18 June 2010
Travel: Beautiful Batanes Trip Day 2 (Part 1 of 3)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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