASAP.

How To Get There

20160416_214047The easiest way to get there is by plane. The Basco Airport, as far as we know, is unique in that you can ride a bike on the runway. How cool is that, right? More on that later. Right now, three airlines have daily flights to and from Batanes: PAL, Skyjet Airlines, and Wakay Air. We booked PAL because Skyjet has a history of delayed flights and we can’t risk that because it IS our honeymoon, and we didn’t know about Wakay Air until we got there. For PAL, there is usually only one flight to Basco, Batanes daily, the 6:00am flight. And one flight daily as well to Manila, the 8:10am flight. So, plan ahead.

Accommodations

Usually, when we go on trips, our itinerary is DIY. This time, though, we opted to just book a travel agency because we didn’t want to have to worry about anything on this trip. My husband stumbled upon Shadow Travel and Tours (www.shadow888.com). They have an office in MOA which is very accessible to us. And our booking only took less than 30 minutes. Hassle-free. You can choose where you want to stay, which is great for us.

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Our home in Batanes was at the Batanes Seaside Lodge (http://www.batanesseasidelodge.com) which is located just 5 minutes from the airport and the town proper. The rooms are nice and clean, and newly-renovated. And as its name suggests, the lodge is located right beside the beach and the balcony gives you an awesome view of the sea. You can even see the famous Basco Lighthouse from the balcony. If you are looking for an affordable place to stay in Batanes, this is the perfect choice. Our only comment though is that the wifi is not that great and, the bath water is a little bit salty. Brushing your teeth can be a bit of a chore.

Itinerary

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We chose the full board and lodging option of Shadow Travel and Tours. Our breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the 4 days and 3 nights were already included in the package. Nice! And this also means that we have our own private tour with our own private van and our own private tour guide. By the way, our tour guide, Nelson, is totally awesome! We couldn’t have asked for anyone better. We found out that before you can become a tour guide in Batanes, you have to be certified by TESDA. We certainly learned a lot about Batanes from Nelson. And he takes the best pictures! Our honeymoon photos look like post-nup photos, all thanks to Mr. Nelson Gabilo.

Day 1: Batan North

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We arrived at the lodge around 8:30am. We had breakfast at the lodge and lunch at the nearby Octagon Bed and Dine. The tour usually starts at 1pm but our tour guide told us that it might be better to go at 3pm so that it won’t be too hot. This was great for us, we had a bit of time to catch up on our sleep. Dinner was at the Beehan, located at Lizardo St., Kayhuvukan, Basco, Batanes. Whenever we go on a trip, we always try the local food available especially if we’re not familiar with the taste. We tried the Uved Balls, one of the local foods. Uved balls are like meatballs but made from ground meat with banana heart/blossom. They serve it with soup. Yum!

These are some of the places that we went to on the first day:

  • Mt. Carmel Chapel
  • PAG-ASA Station (Radar Tukon)
  • Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge
  • Dipnaysupuan Japanese Hideout
  • Valugan Boulder Beach
  • Vayang Rolling Hills
  • Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hills. This lighthouse has a very nice view of the West Philippine Sea.
  • Sto. Domingo Church

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Day 2: Sabtang Island + Biking around Basco

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After breakfast at the lodge, we took a ferry boat to Sabtang Island. I wasn’t feeling too well on the second day of the trip because I was a little dehydrated. They say that it wasn’t usually that warm in Batanes, and we have climate change/El Nino to blame for the really warm weather. Lunch was on the beach.

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These are the places that we went to on the second day:

  • San Vicente Ferrer Church and Conscience Cafe & Souvenirs
  • Savidug Idjang Fortresses
  • Lime Kiln Traditional Ivatan Houses
  • Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint
  • Nakabuang Beach and its famous arch

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After buying souvenirs at the Tawsen Souvenir Shop, we rented bikes at a local store so we can do a little sightseeing in the town. We went to the airport to see if we can ride our bikes on the runway, but the guard said that the runway was closed to public because there is a private plane parked there. Oh well.

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We got a little lost on the streets of Basco, but the locals were very helpful and we finally found the restaurant that our tour guide told us about. We had dinner at the Pension Ivatan Hometel and Restaurant.

