|Tourist spots in Batan Island|
Indeed, Batanes is home to a wealth of historical, cultural and natural attractions.
It was completed in 1789 and still retains its centuries-old features. It is located six kilometers from Basco.
Then, the Songsong ruins a cluster of old stone houses abandoned after a tidal wave that hit the island of Batan in the 1950s. The area has a long stretch of beach.
Loran station used to house a US coastguard detachment for almost two decades.
Part of the tour was also the Marlboro Country. It is mostly wide open spaces wherein the major inhabitants are cows that are let loose to graze. The panoramic view from this spot of landscape and seascape is fascinating.
After, the long tour. We went back to Basco Lighthouse for the sunset viewing and I took my dinner at the lighthouse.
On the other, bird watching is popular at Cuyab. Here you can observe the migratory birds from China that flock the islands in search of a warmer climate over October.
There were plenty of people going to Sabtang that day. Good thing Elmer knew the crew of the boat and he was able to buy a ride to Sabtang. Our motorcycle was also boarded to the boat.
First in the itinerary that day was the Sabtang Church which is just a stone's throw from the port area.
The interior of the San Vicente Ferrer Church was as majestic as the Basco Church.
We also spent an hour trekking the Tinan Viewpoint.
The view is simply breathtaking!
Trekkers will definitely enjoy their stay in this spot.
The view is just stunning and captivating!
Then, we went to Barrio Chavayan.
This is one of the tourist spots in Sabtang.
Tatus or coconut crabs abound in the island.
We took lunch at the Nakbawang Beach.
One of the best beaches in Batanes.
Past 12 pm, we decided to go back to the port.
Along the way back, we passed another lighthouse.
Unfortunately, we got stranded for two hours at the port due to engine trouble of the boat. I took a nap and waited. I told Elmer that we have to reach Naidi Hills before sunset for me to capture the sunset. After two hours of waiting, the boat was fixed and we reached the port of Ivana around 5 pm.
Elmer hurriedly drove to the Basco lighthouse and we were able to reach the site just before the sun was about to set. And I told Elmer that aside from taking the picture, I will be taking my dinner again at the Basco lighthouse.
I planned going to Itbayat Island. But Elmer told me that the boat ride was good for four hours and I have to stay in the island for a day since the boat ride back to Batan would be the following day already. I decided not to go to Itbayat and this is the main reason I want to go back to Batanes in 2014.
Itbayat island is located north of Batan island. It is surrounded by massive boulders and cliffs rising from 20-70 feet above sea level and has no shoreline. Travel time is about four hours from Basco seaport.
Instead of going to Itbayat, I rented a bike and visited again the places in Batan up to Mahatao. Weather that day was sunny and humid.
I went again to Church of Sto. Domingo de Basco (Basco Cathedral).
It was established in 1783. It is the oldest and the most important church in Batanes.
The church is dedicated to the Immaculate Concepcion, the patroness of Batanes.
The interior of the church
Biking happens to be one of the things that I enjoy doing and I went to the town of Mahatao.
Even though, It was the second time to see the seascape and landscape, I was still fascinated.
I passed a cliff where the goats were grazing and eating the grass at the edge of cliff. I was amazed and awed!
Finally, I reached the town of Mahatao.
Then, after resting for a few minutes. I started going back to Basco. Going back was a lot easier, since I was now descending.
I took my late lunch at Pension Ivatan.
Then, I went for a little souvenir shopping.
Notice the headrest being sold at the souvenir shop.
I took a nap since I was so exhausted
Then, around 4 pm, I trekked Naidi Hills anew.
I went to the top of the lighthouse.
I waited for the sunset.
The sunset that day was different from the previous day. It was a lot better. Dramatic.
And later, took my dinner.
There were plenty of us who took dinner at the lighthouse that day.
I really enjoyed Batanes!
Should you wish to travel to Batanes, here are the contact numbers for the tour
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