We kick- started our trip right on the day we arrived! We didn’t want to waste a minute rolling left and right our hotel beds because Batanes is too heaven for that kind of earthly procrastination. The simple province of Batanes is made up of 3 islands: Batan (where the capital Basco is located), Itbayat, and Sabtang. There are North Batan and South Batan tours that you can get for quite expensive but worthy packages from tour guides. Anyway, their tour guides are the friendliest and most informative so you might want to get at least one to help you out in your journey. Below are photos from the North Batan Island tour:
1. Along the way, you will see these magnificent views.
2. Racuh a Payaman/ Marlboro Country (Endless rolling hills and undomesticated animals that freely roam will welcome you in Batanes! Seriously, they have this system of communal pasture that’s really cool. You become part of a group, leave your animals at a common place like this one, visit during a specific time, and milk your cow when ready! I just had to see this for our first stop and I knew my trip was already complete.)
3. Alapad scenery
4. Honesty Coffee Shop (Who doesn’t know this one? Honestly, I am surprised and completely taken away by the honesty of the people in Batanes. You leave something behind, go back the next day and still find it there. I’ve never seen such honest and genuine people! The Honesty shop offers the cheapest yet most delicious to-go merienda. Make sure you grab some! *Don’t forget to pay! :))
5. San Jose Obrero Church (Look at that seaside view!)
6. Chawa View Deck (BEST SUNSET EVERRRRRRR)
Not in photos: Uyugan Town, House of Dakay, Spanish bridge, San Carlos Borromeo Church, Mahatao Shelter Port, and dinner at Octagon Bed and Dine (Must try: healthy yellow rice!)