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Batanes Resort Review

Posted on April 29, 2009 by | Batanes, Hotels and Accommodations

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As we arrived at Basco Airport, we saw the driver, Kuya Nards, and the receptionist of Batanes Resort, Ate Rose, waiting for us at the arrival lounge holding a placard with Icey’s name on it. As we approached them, they welcomed us and have been very friendly and accommodating to us. They even assisted us on the booths where we should sign and pay for our tourist fees. Batanes Resort is just a few minutes drive from Basco Airport and is a government-owned resort nestled atop a hill which offers a great panoramic view of the South China Sea.

Batanes Resort - View from the hill

Batanes Resort View from top of the hill

Last 2008, the resort comprises six (6) duplex bungalows inspired by the traditional Ivatan stone houses but they have recently renovated and it now has 10 stone houses. Each room is spacious enough to accommodate three (3) persons. The cottages are concrete and are made of stones with wide windows and red-colored roofs. The six original cottages are named after the six municipalities of Batanes namely: Ivana, Uyugan, Mahatao, Basco, Sabtang and Itbayat. Of all the cottages, we recommend the rooms on ‘Itbayat’ because they offer an unobstructed view of the South China Sea.

Batanes Resort - Front Batanes Resort Entrance Batanes Resort Cottages
Batanes Resort Cottage Cottage Windows Lamps

We can say that this resort is one of the best choices in the area because of its reasonable rates. It just costs us P1,000.00 per room/per night for 3 pax already. I am just not sure if they have increased their rates now.

Their rooms are nice (nothing fancy), clean and very cozy. All Batanes Resort rooms have the following:

  • Two Beds (Queen-sized and Single beds)
  • Airconditioning
  • Private Toilet and Bath
  • Hot and Cold Shower
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Lamps
  • Drawer with Bible + Candles inside
  • Huge Cabinets + Hangers
  • Intercom
  • Basic Toilettries (toothpaste in sachet, small soap, shampoo in sachet)

*A standby generator is readily available in case of brown outs. But in our case, they only used the generator in the morning.

The staffs of Batanes Resort are very friendly and accommodating. The service they gave us was superb and was way beyond any expectations that we had. They always make it a point to greet their guests with a smile and simple words such as “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon,” “Good Evening,” every time they get to see us.

Ate Rose and Kuya Nards of Batanes Resort

Ate Rose and Kuya Nards of Batanes Resort

The resort is surrounded by green pastures with different varieties of flowers. The reception area is very clean and simple with its nicely designed ceilings and red-tiled floorings. It has comfortable leather sofa for their guests and has some Batanes handicrafts which depict the talents of the Ivatans.

Batanes Resort Reception Area Batanes Resort View Flowers around Batanes Resort

Just behind the reception area is the resort’s kitchen and restaurant that serves a hearty meal and native delicacies. The restaurant has two crystal chandeliers hanging on its high ceilings. It has monobloc plastic chairs and tables which are covered with white table cloths during mealtimes. Just outside the restaurant is another covered area with aluminium tables and chairs and terrace overlooking the South China Sea. The guest may opt to eat and stay here if they want. Each viand is already good for 2 to 3 pax and may costs P50.00 for veggies and P100.00 to P200.oo for other meat viands. In case you have your own food preferences, feel free to inform them and they will be very eager to accommodate them for you.

View from Batanes Resort Restaurant Lunch at Batanes Resort Restaurant Window
Roof outside the restaurant Batanes Lobsters Batanes Resort's Beefsteak

Another tip, there is actually a hill located at the back of the cottages in Batanes Resort, you might want to try climbing up that hill for you to have a nice view of the island.

Marine Sanctuary - View from the hill Cows - View from the hill Mt. Iraya - View from the hill

For tours within Batanes, you may contact Kuya Nards of Batanes Resort at (+63 915) 382-7136.

Kuya Nards of Batanes Resort

Kuya Nards

For inquiries and reservations you may contact Batanes Resort directly at:
Cellphone No: (+63 927) 582-9078
Batanes Landline No: (+63 78) 533-3444/ (+63 78) 533-3456
Manila Office No: (+63 2) 927-2393



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98 Responses to “Batanes Resort Review”

  1. April 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    [...] in Batan Island, Batanes past 7 a.m. After settling all the fees at the airport, we all headed to Batanes Resort, the place which served as our “home” for almost a [...]

