I Left My Heart and Soul in Batanes (Part 4: Chasing Sunset and Indulging in Authentic Ivatan Cuisine, Vunong-Style)
It's no secret that sunsets fascinate me big time. I find it very dramatic and soulful...something that is worth falling in love with over and over again. Sunsets make any foreground an inseparable part of the entire picture, and thus, making the shadows contribute to the whole drama.
During our Batanes trip, I made sure to capture each and every sunrise and sunset, of which, my favorite is the one taken from the iconic Naidi Hills.
Tired and a bit exhausted (but I am not complaining) after our Sabtang and Vuhus Island trip, we arrived in Basco at around 2:00 pm. This allowed us to take a nap before we finally proceed to Naidi Hills at around 5:30 pm to wait for the sunset. Our guide, Ryan Cardona of BISUMI Tours and Services, arranged our transportation to and from Naidi, as well as to our dinner venue later that night at Vunong Dinette. The tricycle waited for us at the Naidi Hills and onto the dinner venue.
The sun was still up and a bit scorching when we arrived at the Naidi Lighthouse. By this time, tourists and photographers were already there, trying to find the perfect vantage point for the much awaited sunset. Us, clueless, we circled the entire lighthouse ourselves, but to no avail, we couldn't find the right angle. It's a good thing though that Ryan sent me a message saying that there's a sort of "gate" right where we were, which would lead to another hill facing the lighthouse, the sun, and the sea. We checked it out and lo and behold, the view from that spot was priceless! We sat on the grass while waiting for the sun to set.
While waiting for the magical hour, we took the chance to capture snapshots of the Basco, as well as the port and beautiful coves nearby. Batanes is adorable wherever you look at...Every angle is a delight to the eyes.
|The Naidi (Basco) Lighthouse|
|A view from the Naidi Hills|
And when the magical hour came, we couldn't help but be mesmerized by the dramatic descent of the sun into the sea, its vibrant hues of orange and blue colliding like watercolors splashed onto the sky, with a silhouette of the lighthouse standing nicely on the foreground.
|The sunset at Naidi Lighthouse|
|Traditional Beef Soup|
|Uved balls, fish, lunis and Ivatan bistek|
|Supas (turmeric rice)|
On your visit to Batanes, make sure to experience having a vunong dinner for that authentic Ivatan cuisine experience. The diner may be tucked in a secluded place but it is worth checking out! Oh, and did I mention I was so addicted to Vunong Dinette's turmeric rice that I hoarded turmeric powder on our last day on the island? 😍
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