Batanes was a dream that became a reality last March 2018. I wanted to know why there are tons of #BreathtakingBatanes. And here are the 13 reasons why:
1. “The hills are alive with the sound of moooooo-sic…”
What a feeling!
Yes, the sound of mooooo-sic. Literally, you will hear the mooooos of the cows and the meeeee of the goats in every hill in Batanes. You will definitely sing the sound of music song. You’ll feel so alive because of the nature surrounding you.
2. The “Blow Ur Horn” sign
The sign that you can only see in Batanes. Blow ur horn literally means to blow the horn of a car or motorcycle to warn any incoming vehicle to slow down. The sign is usually seen at a blind curve. It is certified only in Batanes!
3. Historic churches
When you are in Batanes, don’t forget to attend a mass on a Sunday if you are a catholic. Please also wear decent clothes if you are entering the church.
4. Chamber of Secrets (Batanes version)
The Maywang A Libro Du Vatan (Batanes Blank Book Archive) is located beside a church. You can write in any book with anything that you want to write. I call it chamber of secrets as there are a lot of secrets hidden in each book. From secret crush, secret proposal to just sharing their awesome adventure in Batanes. Mine is written in book # 84: Bakit List?
Literally and figuratively Batanes rocks! Specifically taken at Valugan Boulder beach. I thought that the rocks there are small but I was wrong because it was huge (haha). We didn’t swim because the waves were huge and strong.
6. You can never go wrong with Morong.
This is one of my favorite beach. White sand, crystal clear water, perfect rock formation and we were lucky because there were no people when we were there. Morong beach is located at Sabtang, Batanes. From Basco, you have to ride a faluwa (a boat) for roughly around 30 – 45 minutes. You have the option to do a daytour or stay for a night in Sabtang island. We opted to stay overnight in Sabtang ligthouse.
7. Lighthouse hopping
There are a lot of lighthouse in Batanes. First lighthouse that you can visit is in Basco. It is part of the North Batan tour but you can also walk from the town proper or ride a bicycle (which was very challenging as it is uphill).
8. Honesty is the best policy.
Honesty is a value that are innate with the people in Batanes. There are a lot of honesty stores but the most famous is the honesty store of Elena C. Gabilo located near Ivana port. All the products have price tags and you just have to list down all the things that you’ll buy and of course pay for it.
It is a tricycle made out of wood and cogon roof. Cogon / cugon is an abundant material in Batanes. It is usually used as a roof in their houses and tricycles. Riding a tricycle for a tour is the best way to enjoy Batanes. There are also air-conditioned vans that are suitable for larger groups or families.
10. Be as strong as the Stone house in Batanes.
The House of Dakay which is located in Ivana is the oldest stone house in Batanes. You can also visit Savidug in Sabtang for the other stone houses. It can withstand the typhoons and can keep the house cool even during summer season because of the cogon roof. The cogon roof can be replaced after 30 years.
Look at that!
11. Turmeriffic food!
Turmeric or also called luyang dilaw in tagalog is one of the main ingredient in almost every dish in Batanes. There is always a turmeric rice or yellow rice that looks like java rice but there is also plain rice available. Lunyis is the pork adobo version in Batanes. Then for dessert, sweetened camote is usually served.
12. Beach-tcha by golly wow!
Batanes doesn’t only have the majestic hills but they also have amazing white beaches. You’ll definitely sing beach-tcha by golly wow! lol The photo above was taken at the Homoron white beach, Mahatao, Batanes.
13. Awesome-azing People of Batanes
The number 1 thing I love about Batanes is because of the people. They are very kind, heart-warming and honest. The photo above was taken at Sabtang island with the kids who were picking Arius (an endemic berry in Batanes which is also produced into wine). They were awesome and amazing, hence they are “awesome-azing”!! haha
Here’s our itinerary:
6 days and 5 nights escapade to Batanes:
Day 1- Arrival, North Batan tour
Day 2- Sabtang tour (overnight)
Day 3- South Batan tour
Day 4- Spring of Youth
Day 5- Free Day
Day 6- Departure (back to reality)
I only listed 13 reasons but there are many more reasons on why Batanes is breathtaking. Dios Mamajes Batanes! I am so in love with the place and the people, I’ll be back soon. So, why do you think Batanes is breathtaking? I wanna hear from you guys as well.
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