After spending decades in my bucket list, Batanes has finally been stricken-off the list. Join me as I explore two of the three inhabited islands of this picturesque province that redefined my idea of "escape in paradise" - this March on Oman is an Island.
|North Batan Island|
The Island of Batan with its verdant, rolling fields divided by hedgerows looks like those highlands in Europe that I see on movies. For purposes of establishing itineraries, this island can be divided into North Batan which includes the town proper of Basco and Mount Iraya and South Batan which includes the towns of Mahatao, Ivana and Uyugan among others.
Sites in North Batan or Basco Proper includes the Rolling Hills, Naidi Hills with Basco Light House, Boulder Beach Valugan, Mt. Carmel Chapel and Sto. Domingo Church.
|South Batan Island|
Sites in South Batan Proper includes Chawa Viewdeck, Tayid Ligh House, Diura Fishing Village, Rakuh-a-Payaman (Marlboro Country) Alapad Rock Formation, Loran Station and the ever popular Honesty Coffee Shop.
Sabtang Island, with its quaint villages of traditional stone houses, is Batanes' cultural heart and soul. Sites of interests include Savidug and Idjang, an old settlement, where local wine is made and where people take refuge when attacked by other clans during the old times; Chavayan known for its preservation and protection of old stone houses; and Nakabuang Beach known for its natural stone arch.
These interesting sites shall be individually featured in this blog in my coming posts.