Liveng – Batanes Hedgerows
Standing on a view deck or on top of the hills, one can see clearly one of Batanes’ trademarks -- liveng, also known as the Batanes hedgerows.
The liveng is a collection of grass, piled stones, or tall rows of reeds that serve multiple purposes — they protect the crops against sea breeze, soil erosion, typhoons, grazing animals, and also serve as boundary lines for the land. Always neatly arranged, the rows of liveng are hard to ignore — the complex network of livengs make the landscape of Batanes look like a giant labyrinth. A sight you can only see in Batanes, the hedgerows have become one of the island’s most photographed attraction, a sight no Batanes tourist should miss.
The Batanes Hedgerows can be seen on top of Batanes’ rolling hills.
Opening Days and Hours
The hedgerows can be seen any day, any time.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is free.
How to Get There
- From Manila to Basco, Batanes via Philippine Airlines or SkyJet.
- From the airport, avail of the tricycle tour
- Ask to be dropped by to the nearest rolling hills — you can usually see hedgerows on hills.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Spend at least 30 minutes to an hour so you can fully enjoy the sights around the area.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Since you will view the liveng in an open area, the best time to visit would be from 8:30 to 10:00 or from 16:00 to 17:30.
Head back to Basco town proper for dining options. Options include Jino’s, Beehan’s Meal and Snack, Phil’s Brew, Octagon Bed and Dine, and BikSaFrappe.
- Vayang Rolling Hills
- Valugan Boulder Beach
- Mount Iraya
- Marlboro Country
Troy’s Lodge and Marfil’s Inn are among the most popular in the area. Rates range from PhP 500-700 (USD 10-14). Those who are on a budget can stay in homestays which offer accommodation starting PhP 300 (USD 6).