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Popular Basco Hotels

EXTERIOR_BUILDING Midtown Inn

Midtown Inn

Hotels
Basco, Batanes
Superb
9.4
(15 Reviews)
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BEDROOM Dive Batanes Lodge and Restaurant

Dive Batanes Lodge and Restaurant

Resorts
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
8.7
(15 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Ichehan Lodge

Ichehan Lodge

B&b
Basco, Batanes
Located in Basco, Ichehan Lodge is a 3-minute drive from Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel and 8 minutes from Naidi Hills. This bed & breakfast is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Tukon Church and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Vayang Rolling Hills.
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Northview Hometel

Northview Hometel

Guest Houses
Basco, Batanes
Located in Basco, Northview Hometel is a 1-minute drive from Naidi Hills and 10 minutes from Vayang Rolling Hills. This guesthouse is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Tukon Church.
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BEDROOM Shanedel's Inn

Shanedel's Inn

Hostels
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
8.6
(111 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Panisanan du Vatan

Panisanan du Vatan

Homestays
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
9.0
(13 Reviews)
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SWIMMING_POOL Villa de Babat

Villa de Babat

Guest Houses
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
9.0
(21 Reviews)
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BEDROOM DDD Habitat Lodging House

DDD Habitat Lodging House

Hotels
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
8.8
(56 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Nathaniel's Lodge

Nathaniel's Lodge

Guest Houses
Basco, Batanes
Superb
9.3
(25 Reviews)
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LOBBY Batanes Seaside Lodge

Batanes Seaside Lodge

Hotels
Basco, Batanes
Superb
9.1
(9 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Savatan Homestay

Savatan Homestay

Homestays
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
8.6
(10 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Necy's Homestay

Necy's Homestay

Homestays
Basco, Batanes
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Martin's Inn

Martin's Inn

Guest Houses
Basco, Batanes
Convenient
8.2
(6 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Batanes Seaside Lodge - Annex

Batanes Seaside Lodge - Annex

Hotels
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
8.3
(5 Reviews)
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Magnfred's Place Batanes

Magnfred's Place Batanes

Guest Houses
Basco, Batanes
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Amboy Hometel

Amboy Hometel

Guest Houses
Basco, Batanes
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EXTERIOR_BUILDING Marfel Lodge Annex

Marfel Lodge Annex

Homestays
Basco, Batanes
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LOBBY Marfel Lodge Main

Marfel Lodge Main

Homestays
Basco, Batanes
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LOBBY Pajudpud Homestay

Pajudpud Homestay

Homestays
Basco, Batanes
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BEDROOM Baletin Hometel

Baletin Hometel

Homestays
Basco, Batanes
Impressive
8.9
(9 Reviews)
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Facts about Basco

Total Accommodation
40 Properties
Popular Hotel
Midtown Inn, Dive Batanes Lodge and Restaurant
Popular Landmark
Basco Airport (BSO), Fundacion Pacita

Guest reviews in Basco

8.6
Impressive
479 reviews from hotels in Basco with aggregated rating of 8.6/10.
Review from various users that have stayed in Basco will help you to choose the perfext hotel easily!
joanne g. r.
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11 Mar 2020
The location is great it has a great view for sunrise and sunset. Staffs are courteous and attends to their guest needs immediately.
JC
JOSEPH CARLO ALFONSO
12 Oct 2018
Lets be considerate, don't expect to have a 5-star treatment. However the place is all good! Would still recommend it to my friends. Btw you can cook your own food, if not, you may ask anyone to cook for it (charges applies) two thumbs up!
Margieline E.
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23 Jan 2020
This lodge is great. Clean room. Good location. Staffs are nice. Free breakfast and airport transfers. Recommended accommodation in batanes.
Henson C.
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12 Dec 2019
Stayed for 3 nights! 2mins away from the airport. Very convenient! Definitely recommending the place. Service was excellent.
Ramone E.
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26 Jul 2022
The rooms were clean, very comfortable, and the staff and owner was amazing. They went over and beyond to help make our stay enjoyable. I highly recommend this hotel for anyone😊❤
DF
Darlyn Fajardo
10.0
/ 10
20 Jan 2020
We had so much fun staying here. The place is right in the center and everything is just within walking distance. Super friendly and accommodating staff. Always smiling and greeting their guests. Super delicious breakfast! Their tapsilog is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. When I go back to Batanes, I’ll stay here again.
Ryan D. O.
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7 Mar 2020
Clean room but a little bit far from restaurants. Yummy breakfast.
ANJELA M.
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2 Sep 2019
The room looked exactly like he pictures: spacious, comfy and super clean. Breakfast was delicious! Highly recommended!
Maria A. V.
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10 Jan 2020
Pros: sparking clean accommodation, meals served at exact time, unlimited cold and hot water, kind and respectful staffs, breathtaking roofdexk view, near restos and banks, with hot shower, can leave luggages even if we left for our sabtang trip Cons: towels aren't changed daily, no exhaust fan inside the toilet, strange smell of pillows though tolerable, linens not changed daily overall it was an awesome stay in this hometel! thank you guys
Elizabeth B.
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23 Mar 2019
Staff was accommodating and the room was nice and clean. Loved our stay here!

