Batanes June 2015 Expense Breakdown

Honestly, I didn’t plan my first visit to Batanes well. I purchased my round trip airfare in September 2014 and immediately read blogs. But since I was preoccupied planning for my Indochina trip, I wasn’t able to reread blogs. So budget and itinerary was more of “bahala na lang si Lord” plan. The only great thing was Kuya Mon Imperial of Crisan Lodge gave me an idea how my days in Batanes should be spent and possible cost for tours and ordered food.

Crisan Lodge has a grocery store on the first floor. Thus the grocery items on this list means other food, laundry detergent and other thimajings.

To those who have dreamed of flying to Batanes, keep waiting for that seat sale, keep dreaming.

Travel dates: June 12 – June 18

Day 1

Grocery Item15
Mineral Water50
Souvenir (Naidi Lighthouse)200
North Batan Tour Shared Tricycle500
Lunch at SDC (1 viand, 1 rice)95
Bottled drink (Real Leaf Iced Tea) at Octagon Bed and Dine40
Dinner (BBQ, Rice)95

Day 2

Grocery Items63
Faluwa Ride to Sabtang75
Sabtang Island Environmental Fee200
Sabtang Tour (All municipalities)1300
Souvenir (Vakul and Tubho Tea)350
Dried Fish250
Coconut Crab for Dinner200
Dinner (Fish Sinigang, 1 vegetable viand, rice, paluto fee for the crab)130
Grocery Item23

Day 3

Boat to Ivuhus1000
Half Day Tour Fee (Motorcycle)700
Accommodation for 2 nights400
Tshirt bought from Conscience Store222
Dinner (1 meat viand, 1 vegetable viand, rice)120

Day 4

Faluwa Ride to Batan Island75
Grocery Items68
Buko Pandan Dessert20
Tricycle to Naidi Lighthouse50

Day 5

Grocery Items65
Honesty Coffee Shop (Juice, Biscuit)50
Lunch Meal300

Day 6

Grocery Item97
Accommodation at Crisan Lodge1600
South Batan Tour (Shared Van c/o Crisan Lodge)450
Grocery Item20
Casa Napoli Pizza1010
Bike Rental Fee (First Day)60
Dinner at Fundacion Pacita600
Tricycle to/from Fundacion100

Day 7

Tricycle to airport30
Terminal Fee100


I know, Rinbee happened and had to treat my friends with pizza on my last day because they treated me with pizza, and dinner! And who does have pedicure in Batanes, right? I had too many unnecessary spending. Solo travel doesn’t need to be this expensive, I tell you. 😉

Should you have questions, go on and ask.

Batanes {June} 2015

Friday, June 12, Independence Day

All Basco flights are scheduled early in the morning. PAL departs at 6am while Skyjet Airlines leaves at 5:30am.

I arrived at NAIA T3 at 5am and immediately went to the boarding area so I can rest and watch that week’s Game of Thrones episode. While waiting to board the plane, I thought of informing Kuya Mon (owner of Crisan Lodge) that finally I was on my way to Basco and inquired how could I get to their place. He said that he would be picking me up at the airport. Well, great I thought. I wouldn’t have to worry that I’d get lost.

Shortly after counting sheep and contemplating if my budget will not and never make me hungry, we were called to board to plane. Plane was circling the terminal and my stomach was growling because of hunger, I just decided to doze off. 30 minutes after, I was awakened because it was damn hot… to realize we haven’t left NAIA yet. That was 30 minutes circling the terminal. About 5-7 mins more of what seemed to be like a forever wait (I wanted to kiss the grounds of Basco already, come on!!!), we finally departed.

I was very delighted to see Calayan Island from above because apart from it’s another haven for me; it was an absolute indication that we were close to landing.

The view down Batanes was picturesque. Green, blue, and blue, green everywhere.

Getting off the plane was, well, I don’t think I should say something about this anymore because duhhh. But apart from I was traveling alone, I was traveling alone to Batanes!!! I felt amazzzzing. This was during the time I needed to prove something to myself (that I was very much independent) so it meant so much. I initially planned to visit in 2014 (and save for the airfare ) but ended up buying a cheaper ticket in 2014 and 9 months later flight.

The wait was worth it. Pwedeng pwede na ako magpaka-Heidi on the hills.

PS. The ticket is not that sale, sale. But at P5298 (P450 airline insurance included), I think it was worth it.

Indochina 2015

32 days from the day I left Manila to the day I left Kuala Lumpur for Manila. It’s been more than a month. I miss traveling. I miss the independence it taught me. The idea of being lost or almost being hit by a pick up van in Vientiane and feared for my life because I didn’t avail travel insurance.

No matter how planned and well-researched everything was, there were just things I wasn’t able to control. Let me tell you what were the most gruesome and wonderful experiences of my solo travel for three weeks from Cambodia – Vietnam – Laos to Thailand. But first, let me organize my thoughts.