Basco Airport is one of two domestic airports serving the province of Batanes in the Republic of the Philippines. Located at Basco, the provincial capital of Batanes serves as a gateway to the northern most inhabited areas of the Philippines.
The island province of Batanes is a group of islands situated in the region of Cagayan Valley, slightly off the midpoint between the Philippines and Taiwan. Basco Airport situated on Batan Island, serves the smallest province in the Philippines both in terms of population size and land area.
The history of the island has seen two major foreign governance. Both the Spanish and the American once occupied and colonized the region. During the Second World War, the islands recorded a dark chapter in their long history.
This one terminal minor domestic airport is served by a handful of regional flight carriers, and only sees less than 30, 000 passengers each year.
Services and Facilities
The airport is fully air-conditioned, and is furnished with several souvenir stalls. Aside from the aforementioned, the airport is not equipped with any other services or amenities. The airport is, however, furnished with a simple baby-nursing room, and an information counter from which you can obtain some help with your travels.
In terms of transportation options, there is no official airport transport. Most visiting passengers arrange for an airport transfer with the hotel they are planning to stay in. Alternatively, there are usually several tricycles waiting outside the airport.
What to see and do
There are several popular sights that visitors to Batan Island rave about. One of which is the Tukon Church. The church is a quaint and lovely little stone chapel, sporting several stunning aspects in the interior. The stained glass windows capture the light from the outside and cast it onto the simple floor tiles and wooden benches. The ceiling of the chapel sports six paintings of saints painted by the locals.
Another spot you might not want to miss is the Basco Weather Station. The simple structure hides a little secret. Atop the tower, you gain a spectacular view of Mount Iraya, Basco Town, and the stunning shoreline.
If you do not mind exerting yourself a little, Basco Idjang is worth a visit. Basco Idjang is an ancient Ivatan fortress, and served as a lookout point, defending them against invaders. Be warned, it is a bit of a climb.
If history or dark places interest you, the Dipnaysupuan Japanese tunnel will be right up your alley. This tunnel was originally built during the Second World War as a shelter for Japanese soldiers. Located 3km from Basco Town, here you will be able to see chambers, bunkers, and a water reservoir inside the 5-door tunnel.
Lastly, visit the Valugan Boulder Beach. The picturesque view and the incessant waves will calm you, and make it difficult for you to pry your eyes off them and leave.