  2. May 10, 2009 at 3:22 am

    [...] couple, Elsie and Mark, whom we met at the airport and also stayed in Batanes Resort, have decided to join us on our trip. Nice. (This means we can save a few bucks on the island [...]

  3. rain
    May 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Stayed here last year. This hotel’s got a very nice view of the sea. Highly recommended accommodation in Batanes. (Y)

  4. suni
    May 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    naengganyo tuloy ako… hehehe…. :o) :-P

  5. May 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Shuni!!!! Na-miss kita. :-( Aww, gusto na rin daw pumunta nina Byang and Tiff dyan. Sumama ka sa kanila. Hehehe! :-P

  6. suni
    May 14, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    tatry ko alam mo nman sked ko…. almost pero prang hindi call center na sched… hehehe…

  7. May 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Hehe. I know. Kaya nga you really need a break. :P

  8. psyche
    May 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    :-D pede b aq join?hehehe :-D

  9. May 29, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Hi Psyche!

    Sige join lang ng join. :) Thanks for dropping by. :D

  10. June 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Hi. I want to go to Batanes! :o) How much did you spend for this trip? Overall. :) Ok lang ba if i-link ko kayo sa site ko? Para easier for me to remember your site.

  11. June 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Camae,

    All in all including air fares cost us almost 50 to 60K for 3pax. Sure, you may link us. :D

  12. nards
    June 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

    tumaas na po ung room rate sa resort to 1800 :-(

  13. June 3, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Kuya Nards!

    Php1800 na?! Anu un, per room pa rin ba? And good for 3 persons pa rin ba un? Or may additional charge na pag more than 3 sa isang room? Regards sa inyo dyan. :D

  14. June 12, 2009 at 12:46 am

    @psyche: lahat welcome dito! balik ka ha? :o)

    @camae: Sure, no problem! :-D

    @nards, Kuya Nards? musta na po si Ate Rose? hehe

  15. Badz
    June 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    alternatives are the transient houses..mura din kung tulugan lang naman ang hanap nyo

  16. June 27, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Hi Badz,

    Yup. Yun ata ang uso before nung wala pang masyadong resorts and lodging sa Batanes. Kaya for sure marami pa ring mga transient houses doon ngayon. :D

  17. Kate
    July 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Hi. Do you have any tour packages which include airfare? I badly wanna go to batanes but im kinda workin under a tight budget. Good for 2 pax lang sana. Thanks! Please contact me through email: feralvixen24@yahoo.com :o)

  18. Kate
    July 14, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    3 days and 2 nights sana. Saturday and Sunday, then I’d have to be back to manila by monday, 12pm. Or maybe I could squeeze friday in. Absent na lang ko sa work. Lol. :-D

  19. July 15, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Hi Kate, sorry po, but we don’t arrange trips to Batanes. Just try contacting Kuya Nards of Batanes Resort through the numbers listed above. Maybe he can help you with it. :D Thanks!

  20. Kate
    July 15, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks so much wayne! ;-)

  21. Jill
    September 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Hi,

    Cannot be reached po lahat ng contact nos. listed above. Does the resort still have any other contact info? Hope you can share.

    Many thanks,
    Jill

  22. October 2, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Hi Jill,

    The contact numbers listed above were all based on our September 2008 trip. I am unsure whether they have changed their landline numbers but as far as I can remember, I was able to get in touch with Kuya Nards last August 2009 through his cellphone number above. Have your tried calling him?

  23. casper
    November 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    hello… im an ivatan… yup punta kau dun… lyk nyu free yung house namin dun wehehehe… jowke… pero sriously… super ganda sa amin… tnx to all na nakakaapreciate

  24. November 18, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Casper: Yeah, super! Babalik ako dyan. Sure yan. Sa inyo na lang kami mag-stay para free! :D

  25. edlou
    December 4, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    hi wayne,

    did you have to pay a 50% deposit to secure a room at batanes resort? if you did, how (i.e. via bank transfer, cash, credit card, etc.)? nag-book kasi ako ng room in the same resort and i was asked to pay a deposit via bank transfer to a personal bank account. wala pa daw account ang batanes resort itself which i find a bit strange considering they’ve been operating for years now. just wanted to check how you guys made the booking and how you settled payments.