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Most commonly asked questions in Basco

Where are the best cities to visit in Basco?

The best cities to visit in Basco are Ivana, Sabtang

How many hotels are listed in Basco?

Currently, there are around 40 hotels that you can book in Basco

About

A secluded paradise surrounded by majestic seas, Basco is sure to give travelers a much-needed relief from the hustle and bustle of city life. Verdant trees and cobblestone-walled houses with thatched roofs dot the green rolling hills and rugged mountains of this quaint destination in the northernmost province of the Philippines. Truly, it is a charming municipality that has so much to offer.

At the northern tip of the Philippines in Batan Island is the capital of the archipelagic Batanes Province. Also known as Santo Domingo de Basco, the town takes its name from Capitán General José Basco, a governor general who led the Philippines to freedom from New Spain.

Peaceful and quiet, this municipality is home to beautiful boulder beaches, scenic hills and mountains, and fascinating landmarks like the iconic Basco Lighthouse. It is the perfect place to enjoy the sublime magnificence of nature, whether one wants to do so at rest or during an adventurous trek through the hills.

 

How to Go

By plane

The vast waters of the Bashi Channel and the Balintang Channel surround Basco, so the fastest and safest way to reach this municipality is by plane. From Manila, you can book flights with either PAL Express or Skyjet to reach Basco Airport. If you’re coming from Tuguegarao in Cagayan, you can choose the regional airline NorthSky Air or book chartered flights with Air Republiq.  

By boat/ferry

Those who aren’t on a tight schedule can take an 18-hour ferry ride from Currimao, Ilocos Norte, to reach Basco. However, strong waves and bad weather are quite common, so ferry trips are often canceled.

 

Getting Around

Basco doesn’t cover that large of an area; thus, it is easy to get around. With tourist spots being close to one another, most visitors opt to rent tricycles or motorcycles. For those who have the stamina to ride through rugged terrain, a bicycle is a good alternative and is the cheapest choice for transportation.

 

Tourist Attractions

The natural beauty of Basco is the main attraction itself. But this doesn’t mean that there isn’t more to see. A number of historical and heritage sites are can also be found in this town. One significant cultural destination is the Nakamaya Burial Grounds. The Ivatan people believe in life after death, and their constructed graves reflect this. Burial markers shaped like tataya (traditional wooden boats used in Batanes) face the sea, which the Ivatans believe to be man’s final resting place.

Visitors can see even more of Basco’s historic roots by exploring sites like the Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel in Tukon Hills, a 5-door tunnel built during World War II as a shelter for Japanese soldiers. Other spots to stop by in the Tukon Hills area are the PAGASA Weather Station, which offers a 360-degree view of Batan Island, and the Tukon Church, a small but lovely traditional chapel that has stained glass windows, boulders for walls, and carved wooden doors.

And of course, don’t forget to stop by the Basco Lighthouse at Naidi Hills. It is one of the three lighthouses constructed in Batanes and has become a popular symbol of Basco. This 6-storey lighthouse has its own gallery and a viewing deck where one can see Mount Iraya, Basco Town Proper, and the West Philippine Sea without obstruction.       