Day 3: Batan South + Biking around Basco

These are some of the places we went to on the Batan South tour:

  • Chawa View Deck with the gigantic waves
  • Mahatao Shelter Port where they “park” the boats when there is a really bad storm brewing.
  • San Carlos Borromeo Church where we wrote a little message on one of the books in the library
  • Ivana Spanish Bridge
  • Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country). Hiking, hiking, and more hiking while singing “The hills are aliiiiveee with the sound of muuuusiiiic!!!!”
  • Oldest House in Batanes — the House of Dakay
  • Honesty Coffee Shop. A little trivia: Our tour guide, Nelson, is a grandson of the owner of this Coffee Shop. And we asked him if everyone in their family is honest. Hehe!
  • San Jose de Ivana Church

Imnajbu Point and the Alapad Rock Formation. You can see the remains of the Old Naval Base from here.

Tayid Lighthouse in Mahatao which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Another trivia: The lighthouse in Naidi Hills (Basco Lighthouse is rounded, while the Tayid Lighthouse is hexagonal. This is my favorite lighthouse in Batanes.

I really, really, really enjoyed biking around Basco with my husband. Definitely one of the most unforgettable moments of our trip was getting lost on the streets of Basco. Good thing the locals are very nice people. And did I mention that my husband and I’am are very bad with directions? No Amazing Race for us in the future. Hehe! And we most certainly enjoyed biking on the Basco Airport runway. Surreal!

We tried our luck again on the airport runway, and it was worth it! Amazing experience! I am so glad we were able to do it.

The Runway

We absolutely enjoyed our Batanes trip. We definitely will go back. There is so much more to explore in Batanes. Batanes is truly breathtaking!

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We found love in Batanes <3 Dios Mamajes, Batanes!

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  • Everyone I know who have been to Batanes only has the best stories to share. Someday I hope to visit too and experience their day to day life.

    Congratulations on your wedding! Best wishes! 🙂

  • Ane

    Congratulations on your wedding! May your marriage be filled with blissful moments! 🙂

    Batanes is definitely on my list of places to go to, hopefully we find the time to visit! Thanks for the info about the travel agency, will definitely check them out when we plan our trip to Batanes. 🙂

    • Thank you, Ane! 🙂 Hope you can visit Batanes soon 🙂 God bless!

  • Great photos! Naiinggit ako, huhuhu.. Cool off pa namn kami tapos ito pa agad mbbsa ko huhu! But anyway, it must have been a great vacation for you two! Nkkinggit pramis! Kaasar! Hahaha

    • Hi, Jerny! Hope everything works out for you both. Cool off period is definitely heartbreaking, but it does give both of you a chance to rediscover yourselves.

      Anyway, thank you so much for visiting our humble blog. It was an unforgettable vacation, indeed.

      Everything will be okay. Just don’t forget to pray and hope for the best. God bless!

  • Thanks for your reply!

  • This post makes me envy! Haha. Batanes is one of my most wished trip but because of limited budget, I can’t schedule a visit there. Your photos are beautiful! I will make sure to note down the places you’ve been to so I can visit it myself when I get a chance.

    ♡ Louise | Tales & Escapades

  • This post makes me envy! Haha. Batanes is one of my most wished trip but because of limited budget, I can’t schedule a visit there. Your photos are beautiful! I will make sure to note down the places you’ve been to so I can visit it myself when I get a chance.

    ♡ Louise | Tales & Escapades

    • Thanks, Louise! 🙂 Batanes is really beautiful. One of the places on our bucket list. I think PAL offers budget-friendly flights but you would have to book WAAAAAAY ahead of time. And then there’s Skyjet and Wakay Air. Every second in Batanes is worth your while, I promise. Hope your wish comes true soon. God bless!

  • Never really had plans to visit Batanes, but now I do. Seems like such a scenic place. Anywhere that’s by the sea is a definite ‘yes’ for me.

    – Gino of http://www.dropdeaddapper.com

  • Never really had plans to visit Batanes, but now I do. Seems like such a scenic place. Anywhere that’s by the sea is a definite ‘yes’ for me.

    – Gino of http://www.dropdeaddapper.com

    • Batanes is really such a scenic place. I do think that you can never take a bad photo in Batanes. And yes, the beach is beautiful. Sadly, we never got to go swimming, though. Maybe next time. You should visit soon. God bless!