    hope to hear from you! thanks! :-D

  26. December 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Edlou,

    No, we didn’t. At that time, tinanong din namin kung papano yung reservation sa kanila. Kung kailangan pa ba namin magdeposit or not. Pero sabe nila, hindi na daw. Pagdating na lang daw namin doon. Actually kahit nung dumating kami, wala rin kaming binayaran pa. Lahat ng bayaran nangyari lang nung nagcheck out na kami. :D I’m just not sure how they do it now. :-(

  27. edlou
    December 13, 2009 at 12:54 am

    hi wayne!

    salamat! my friend’s friend rin hindi nag-deposit pero unlike you they paid for the rooms upon check-in. looks like iba-iba ang rules & regulations nila ano?! we’ll see how it goes for us and will let you know. visitors to your site might be interested rin to know. :)

  28. Jen
    December 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

    hi…ask ko lang po..kumuha ba kayo ng package or hiwalay ang reservation nio dito sa batanes resort then iba pa yun sa tours? iniisip ko kasi kung baka mas makakamura ako pag d package tours. Nag pa quote ako 5D/4N 25k per head accommodation, full board meals, tours and airfare na po ito (note: Seair 13700 RT nun pagcheck ko ng rates). If di ako kukuha ng package mag sasariling sikap ako sa tours? o me mga tour guide dun? then sa food naman mas makakamura kaya ako? Thanks pls help plan namin January. Thanks.

  29. December 31, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Edlou,

    Siguro nga ganun. Just be careful. :) Thanks in advance! Goodluck to your trip. Enjoy! :)

    Hi Jen,

    Parang fair enough naman na ata yung 25K per pax na kasama na lahat. To think na mahal ang airfare. Nung pumunta kasi kami dun, hindi kami kumuha ng packages. Separate yung fare namin, then kinontak namin mismo yung Batanes Resort for our reservations. Then nagkataon lang na meron na ring available tour guide sa resort so dun na lang din kami kumuha. Yung trip din namin sa Batanes was last 2008 pa so baka nagincrease na rin ang mga rates doon ngayon. :)

  30. Jen
    January 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Hi wayne,
    ah so kung iiisipin mo kung excluded ang airfare na 13k so magiging 12k ang accommodation and tours makatarungan pa din ba? heheh…sorry ang kulit ko gusto ko lang talga ijustify sa kasama ko hehe..salamat ng marami.

  31. January 4, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Hi Jen,

    Hmm, siguro. Kasi kung 5D/4N lang kayo then 12K, ok na siguro yun. Ilan ba kayong pupunta? Kami kasi nun, almost 50-60K ang nagastos namin nun for our 6D/5N stay for 3pax. So parang tig-15-20K per head kami. Kaya tingin ko, pwede na siguro yung 12K na package sa inyo. :D

  32. Jen
    January 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    ah ok..dalawa lang kami mag asawa pupunta so 50k lahat pag kami 2.

  33. January 11, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Parang ganun na nga. Mahal na kasi yung fare ngayon papunta doon. Kaya medyo mahal na talaga yung budget na kailangan. Hmm, try nyo rin magresearch ng mga updated rates ngayon sa Batanes then try to compare kung saan kayo mas makakamura. :)

  34. christie
    February 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I plan to go with my brother from April 22-24, 2010. If anyone is interested to join the sightseeing tours so we can save, pls call Romy Merida , one of the best tour guides in Batanes. He will hire an adventure-0916-902-6712. First 2 days of sightseeing is 2k per day while the 3rd day( Sabtang Island) is 1.500/day. Tour guide gets paid 1k/day. So if we can get from 2-6 pax, costs will dramatically drop.

  35. christie
    February 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Pls call Romy Merida( 0916-902-6712), one of the best tour guides if you plan to go to Batanes from April 22-24, 2010 to bring down costs of the sightseeing including Sabtang Islands. Other costs are minimal, boat ride 100/pax, sabtang tourist fee 100 etc

  36. CHRISTIE HERNANDEZ
    March 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Mang Nards ( of Batanes Resort). Please help me get a group to join me in sightseeing tour so costs will be divided among the number of people, If costs of sightseeing tour plus tour guide will be P8,500 for 3 full days and 8 people can join, that will only be 1,070 per person for the whole duration of 3 days. This will be from April 22-24, 2010. Pls email chrisher080604@yahoo.com or text 0917-8427955

  37. March 17, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Is BatanesResort closer to Basco or to Mahatao ? We’re planning to visit late May 2010. Hopefully the rainy season doesn’t start yet.:-(

    thanks,
    Josh

  38. March 20, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Joshua: It’s closer to Basco. :o) Summer pa naman ata yung May. Ok lang yan. Enjoy din maka-witness ng bagyo sa Batanes. :D

  39. March 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks Wayne. Mahirap ata na mahuli ng bagyo sa Batanes kasi maiksi lang and bakasyon ko. Problema kung ma-miss ang connecting flight. Medyo maigsi rin and budget ko .

