Travel: Beautiful Batanes Trip Day 2 (Part 1 of 3)

18 June 2010

Travel: Beautiful Batanes Trip Day 2 (Part 1 of 3)

I mentioned in my previous blog that I decided to take the tour around Batan Island (compliments of Fundacion Pacita by the way) on my second day in Batanes.

The first two hours of my day two trip were by and large historical as we transitioned from historical places on the rolling hills, by the foot of the hills, by the coastline, and the heritage houses.
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First stop: Batanes Tukon Radar Station. It had a spectacular view of Mount Iraya and Basco town with a breath-taking view of Batan hedgerows. One can view 360° of Batan Island in Tukun.

Batanes Tukon Radar

Second Stop: Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel at the foot of the hill. There were three entrances to the tunnel. This was one of them. This was the site of a Japanese-constructed World War II tunnel around three kilometers from town center.
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On the way to Boulder Beach, red corn kernels being dried by the roadside.
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Third stop: Chapnan, Valugan Boulder Beach – Rocky Beach of Chadpidan, facing the Northern Island towards Taipei. From this side of the island, one would have a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
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I had the option not to go out of the van. Thanks to my tour guide Jun for bringing a van with a moon/sun roof.
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Batanes is famous for its Scotland-like features. One of the features includes hedgerows. The Batanes hedgerows divide the land to identify the boundaries of the land being tilled and also serves as protection from animals and natural forces.
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There were isolated huts along the road. Jun, the friendly tour guide mentioned that at this part of the island, cellphone network signal was quite weak. Hence, Ivatans would go to the huts to send/receive SMS messages and call.
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Fourth Stop: Chawa View Deck. It’s water as far as your eyes can see. There were 100-plus steps down the adjacent cliff to fish and take more pictures.
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Cruising thru coastlines and the ‘zig zagging roads’.
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Water, beaches, water, beaches, water, beaches, blue lagoon. There were several beaches and lagoons in Batan.
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The road signs were all made of stone to endure the howling winds (and the usual typhoons) of Batanes
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Part 2 of 3 of the Batanes Trip Day Two to be posted soon.

Travel Date: 11 – 13 June 2010

Accommodation at Fundacion Pacita for two nights: PHP 16,000
Tour: half day tour is free careof Fundacion Pacita, I wanted to go to the Southern part of Batan Island, hence I had to pay extra (PHP 250 per hour)
Address: Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge, Brgy. Chanarian-Tukon, Basco, Batanes
Telephone Number: +63.927.290.2404


Batanes, here I come (read blog here)
Accommodation: Fundacion Pacita (Read blog here.)

Batanes Day 1 – Tour around the Town Proper (read blog here)

Batanes Day 2 – Batan Island Tour

  • Radar Tukon
  • Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel
  • Valugan Bay (Boulder Beach)
  • Chawa View Deck
  • San Carlos Borromeo Church
  • House of Dakay
  • San Jose de Ivana Church
  • Honesty Cafe
  • Alapad of Loran
  • Ruins of Songsong
  • Racuh-A-Payaman (Marlboro Country)
  • Vayang Ranch (Rolling Hills)
  • Basco Lighthouse
  • Tukon Church

Batanes Day 3 – Leaving Batan Island (read blog here)

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Mai Pascua


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