  • Aika Lopez

    congratulations to you both! I think i saw your pre wedding video on this blog. I am just not sure. the burol and you two lying and staring at the sky looks like a scene from the remake of Pangako Sayo. haha. just too sweet! 🙂

    AIKA | aikaloraine.com

  • Aika Lopez

    congratulations to you both! I think i saw your pre wedding video on this blog. I am just not sure. the burol and you two lying and staring at the sky looks like a scene from the remake of Pangako Sayo. haha. just too sweet! 🙂

    AIKA | aikaloraine.com

    • Thanks, Aika! 🙂 It was a dream come true to marry my husband (ahem!), and of course, to go to Batanes. I have yet to watch Pangako Sayo, and now I am curious. The pic of us lying down on the burol was taken by our tour guide, Nelson. He is too awesome hehe! And yes, come to think about it, that pic makes me kilig! Lolz!

  • Zwitsy

    Awwwwww. That sure is something that you guys will never forget. I wish you all the best towards your marriage and hoping to see more of your adventure as a husband and wife. I agree too on getting travel tour package instead of booking things manually. Less hassle it is indeed! I wish to be able to visit the place whether alone or with someone but I am sure I’ll always be with my son. 😀

  • Zwitsy

    Awwwwww. That sure is something that you guys will never forget. I wish you all the best towards your marriage and hoping to see more of your adventure as a husband and wife. I agree too on getting travel tour package instead of booking things manually. Less hassle it is indeed! I wish to be able to visit the place whether alone or with someone but I am sure I’ll always be with my son. 😀

    • Hello! 🙂 Thanks so much for the greetings. It really is an unforgettable trip. I hope you can visit Batanes soon with your family. God bless!

  • kaka16

    Batanes is really a great place not only for vacationers but also for honeymooners. It is slowly becoming famous for weddings too.-KarenT

  • kaka16

    Batanes is really a great place not only for vacationers but also for honeymooners. It is slowly becoming famous for weddings too.-KarenT

    • Hi, Karen! 🙂 Yes, indeed! Our tour guide told us that a few couples have already made Batanes as a venue for their destination wedding. The churches in Batanes are really beautiful, but my favorite is the Mt. Carmel Chapel in North Batan. 🙂

  • OMG! My dream destination. I hope you can share your expenses also for us to prepare the budget needed in this trip! 🙂

  • OMG! My dream destination. I hope you can share your expenses also for us to prepare the budget needed in this trip! 🙂

    • Hi, Justine! We will try to include our budget expenses for this trip soon. But mostly, the most expensive part of the trip is the airfare. 🙂 I hope you can come visit your dream destination soon. Batanes awaits! 🙂 God bless!

  • Maria Louisa Mae P. Mercado

    This is one of my dream destinations! I’ve always wanted to go to Batanes. Your post has inspired me even more.

  • Maria Louisa Mae P. Mercado

    This is one of my dream destinations! I’ve always wanted to go to Batanes. Your post has inspired me even more.

    • Hi, Maria! I hope you can come visit Batanes soon. It’s really beautiful. And it’s even more wonderful to share the experience with people you love. God bless!

  • Nilyn EC Matugas

    wow! When are we ever be able to visit Batanes? This is on my wishlist. I hope that I can visit this place with hubby and son in the future. Lovely photos you got there! 🙂

  • Nilyn EC Matugas

    wow! When are we ever be able to visit Batanes? This is on my wishlist. I hope that I can visit this place with hubby and son in the future. Lovely photos you got there! 🙂

    • Hi! 🙂 Batanes is waiting for you! I do hope you can visit this beatiful place soon. I know your family will enjoy it. The lovely photos were taken by my wonderful husband and our totally awesome tour guide, Nelson. 🙂 God bless!

  • One among the places we want to visit! Congrats to both of you! It really feels great to have someone in life! 🙂

  • One among the places we want to visit! Congrats to both of you! It really feels great to have someone in life! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 It is indeed wonderful to marry the man of my dreams (ahem!) and for us to be able to visit beautiful places together. So many things to be thankful for. I hope you can visit Batanes soon. God bless! 🙂

  • Congratulations and best wishes!!! You guys look lovely and happy together!

    I’m glad to see photos of how beautiful the Philippine Islands are! Such a shame I still haven’t been to Batanes. This is a reminder for me to explore the gems of our country first, before planning on my next vacation abroad.

  • Congratulations and best wishes!!! You guys look lovely and happy together!

    I’m glad to see photos of how beautiful the Philippine Islands are! Such a shame I still haven’t been to Batanes. This is a reminder for me to explore the gems of our country first, before planning on my next vacation abroad.