    Salamat sa reply Wayne,
    Joshua

  40. March 23, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Walang anuman Joshua. Enjoy and have a safe trip. :D

  41. tere
    March 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    si kuya nards kamukha ni kuya bodjie ng batibot.. papunta kami this april sa batanes.. thanks for this blog :-D

  42. March 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    mabuti ka pa…. kami bulilyaso naman. Short and budget namin.
    Have fun….

  43. March 28, 2010 at 1:48 am

    TERE: Exactly! Hehehe! Welcome. Enjoy! :o)

    JOSHUA: O, bakit? :-(

  44. March 29, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Kasi book solid and Seair for the days that we are able to go :(
    Better luck next time …..

    Josh

  45. March 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Ok lang yan. Marami pa namang next time. :D

  46. March 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    We will plan better next year. Maraming nagsabi na maganda raw kung April para sa festival “Kulay”
    Hopefully we can be there April 2010…. ;-)

  47. March 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Yeah, you really should. Para tuluy na tuloy na. :D

  48. April 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

    has anyone withness that Kulay Festival ? Please share some info :o)

    Thanks so much

  49. April 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Nope, we haven’t. But we’d love too! :D

  50. Ianini
    April 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Im so disappointed with Batanes Resort. Today is the 5th time I called them up to text me the account number and the amount I need to pay in advance. Nada. wala pa rin text until now. The girl I spoke to during my 4th call just laughed when I complained that it was the 4th time I followed-up with them. I even complained to the manager na yesterday kasi nga pwerwisyo na. Sayang pa sa load! He promised he’ll text me right after our conservation. Im still waiting in vain!

    Hindi pako dumadating dun bad service na agad…

  51. May 2, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Ianini, sorry to hear that. Naku, ano kayang nangyayari sa kanila? Nung andun naman kami noon, maayos naman yung service nila. Mukhang bago na naman ata yung mga staff at crew nila. :-(

  52. naomi
    May 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    hi!
    i was wondering if youre still in touch with the folks at Batanes Resort? Ive been contacting the numbers you posted, as well as kuya Nards’ to make reservations but I cannot seem to contact them.

    Also, im planning to go this End Sept-Early Oct (Seair had a seat sale ;p) any feedback on the weather there during that time?

    thanks a bunch!

  53. May 14, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Hi Naomi, naku, sorry po. Matagal na rin namin silang hindi nakakausap. :( Pero nagriring naman po ba yung numbers nila? Or totally hindi na sila ma-reach?

    We went there September of 2008. Ok naman yung weather noon, nakachamba. Hehehe. Though nakaexperience kami ng bagyo in the middle of the week kaya nastranded yung flights nung ibang mga kasabay namin. Hehehe. :D

  54. Hal
    May 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Hi all,
    I am sure all the goodies published here are true. Unfortutanely I am very sad to say that those days were long gone. This resort (If one can call it a resort) is nothing but a PIT STOP. management of this place is second to hell. I’m sorry to say all these but…. The location is perfect but that’s about what is good in this place. I strongly recommend to stay at private places. This is a gov’t run hostel. Yes a hostel not a hotel.
    Sorry Wayne and all. I have to say it to help future visitors avoid the traps from this hostel. I am not saying not to stay at this trap but I am warning you to stay away from this place.

    Hal

  55. jay
    May 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Hal and all,

    We just got back from that island and I agree 110% with Hal. Things changed I guess since Wayne and co. went there. No offense but I’d rather stay in a cheap private house/hotel but not in this Batanes Resort. Service was lousy, food is yucky and the environment is dirty. Since the day we checked- in there was this used qtip on the walkway infront of our door. It stayed there until we left because nobody even sweep the walkways. Cigarette butts all over the place and the way down to the beach was full of garbage,plastic spoons food wrappers,used tissue papers etc,etc……. Amazing.
    I guess if you are in a tour group, should be okay because you will be gone all day everyday.
    Not worth your money staying in this place!!!!!!!! They just want your money without providing good service. Towns people told us that there were so many complaints about this hotel but noone is making any action. Juts like what Hal said… Tourist Trap !!!!!

