Our Batanes Tour Guide: Roger Doplito

September 17, 2010

Our Batanes Tour Guide: Roger Doplito

Roger Doplito was the guide provided by Fundacion Pacita to conduct our free half-day cultural heritage tour. He's very knowledgeable about Batanes and could answer any question we asked about the life, history and culture of the Ivatans. If you google his name, it will come up at several blogs. They too gave good reviews of him.
He's very reliable and replies quickly by text message. But for those outside of the Philippines, you can email him. Here are his contact numbers:

cellphone number: +639282476091
email address: rgdoplito@yahoo.com

These are his rates as of September 2010:

Batan Island Tour (8 hours)
1. Van rental with driver:
  • P1600 good for 8 hours 
  •  van has a maximum capacity of 11 passengers
  • there is an overtime fee if you use the van in excess of 8 hours.
2. Tour guide fee: P1500 per day (whole day or half day)
3. Tips (optional)

For the Batan Island van tour for 8 hours, you pay P3100 for one person or for 11 persons. Therefore it can range from P3100 per head or P285 per head

Sabtang Island Tour  
If you have 5 or more people in your group, the rate is P1500 per person. This includes:
  • roundtrip transfers from hotel/inn to port
  • boat fares
  • tourist registration fees
  • jeep around Sabtang
  • tour guide
  • lunch
My tip: 
If you are 5 or more in a group, get all the tours from Roger then tell him the exact number of persons in your group so he can make a more reasonable quotation and perhaps a cheaper rate than the rates given above. The more people in your group taking the tour the better rates he can give.