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 Batanes is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in the Philippines and there’s still a whole lot more to explore. I remember when we were looking for places to go to for our honeymoon, we mostly only considered the ones in our country, because, why not? 🙂 I hope you can visit the Batanes Islands soon! God bless 🙂

  • Lady Anne Louise ☺♥

    The photos are awesome. Batanes is really breathtaking and it looks very peaceful. Nelson really did a good job on taking those photos. I will remember this agency for future purposes.

  • Lady Anne Louise ☺♥

    The photos are awesome. Batanes is really breathtaking and it looks very peaceful. Nelson really did a good job on taking those photos. I will remember this agency for future purposes.

    • Thanks! Batanes is really a beautiful place and Nelson is awesome! 🙂 It was lucky that my husband chose this travel agency. God bless and hope you have a wonderful Batanes trip as well 🙂

  • Sam

    Batanes is also the place I’m saving forspecial occasions. Such as a honeymoon! I’m happy for you that you found the partner to see the Philippines with 🙂

  • Sam

    Batanes is also the place I’m saving forspecial occasions. Such as a honeymoon! I’m happy for you that you found the partner to see the Philippines with 🙂

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 Visiting Batanes is truly one of my dream vacations and I am very thankful that my husband chose to go there for our honeymoon. Indeed, going there with your significant someone makes the vacation a lot more special and memorable. Hope you can visit Batanes soon, as well. God bless!

  • Yan

    Ang gandaaaa. I have yet to see an ugly Batanes photo. Everything is picturesque! I didn’t know PAL services Batanes flights already, no wonder andami nang pumumunta dun! Congrats on your honeymon! <3

  • Yan

    Ang gandaaaa. I have yet to see an ugly Batanes photo. Everything is picturesque! I didn’t know PAL services Batanes flights already, no wonder andami nang pumumunta dun! Congrats on your honeymon! <3

    • Salamat ng marami! Sobrang ganda talaga 🙂 When we went to Batanes, we didn’t have any expectation at all. Para mas okay ang surprise. And what a big surprise we got! Ang ganda talaga, and ambabait ng mga tao 🙂 You should go soon, kase dumadami na talaga turista. In the Sabtang Island port, there is a chart which shows how many tourists visited Batanes over the span of just 5 years (I think, if I am not mistaken). More than 300% and jump ng tourists since 2010. So, punta na! 🙂 God bless and thanks so much!

  • Ohh my, I can feel you when you almost lost your wedding ring. There is something to that ring that we are willing to risk our lives just to keep it.

    We were chatting w/ Sen Gringo two elections ago and I asked why one of his fingers is missing, he said he is fleeing a gun battle when this finger were severed while climbing a barbed fence, he climb back up and risk getting short just to retrieve the (severed finger w/ the ring ). He said he would rather die retrieving the ring than live and face his wife w/o it.

    Sonnie | ASKSonnie.INFO

  • Ohh my, I can feel you when you almost lost your wedding ring. There is something to that ring that we are willing to risk our lives just to keep it.

    We were chatting w/ Sen Gringo two elections ago and I asked why one of his fingers is missing, he said he is fleeing a gun battle when this finger were severed while climbing a barbed fence, he climb back up and risk getting short just to retrieve the (severed finger w/ the ring ). He said he would rather die retrieving the ring than live and face his wife w/o it.

    Sonnie | ASKSonnie.INFO

    • Very nice naman ng anecdote about Sen. Honasan 🙂

      I realize now that it was indeed a scary feeling to know that I almost lost my ring in less than 24 hours after we got married. Good thing we were able to find it ASAP. This trip, that plane ride, specifically, is a reminder for me to always keep track of what is important. The ring is important, yes, but what is more important is the marriage and the person I am married to. 🙂

  • Julie – Visit Philippines

    I was laughing while reading your post kakatauwa specially when you talked about your ring haha. In fairness ha the place really looks good lalo na ung isang na may bulubundukin sa background. Batanes has been in my list for 5 years now pero ndi ko p rin napupuntahan. Congratulations on your wedding by the way 🙂 Anyway, I am interviewing top pinoy travel bloggers and I found you. Are you open for an interview? Kindly let me know if you’re interested, email is [email protected]. Thank you 🙂

