Sabang Island in Batanes boasts of a number of beautiful beaches, and one that stands out among the rest is Morong Beach.
The short stretch of Morong beach features a picturesque view for the perfect photo op: bright white sand, beautiful green hills, and the famous Batanes symbol – the natural rock formation Nakabuang Arch. Walking barefoot while exploring the beach is possible thanks to the fine white sands. With its friendly waters and less ferocious waves, Moron beach can invite even the most reluctant swimmers to take a dip.
Sabtang Island is located 27 kilometres southwest from the nearest airport at Basco, Batanes.
Opening Days and Hours
Guides only offer day tours to tourists starting at 06:00.
Entry Fee and Booking
The Tourism office in the area charges PHP 200 or USD 5 per person. A day tour by tricycle costs PHP 800 or USD 20 for two people.
How to Get There
- Fly from Manila to Basco, Batanes via Philippine Airlines or Skyjet.
- A tricycle will bring you to Ivana Port.
- Tourists are transported to Sabtang Island via the Faluwa, a traditional Ivatan boat.
- Team Getaways
- Family Vacations
Time to Spend
Day tours often last from 6:00 to 12:00 since the last boat for Batan Islands leaves at 13:00. However, if you wish to stay for the night, you can arrange to stay in the home of one Ivatan family for PhP 250 (USD 7).
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Given the limited time for day tours, it is best to start your trip to Sabtang Island as early as 06:00. Doing so will let you maximize the daytime on basking in the sights and save you from the stress of missing the last boat.
Those included in the tour packages often get their meals from the Pananayan Catering and Canteen services. Tourists can enjoy native Batan meals for PhP 350 (USD 8) per person. If you are in a budget, other mini-eateries in the area also cater to visitors.
- Chavayan Village
- Sabtang Lighthouse
- Tinyan Viewpoint
Visitors who wish to spend the night on Sabtang Island can choose to either stay in any of the seven accredited homestays or in the local tourism office. Rates range from PHP 150 to 300 or USD 4 to 7.
Good to Know
Do not forget to bring protective footwear if you are exploring Morong Beach during the low tide since there are some sharp rocks around the area.