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What to bring


  • Bring your personal medicines. The drugstores in Basco may not have them.
  • Good trekking shoes. You will do lots of walking. A good alternative may be rubber-soled sandals.
  • ATM (Bancnet/Megalink & Expressnet cards are accepted at Landbank and PNB ATMs in Basco) cards. You may leave your credit cards behind.
  • Sun block, sunglasses, lipbalm.
  • Insect/Mosquito repellant
  • Cold/rainy weather outfits (when you come from December to February)
  • Phone. And the charger of course.
  • Camera including battery chargers and memory cards. (No developing machine for films. Digital pictures can be developed at selected establishments in Basco)
  • Identification papers (passports for foreign tourists, any valid ID for locals)
  • Music Player. Batanes breathes new meanings to your favorite songs.
  • Extra Ziploc plastic containers to water-proof your valuables and gadgets when doing inter-island travel.
  • Other special personal items. But basic toiletries may be bought in Basco.
  • Just a basic wristwatch, a waterproof one may be best. Don’t bring your expensive jewelry. You won’t need them there.
  • Your sense of adventure and love for traditional culture


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