Basco Lighthouse

Songsong Iraya Rd., Basco, Batanes

Basco Lighthouse
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Peeya D.
5.0 Stars

We were told to bring jackets, pullovers and sweaters to Batanes because it is "winter" time up north. So I pulled out everything that may be a reason for me to over-pack and pay extra at the airport. But it was all worthit.

Batanes. Good Lord. I was in heaven. The 1 hr and 15 minutes flight, pure ear pressure and numerous turbulence throughout the flight was all gone when we saw the sea, land and tiny houses from above. I wanted to jump off and swim the West Philippine Sea to one of its little Island and start exploring. I was amazed on how a tiny little dot on our map can be so majestic.

Hopping off the plane was a bit a good way. The cold breeze will welcome you and Mount Iraya will give you that warm embrace and a very spectacular view.

Okay, so we were there for a wedding. Our Ivatan friends were kind enough to provide us free accomodation at the Vatan House right in the middle of Basco, Batanes. We did not have any clue of our itinerary so we just went along with whatever they wanted us to do. Ivatans are so friendly!! They wave and smile at you and even say hi without hesitations. No bad blood at all. The food, tour rates and basically everything in Batanes is pricey. Personally, it is reasonably priced. Ivatans get their sources from Manila and other main cities anyway... so expect to pay a bit higher that what you are used to when travelling. We only got to check out the prices per room at the Vatan House and they go as low as 1,200 for 3 pax per room. You gotta share the bathroom with everyone else and would need to watch the tele at at the reception area, but we did no bother to notice since the place was rented just for us.

The highlight of the trip was to see the ever famous lighthouse and man oh man, was it like magic. It was so much prettier upclose and in person. I was so happy to see it and took a lot of pictures of it of course. It deserved a single special frame on my Instagram page. There was a lot to see in Basco, may it be the North or South part. We also went to Sabtang Island, where we experienced a deceiving pacific ocean. Calm at first, but good Lord, was it rocky after. At least, I was able to be with the Pacific Ocean for once in my life.

Talking about food, sorry if I was not able to post any photos since I was focused on getting a photo with a coconut crab and lobsters in general. We could not find any restaurants that sells the crab since it is already part of the endangered species list of Batanes and the lobsters were also not in season. It was too late for me and my partner to taste the lobster at one of their local restaurants, The Pension Ivatan.

We also tried Monica's which is a little carinderia and of course, Octagon. For some odd reason I always forget to take even just a single photo of their yellow rice or lunyis. But everything they served at the restaurants and the wedding reception was delicious!! Everything was homemade128525128525128525

All in all, I will go back to Batanes in a heartbeat. Skyjet offers lower rates every now and then and I heard PAL also offer rates as low as 7k per pax. Let's see. I miss Batanes. It was literally a home away from home. I promise to get my finances right this 2017 and spend a little more time in Batanes. Enjoy the photos. Travel to Batanes. You will not regret it. 128077128077128077128077128077

PS.: thank you to Mark Lechuga and his team at Safe Travel PH for the experience. Thank you so much and congratulations bro!!

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Leslie Ann B.
5.0 Stars

I am sucker for lighthouses that's why I was very excited to see this one up close and personal for the first time, even had a chance to get to the top. It was like a dream come true.

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Sandy V.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Yen D.
5.0 Stars

Located in Naidi Hills in Barangay San Antonio, the Basco Lighthouse is a 6-story building with a gallery or viewing deck on the fifth floor where you can get the perfect view of Batan Island. Completed in 2003, this lighthouse serves as a tourist spot as well. It has an open view of the West Philippine Sea and Basco Town Proper.

On a good day, you can get a nice view of Mount Iraya on the north or capture that perfect snap when the sun sets.

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Jem C.
5.0 Stars

From Batanes with love. View from the Basco lighthouse. You can never help falling in love to this place. The fresh air, the preserve culture, the seas and the rolling hills. Really worth it to put Batanes in your bucket list. While we were in Batanes we can't help to be amaze with God's priceless creations. Hope we can return again soon.

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Myzyl C.
5.0 Stars

The beat place for sunset

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars

This was the first lighthouse I got up close and personal with. Haha. But seriously, I don't recall seeing one or even entering one. So you could say this experience was special for me.

The climb inside was exhausting. Or maybe I just lack exercise. 128547 But once up, it was well worth it. The wind crazily blew my hair away, and it was a fantastic feeling. 128129🏻 From up there, I could see the endless ocean and the view of Basco.

