Travel Expenses: Batanes 2008

Hola! I’m back from Batanes. I’ve yet to finish working on my photos for posting, so I’ll start off with our travel budget. Predictably, the most expensive part of Batanes travel is the airfare. Good thing Seair helped us out in that one! It also helped that we were traveling as a group — big expenses like vehicle rentals and accommodation are divided 7 ways! This is definitely the cheapest trip I’ve had this year.

Batanes
November 2008
Cost Per Person
Air Transfers

Seair PHP 0.00 PHP 0.00 1
Manila Domestic Terminal Fee Php 200.00 PHP 200.00
Basco Terminal Fee PHP 20.00 PHP 20.00

Airport Transfers
Manila (Two way) PHP 520.00 PHP 520.00 2

Accommodation
Novita House
Php 1,500 per night PHP 4,500.00 PHP 643.00 3

Transportation Expenses
Multi-cab/Jeep Rentals PHP 3,100.00 PHP 443.00 4
Jeepney fares PHP 50.00 PHP 50.00
Boat to and from Sabtang PHP 100.00 PHP 100.00

Food Expenses
Batan Lunch PHP 150.00 PHP 150.00 5
Sabtang Lunch PHP 250.00 PHP 250.00 6
House meals PHP 3,362.00 PHP 523.00 7
Water PHP 50.00 PHP 7.00

Miscellaneous
Environmental Fees PHP 65.00 PHP 65.00 8
Tip for the housekeeper PHP 200.00 PHP 28.50 9
Internet PHP 20.00 PHP 20.00
Souvenirs PHP 100.00 PHP 100.00
Total Php 3,119.50

1 Thank you Seair!
2 Expensive because I was feeling VERY generous on the ride to the airport in Manila. No transfer costs in Basco, since the house was within walking distance from the airport.
3 This is a one-bedroom house with three double beds and several mattresses available. This is a great value for big groups, since there’s a good kitchen complete with utensils and cutlery.
4 This is the easiest way to get around Batan and Sabtang island. Jeepneys doesn’t come by too often, and most of the attractions are off the main highway.
5 This lunch was had somewhere around Batan. The owner of the house accept food orders, and lunch was had on this deck with a great view of the sea
6 For only Php 250, we had a great lunch with delicious coconut crabs on the most beautiful locations: the beach in Sabtang.
7 Most of our meals were had in the house, and since we have a kitchen, we just cooked our breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8 There’s a fee collected upon arrival (Php 50) and on departure (Php 15)
9 The housekeeper of Novita house was the best! She helped us arrange for our tours around Batan and Sabtang, our lunch during our day tours and she cleans up the house every morning.
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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 21 Comments
  1. ajay says:

    Cheapest? Quite a revelation 😀 It would be good to reveal Seair fare though, as your readers will most likely not be able to fly for free!

  2. Micamyx says:

    Wow galing! Sana by next year makapunta din ako at sana same lang din magastos ko hehe 😀

    May budget entry ka rin ba for cebu and palawan? la lang hehe search ko na lang pala 😀

  3. eric says:

    sana maulit natin ito!

  4. Ferdz says:

    Cheap naman talaga Batanes if you exclude the airfare. I remember when I first went there we only spent 9k for 7 days exploring all 3 islands and that includes airfares. But either with seair or zestair it’s quite hard to top that now. Including airfare it would cost 10-14k pa rin.

  5. freeze says:

    nin, seair loves you dearly!

  6. karla says:

    100 peso souvenir lang din ang binili ko hehe 😀

  7. nina says:

    Ajay: Ehehehehehe, definitely hindi na siya cheap kapag may airfare XD But even with airfare, it’s still fairly reasonable… Seair’s roundtrip fare to Basco costs Php 11K. Expensive compared to travel to other provinces, but not as expensive as traveling overseas.

    Mica: Yup! Meron akong Cebu and Coron, Palawan. Just look for them under Post Trip Accounting 🙂

    Eric: Dapat talaga maulit kasi bitin!

    Ferdz: Whoa, you’ve been to Itbayat? Nice!

    Freeze: Medyo lang 😀

    Karla: Hahaha, medyo tinamad na ako tumingin tingin dun sa souvenir shop eh XD

    Fjordz: Nope, they don’t fly to Cebu 🙁

  8. caryn says:

    wow this is a great pricing tip for anyone who’s planning a batanes getaway! thanks for sharing! 😉

  9. evanh says:

    hi greeting, i like and enjoy reading your article and it’s nice traveling , may exchange link with my blog? i add your link,.thank alot and have a nice day

  10. dyanie says:

    yay! you were able to fly w/ seair again for free! daya! inggit ako haha! 😛

  11. dong ho says:

    wow batanes! looking forward! photos photos!

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  13. cicelle says:

    Hello,

    Inquire lang po. We are going to batanes on Feb 21-27, i was wondering which will be cheaper kung kunin ko ung package dun sa hotel (P7500 all in) or mag-hire kame ng boat to sabtang, itbyat

  14. Ryan says:

    Hello Travelers coming to Batanes,

    Feel free to ask questions/concerns regarding Tours, Accommodation, Flight Schedules and others. You can contact this # 09192795963 / 09179935150 / 029984303.

    Experience the new kind of fun, excitement, and relaxation on a glorious backdrop that is Batanes.

    Satisfaction Exceeds Expectation: Feel the Ivatan Culture.

    Dios Mamajes!

    Tou Guide in Batanes,
    Ryan:-)

  15. Ryan says:

    Hello Travelers coming to Batanes,

    Feel free to ask questions/concerns regarding Tours, Accommodation, Flight Schedules and others. You can contact this # 09192795963 / 09179935150 / 029984303.

    Experience the new kind of fun, excitement, and relaxation on a glorious backdrop that is Batanes.

    Satisfaction Exceeds Expectation: Feel the Ivatan Culture.

    Dios Mamajes!

    Tour Guide in Batanes,
    Ryan:-)

  16. Ice says:

    Hi, question. Where is a good accommodation? Were on a budget.

  17. cookie says:

    i wanna go to batanes kya lang d interested mga friends ko sumama lgi wla budget o kya naman ayaw tlga sana makakita ko ng pupunta sa batanes pra makasam ko. ^_^

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