|the last gate|
We agreed to be awake by 3 am but Red set the alarm at 2:30 am. By 3:30, our guide arrived and we started the nearly 2 hours trek towards our destination.
After passing the last gate, we took a brief respite before continuing our ascend towards the cliff. It was already 5:30 am and the light was starting to illuminate in the horizon.
This natural park is comprised of forest, natural cliffs and rocky hills where natural bonsai trees abound along the grazing area for goats. Amidst its natural splendour, there is a natural bell which is a flat stone that lies naturally upon another stone.
It was really difficult for a person to go to the beach. You have to go down using the steep cliff and hold on to the trees and roots protruding in the cliff.
Place to Stay
1. Cano’s Lodging House – Lodging and Services owned by Faustina Cano (0919-300-4787) Agan St., Brgy. Sta. Rosa, Itbayat, Batanes (P250/pax)
2. SM Lodge - P300/pax
Food - P200/pax (or you can cook)
Tour guides - Jayson and Mang Pepe
How to get there -
Book a plane going to Basco, Batanes either from PAL or Sky Jet. Arriving in Basco, go to the port (near NFA) and board the boat going to Itbayat. Boat leaves between 5 am - 6 am. Fare in the boat is P400/pax. There are times when the weather is not good that Coast Guard will not allow the boat to depart. Travel time to Itbayat is 2-3 hours depending on the weather.