I wanted to book through a travel agency but ended up booking with Amboy’s primarily because they were very responsive and accommodating especially Ms Glaiza and Ms Amboy. I ended up getting the tour from them as well because the “famous guide” in Batanes was not only unresponsive, I felt like I was not getting anywhere with him and his staff.
We enjoyed the tour from Amboy and our tour guide Warren, was very knowledgeable and thoughtful.
Pros: Miss Amboy was very hands-on and everyone was very accommodating. They will really go out of their way to make sure that you are comfortable and that you have everything that you need during your stay.
Cons: Room was newly painted so the stench of new paint was overwhelming. Not to mention that it stained some of our clothes/bags. We did not complain anymore because everyone was so kind and helpful, we did not want to bother them with something as trivial as this.
Limited channels available. Not really an issue but I got sick on our 4th day and just stayed inside our room the whole day. I got bored because of the limited channels available. Just pray you don’t get sick while you’re there.
Wifi: Available only near the admin office, restaurant and the beach in front of the hotel.
Smart – There are dead spots inside the hotel premises. Data is “E” almost everywhere except in some parts of Sabtang where I got a an “H+”.
Globe – There are dead spots inside the hotel premises. Data is “G” all over Batanes.
Sun – Don’t even think about it!
1. Buy coffee from any of the two sari-sari store just outside the hotel. If you’re a tea drinker, buy a tea from the ‘grocery’ in Basco town. Request for a mug and just make your own coffee/tea. Coffee/Tea all over Batanes is expensive!!
2. Request for a pitcher of water and glasses. They’ll replace these for you every day.
3. Order your breakfast the night before.
4. Beach all over Batanes is rocky so wear water shoes when you’re going to the beach.
- Value 100%
- Location 100%
- Rooms 90%
- Cleanliness 100%
- Service 100%