Reasons To Visit Basco (Batanes)
The town of Basco is located in the popular province of Batanes, a region known for its stunning natural beauty and unspoiled landscape, making it the ideal destination for outdoor lovers and adventurous. There are an endless range of attractions in and around Batanes such as Mount Iraya near Basco which is perfect for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. Alternatively, consider visiting one of the unspoiled islands on a boat trip like Sabtang Island or Itbayat Island. Those searching for a more relaxing experience will find an endless choice of beaches around Batanes like Diatay Beach near Basco, or consider delving into the mysterious Chawa Cave or Nakabuang Cave.
Arriving In Basco (Batanes)
Basco Airport is the main airport in the province of Batanes located just outside of the town of Basco handling a range of domestic flights from across the Philippines. Although travelers from the UAE will not be able to fly to Basco (Batanes) directly, it is straightforward to catch a direct flight to Manila before transferring which makes the journey a lot easier. You can use our guide to find the best time to book your flight tickets from the UAE to Manila. Also if you're planning a stopover in the Philippine capital, check out our guide to the Top 15 fun attractions and things to do in Manila.
Basco Airport is a small airport housed within a single passenger terminal. There are very limited amenities and facilities available to travelers so you should bring anything you absolutely must have with you in order to avoid disappointment. Once you have arrived at the airport, your best bet is to arrange for private transportation or to pre-book a transfer before your flight as local taxis are not always available.
Basco (Batanes) Travel Information
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If you are flying to the Philippines as a UAE national, you will not need a visa in order to enter the country for up to 30 days. In Basco, the hottest time of year is from May until September which sees average highs of around 31 degrees, although temperatures are fairly warm throughout the rest of the year. However, be advised that there is a prolonged rainy season in the region which begins in June and continues until December. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward by four hours when you have arrived in Basco to get on local time, while the currency you will need in the Philippines is the Philippine peso.
If you're thinking of exploring more of the fascinating country, find some inspiration with our guide to things to do in the Philippines.
* This information is correct as of April 2018
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