Batanes Islands – 5 days – 4 nights
The Province of Batanes tour explores the picturesque rugged beauty of the islands of Basco and Sabtang showcasing how nature and men have adopted with each other for over the years sans the trimmings of modern life. The original buildings made of limestone and thatch cogon roofs make Batanes Province a class of its own maintaining its rough and rugged beauty and virtually safe from the harsh elements of nature. The relative distance of Batanes from the rest of the country and the limited open season it offers to travelers makes travel to Batanes all the more promising, exciting and definitely, a bucket-list entry. Daily flights are available from Manila through Philippine Airlines while WCC Sky Pasada flies from Tuguegarao City three times a week.
Arrival reception; whole day exploration of Basco town: St. Dominic’s Cathedral; Chawa Viewdeck; Racuh-a-Payaman – the communal pasture land; Radar Tukon and the Old Loran Station – the last weather station in the north of the country; Pacita Abad Museum; St. Carmel Church and walking tour of the town proper including commercial area and St. Dominic Restaurant for organic beef delicacies
Sabtang Island Trip: Proceed to Barrio Savidug, drop by Sitio Tiñan for its rockscapes and seascapes; Chavayan, known for its preserved stonehouses ; Sitio Morong – enjoy Morong Beach with its picture perfect Ahaw (Arc) and explore Nakabuang Cave; Nakanmuan for the fishing village and bring home dried fish or one-day old Dibang (flying fish); enjoy local cuisine at the Homestay; overnight.
Early trip back to Batan Island; Ivana Church and climb the crenelated belltower fortress for a good view of the sea and town; souvenir shopping at the Honesty shop; motor to the Hose of Dakay; Mahatao Church and leave your message at the Open Books Archive; romp and roll at the Valugan Boulder beach, Vayang rolling hills and Naidi hills.
Motor to Mahatao at the Fishermen’s Village at Brgy. Djura to explore the old settlements, swim at the spring-fed pools; souvenir shopping in the afternoon.
Departure from Batanes