It is more than recommended to have a planned itinerary when coming to Batanes, may it be self-made or booking a local tour guide. Long story short, I chose Bisumi Tours, a high-rated tour agency in Batanes. Not only did I have my tours worked out for me without any headaches, but all entrance fees, lunches and transportation were inclusive. Just a disclaimer, I have not been paid by Bisumi Tours to promote their services, I am just an advocate for wonderful experiences, such as theirs.
Batanes is an archipelago province which consists of 3 main islands. Batan, Itbayat and Sabtang. Their history traces back to influences of The Dutch, The Spaniards, The Japanese and The Americans. During the time of our visit, it was forecasted that there would be thunderstorms the whole way through, glad the skies gave way to allow us to catch glimpses of Batanes’ beauty. Here is a photo essay of our Northern Batan Island tour. These are the places we stopped at, in no particular order:
- Basco Town tour
- Mt. Carmel Chapel
- PAGASA “Tukon” Radar Station
- Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge (Refreshments)
- Basco Idjang Viewing
- WWII Japanese Hideout/Tunnel
- Boulder Beach in Chanpan Valugan
- Vayang Rolling Hills
- Lighthouse in Naidi Hills
- Sunset Viewing
Tour starts with lunch, at Vunong dinette at Jessica’s place, to try local Ivatan dishes
Turmeric rice, Luniz (Ivatan adobo version), Uvud, and local beef.
Fresh Tamidok salad
Vayang Rolling Hills
Talking to our tour-guide, Jane
Vayang Rolling Hills
Our trusty van, that transported us all around Batan island
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Boulder Beach in Chanpan Valugan
Mt. Carmel Chapel, under renovation
The tour started approximately 2pm and ended approximately 6pm. Watching the sunset was not possible, because of the rain. Just a warning though, as it was the rainy season make sure to pack trekking shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy. And a story, at the Japanese Hideout/Tunnel (no images) be careful when exiting, thinking that the low ceiling was a short measure, I stood up, lost my balance and landed on my knees and hands in the mud. A cautionary tale, don’t be the one that lands on the mud…first.