Batad is a small town situated among the Ifugao Rice Terraces. It is famous for its amphitheater rice terraces nestled within the mountains of Banaue. It is also known for its hidden gem, Tappiyah Falls, something you can’t miss when visiting Batad. If you’re heading to Sagada and Banaue, this town is the perfect sidetrip for you.
HOW TO GET TO BATAD
- Just ride a bus to Banaue – the jump-off point to Batad. Travel time is 9-10 hours. There are a lot of overnight trips to Banaue (Coda Lines or Ohayami Trans).
- From Banaue, you may take a bus or a jeep to Saddle – the nearest place to Batad town where a vehicle can go. A public jeep goes there twice a day but the schedule, pick-up, and drop-off points changes everyday. Renting a jeepney and splitting it with your fellow travelers is a better option. Travel time is 1.5 hours.
- From Saddle, just trek down to the town. Trek time is 20-30 minutes.
The trail down to the town is mostly cemented. It will take you around 20-30 minutes to reach the town proper. Just follow the paved road down until you reach the town.
WHERE TO STAY
Years ago it would be very difficult for you to look for an accommodation in Batad. Today, with the growing tourism in the region, a number of hostels are already present. We stayed at Batad View Inn. The place is very affordable – they have rooms for couples to rooms for big groups.
Batad View Inn has a small restaurant facing Batad Rice Terraces. Just stay here on your rest days and bask in the majestic view of the mountain ranges and rice terraces.
Batad View Inn also offers traditional huts as accommodation if you want to experience it. It costs a bit more staying at these huts, though.
TAPPIYAH FALLS & RICE TERRACES
One of the most popular things to do in Batad is the trek to Tappiyah Falls. This activity would take half a day to one whole-day depending on your pace. The trek is moderate for first time hikers and easy for pros. There’s no pressure to finish it fast anyway, so trek at your own pace and stop when you need to rest.
You may schedule a trek a day before your planned date. Almost all, if not all, home stays in town can arrange this for you. A guide would pick you up at your home stay and will lead the way all throughout. You will be passing through the rice terraces/paddies so don’t forget to take a breather and enjoy the view along the way.
Above is a view of the rice terraces opposite the town where most homestays are located. On the upper left of the photo up the hill – that’s where Batad View Inn is located.
BATAD IN SQUARES
- Phone service is very weak to non-existent.
- There are no ATMs in town and establishments do not accept debit/credit cards so please bring cash.
- Difficulty of trekking: We are not first-time hikers so it was relatively easy for us. The only challenge was the final staircase going down the falls (imagine the trek back). For first-timers, just take your time and trek at your own pace.
- Guide fees are fixed, just coordinate with your homestay.
- Most accommodations offer food but schedule your meals in advanced to lessen the waiting time. Other accommodations can also cook or heat if you have canned goods or pancit canton.
- There’s a tourist information center in Banaue. You may arrange your trip to Batad from there.
- Best time to go to Batad is from December – February when the weather is still cold. March – April is the summer months – fair weather but not as cold. June is the start of the rainy season so it would be quite a challenge to visit this small town.
- There are a lot of treks available – we just opted for the trek to the falls because of time constraints. If you have more time, definitely check out the other trails as well.