On our last day, we spent watching the sunset here. A lot of people flocked here as well as it's the perfect spot for that moment. Indeed, it truly was. We watched the orange sun say goodbye as it dipped into the ocean to reveal the night blue sky. Orange hues filled the sky canvas, and it was just amazing. 127749

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Trixia C.
5.0 Stars

Batanes is on every Filipino's bucket list and did I mention it's also every photographer's dream destination?

With it's picturesque hills and jaw-dropping beaches, no one has to wonder why.

So what's really special about Batanes that has enchanted local and foreign tourist alike?

Perhaps it's the picture-perfect scenery, the nice Ivatans and the mouth-watering delicacies such as
uvud (banana stalk pith), dibang (flying fish) and the all-time popular coconut crabs.

Batanes has many nice things in store for every one that a single trip won't enough to
witness all the wonders that this small province has to offer.

Some info I learned with our Batanes Trip

• Batanes is a actually a group of 10 volcanic islands.

• Honesty Coffee Shop

• The Oldest Stone House. Built during the Spanish colonial era, Ivatan stone houses survived some of the strongest typhoons and have been considered a cultural treasure of the province. The oldest house in Batanes was built 1877. House of Dakay is still in it original form, except for its thatched cogon roof which is normally replaced every 25 to 30 years.
It has survived various natural calamities including a magnitude 8.3 earthquake on September 13, 1918,
a disaster that brought the entire town of Ivana to the ground.

• Arguably one of the most popular landmarks in the province, the Basco lighthouse in Naidi Hills is actually one of the three lighthouses in Batanes. The lighthouses (the other two are located in Sabtang and Mahatao) serve both as lighthouses and tourist attractions.

• The present-day Basco lighthouse stands where the first lighthouse in the area was built. Not too far from the lighthouse, visitors will see some WWII ruins. These structures were once part of the American telegraph facilities that connected the province with the central government. Built in 2003, the Basco lighthouse towers at about 66 ft. and was made with stone or rubble masonry.

• Batanes ghost house located 23 kilometers from Basco, Sitio Song Song is a deserted place, one that could qualify as a ‘ghost baranggay’. The stone houses in Song Song were abandoned in the 50s when a tidal wave hit the island of Batan. What is left in Sitio Song Song is a cluster of roofless shells of old stone houses.

This could maybe summary our trip.
I want more of Batanes 128525

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Stephen C.
4.0 Stars

When visiting Batanes, you have to check out at least one lighthouse. Although I will say it seems like once you've seen one, you've seen 'em all. But still, the view from these structures is pretty breathtaking.

Don't be afraid to go on up and make the climb to the top. Although make sure your thighs are ready, they are very steep steps. My busted knee from a recent Pico trip wasn't too happy I tried. 128517

But once at the top you get a great view overlooking not only the ocean but also the city. Enjoy the view, then visit the souvenir shop at the base of the tower. 128522

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Lea A.
5.0 Stars

A visit to Batanes won't be complete without checking out its lighthouses. Basco lighthouse is probably the most iconic & recognizable among the three. It's also the only lighthouse where you can go up to see a 360 view of Basco town, its rolling hills & the ever gorgeous coastline. As you can see the grass is not green coz it was summer when we went. I still find this view lovely though. Our guide said Nov-Feb is the perfect time to go to Batanes as the grass is in its most picture worthy state.

My airfare to Batanes is the most expensive domestic ticket I've bought, but it was super worth it! I think it was P9000, mas mahal pa kesa sa mga international flights. Hahahaha! Pero kebs, napakaganda sa Batanes!

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Allen Y.
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Paris is to Eiffel Tower, Batanes is to Basco Lighthouse. The most famous of all three lighthouses in Batanes. And more often than not, it is used in tourism campaigns of the DOT and tour operators, even in airline advertisements.

A lot of people, locals and non-locals alike, go here. To catch the sunrise, the sunset, and stargazing. A good place to reflect and relax.

You can see Mt. Iraya and the neighboring Vayang Rolling Hills and the vast blue ocean. You'll also have a 360 degrees view of the town of Basco.

You can also have dinner under the stars at the Bunker Cafe, which is located beside the lighthouse.

Getting to Naidi Hills is easy. It is a 10-15minutes ride from the town proper. You can hail a tricycle or private vehicle. It is also part of the North Batan tour.

Watch where you walk around Naidi Hills as cows roam free in this part of town. Ergo, there are cow "bombs" beyond the gated portion of the lighthouse. 128521

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