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BATANES: Awesome Guide to Batanes Isles: Batan, Sabtang & Itbayat!

Take a timeless journey through the Philippines last frontier!

Fall in love with the northernmost islands of the Philippines not only for its beauty but also with its cultural heritage, well-preserved villages, yummy Ivatan cuisine, and most of all the islands’ proud Ivatan people.

We love Batanes for its picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views. Imagine green grasslands as far as your eyes can see, towering limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters, and beautiful views that look straight from a scene of Lord of The Rings, Jurrasic Park, and Moana! It’s not hard to understand why Batanes is on every Filipino’s bucket!

Here’s our guide to Batanes’ top three islands- Basco, Sabtang, and Itbayat…

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IVATAN CUISINE: The Flavors of the Batanes Isles!

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Already captivated by the beauty of the northernmost tip of the Philippines, the magic of Batanes continues as we discover and experience its food! Find out how yummy authentic Ivatan dishes are–from freshly caught mahi-mahi, flying fish, and lobsters, to grass-fed cows, organic pork, root crops, and vegetables!

Ivatan-style cooking can be described as bland, using only salt, soy sauce, and vinegar as condiments. It’s not hard to see that local Ivatans like to maintain a very healthy lifestyle.

Here are some of the dishes you should try…

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BATAN SOUTH TOUR: House of Dakay, Honesty Cafe, and Malboro Country (Part 2)

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We heard that the South Batan Tour was much more charming than that of North Batan. But how could that be, when we were already captured by the breathtaking landscapes of the North?!

South Batan is where you’ll find everything to love about Batanes–from the marvelous historical man-made structures, natural sceneries, and authentic Ivatan cuisine, down to taking part in the important cultural experience.

The South Batan Tour is a day tour covering the towns of Ivana, Mahatao, and Uyugan. The tour starts early in Mahatao and covers Chawa Viewdeck, San Jose Borromeo Church, Tayid Lighthouse, Diura fishing village, and Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country), then starts again after lunch to Imnajbu, Alapad, Uyugan Town, Ivana Town, Honesty Coffee Shop, and the oldest house in Basco.

Here’s our itinerary with Kuya Roger of Bashi Tours, who showed us around South of Basco…

Bashi Eco-Tours & Adventure
Batanes, Batan – Sabtang – Itbayat
Mobile: +63 999 990-7547, +63 929-6418829
Email: [email protected]
Guide: Roger Doplito

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BATAN NORTH TOUR: Basco and the Biggest Batanes Island! (Part 1)

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Batanes, you take my breathe away!

A trip to Batanes is something you’ll have to do at least once in your lifetime. The country’s northernmost province is one of the most sought-after tourism frontiers, gifted with its unique blend of breathtaking scenery, natural beauty, and well-preserved culture!

North Batan consists of the whole of Basco–from the picturesque Valugan boulder beach, Vayang rolling hills, and Basco lighthouse, to the Mount Carmel Chapel, Fundacion Pacita, the Japanese tunnels, and a weather station with a 360 view of the island!

Check out these awesome Batanes scenes from our northern Batan island tour…

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The Magic of Batanes Isles (Part 2 of 2)

The Magic of Batanes Isles
La Isla Magazine, July 2010 Cover Story
Written by Anton Diaz
Photos by George Tapan

Read First: The Magic of Batanes Isles (Part 1 of 2)

Sabtang Island


Chamantad Viewpoint, Sabtang Island
.  Photo by
George Tapan.

Sabtang Island is 30-45 minutes away from Batan Island via a
falowa ride. The falowa is a U-haul boat designed with no balancing beam called
katig, so that it can freely dance with
the waves. Between Batan and Sabtang is the channel where the Pacific Ocean and
the South China Sea meet. In this channel, you can see the waves flowing in
different directions, and this is where most people get seasick with the
falowa’s rocking motion.

Once you arrive in Sabtang and see the heritage towns of
Savidug and Chavayan, you will realize that bearing with the rocky falowa trip
was worth it. These two areas are the remaining coastal towns composed
predominantly of the stone houses Batanes is known for. The houses have walls
that are made from stones bonded with lime and their roofs are made from cogon.
These towns are next in line for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List in
the Philippines.

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The Magic of Batanes Isles (Part 1 of 2)

The Magic of Batanes Isles
La Isla Magazine, July 2010 Cover Story
Written by Anton Diaz
Photos by George Tapan

 
A country-style charm in a lush garden setting at Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. Photo by George Tapan.

I’ve been to Batanes a number of times. I’ve witnessed how people magically fall in love with these northernmost islands of the Philippines. They fall in love not only with its beauty, but also with its cultural heritage, yummy food and the islands’ proud Ivatans.  The love that is developed is very authentic (not induced by any marketing ploy) and very organic (not forced), to the point that some people want to live in this place. Even my wife who joined me in my recent trip could not stop raving about it to our friends and family.

But what makes the experience magical?

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Touring Fundacion Pacita Batanes!

Fundacion Pacita is one of the best boutique hotels in the Philippines. A Batanes experience is not complete without enjoying the “Wuthering Heights” ambiance of Fundacion Pacita — it is located on top of a cliff with a 270-degree view of the sea, mountains and the sky. Also, at this time of the year, this is one of the only places where you can feel it’s “winter” in a tropical paradise like the Philippines.

Let me give you a photo tour of the Terrace View Suites so you can visually experience Fundacion Pacita Batanes…

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