Thursday, March 25, 2010

Batanes Accommodation

Batanes is a small island with limited number of hotels and accommodations, during peak season some of the accommodations are fully booked so I'm sharing a list of hotels/inns with their contact numbers that I got from the airport. You may find this useful when planning a trip so you can choose where to stay and plan your budget accordingly. There are a couple of resorts and some inns and homestay that you can choose from. I took some photos of the hotel/inns that we saw along the way to give you an idea how it looks. 

Contact No.: 0920-5650399 / 0927-5829078
Rate : P1,800/day

Fundacion Pacita: Chanarian - Tukon, Basco Batanes
Contact Info:  Manila Address:
Room 308, Philippine Social Science Center Bldg., Commonwealth Ave, Quezon City
Contact Number.: +639272902404 / 929-2602
E-mail: and
Rate: P7,500 - P13,500 minimum of 2 nights


Ivatan Lodge: Kaychanarianan, Basco Batanes
Contact No.: 0928-2451337
Email Address: ivatanlodge@ 
Rates: Single 300, Double 400, Triple 600, Family 750  (fan rooms)
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Pension Ivatan: Kayvaluganan, Basco Batanes
Contact No.: 0929-2074643 / 0905-3035855
Rates: P1,500-1,800 with breakfast
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Pension Ivatan in Valugan Bay near Boulder Beach
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Shanedels Inn and Cafe:  Kaychanarianan, Basco Batanes
Contact No.: 0920-4470737
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Seaside Lodge and Restaurant: Basco, Batanes
Contact No.: 0921-2290120 / 0915-9404823
Rate: P1,000
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Homestay Association
Contact No.: 0919-8802444 / 0926-9015689
Rate:  Triple Room - 900, Single and Double Room 600/room/day
DDD Habitat Inc.: Kayvaluganan, Basco Batanes
Contact No.: 0908-8518766

Brandon's Lodge: Basco Batanes
Contact No.: 0919-3662158
Rate: P1,000-1,200
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Batanes Accommodation: Batanes Resort

Batanes Resort is a government owned resort with 6 hillside cottages with 2 bedrooms each. The outer walls of the cottages are made of stones which appears to look like the old Ivatan house. What I like most about this resort is that the cottages are facing the South China Sea on the right with matching view of the hills with cows eating grasses on the left and at the back of the cottages. Our window is a life size window so I can go out of the window and stay in the little garden with grasses to see the lush vegetation of the resort. This is the vacation that  I was looking for, just the view of the nature around the cottage is enough to make you feel relax and stress free. We were also lucky because the room that they gave us (ITBAYAT Room) has the most strategic location with nice scenic view. I heard from the staffs that the Sabtang and Itbayat rooms are the most sought after rooms because of the scenic view by the window.

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The room is clean and cozy enough especially at night when the lamps are on. Our room accommodation has an intercom, air condition, clean toilet and bath, 2 beds and writing desk. They make up the room everyday and refill the tissue,soap,shampoo and toothpaste.

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This is the entrance of the Batanes Resort, they have ample parking space and a simple reception area. The reception area is also facing the sea so the cold breeze outside is felt inside the area. The location of the resort is strategic enough, you can hire a tricycle from the airport worth P50/ride or you can hire a van from the hotel to tour you around Batanes.

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This is a photo of the sunset from the dining area. They have 2 areas for dining, one is inside the hall where there are crystal chandeliers with cozy lighting and tables covered with cloth with flower centerpiece. The other area is more of outdoor where you can dine facing the sea, hills and vegetation where they get the organic veggies they serve in our meal. The food in the resort is delectable, they always serve a meal with veggies, beef and seafood. We found out that in Batanes the pork is much more expensive than beef so the usual meal always include beef rather than pork.  You can also buy goods from the market and have it cooked by the resort chef with a fee.

