Batanes Trip, Day 3 – Batan Southern Tour

Batanes Trip, Day 3 – Batan Southern Tour

Happy Mothering Sunday! I wrote a poem for my mother and I rang her. Anyway, here’s sharing with you our third day of Batanes Tour – the southern part. We started with Chawa View Deck – turbulent waves smashing at the foot of the coast lining with craggy cliffs, the view in Chanarian or Chawa view deck is nothing short of spectacular. Then we stopped at Mahatao, which is the town next to Basco when you’re going to the island’s southern portions via the National Road. Mahatao is divided into four barangays: Hanib, Kaumbakan, Panatayan, and Uvoy. It’s the smallest town in Batan in terms of land area but has the second largest population next to Basco.

Tayid Lighthouse a.k.a. Mahatao Lighthouse. This modern structure was built only in 2000 and completed in 2004. This used to be a functional lighthouse but is now regarded as a tourist attraction. It is rightly located on a hill at the east side of the Batan Island, from which cows graze on the hills. Once there, a stunning view of immense jagged mountains cliffs, hedgerows and a panorama of the Pacific Ocean can be seen.

Liveng/Hedgerows – This quaint quilt-like/ labyrinth-like patterns across farms divide farm lots, protects crops from wind and animals, control soil erosion, host migrant bird, and provide wood and reeds for domestic use. They constitute the sustainable agricultural systems of Batanes. The reeds are also used as ceiling materials for the traditional houses with cogon roofs. These hedgerows add up to the already picture-perfect landscape of Batanes.

Hailed as the “Marlboro country” of Batanes, Racuh A Payaman is a place that makes its every visitor wonder and ask themselves, “Is this real or I am dreaming?”, or “That such a place still exists in the Philippines? ”
Marlboro Country might be one of the most photographed places that an avid photographer would be looking for. The blue skies, green fields, and the hilly terrain and mountains – all of these blend the perfect color of nature that picturesque a perfect creation from a perfect Creator.

A store that lets you buy coffee, souvenir items, and food and leave the payment and just write it down in the logbook. That’s real honesty for you. This place is more of a store than a coffee shop,they sell variety products such as souvenirs,local foods/snacks,there’s also buko juice at the back and surprisingly,there’s motorcycle available for rental.You can also rent the traditional Ivatan stuffs for picture taking,like the headdress (Vakul for women and talugong for men) and Yuvuk which is the woven basket used by farmers.

The San Jose de Ivana Church, also known as Ivana Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Ivana, Batanes, Philippines dedicated to Saint Joseph under the jurisdiction of the Prelature of Batanes.

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Batanes Trip Day 1

Batanes Trip Day 1

Hello everyone! Nice to be back in sunny Bavaria after three weeks holiday in the Philippines. Allow me to share with you our first day in Batanes. Batanes is an archipelago province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region. It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area. My mother and I took the plane to their capital city, Basco and we were shuttled to the hotel from the airport. The first thing that I’ve noticed was they looked after their environment. It is part of eco-tourism. Since it was still early, they gave us our breakfast then we freshened up in our room. We were so excited to stroll at the beach. We started the tour in the afternoon. A van picked us up, just the two of us. The tour guide is a native of the island, an Ivatan and he’s so friendly and knowledgeable of the area.


We started with Mt. Carmel Chapel, which is popularly known as Tukon Chapel. The design of the lovely Tukon chapel was based on the traditional Ivatan stone houses. It is a project spearheaded by the influential Abad family and nearby communities so they don’t need to travel far away to go to a church. The roof of the chapel is made of concrete red bricks and on its ceiling, one will be amazed of the prepossessing painting of different municipal saints which are painted by well-skilled Ivatan artists.


A short drive from the Chapel was the Tukon Radar Station of PAG-ASA. Strategically located at the top-most part of the island, perfect for weather monitoring purposes. We could also see the damage caused by the last typhoon. Just outside the Radar Station was the viewing deck which offers panoramic view of the island. On the East side was the Pacific Ocean and on the West side was the West Philippine Sea.


Then we walked to Idjang, which is a triangle shaped hilltop citadel in the island, made from limestone and wood. The Ivatan people of the northern islands of Batanes often built fortifications to protect themselves during times of war. They built their so-called idjangs on hills and elevated areas.


One of the attractions of the province is the Dipnaysupuan Japanese tunnel hidden in the hills of Tukon. It was built during the Japanese occupation of the country for the refuge of Japanese soldiers and lookout post. The entrance is low and one has to duck-walk towards the back until one can stand up. It is cold and damp and chilly inside.


There is no white sand here. Instead, countless boulders fill Valugan Beach, creating an incredible landscape framed by almost vertical cliffs and rolling hills.


Have a lovely week everyone!

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