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

20 June 2010


Travel: Beautiful Batanes Trip Day 2 (Part 2 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.

The second two hours of my day trip consisted of visits to Heritage Ivatan houses, old Spanish bridges, a unique coffee shop, another Heritage church, and my introduction to my much anticipated Batanes tourist spot — the Marlboro Country.

Welcome to Ivana, Batan Island
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stone slide
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First stop: Old Spanish Bridge which is still functioning to date. I’ve seen a lot of bikers pass on the bridge.
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Second Stop: House of Dakay. House of Dakay is one of the oldest Ivatan houses in Batan Island.
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Kuya Jun knew that I specifically really badly wanted to go to two more tourist spots: (1) Marlboro country and (2) Honesty Coffee Shop. Though Marlboro Country was extremely out of way, he agreed to extend my tour for two more hours just so I could take a picture of the picturesque landscape.
(Read Marlboro Country tour blog here)


On the way to Marlboro Country, Kuya Jun pointed out Sabtang Island on our right side. Some tourists and locals call the island Sleeping Beauty.
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To go to Sabtang Island, one must endure the 45-minute rough ride via bangka through the sea. One can ride a boat via Port of Ivana. Sabtang Island was part of my Batanes itinerary but I was advised not to go, as sea was rough at this time of the year. Note that you’d have to go through a channel were the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea meet.
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Third stop: Right across port of Ivana was the San Jose de Ivana church. This church was constructed by the people who were exiled from Sabtang. Church was built in 1795. Another reconstruction was done in 1869. Ruins were still in existence at the back of the church.
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Fourth Stop: The famous and unique Honesty Coffee Shop. Honesty coffee shop would be your usual cofee shop in the sense that it sells the usual grocery items (e.g. coffee, soup, some Ivatan souvenirs, etc.). However, please note that this coffee shop has no storekeeper. You could simply put your money inside the money jar and you would have to get your own change too.
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Batanes Honesty Coffee Shop


Fifth Stop: Ivatan Heritage Houses. Some houses were being sponsored by Fundacion Pacita, the lodge which served as my Batanes home for 3 days and 2 nights. Read about the Fundacion Pacita blog here.
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Batanes Ivatan Heritage Houses


Sixth Stop: Ruins of Songsong. In the 1950s, a tidal wave wiped out the entire village of Songsong. Some of the ruins still stand to date.
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Trivia time once again from my friendly tour guide, Jun. Does this house look familiar? This was the Iza Calzado’s house in the movie, Batanes.
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En route to Marlboro Country, our trip was temporarily held up by a big hermit crab.
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This used to be a US base camp.
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An intro for Marlboro Country. Read about Marlboro Country here.
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Part 3 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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