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They said this is the only resort with access to the beach, but the way to the beach is kinda jungle. You have to go down at least 30-50 steps then you have to pass by an area with tall grasses and trees and look for the open fence. There are no clear path to the beach maybe because the beach in front is a marine sanctuary so it's not open for public use.  It was low tide when we went there so I was able to capture some underwater creatures, it was indeed a marine sanctuary because you can see the corals and fishes from the shore plus there's a police cottage behind who secures the area.
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Batanes Resort Room Accommodation:   1,800/day

Breakfast ----------------------- P100.00
-  Lunch      ----------------------- P175-250.00
-  Dinner     ----------------------- P175-250.00

Hall Rentals:
-  Private Parties     --------------- P3,000.00
-  Seminar/Meetings -------------  P2,000.00

Car rentals -------------------------  P1,500/day


        * Six hillside cottages
        * All air-conditioned rooms
        * Single or Double beds
        * Hot & cold shower
        * Private toilet and bath facility
        * Room intercom
        * Free airport transfers
        * Free ticket confirmation
        * Cable TV in every room
        * Restaurant/Coffee shop
        * Outdoor dining area
        * Spacious Parking area
        * Function hall/Meeting area
        * With private access to a marine sanctuary
        * With scenic ambiance facing South China sea
        * Hosts private parties, seminars & trainings
        * With service vehicle
        * 24-hour security service
        * With own organic vegetable garden

For reservations and inquiries you may contact Batanes Resort at 0927-5829078

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Sierra Madre Resort Accommodation and Rates

Hotel Rooms and Cottages Rates:

Standard Room (2pax) -------------------------- 1,500/day
Spring Valley Room (5pax) ---------------------- 2,500/day
Barcelona & Gobatnon Suite (5pax)--------- 2,500/day
VIP Room --------------------------------------- 2,000/day
Isabel Suite -------------------------------------- 4,000/day
Sorsogon Suite (6pax) --------------------------- 3,000/day
San Jose/Aurea Suite (5pax) --------------------- 2,500/day
Tierry/Henry/Lolitta Suite (5pax) ----------------- 2,500/day
San Ramon Suite (4pax) ------------------------- 2,000/day
Masbate/Albay/Mayon (8pax) ------------------- 3,700/day
Daet/Isarog/Legaspi (10pax) --------------------- 4,500/day
Virac/Catanduanes/Camarines Sur (7pax) -------- 3,000/day
Naga with Aircon (10pax) ----------------------- 5,000/day
Camarines Norte (10pax) ------------------------ 5,000/day

Overlooking Rooms (6-7pax) Bulusan, Barcelona,
Prieto Diaz,Bulan,Irosin,Juban,Sta.Magdalena,
Matnog,Pilar ------------------------------------- 3,500/day
Overlooking Rooms (4pax) Donsol, Magallanes,
Casiguran ---------------------------------------- 2,500/day
Gubat House (7pax) ----------------------------- 4,500/day
Spring Valley Rooms (10pax) -------------------- 4,500/day

Activities Rates:

Entrance Fee ------------------------------------ 100/head
Spring Valley Pool ------------------------------ 150/Adult, 100/Child /day
Camping or Picnic ------------------------------ 100/head
Horseback Riding ------------------------------- 200/hr or 50/head 3 rounds
Billiards ----------------------------------------- 100/hr
Golf 18 Holes ----------------------------------- 200/Player
Pitch and Putt ----------------------------------- 200/Player
Videoke ---------------------------------------- 200/hr
Mahjong ---------------------------------------  400/day
Firing Range ------------------------------------ 200/hr (bring your own Ammo and Firearms)
Camping Overnight ----------------------------- 350/head

For Seminar, Wedding, Retreat or Conference Use of:

Sierra Madre Hall ------------------------------- 35,000/day
Azotea ------------------------------------------ 3,500/day
Spring Valley Hall ------------------------------- 3,000/day
Bulusan Hall (150 persons) ---------------------- 3,000/ 1st 3 hrs Succeeding 900/hr
Garden Wedding -------------------------------- 15,000/day
Clubhouse 1&2 --------------------------------- 2,000/day

Contact Details:

The Sierra Madre
KM 58 Marcos Highway Mayagay Tanay, Rizal
Tel Nos. 913-2001 * 911-3759
Mobile No. 0919-8674985

This is the view of the rooms overlooking the mountains.

 This is the photo of their Standard room. The room is big enough for two persons. It has a toilet and bath but with no air condition. No need to worry because the weather here is cold like Tagaytay. more

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Batanes Itinerary

For those who are planning a trip to Batanes you may want to get an idea of what Batanes can offer so I am sharing our 5 days 4 nights Batanes Itinerary. Feel free to message me if you have questions, I'll be posting more of Batanes soon...


