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Alapad Hill and Rock Formation (BLOW UR HORN)




The Alapad Hills and Rock Formation offer great scenery of the curvy hill while the rock formation will amaze the tourists. Before reaching the destination one will totally enjoy the most scenic road in Batan Island which is the Imnajbu Road Cliffs.




“BLOW UR HORN” signs that are carved from cliffs and boulders to make sure that road signs remain in service in the strongest typhoons and the most ferocious winds which reign most of the year. Roads in Batanes are characterized by many sharp curves therefore blowing of horn is encouraged in Batanes.




This signage were built as early as the American period using already the UR as a shortcut for ‘your’ long before cellphone text shortcuts were popularized.










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Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)


Famous to the tourists as "Marlboro Country" of Batanes but known to locals as Racuh a Payaman.
It is  promontory and a communal pastureland in the Barangay Imjanjbu in the municipality of Uyugan, southern part of Batan Island.




It has a breathtaking panoramic view of Batan Island’s mid to north sections. From the top of the hill you can clearly see Tayid Light house from the opposite hill. The entire landscape is carpeted with vivid greens of grass. You will be mesmerized by the fascinating seaside landscape. It is impossible that your attention will not be snatched by the charm of the place wherever you look. The terrain of hills and mountains blue skies and greenfield is surely a picturesque  that photographers are dying visit for. You could end up questioning yourself “That such a place still exists in the Philippines? ”.

Racuh A Payaman is a protected location in the island of Batan in Batanes.










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Homoron Blue Lagoon and White Beach


Also known as "Spanish Lagoon". It is located along national road in the town of Mahatao. It was called Spanish lagoon since during the Spanish era, only them where allowed to dip and swim in the lagoon. The deep blue green water in the lagoon is cool and really refreshing. To get to the lagoon, you have to pass through the opening of the  rock formations on the right side of the beach.



Just a few walks away from the road there is astretch of a semi-fine white sand beach with a clear water.  The waives in this beach is calmer and friendlier to swimmers. Locals simply call it White Beach.

These two spots are good for swimming and picnics.

















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Vahay ni Dakay (House of Dakay )


The famous House of Dakay is located in the small town of San Jose de Ivana in Batan island, Batanes. The oldest stone house with its traditional structure is considered as a heritage treasure of Batanes. It is recognized as a world heritage building by UNESCO.

It has very thick walls made up of stone and lime built is 1887, it is the only 5 structures that survived the strong earthquake in September 13, 1918. The stone house have survived earthquakes, many storms and strong wind that hit the small province of Batanes but it remains firm, resilient and proud.


Most of the structures still retain the original materials from its foundation to its walls, and then to its layout of having the kitchen and toilet built separately from the main house. The thatched cogon roof of the house is replaced every 30 years since 1917.


Ivatans call it Vahay ni Dakay after the family who originally owned it. It was constructed in 1887 by Luisa Estrella but she gave the house to her favorite nephew, Jose Dakay Estrella, to whom the house was named.

The house belongs to Florestida Estrella, also known as Lola Ida. She is the granddaughter of the original owner of the house. Lola passed away last January 2014.





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The Honesty Coffee Shop


The Ivatans are well known for their honesty. I have personally experienced it when I visited the beautiful province of Batanes.

"Honesty is the best policy" his statement remains true in the province of Batanes particularly in the municipality of Ivana.

The shop is owned and operated by married couple Jose and Elena Gabilo. The store opened in 1995 after Elena's retirement.  This coffee shop was originally named Honesty Cafe in 1998 while some local residents call it Honesty Store.

The shop is located beside the Port of Ivana.

Honesty Coffee Shop isn’t your ordinary shop. The store remains unmanned the entire day and it is always open. You will not find a cashier or security guard in it.


It is a typical Pinoy Sari-Sari store and Coffee Shop combined where you can sit, relax and have some coffee. Let me mentioned that I love their brewed coffee. Each item has a price tag while some item prices are listed on the wall. Aside from snacks you can also buy souvenirs in the store.


You can get what you need or what you want then just write down the items that you took with its corresponding amount. You can drop the payment on the designated boxes. Because of the way they do business the Coffee Shop became a tourist spot on its own. It is famous not just in the Philippines but worldwide.


You can find an interesting sign on the wall that says “This store is too small for dishonest people.”


Simple rules hung on the wall of the shop.

  • Self-service only
  • Get what you need
  • Pay for whatever you need
  • If you have no change, knock at the next door
  • If no one answers, sorry you give more than the price
  • Always remember, "honesty is the best policy"









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Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint


Walking down the grassy covered slopes of Tinyan leading to the viewpoint that offers a nice view of Chavayan Cove will made you realize what breathtaking views really means.

Tinyan Viewpoint is a must visit tourist destination because of its seemingly endless rolling hills carpeted in soft, luscious green grass. The farthest and highest slope in the area gives a greater view of Chamantad Cove.

You can trekked the slopes of Tinyan to experience the stunning view of Chamantad Cove. 

The cool sea breeze and relaxing sound of roaring, splashing waves of the Pacific is like calling you to come back for more.

There is a small cluster of the shops by the road selling different kinds of souvenirs, food, and products.


How to get to Sabtang?

  1. Travel time from Manila to Basco Batanes is roughly an hour and 45 minutes by air.
  2. From Basco Airport, take a tricycle to Ivana Port (P220-250/ride).
  3. From Ivana port, take a passenger boat (faluwa) to Sabtang Port. Travel time is about 45 minutes. Boat fee is P200/way
    • Note: The boat leaves between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM and returns to Ivana Port between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.
  4. Once you get to Sabtang Port, go to the tourism office and pay the environmental fee of P50. After paying, start your tour. There are a lot of tricycle in Sabtang that can take you to a tour.

Mahatao Church (San Carlos Borromeo Church )


San Carlos Borromeo Church also known as Mahatao Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Mahatao, Batan Island, Batanes.

The earliest church in Mahatao was constructed in 1787. It was initially made of light materials but underwent modifications that by the time Mahatao evolved from being a visita to a vicariate under Fr. Tomas Sanchez albeit unofficially in 1789, the first stone church in Mahatao was built.

The first church was partially damaged during a very strong typhoon in 1872 which give way to the reconstruction of a stronger and more artistic structure in 1873.

On September 19, 1898, the Katipunan revolutionaries ransacked the church. There were records that during this time, the original gold Episcopal crosier of the image of San Carlos as well as the gold jewelry pieces of the Lady of the Rosary and the Sto. Niño were stolen

The church is made of stone and lime, common building materials in Batanes.  It has uneven wall thickness due to addition of step buttresses and even buttress walls. Its interiors, decorated in Baroque style, showcase floral designs sunburst ornaments painted in polychrome and gilt which lends a golden glow among the statuary.

The San Carlos Borromeo Church was listed by the National Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as one of the 26 churches in the Philippines that are recognized as cultural icons.

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel


Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel is a series of tunnel networks connected to each other that were built and servered as a shelter for the Japanese imperial forces during the World War II.

Because of its strategic location, the Ivatans were forced by Japanese soldiers to dug and build a secret tunnel in Tukon hills.  


There are five entrances to the tunnel. Three leading to Taytay and two leading to Tukon.

Inside this enclosure, tourists can find different spaces — 4 main rooms, an improvised water reservoir, a guard post, and a bunker. The entire tunnel is quite short compared to others, but as you walk its dark halls, you’ll get a glimpse of the Ivatan’s hardships and resilience in times of great danger.



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