Monday, April 6, 2015

Ysabelle Homestay, Basco, Batanes

Batanes is best enjoyed if you have the most comfortable, affordable, convenient, and best accommodation.

I highly recommend staying at Ysabelle Homestay.

facade of the homestay

It is home away from home.It is owned by Ms. Elma S. Batallones. She is one of the kindest, hospitable, and accommodating persons I have ever met in my tour in the Philippines.

Address: corner Santana St., Brgy. Kaychanarian, Basco, Batanes (near LandBank)


Single Bedroom

Room Rates

Aircon - P1,000-P1,500
Non-aircon - P500
Twin sharing - P350/pax

They have 1 single bedroom and 3 twin bedrooms.

                       2 pax room

     2-4 pax room / fully airconditioned

Among the things I enjoyed while I was billeted in the homestay was the following:

a.  cable TV facility
b. "paluto" or do your own cooking
c.  motorbike rental / bike rental
d.  shower
e.  WIFI


You will definitely enjoy her various tapsilog, tocilog, bangsilog, longsilog and other specialties. But my personal favorite is her noodles consisting of bihon, miki bihon, pancit canton and the pancit kabagan .

On my last day of stay, I even requested her  to cook "dorado" and she happily obliged. 

And I really enjoyed the sumptuous meal!

I have been in other homestays in Batanes but this place definitely is the place to stay!

Resting Area at the Second floor

The homestay has several resting areas or sala where you can watch tv and take a much needed respite from a tiring day's tour in Basco.

They also have a restaurant wherein you can dine or make your "paluto". But you have to call your paluto ahead of time.

They also offer tour and travel services. You can also rent their motorbike.

Your stay in Batanes will surely be complete and comfortable at Ysabelle Homestay.

All photos were provided by Ysabelle Homestay.

Tour guide - Albert Antonio (0919 287 3457) Fee -P1,000 for the whole day

Best Restaurants and tour package - 

How to get there

From Manila (by air)

Book a flight either from PAL or Skyjet

From Tuguegarao (by air)

Book a flight either from SkyPasada or NorthSky

NorthSky Air
Basco – 0949-155-0100
Itbayat – 0920-965-1495
Tuguegarao – 0929-570-1350 / 0908-275-6188

Sky Pasada
Office Hours in Batanes – Monday, Wednesday, Friday (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday – 9:00 – 11:30 (Airport) / 12:00 NN – 4:30 pm (Ticketing)
Flights – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (starting March 9, 2015)
Tugeugarao – 0999-992-9378 / 0927-496-2894

From Tuguegarao (by sea)

Only possible during summer

Island Tours
Basco to Sabtang - by boat (6 am departure) Fare - P75/pax (45 minutes) 4 boats available
Basco to Itbayat - by boat (5-6 am departure) Fare - P400/pax (2.5 - 3 hours) 3 boats available
Basco to Itbayat - by sea (NorthSky) temporarily not available

Best time to go to the Island - March - May (summer)

Rental fees

Motorbike rent - P100/hour
Bike rent - P20/hour
Van rent - 1,500 (back and forth from Basco to Ivana port) 
Van rent South tour - P3,000
Van rent North tour - P2,000 

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