Being the northernmost municipality of the Philippines and virtually isolated from the mainland of Luzon by the vast Luzon Strait, Itbayat is seldom visited by tourists in the province of Batanes. Homestays and lodging houses are currently the only available accommodation for visitors. During our trip to Itbayat last January 2014, we stayed at Cano's Lodge located right at the town center.
|Itbayat town center|
From Basco (provincial capital of Batanes), we took the four hour faluwa ride, through the relentless waves of Batanes waters, to the island of Itbayat. It was a thrilling experience which we will share in a separate blogpost. We arrived at the Chinapoliran Port around 10:30am and took a tricycle (P100.00/US$2.20 for 2-3 pax) to Cano's Lodge.
|Cano's Lodge | Itbayat, Batanes|
|with Mrs. Cano of Cano's Lodge|
For inquiries or reservations, you can call Mrs. Cano at 0919-300-4787
|row of rooms at Cano's Lodge|
|the bigger room has five single beds|
|the divider separates the room into two sections|
|always keep the door and the windows closed so not to let the mosquitoes in the room|
|gazebo inside Cano's Lodge|
|Mrs. Cano describing the geography of Itbayat|
Where to eat in Itbayat?
There are no restaurants in Itbayat. If you stay at Cano's Lodge, you can also have your meals arranged by Nanay. For P200.00 (US$4.40) per person per meal, you are served with two to three viands and unlimited rice. The viands depend on what is available, but you can always request a specific dish from Nanay and she can check it for you.
Here are some of the dishes we had at Cano's Lodge:
For our overnight stay in Itbayat, we spent a total of P800.00 (US$17.60) per person per day, which includes accommodation (P200.00) and three full meals (P200.00 x 3 = P600.00).
Cano's Lodge: Call Mrs. Cano at 0919-300-4787
Tricycle Service and Tour Guide: Call Kuya Jojo at 0920-660-3801
Northsky Air (for flights between Basco and Itbayat): 09491550100 (Basco Office); 09209651495 (Itbayat Office)
Here is a photo of downtown Itbayat with the town hall on the left and the community of houses on the right. Cano's Lodge is located few meters away from the town hall. You can zoom in an out of the image with your mouse.