    Jay

  56. May 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Hal and Jay,

    I’m sorry to hear that. :( Yes, during our stay there 2 years ago, everything seemed to be fine. Just not sure how things are goin’ on there this days. I hope that the government would do something about this. ;-)

  57. jay
    May 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Yes it is really sad Wayne. Then again maybe we were just unlucky during our stay . I thought of formally filing a complaint to the management. I was sadly told that the manager of this resort is a mechanic or electrician. No formal hotel management training. I almost fainted.

    I am waiting for answer from someone in the island. I need to know if this is run by local or provincial gov’t. I will send my complain either to the mayor of Basco or the governor.

  58. Kurt
    May 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Our view…..

    We just got back. Two prs of retirees. Me and my husband retired back in Bulacan, The other couple stayed in Florida USA. We always revisit places we’ve been in 3 years cycle. We travel every year, the four of us.
    Anyway this year was Philippines in our 3 year cycle and Batanes,Boracay,Guimarias,Sorsogon,Cebu,Tagaytay,Manila,Baguio,Mt Province were the usual. We did Batanes last. To our surprise Batanes doesn’t seem to advance as far as tourism is concerned. The plane fare is also enormously expensive. Bottom line, Batanes is no longer in our list. The island seems to be a dead end. Not showing anything that will please the tourists. The Gov’t do not care at all. For the local tourists who wants a better deal for their hard earned PHP, go Boracay or Guimarias. It is cheaper and beaches are well worth. Hotels provide 5 stars service.

    Mountain ranges in Batanes and coastline will stay and will be there forever. It’s better to wait until the authorities in Batanes learn how to respect tourists and their monies. For diving enthusiasts, dive with the Whale sharks in Sorsogon. We did and it’s worth your money. In Batanes you can’t even swim. Monster and killer waves everytime and everywhere. Palawan is another place to go.
    This is our own observation and we are not trying to influence your decision where to spend your hard earned PHP or $$. Just giving you our point of view that Batanes is no longer a viable place to visit.
    Batanes is advancing backwards. The gov’t take tourist monies and never look back.There are no services for tourists at all. Zippo! People in the island are nice . Actually there is no nightlife in that island. This was the 3rd time we visited Batanes. It may be awhile before we even think of going back . Before closing, there is this place I forgot to mention in Cebu called Malapascua island. Heck of a place. It’s an adventure to get there but it’s well worth it… fun.

    Kurt,Jenni,Sally and Fred

  59. Lyn
    September 7, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Hi,
    does anyone know what’s the next best resort/hotel to stay in Batanes? My husband and I plan to go there this Dec for our anniversary

    Thanks,
    Lyn

  60. October 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Lyn,

    Try Shanedel. They have nice food and staff are very polite. Batanes resort is a joke. Do not stay there. Staffs are bunch of kids and cannot spell SERVICE. Shanedel is clean too compared to Batanes resort.

  61. October 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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  62. jenna
    December 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    i noted the evolution of the comments … helpful!
    at first I wanted to go to batanes — not anymore —
    after reading the latter part of the comments area
    ill have to wait until the tourism in the area has improved
    where will i go this december then??
    let me read some scoop on Davao or Iloilo
    thanks to this website

  63. makay
    February 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    hi! my friends and i just visited batanes (feb 6-9, 2011). we stayed in batanes resort which i highly recommend. i guess it has undergone a make-over from the visits of those who didn’t enjoy their stay in this resort. the place is well kept and the staff members are very friendly and accommodating. food is good. we arranged for all of our meals to be served, which all of us enjoyed. for a place that only charges P1,800 per room per night with a marvelous view of the south china sea, this place is a good bargain. i can not ask for more since it even offers a hot shower, airconditioning and the basic needs for bath. i’d say having HBO as one of the channels is a surprise bonus since i don’t expect this raw nature paradise to have it.

    my highest commendation to kuya nards garcia who took care of everything we needed, from booking the resort to all of our meals (including a light house dinner), trips, permits, etc. he’s such a friendly, humble and trustworthy soul who only banks on trust whenever he accommodates tourists. never did i have any feelings of distrust since all of our transactions were only thru bank to bank money transfer, email, phone calls and text messages. we only came face to face with him when he picked us from the airport. of course, he has his group of as highly recommended circle of tourist guides like kuya anong and kuya rene.

    to anyone who’s reading this, you are rest-assured you can arrange for everything from manila with kuya nards just by the ways of communication i’ve mentioned. you’d be in good hands in his group’s company.

    so, what are you waiting for? LAKBAY NA SA BATANES!

