Wish We Were Here: Rolling in the Hills of Batanes

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When it comes to travel bucket lists, Batanes would probably always make it to the top of anyone’s list. With its rocky beaches, lighthouses, views of some of the greenest hills you could ever see, there’s no doubting as to why it’s so. Batanes' beauty is something that couldn't quite be rivaled just by any other destination. 

 

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Located in the northernmost part of Luzon, Batanes can be an expensive place to visit as there aren’t many airlines that fly there. However, if you know your way around seat sales and everything that says “budget-friendly” then you will still have a nice travel experience without shelling out so much cash.

The province of Batanes consists of 10 islands, but only three of these are inhabited and can be visited by tourists: Batan, Itbayat, and Sabtang, every island offering their fair share of beautiful and unrivalled views.

Here are some of the spots you need to see for when you visit Batanes:

Basco Lighthouse

First lit in 2003, this lighthouse gives tourists a beautifule view of the sea and the sky at sunset. They may climb to the lighthouse's viewing deck to get a 360-degree view of the island and the waters surrounding it. 

Tukon Chapel

Inspired by the Ivatan stone houses, this small church was built so people who live nearby won't have to travel far to attend mass. 

Vayang Rolling Hills

 

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Channel your inner Maria Von Trapp in Batanes' famous rolling hills! Aside from its green land, the hills is also a good spot to look at the West Philippine Sea and to enjoy the sea breeze. 

Chavayan Village

 

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The Chavayan Village features houses built by the locals to withstand the strong typhoons and winds tjay frequent the island. The houses' walls are made of stones, while their roofs are of thatched cogon. 

Chawad Viewing Deck

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Just like the other viewing decks, Chawad offers one of the best views of the sunrise and of the West Philippine Sea. One thing that sets it apart from the others is the staircase leading to the sea where people could fish and enjoy the waters. 

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Tips: 

There are a number of places where you can stay in Batanes and that's fit for every budget. However, if you have cash to shell out and want nothing but the best accomodation, you could check out Fundacion Pacita

Getting there: 

Philippine Airlines and Skyjet Airlines are the only airlines with flights going to Basco. Plane tickets may be expensive so it's best to keep an eye out for seat sales to snag the most affordable tickets. From there, you could coordinate with tourist groups that offer a specific itinerary throughout your stay in the island so you get to experience the best of Batanes. 

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