I Left My Heart and Soul in Batanes (Part 3: Exploring the Rest of Sabtang Island)
We woke up early the next morning to explore the rest of Sabtang Island. Despite the power interruption from 12:00 midnight onwards, we were able to sleep well, thanks to the cold breeze that blew nonstop through our windows at the lighthouse homestay. It definitely lulled us to sweet slumber.
Our location does not only command a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean; it also gave us the advantage of having both sunrise and sunset views. No wonder, there was a group of photographers who went there at sunset, at midnight (to capture a photo of the Milky Way), and at sunrise.
|Tower to tower|
Our guide, Ryan Cardona of BISUMI Tours and Services had already arranged our breakfast ahead, so all we had to do was freshen up and packed our nstuff before headong out for the day. Our breakfast was composed of a sumptuous serving of pork tocino, eggs, rice, and coffee. We had breakfast by the beach (well, by the port actually) and enjoyed the morning sea breeze.
Also along the way, Ryan showed us the Savidug Idjang, one of the ancient Ivatan settlements, which served as a fortress against invaders. They say this one is the most perfectly shaped fortress in the province.
Going down the expansive hills was effortless as we were so much consumed by stunning vistas. Again and again, it was beautiful everywhere we looked...it was overwhelming. There were coves of white sand and rocks. The were cows roaming around. It was postcard-perfect! So I must say aside from Duvek Bay and Morong Beach, this spot is another favourite. Oh well, I think I like all!
|Where land meets water, and water meets the clouds|
|One of the coves|
|The twin cove|
|How I wish I could go down and have a dip|
|The vast Pacific Ocean|
Moving forward, we continued on to our next destination: the Chavayan Village. On our way, we saw this lady in vakul (a headgear made of Philippine date palm that is used to protect the Ivatans from rain, wind and sun).
|A lady wearing a vakul|
|Making a vakul|
The Chavayan Village, with its distinct character, is known to be the cradle of Ivatan culture and heritage. It features rows of old stoneshouses, narrow streets, and a lone chapel that remains roofed with cogon grass.
|The Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel at Chavayan Village|
|Inside the chapel|
|Drying date palm that is used to make vakuls|
|A "peculiar" rock formation|
|A man making a talugong|
|A tataya or a non-motorized faluwa|
|A limuniti (manual anchor)|
|We found a coconut crab along the way. Note: Coconut crabs are endangered species|
Coconut crab (birgus latro) also known as robber crab and locally known as tatus, umang or alimangong lupa is one of the highly endangered species listed under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).The species can only be found in the island province of Batanes and the Calayan Group of Islands in region 02. It is a hermit crab and is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers to eat the contents."The species is being protected under Section 97 of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 208. Fishing or taking rare, threatened and endangered species listed in the CITES carries a punishment of 12 to 20 years imprisonment and /or fine of 120 thousand pesos and forfeiture of the catch and cancellation of fishing permit," explained Dr. Evelyn Ame, Chief of the Fisheries Resources Management Division.
So there's clearly a red light in there!
|Another pristine cove along the way|
|The old beaterio|
|The lighthouse from another perspective|
|The BISUMI Fighters' Marker|
|The eatery where we ate dinner, breakfast, and lunch in Sabtang|
|The faluwa that left before us|
|The crew maneuvering the faluwa|
|Approaching Batan Island|
|Clear waters everywhere|
|The Ivana Port|
Up next: Chasing Sunset at Naidi Hills and Indulging in Authentic Ivatan Dinner, Vunong-style
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