  64. ferry
    February 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    hi makay, thank you for your comments. can you please give me the number of kuya nards garcia and company? we’ll be touring the place on may. all in all how much do you spend? thank you so much. godbless;)

  65. makay
    February 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    hi ferry. kuya nards’ cel number is posted near his close-up picture above. if you don’t connect with him, it’s because he is in a place in the island where the signal suddenly weakens or gets lost. just redial again later. i don’t have the cel numbers of kuya anong and kuya rene. it’s really kuya nards who arranges everything.

    as for the amount, it really depends on how many you are in your group as the total expense will be divided by your head count, where you’d stay, inclusions in the package deal (like all meals pre-arranged) with kuya nards. we were able to avail of the 50% promo of seair.

    contact kuya nards and tell him how many members you have in your group, the place where you wish to stay, what you want him to include, etc. it’s best he gives you the amount per head. it really boils down to the number of tourists. the more you are, the merrier, the cheaper it will become. better call him now as batanes is such a tourist destination from january until july. tourism peak starts in march and continues until may or june. you may find it difficult to book batanes resort now since it is the second choice to fundacion pacita. anyway, kuya nards has other options to offer you and your friends.

    i’m definite you’d enjoy your vacation in batanes. take care and God bless :-)

  66. Jennix
    February 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I called Batanes resort to reserve a room for a couple of days. Sabi ittxt daw sakin ung reservation information plus their email address, wala naman ako natanggap na txt or email. Sabi din we need to deposit 50% down for the room. Ang worry ko lang baka mabigay na nila ung reservation namin sa iba na makapagdeposit ng mas una sa amin e wala naman sila binigay na bank account information.
    Do you think ok na ung conversation namin thru phone to get us a room?

  67. makay
    February 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    hi jennix. why won’t you coordinate with kuya nards instead? i did the same thing last year when i was planning for our trip. all the numbers i found in every google hit relating to batanes resort were dead. i ended with kuya nards who arranged everything! it’s true you have to make a deposit to reserve the room to you and your company. otherwise, it will be given to the next tourist who makes a downpayment.
    we sent money via landbank bank to bank transfer thru kuya nards’ landbank account in basco. it’s named after his wife, leticia (don’t think kuya nards is a hoax just because he gave you a female account).
    contact kuya nards now and make that arrangement with batanes resort as it sells like hotcake this time of the year. get him as your tourist guide as well. you’d be well taken cared of definitely.
    happy trip and God bless! :-)

  68. Albert
    April 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    This blog is really helpful. I’ve visited this a couple of times and it has helped us in planning our trip to Batanes.

    A few minutes ago I just made a downpayment to confirm our booking in Batanes Resort. While I’ve read the mixed reviews regarding the service of the resort, we, with our brave yet hopeful dispositions, decided to go ahead. I do hope that all my fears about it being a tourist trap will not come to fruition.

    We are looking forward to this trip and I’ll let you know guys of the level of service we will get.

  69. April 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

    nice blog here! very informative (Y)

  70. maan
    May 10, 2011 at 1:20 am

    WOW! interesting to read all the comments!!
    will definitely contact the Amazing Kuya Nards!!
    I want to experience Batanes too!
    thank you to everyone!!

  71. August 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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  72. sheila
    October 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    hello po… i hope to visit batanes next year with my husband and my 3 year old kid… i read n 50k ang budget to go to batanes, dont you think its very expensive? kasi po my friend who recently visited palawan said 10k is enough for a 3 day stay including tours, air fare and accomodation and pasalubong.. talaga bang 50k?

  73. maricar san buenaventura
    October 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

    when we visited batanes feb last year, we were able to purchase seair tickets at 50% discount so that’s only P7,150.00. if you will read what i wrote earlier, the cost becomes cheaper as the number of tourists in your group increases. if it’s just you, your husband and child will visit batanes, you may end up spending that amount for the three of you considering you avail of seair’s travel promo. it usually starts to sale come november. so i advise you to check its website every day come last week of october. batanes, as everyone describes it, is paradise on earth. it’s beauty is one of a kind that spending that amount of money is worth it. palawan is a different story. you may go to puerto princesa, coron, el nido or amanpulo. each destination costs differently. it’s true you can spend 10k only for puerto princesa that includes airfare, hotel and food for you and your husband but you have to catch the super sale promo of airlines and be content with two-star or at most three-star accommodation.