 

Top Things to Do

One of the best things to do here is to enjoy the stunning landscapes,  seascapes, and both the day and night skies. Blessed with magnificent and awe-inspiring sceneries, Basco is a photographer’s heaven. Here, you can capture stunning pictures not only of verdant green hills and bright blue seas, but also of sunrise and sunsets, as well as of the Milky Way unsullied by light pollution from the cities.

Although water encircles Basco, swimming in its beaches is not recommended. Powerful waves and the strong currents of the surrounding sea aren’t suitable for water-based activities. In addition, instead of white sand, rocks and boulders line the coastlines of northern Batan. However, this makes beaches like the Valugan Boulder Beach in the eastern foot of Mount Iraya and the Chadpidan Boulder Beach along the western coast of Basco a surreal and impressive sight to behold. Spend an afternoon in these places just taking in the views while snapping some postcard-worthy photos.

The entire northern part of Batan Island is mountainous and hilly, so recreational hikers and trek lovers can also have a good time exploring these areas.=. Breathe in some fresh air while trekking through the terrains of the Vayang Rolling Hills and the Naidi Hills.

Another activity travelers can try their hand at is fishing. Ivatans are skillful fishermen, and they offer boat and fishing equipment rentals for visitors who want to catch game fish in the sea. Those who don’t want to rent boats and have their own fishing gear can cast lines near the shore.

 

Where to Eat

The Basco Town Proper is home to many good restaurants, eateries, and cafés for famished visitors to dine in. One such place is Pension Ivatan, a restaurant & hotel located across Basco Airport. This restaurant serves delicious Ivatan dishes like uvud balls (pith of a banana mixed with minced meat), vunes (dried taro stalks), steamed payi (lobster), and luñis (adobo with an Ivatan twist) among other delectable food choices.

For those seeking amazing meals while enjoying a magnificent view of the sea, Pacita Fundacion Nature Lodge is the place to go to. Their menu includes classic Filipino dishes like pork sinigang (sour pork stew) and Ivatan cuisines such as turmeric chicken.

Of course, don’t forget to taste the local delicacies sold in various food stalls in the municipality. Batanes is rich in tubers and root crops, so many beloved snacks such as kakanin (traditional Filipino cake) and even cookies are made with yams.

 

Nightlife

Don’t expect the nightlife in Basco to be loud or lively. It is a quiet and tranquil destination after all. But there are a few establishments that are sure to please travelers looking for a nice night out. Various cafés like Hiro’s Café have good drinks as well as karaoke machines for guests who want to sing their hearts out.

North Spirit Café is another establishment worth visiting. This bar is only open at night and has cheap cocktails, wines, and beer available. This place is also popular with locals, so tourists can mingle with the residents of Basco here.

 

Where to Stay                         

Basco has a good selection of cozy lodgings that you can choose from. For budget travelers, book affordable rooms with Savatan Homestay on Caspo Street, Midtown Inn on Lizardo Street, or Marfel’s Lodge on De Padua Street. These accommodations offer clean rooms, tasty meals, and other services for a good price.

If your budget allows it, then a stay in Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge is a definite must. Situated on a high hill overlooking the vast seas around the island, this hotel was once the studio of acclaimed artist Pacita Abad before it became a lodge. Today, it is regarded as the most outstanding and most beautiful hotel in the province of Batanes. With its top-notch facilities and amenities, fantastic food, and great service, the steep price to pay can very well be worth it.

 

Travel Tips

  • Take home some souvenirs. Aside from taking pictures, remember your trip by purchasing items unique to Basco, like the vakul for women and the kanayi for men. These headwear, made from Philippine date palms or voyavoy leaves, are worn by the Ivatans to protect themselves from harsh weather. Also consider getting some tubho, a type of locally grown tea that is supposed to lower one’s blood pressure.

  • Be careful in choosing your flights and dates.  Basco often experiences heavy rains and storms due to its geographic location. It’s best to set your visit during the dry months between December and May. Also, flights to this municipality can get expensive, so try to buy tickets during seat sales or promo fares to save money.

  • Have on-hand cash ready. Make sure to carry money as most establishments don’t accept credit cards.

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