  • Julie – Visit Philippines

    I was laughing while reading your post kakatauwa specially when you talked about your ring haha. In fairness ha the place really looks good lalo na ung isang na may bulubundukin sa background. Batanes has been in my list for 5 years now pero ndi ko p rin napupuntahan. Congratulations on your wedding by the way 🙂 Anyway, I am interviewing top pinoy travel bloggers and I found you. Are you open for an interview? Kindly let me know if you’re interested, email is [email protected]. Thank you 🙂

    • Haha! Panic mode talaga and I almost had a heart attack when I saw that my ring wasn’t on his pinky finger. 😛 Thank you so much for the warm greetings. I hope you can visit Batanes soon. Sobrang ganda ng place. 🙂

  • Cyka niki

    You really had a great time in this journey, I really like the traditional house that you visited, great honeymoon indeed, I know it’s a little bit late, but allow me to greet you, congratulations, have a great and fruitful life ahead, stay in love

  • Cyka niki

    You really had a great time in this journey, I really like the traditional house that you visited, great honeymoon indeed, I know it’s a little bit late, but allow me to greet you, congratulations, have a great and fruitful life ahead, stay in love

    • Thank you so much!:) This was indeed an unforgettable trip. Thank you so much for the warm greetings 🙂 God bless!

  • awwwe Batanes <3 it's one of the top places i PH that i really wanna go to. untouched beauty – nothing compares

  • awwwe Batanes <3 it's one of the top places i PH that i really wanna go to. untouched beauty – nothing compares

    • Thank you! Batanes is truly breathtaking! I hope you can visit soon 🙂

  • Arrianne Guzman

    Great photos! I miss Batanes. It’s really one of the perfect getaways for couples. I hope to be back here again!

  • Arrianne Guzman

    Great photos! I miss Batanes. It’s really one of the perfect getaways for couples. I hope to be back here again!

    • Thanks so much! I can’t wait to go back to Batanes, as well. We have yet to visit Itbayat Island and go snorkeling and scuba diving, once I conquer my fear of swimming, that is. Hehe! God bless and hope you visit Batanes again soon.

  • Those photos really are beautiful! Nelson did a great job. Now you will always have these lovely memories to look back on. I would love to go to Batanes and see the stone buildings!

  • Those photos really are beautiful! Nelson did a great job. Now you will always have these lovely memories to look back on. I would love to go to Batanes and see the stone buildings!

    • Thank you! Nelson was truly awesome! The pictures he took turned out great. 🙂 I hope you visit Batanes soon! God bless!

  • Alison

    Congrats on your wedding! This looked like the perfect honeymoon! It is so beautiful there. Your pictures told such a fun story that you will always be able to look back on.
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  • Alison

    Congrats on your wedding! This looked like the perfect honeymoon! It is so beautiful there. Your pictures told such a fun story that you will always be able to look back on.
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    • Thank you so much! 🙂 I don’t think there is a perfect honeymoon, but this comes very close hehe! Such fun memories to share with the kids and grandkids 🙂

  • Tesle Telan

    Your itinerary is super fun but was it exhausting? 🙂 I’d love to travel to Batanes with my boyfriend too. Hopefully by October!! What month would you suggest though? 🙂

  • Tesle Telan

    Your itinerary is super fun but was it exhausting? 🙂 I’d love to travel to Batanes with my boyfriend too. Hopefully by October!! What month would you suggest though? 🙂

    • Hi! 🙂 Most recommend the summer months if you want to visit Batanes. This is to avoid cancellation of flights due to storms. And the Sabtang Island tour sometimes gets cancelled due to huge waves as well. When we went last April, it wasn’t that warm naman. 🙂 Hope this helped. The itinerary wasn’t exhausting at all. 🙂

  • So far so Sabine

    Wow what a story. So much fun and such a great pictures. Congratulations with your marriage, lovely to have a trip like this together <3
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  • So far so Sabine

    Wow what a story. So much fun and such a great pictures. Congratulations with your marriage, lovely to have a trip like this together <3
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    • Ma-an

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Nice ang photos. Batanes really is a good place to go to! Pero more than the place and I suspect one reason why I find the photos extra nice is the story behind. Congratulations on your wedding!!!

    http://www.amazinglifedaily.com

  • Nice ang photos. Batanes really is a good place to go to! Pero more than the place and I suspect one reason why I find the photos extra nice is the story behind. Congratulations on your wedding!!!

    http://www.amazinglifedaily.com

    • Thanks you so much! 🙂 Batanes is really a beautiful place 🙂 Thank you for the greetings! God bless!