Updated September 15, 2014
That PAL Express seat sale brought a lot of tourists to Batanes since December of last year. When it was our turn to visit this February, the home stays we knew were already fully booked. Ate Fe, owner of another lodge referred us to Kuya Mon who happened to just opened a home stay. Yes, they help each other in Batanes.
It was our first time in Batanes, so we didn't know where his place is. Smart had no signal on the day we arrived. We had no way of contacting him. The map doesn't show his place either because it is new. We just took a tric going to his place trusting that the drivers knew him. We had no idea that Basco is that small of a municipality so everyone knew each other.
We paid Php 30.00 for the tricycle. Crisan Lodge is actually not too far from the airport. You can even just walk. But the map we got from the airport has no street names which makes it difficult for us to just go on foot. And Beau didn't get the address from Kuya Mon which made me go berserk. That's what happens when you allow a guy to plan your travels.
|staying up there|
The lodge is located on the second floor, on top of their mini-grocery store and residence. It was named after his wife, Ate Crisan.
Ate Crisan entertained us right away and showed us our room. It has a big bunk bed that could actually accommodate maximum of 4 people. The rate here is Php 300 per person per night.
It has a big cabinet and shelves for your stuff. They also provide towels. By the way, I love their memory foam pillows and fluffy blanket. I said it was new right? We were the first guests to occupy this room.
|double bunk bed|
It was designed like your own house, with living and dining facilities. You can cook your own food downstairs since cooking amenities were not yet complete at the second floor. But you can also ask Ate Crisan to cook for you. They just charge a very minimal fee. And trust me, she cooks so well!
As soon as we got settled in our room, Ate Crisan served us her welcome soup. It is a seaweed soup. It was my first time to try such. The weed's texture is a little weird in the mouth but I consumed it to the last drop because it was tasty.
|seaweed "lumot" soup|
It was then followed by this yummy turon. For non-Filipinos, turon is fried banana coated in melted brown (caramelized) sugar, wrapped in lumpia (spring roll) wrapper. I loved this version of turon. Ate Crisan put her own concoction of creamy chocolate inside. So delish! From that moment, I know it's going to be a great stay. ;)
According to Kuya Mon, this part below is not yet complete. He plans to put a fridge and other kitchen appliances here. For now, it serves as the kitchen sink where we wash our dishes. They have complete dining wares and kitchen utensils that you can use.
We didn't have an en suite bathroom. We shared it with the guest from the other room. It didn't cause any problems though because only 2 rooms share it.
They have hot shower, hurray! A must when visiting Batanes on winter months like we did. Water pressure is not too strong but it was fine.
I also liked that they always keep the place clean. That's one of the most important thing for me when it comes to accommodations.
The Other Rooms
They currently just have 4 rooms. The other 2 rooms were separated by another door . They have their own living room there.
|the other sala|
They also have a mini-kitchen there but they lack a dining table so guests staying in this side of the lodge still eat at the above dining area. They also have their own toilet and bath in this side.
The first room also has a double bed bunk like ours, so it can also accommodate max of 4 pax. It also has just about the same room size.
The rooms in this side also have small balconies. Rate here is Php 350 per person per night.
The second room is larger with 2 double bed bunks. It is good for families and barkadas as it can accommodate maximum of 8.
More spacious than the others, it has extra space for your vanity stuff and more shelves. Rate here is also Php 350 per person per night.
The balcony is a great place to catch some fresh Batanes air or to chill out with a bottle of beer. ;)
One thing we liked most about it, is its location. It's very central. It is near to the airport and the commercial establishments. Just walk a few meters and you can find canteens and markets. Just below the lodge is their store where you can buy anything you may need.
|Beau and Kuya Mon|
|Ate Crisan, their son Camille and yours truly|
Same thing goes to Ate Crisan, for always making sure we were comfortable and for feeding us with her delicious cooking. I can't remember anything she cooked that I didn't like. Their store staff were very nice too.
When in Batanes, I'm sure you'll always want to go out and marvel on its natural beauty most of the time. All you need is a comfortable bed and a host that will make you feel like you're family. That will surely make your vacation more memorable. I am recommending this place for your future stay in Batanes. And please send our regards to them when you do. :)
Liz and Evan
- Bike Rental: Php 20/hour (Php 25 for non-guest)
- Motorbike Rental: Php 100/hour (Php 120 for non-guest); Php 700/day (Php 800 for non-guest)
- Van (rates to follow)
- All rooms are now air conditioned.
- They also now have van rental and tours.
Address: Dita St., Brgy. Kayhuvokan, Basco, Batanes Philippines
Contact Person: Mon Imperial
Contact Nos: +63 999 990 7548; +63 915 849 0178
Rates per Night per Pax: Php 250 and Php 300 for rooms without balcony and Php 350 for rooms with balcony. Maximum number of pax per room depends on your preference.
Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥
I hope they'll have wifi soon. :)
This is Part 1 of my Batanes travel series.