Getting Around

There are several ways to negotiate the island. Most lodgings and plenty of tour operators have bicycles for rent (P25 per hour) and you can hire mountain bikes from Dive Batanes (P250 per day). Riding the southern loop takes around six hours, not including stops; you have to be in decent shape and carry plenty of water.

Several lodgings have scooters or motorbikes for hike (P150 per hour); if yours doesn't, try the Petron petrol station or the Municipal Tourism Office in Basco.

From Basco's tricycle stop, tricycles offer loops around the northern half of the island (P1000) and the southern half (P1500). Your lodging or the tourist office can help you book a tricycle or call the hotline (0929 703 8404).

You can walk stretches of the southern loop, catching infrequent jeepneys that connect the coastal settlements. Hitching might be also possible (of course this option is never entirely safe, and we don’t recommend it. Travellers who hitch should understand that they are taking a small but potentially serious risk). Some lodgings offers jeepneys and vans for hire (from P2500 per day).

Jeepneys regularly ply the road between Basco and Itbud from around 4.30am to 8.30pm. In Basco, wait for jeepneys in front of ShaneDel’s.