Day 1

*Airport Arrival / Pick-up (Depends on Carrier)
*Check-in at Batanes Resort

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
- Breakfast
- Introduction
- Orientation
- Rest

12:00 NN - 1:00 PM
- Lunch

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Batan Island Tour (Northern Part)
- Tukon Radar Station
- Tukon Chapel
- Idjan (Ivatan Fortress)
- Sunset Viewing: Naidi Hills (Old Settlement/Light House)
- Vayang Ranch (Rolling Hills)
- Valugan Boulder Beach

Day 2

7:00 AM – 6:30 AM
-Early Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:NN

Bataan Island Tour (Southern Part)
- Chawa View Deck
- Mahatao Town tour
- Mahatao Old Church
- Breateria
- Spanish Light House
- Homoron Blue Lagoon / White Beach Area
- Ivana town tour
- Vernacular Houses (House of Dakay)
- Old Spanish Bridge
- San Jose Church Ruins
- Honesty Coffee Shop

12:00 NN - 1:00 PM
- Lunch (Marlboro Country)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Batan Island Tour (Southern Part)
- Uyugan town tour
- Song-song Ruins (Ghost Town)
- Alapad of loran station ruins
- Itbud community
- Racuh-a-payaman (Marlboro Country)
- Sumhao Windmills

Day 3

Sabtang Tour
5:30 AM - 6:00 AM
- Early Breakfast

6:15 AM - 6:45 AM
- 30 Mins - 45 Mins Travel to San Vicente Port
*Boat Station to Sabtang Island

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
- Boat Ride to Sabtang
*45 Mins Ride (Batan Island - Sabtang Island)

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Savidug Vernacular Houses / Traditional Lime Kilns
*Can enter houses (Just Ask Permission)
- Savidug Ruins
- Savidug Idjang
- Chavayan Community Tour
*UNESCO Nominated Site
- Chavayan Traditional Ivatan Village

11:00 AM -1 2:00 PM
Picnic Lunch

1:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Travel to Nakabuang Beach
   Swimming,  Sunbathing, Rest

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
- Travel back to Batan Island

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
- Travel to Basco Town Proper


- Cultural Immersion - free day

Day 5

- Return Flight to MANILA

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FlashBack: Subic SCTEX

As we are test driving our new car we decided to go to Subic and pass through the new hi-way, I am amazed to see the SCTEX (Subic, Clark, Tarlac Expressway) Road going to Subic. It was build along the rice fields and mountains. The sceneries were gorgeous, it's like driving along with the mountains. The roads are good and most of all there are only few vehicles that are passing by. No traffic, no hassle! The toll fee is kinda expensive but for me, as long as it's convenient, it's ok for me to pay for a certain amount.

This is the card they use as toll just need to swipe it but hmm there's a little problem when we got to the other end. The card didn't detect what tollway station we entered. hehe... Maybe they're still on testing mode.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Sierra Madre Tanay - Day 3

It's our last day at Sierra Madre Resort, we were up early to eat breakfast in Bulaluhan beside the resort. We had 2 Bulalo and 3 rice for less than 300. It was delicious! While eating, a group of Vespa Riders came in to have coffee, but when they saw us eating Bulalo they were enticed and also ordered a set meal for all of them. I recognized one of their member is an actor, Gabe Mercado also known as "Ok ka ba Tyan" Yakult commercial is one of them. My hubby took photos of their Vespas neatly parked beside the bulaluhan.

Road signs






Tanay is a very popular place for Motorcycle Riders because of the paved zigzag roads that are nice for banking. Every weekend, there are a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts meeting up and traveling around Tanay to enjoy the ride and to destress themselves from the whole week of work. For the aficionados they race for fun. One good thing about this place is that it's so accessible that you do not have to spend an overnight to fully enjoy the place plus the fact that you don't have to spend much to get here. One can have a ride here on a half day if you only want to travel and not stay anywhere else. The most popular food here is bulalo and dinakdakan so when you're here, you might want to try these foods. The photos below show different groups of Motorcycle Hobbyist who regularly visit this place. My husband and I too are frequent visitors of this area when we just want to unwind with his Grand Dink.





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