Travelers should expect a non-existent signal and wi-fi. Batanes is a serene and quiet place and travelers journey here to avoid the stress of modern life. While in Batanes, expect that major telecommunications companies in the Philippines won’t be able to reach the area. To get a signal and to be able to text your family and friends, you need to go outside. You will just get a decent 3G/Cellular data from your phone which is just good for texting your family and friends to let you know you are safe. The best chance to get some online access is through the hotel office, but do not expect a fast signal. The best thing to do is go to Batanes when you are not planning any major work to be sent online- inform family members ahead of time that the signal would be weak or almost non-existent so you will not have communication problems back at home.
When you reach Batanes take some time to meditate, relax and just breathe deeply- try to detach from your mobile phone for a few hours and just rekindle your love affair with nature.
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Package Itinerary: (Prices start at 7,920 per person)
Selling Period: February 9- May 31, 2018, only
Travel Dates: February 9- December 15, 2018
Day 01: Arrival/Batan North and South Tour
1. Arrive at Basco Airport, meet and transfer to hotel for check in by 9 am, take your breakfast at the hotel and start your Batan South Tour.
Highlights of the Tour:
Visit the Municipality of Mahatao: Chawa Viewdeck, and the View of Mahatao. Check out the Ship Shelter POrt, and the San Carlos Borromeo Church including the Batanes Book Archive. Visit the Diura ( Fishing Village) and Rachu a Payaman or what they call as Marlboro Country
Part II: Municipality of Uyugan: Imnajbu, Luran Station soon to be Batanes Museum) Alapad (Mochong, Song Song Ruins where Batanes Movie was shot) then Uyugan Centro Town Rolling Tour.
Part III: Municipality of Ivana: San Jose de Ivana Church, Honesty Coffee Shop, House of Dakay, White Beach and Blue Lagoon Viewing
Lunch will be served at 12nn and by 1 pm, the Batan North Tour will come next.
a. Visit the Municipality of Basco: Mt. Carmel Chapel, Radar Tukon, Idjang Viewing, Fundacion Pacita, Idjang Viewing, Japanese Hideout, BOulder beach Valugan, Vayang, Naidi Hills, Lighthouse and Sto. Domingo Church.
Optional Activities would include visiting Souvenir Shops and renting a bike or renting out a motorcycle.
End of First Day Tour is at 6 pm
3. Overnight Stay at the Hotel
Day 02: Magnificent Batanes
Sabtang Island Tour:
1. Breakfast at the hotel by 6 am then proceed to Sabtang Island Tour
The municipality of Sabtang: Travel to Ivana Port, Registration at Sabtang Tourism Office, Tour Highlights:
a. Sabtang Town Tour, San Vicente Ferrer Church, Savidug Community, Savidug Idjang ( Fortress), Vernecular Houses, Limestone Production, Tinyan Viewing of Pacific Ocean, Chavayan Community Vernacular Houses.
End of Tour: 6pm ( overnight hotel stay)
Day 03: Departure
1. Early Breakfast at the hotel
2. Check out and transfer to Basco Airport.
* Itinerary is subject to change depending on the local weather traffic condition without prior notice*
Guests have the option to upgrade their hotel accommodation through additional payment if they want.