  74. sheila
    October 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    maricar, my friend’s trip to palawan with regards to airfare is not promo. i know batanes is a paradise but palawan has the Underground river.. its about to be declared as seven wonders of the world, kung makakalusot…
    10k ang budget going to palawan per head… including everything…
    for batanes, the 7,150 is only for airfare? roundtrip?
    grabe… kya ang daming mga pilipino ang hindi ngde dare mg tour s pinas because its too expensive… buti p trip to Hong Kong mas mura..

  75. Ryan
    October 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Hello

    Welcome to Batanes…

    Explore, Experience and Enjoy BATANES
    For more info, feel free to drop a call/text to CP #’s
    Smart – 0919 2795963
    Globe – 0915 5232178

    Thanks and See You Around!

  76. Ryan
    October 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    If you have concerns/questions re:
    Best Place to Stay –
    Where to Spend the Day Tours –
    Best Restaurant in Town –
    Airline Promos/Reservations –
    Where to Look/Buy for Pasalubongs –
    And even to those interested in activities like trekking, hiking, biking, mountain climbing and other adventurous hubs… :)

    Feel free to drop a call/text to CP #’s
    Smart – 0919 2795963
    Globe – 0915 5232178

    Satisfaction Exceeds Expectation… :)

  77. maricar san buenaventura
    October 20, 2011 at 1:41 am

    sheila, best advice would be to go to a place that suits your budget

  78. sheila
    October 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    nature is suppose to be free.. god made it to be enjoyed by its inhabitants… stop abusing other people for profit…

  79. Ryan
    October 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Hello Sheila,

    Thanks for that…
    Nature is really “FREE”… but you cant enjoy the real nature Batanes is if you don’t travel and i do believe travelling is not “FREE”…Profit is not the reason.
    I posted here for a Travel Guide for the readers, travelers and others…

    Batanes :)

  80. Ryan
    October 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Hello Sheila,

    and to answer the question…50K budget to Batanes?

    – i dont think so, it depends if you avail a airline promo… ( yun po kasi expensive )

  81. October 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I just happened to come across this dialog site as I scout for reviews of other hotels in batanes. It is so interesting to read the lower entries in this page and to encounter one different opinion. We have considered staying in fundacion pacita for our trip to batanes. It’s a matter of choosing the place that will suit your need and lifestyle, and of course, having the “budget” to afford that. Even if you wish you could stay in fundacion pacita or let’s say, aman pulo in palawan, you can not do that if you cannot afford it. These two are nature’s beauty but getting there to experience and enjoy God’s gift is by NO MEANS FREE. Folks living in those places will definitely give you their utmost hospitality for you to cherish and remember their place. However, inasmuch as these places promote their tourism, doing so comes with a lot of work and expenses. Hence, one cannot avoid bartering. We pay in return for the vacation we want. We pay for the travel guide’s time and effort. He’s giving you his hours instead of spending it with his family or tending to another client, who has accepted to pay his fee and does not even think this is a form of abuse. We pay for the airline tickets because seair purchased the oil to run its plane and to pay the salaries of the pilot and flight attendant who make sure that your flight is safe and comfortable. You see, there are a lot of people and things into consideration just to make that single trip. So don’t judge these people as banking on God’s free gifts to abuse tourists like you and I. And as advised to you previously, go to a place that suits your budget. Even you, monthly receive compensation for the talent you impart to your corporation or institution; a talent God gifted you but you improved on by your parents’ educational expenses for you.

  82. Ryan
    October 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Hello Ms. Rica,

    Thanks for words…

    Appreciate it much!

    Dios mamajes :)

  83. rica monforte
    October 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    dios mamajes ryan

  84. Abby
    January 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Hi!

    I just want to ask if this accommodation has a function room or a common area where I could hold a quiet meeting with maybe 10 persons?

    Thanks!

    Abby

  85. Ryan
    January 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Hello Abby,

    Batanes Resort has a common area, still der is an open area that you can hold a meeting, its up to you if you like the place…

  86. Cris
    March 10, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Good evening po!

    I would like to inquire if you still have avail room for 3 pax on April 11-13?

    Thank you.

  87. Ryan
    March 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Yes, already booked you on that dates :)

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  89. marian
    February 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

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