They call Batanes the Virgin Island because no one really goes there. But the place is getting more popular by the minute! It’s a completely different atmosphere- wind, lighthouses, boulders and hills. The only downside is that the wifi is really slow. I guess sometimes it’s nice to escape the city life and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. Here’s a recap of the places we visited.
We called Fundatcon Pacita Nature Lodge our home for the next few days. Pacita Abad was a painter from Basco, Batanes. Her work is now showcased in art collections in over 70 countries. Fundacion Pacita is also known for their striking blue chairs, fantastic views and pretty much the best hotel in Batanes!
Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel- This was used when the Japanese came to Batanes on December 1941.
Valugan Boulder Beach- These boulders came from Mount Iraya which last erupted in 400AD.
Vayang Rolling Hills- This is where the Sound of Music vibes hit HAHA. I love how it’s so open and windy. Plus, the cows are so cute!
Basco Airport- We went here to have a bathroom break but decided to take a few pictures on the runway.
Basco Lighthouse- Before this was built, this location was used as american period telegraph facilities but was destroyed by the Japanese Imperial Army Bombings. By the way, you can have dinner by this lighthouse!
Morong Beach- This beach is a tourist destination because it’s home to the Nakabuang Arch.
Savidug Village- This village is full of traditional stone houses that haven’t been touched for tourists like us to visit. Did you know, that coral was used as cement for these houses?
The Old Beaterio
St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel
Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint
Honesty Coffee Shop
Sumhao Wind Powerplant
House of Dakay
Out of the 7107 islands in the Philippines, you’ll never expect a peaceful, hilly island such as Batanes to be part of it. It’s not your normal beach with clear waters and find sand. Although there isn’t any wifi, or world-class food, the culture of the island is what sets it apart from the rest. Batanes is one of those places that you’ll have to visit at least once in your life. Tip for the girls- tie your hair back. It’s extremely windy, especially at the start of the year. Tip for everyone- wear comfortable walking shoes. The tours are tiring but worth it :).