It was 2015 when I traveled to Batad in Banaue, Ifugao.
I had a lot of firsts with that travel. It was my first time to go backpacking with a group of strangers. Seriously. It all started when I saw an invite from a fellow blogger on Facebook to go travel to Batad. Since, I’ve been planning to go to there for the longest time, I did not hesitate to join.
It actually turned out well, as our group started as strangers but later became good friends. I’m actually starting to miss them while I am writing this. After that travel to Cordillera, we actually did an overnight travel again to some waterfalls in Luisiana,Laguna.
Our rendezvous was a Jollibee branch in Quezon City, then we walked to a bus terminal in Cubao for the trip to Banaue. It was my first time to meet the group, and we got along pretty well. Maybe because we are all travelers, we instantly had that connection because of our love for wanderlust.
After about 9 hours by bus, we then arrived at the bus station in Banaue. Then, we walked for a few meters going to the downtown area. I forgot to mention that one from our group is a Police officer. So in a way we got a nice or shall I say special treatment at the police station. We had a nice breakfast there at the station, before traveling to Batad.
We spent 3 days in Batad, then we traveled to Maligcong in Mountain Province. From Banaue, there are many routes or options to explore more of Cordillera, like Sagada or Mountain Province.
If you’re planning to travel to Banaue in Ifugao, here are the buses that offer daily trips to the Cordillera town. There are only two bus companies that offer trips from Manila to Banaue. These are Ohayami Trans and Coda Lines.
Ohayami Trans – Manila to Banaue
If there is a bus company known for its specialization for transportation to and from Banaue – that is Ohayami Trans. This might be mistaken as a Japanese bus company because of its seemingly Japanese name, but the truth is, it is actually the reverse last name of the owner, Mr. Imayaho, a native of Hingyon, Ifugao.
Currently, Ohayami has 2 trips going to Banaue from Manila. Travel time is approximately, 9 hours. Below are the details.
|Manila to Banaue (AC)||10:00 PM||Php 648|
|Manila to Banaue (AC)||9:00 PM||Php 648|
You can book ticket in advance online here or using the form below. – BOOK TICKET ONLINE HERE
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Ohayami Trans Terminala and Contact
Address: Cor. Fajardo St., Lacson Ave, Sampaloc, Manila
Ohayami Trans also has daily trips for below other routes.
- Manila to Lagawe / Kiangan (9:00 PM)
- Baguio to Banaue (9:00 PM)
- Banaue to Manila (7:00 PM and 6:30 PM)
- Banaue to Baguio (5:30 PM)
Coda Lines – Quezon City to Banaue
Coda Lines is another bus company that travel from Metro Manila to Banaue. Their terminal is located in Quezon City, so this is the preferred transportation for those who are living near Quezon City or Northern Metro Manila. Travel time is approximately 9 hours. Here are the details.
|QC to Banaue (AC)||8:00 PM||Php 667|
|QC to Banaue (AC)||9:00 PM||Php 667|
|QC to Banaue (AC)||10:00 PM||Php 667|
|QC to Banaue (AC)||10:30 PM||Php 667|
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Coda Lines also has daily trips for below routes.
- Manila to Sagada
- Manila to Baguio
Coda Lines Contact Details – HM Transport Inc.
Monte de Piedad, corner Maryland street
Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
0927 559 2197/ 0929 521 3229
Hotels in Banaue
If you need to stay in Banaue town proper, here are some recommended hotels and accommodation for you. Most of these properties have the stunning views of the rice terraces coupled with a cool climate to enjoy.
1. Banaue Homestay
Located at the heart of Banaue and just a near the famous rice terraces, Banaue Homestay will give you that needed rest while traveling this part of Cordillera. Aside from its convenient location, this accommodation is also committed to provide only the best for its guests like services like luggage storage, wifi, tours and laundry service.
This has become a popular accommodation among FIlipino and foreign tourists. This two-story property has private rooms as well as shared accommodation. The part is the nice view of the Banaue rice terraces from the rooms’ windows and patio. CHECK ROOM RATES HERE
2. Native Village Inn
This is a unique mountain lodge property overlooking the rice terraces of Banaue. Enjoy its stunning views and the cool climate as it is located 1,250 meters above sea level.
They offer modern rooms and cottages that has separate bathrooms. Although this accommodation has no attached bathroom it its cottages, they assure that the bathrooms are accessible and spotless clean. Guests are also satisfied not only with the cleanliness of its amenities but also about their local food. CHECK ROOM RATES HERE
3. Uyami’s Green View Lodge
This accommodation is located at the town center of Banaue, making it easily accessible to travel to the town’s famous attractions.
Uyami’s Green View Lodge has 22 rooms to provide the much needed comfort and relaxation. The lodge has luggage storage, internet connection in public areas, family rooms and restaurants. They also offer massage to let you unwind after the busy day of touring Banaue. CHECK ROOM RATES HERE
Accommodation in Batad
Batad Pension House and Restaurant
I recommend Batad Pension House and Restaurant because this is where we stayed for 2 nights during my travel to Batad. They have simple yet clean rooms perfect for solo traveler, couple or group. One of the best experiences here is when we had our breakfast overlooking the beautiful Batad Rice Terraces, which is UNESCO world heritage. CHECK ROOM RATES HERE
The caretakers or the people who work there are also very accommodating and friendly. This is a perfect place to rest after hiking the rice terraces and the famous Tappiyah Falls.
Food will also not be a problem because they have restaurant that offers local dishes. Please understand that the food here is a little bit pricey because they need to transport the goods from the town center. Batad is quite a secluded place. Staying here will also give you your needed rest and away from the city. Internet connection here is weak, so this is good if you need to disconnect to the world for a while.
Tourist Spots in Banaue
Banaue is a place that will keep you closer to nature with its attractions such as Banaue Rice Terraces, Tappiyah Falls among others. This is also home of the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Batad and Bangaan Rice Terraces. Aside from attractions near the town center, there are also some activities to enjoy and experience the rich culture of the people of Ifugao such as visiting the Banaue Museum and watching the Ifugao cultural shows.