The moment I opened my eyes on our second day in Batanes, I looked out the window to check on the sky silently praying for a clear weather. Hallelujah! The clouds finally cleared up!
Second day was a tour in Sabtang Island, a small island southwest of Batan. We drove to Radiwan Port and rode a faluwa (a boat) to San Vicente Port in Sabtang. The waters separating Batan and Sabtang are known to be turbulent even on a normal day so we really need the sky to clear up otherwise the coast guards will cancel any boat trips. The trip, however, was pleasant for me but with a few exciting moments that made one of the older passengers utter a “Hail Mary” hehe. They said though if the tour guides or the boat crew don’t look alert or worried then there’s nothing to worry about; they did look calm and most of them were sleeping. Finally we arrived at the port and met up with our tour guide. Our first destination was the Chavayan Village which is a 30-minute drive from the Port. 30 minutes may sound quite long given that Batanes has zero heavy traffic but to be honest you really won’t notice the time; the view going to Chavayan Village was amazing! Every view was instagram-worthy!
The Chavayan Village houses a small population of Ivatans. It is also a popular tourist destination in Sabtang Island because of the old stone houses and typical Ivatan cottages; I was told that some of the houses were more than a hundred years old! Pretty amazing! When we got there, the first thing that caught our eye was the Sabtang Weaver’s Association cottage where we found the Valkul or the Ivatan headdress. These were used to protect the farmers from the sun when they’re out in the field but according to our tour guide the headdresses are rarely used nowadays.
After the village, we went to Chamantad-Tinyan viewpoint. The place was simply breathtaking! It reminds me of the hills in the movie Sound of Music and it just makes you want to run around and sing. LOL. But seriously, it was too beautiful that beautiful is an understatement. The hills were covered with grass and offers an amazing view of the Philippine sea. My son was very happy too, he found a huge place to run around 🙂
We went to Morong Beach to have our lunch and when we got there I was amazed by the place’s beauty. It was a long stretch of white sand but unlike the popular beaches in our country, the Morong Beach is very peaceful; no loud music, less tourists, no bars or pubs around the area, it’s a nice place to just relax and unwind. But as I spend more time watching the waves hit the shore, it dawned on me why the there are a few tourists—the waves are huge! Not the good-for-surfing type of waves, they were really big and strong(?) I can just hear every wave smash along the coast and nearby rocks, but nevertheless, it was still a beautiful sight.
DAY 2 : ISLAND HOPPING
Sabtang Island Tour
5:00 AM – Wake-up call and Early breakfast
6:00 AM – Travel to San Vicente Port and/or Radiwan Port in Ivana
6:30 AM – 30 minutes Faluwa Ride to Sabtang Island
7:00 AM – ETA at Sabtang Port
7:30 AM – Registration at Sabtang Tourism Information Center and Start of Tour
San Vicente Ferrer Church
Sinakan Stone Houses
Brgy. Savidug Stone Houses
Sto. Thomas Chapel
Savidug Idjang Viewing
Refreshments at Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint
Brgy. Chavayan Stone Houses
Souvenir Shopping/Picture taking (Ivatan headgears)
Sta. Rosa De Lima Chapel
30 minutes – travel back to Sinakan Centro
Ahaw (Natural Limestone Arc Formation)
12:00 PM – Lunch at Morong Beach
1:30 PM: Travel Back to Ivana port
2:30 PM : Back to Basco and Souvenir Shopping
4:00 PM : Back to Hotel
6:00 PM : Dinner at Pension Ivatan