Valugan Boulder Beach
Not white sand but boulders; perhaps this one popularly describes one of the most visited sights in Batanes: the Valugan Boulder Beach.
Behind the luscious greenery of Vayang lies the famous tourist spot that boasts of panoramic sunrise and sunsets, and rich origin. Valugan’s boulders, which came from an eruption from Mt. Iraya, were smoothened over time by the rough, ferocious waves of the Pacific Ocean. Despite its raging elements — strong, whistling winds, and forceful waves hitting the boulders — Valugan Boulder Beach can be uniquely pacifying.
Valugan Boulder Beach is located at Contra Costa Road, 4 kilometres from Basco Airport.
Opening Days and Hours
The boulder beach can be accessed any time of the day but best viewed during the early morning or late afternoon.
Entry Fee and Booking
Entrance fee is PHP 200 (USD 5) per person.
How to Get There
- Philippine Airlines and SkyJet have flights to Basco, the capital city of Basco.
- From your chosen hotel or inn, you can access the boulder beach by tricycle.
- Tricycles also offer day tours at a rate of PHP 1,000 (USD 25) for two persons.
- Backpackers / Solo travelers
- Team Outings
Time to Spend
For people who are part of tours, allot 30 minutes to enjoy the waves and sights of the area. Those who follow their own schedules can stay for as long as they want.
- Vayang Rolling Hills
- Mt. Carmel Chapel
- Naidi Hills
- Batan Lighthouse
Visitors can opt to stay in a number of inns and homestays at Basco town proper. Among the most popular are Troy’s Lodge and Marfil’s Inn. Rates range from PHP 500 to PHP 700 (USD 13 – 18).
Good to Know
Wear hiking shoes instead of flipflops or sandals – doing so will make your trip much more comfortable.