North Batan is usually the first-day itinerary if you get a package tour in Batanes. I arrived in this heavenly place around 8am and since I didn’t have any sleep because of my Davao-Manila-Batanes flight schedule, I asked the tour guide if we can begin with the tour after lunch so that I can get a nap. We left Ysabelle Homestay around 2pm.
First stop is the Welcome to Basco signage. Basco is the capital of Batanes. It is where the airport and my hostel are located.
The second stop is the Mt. Carmel/Tukon Chapel. This chapel has a beautiful history. Read more about the making of this chapel here from one of my favorite travel bloggers.
Third Stop is Idjang Ruins. According to my tour guide, idjang means mountain fortresses and was the home of the original Ivatans before Spaniards colonized the Philippines.
Next is the Dipnaysuhwan Japanese Tunnel. The tunnel was the least of my favorite among the tourist spots because I have claustrophobia. I believe I only stayed inside for less than 2 minutes when I started to have an anxiety attack. Even the tunnel photo creeps me out, yikes!
Next stop was the Valugan Boulder Beach. One of my fave spots! Geez, I could have stayed on this beach FOREVER! The place is RAVISHING! Too bad it rained, but luckily after taking photos. The guide suggested that we go back after the tour but we didn’t because I was already exhausted by the end of the trip from lack of sleep.
Sixth is the Sto. Domingo Cathedral. This cathedral has withstood typhoons and fires in the past. This church is very special to me because I went to hear mass here on my birthday.
Lucky number 7 stop is the Vayang Rolling Hills. Ughhhhhhhhhh, my favorite spot on the island! One of the reasons why I wanna go back because I want to be dramatic and read a book on this very spot! I literally cried because I felt so blessed having the chance to feast my eyes on such beauty! Also went sunset viewing here which was magical.
Last stop of the North Batan tour was the Naidi Hills Lighthouse. I have always been fascinated with lighthouses, imagine my delight when I finally got to see one in flesh (or in concrete lol)!
Supposedly included in the North Batan tour itinerary are the Fundacion Pacita, a popular hotel/nature lodge in Basco which was temporarily closed for renovation from the ruins brought about by the previous storm, just days before my arrival; and the Pag-Asa Complex which was also ruined by the typhoon.
We toured North Batan from 2-5pm. I was hungry after the trip since I had no decent food since the day before. The guide suggested that we go to Beehan- a popular short order little resto in Basco.
We ordered Pancit Beehan and Siomai. Siomai tasted and looked like Gyoza to my delight. Sorry didn’t take a pic of it coz I was too hungry, I immediately gorged on it. Lol. Pancit Beehan was really good too but the serving was too big for me, didn’t finish it.
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