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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.

Sabtang Island, Batanes


Sabtang, officially the Municipality of Sabtang (Ivatan: Kavahayan nu Sabtang; Tagalog: Bayan ng Sabtang), is a municipality in the province of Batanes.

The southernmost island municipality of the Batanes island group, Sabtang comprises primarily Sabtang Island, as well as two nearby smaller and uninhabited islands: Ivuhos and Dequey.

It is composed of 6 villages, namely Chavayan, Malakdang (Poblacion), Nakanmuan, Savidug, Sinakan (Poblacion) and Sumnanga.

Picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views makes Sabtang Island a must visit destination when in Batanes. It’s also home to the most well-preserved villages and culture among the three inhabited islands.

It is 25 mins away from the main town of Basco. Ivana Port is your gateway to the beautiful island of Sabtang. I strongly suggest to come early so you can catch the 7:00 am boat ride for a smoother ride. Boat fare P200 per way.

Faluwa is the boat that is built without an outrigger or katig which is capable of riding the waves instead of going against them.

Depends on the weather the boat ride will take roughly around 30–45 mins.

When you get to Port of Sabtang you have to pay a P50 environmental fee at the nearby Tourism office.

Depends on your tour arrangement you can have a van or a tricycle with cogon roof tour you around the island.

I strongly recommend to have an overnight stay to Sabtang to fully indulge the beauty of of this island and its people.


San Vicente Ferrer Church

Locally known as the Sabtang Church and officially a National Historic Landmark was built by the Dominicans  as a small chapel in 1785, the current church is made from stone and lime in 1844. The national Historical Institute declared the church, convent and the site of the beaterio as a nationl Historical landmark in 2008.

Savidug Village

A small barrio located beside a stony beach.  Savidug is home  of streets and to the Sinadumparan type of stone houses, one the three types of traditional houses in Batanes. Sinadumparan stone houses have two sloped cogon roofs and most of them have identical stone walls.

There are 3 Types of traditional Ivatan stone houses.


  1. Matuab
    • A one-storey house with thick walls made from stones and lime. It has 4-sided thick cogon grass roof (cuatro aguas) and a partially submerged basement that functions as a storage area.
  2. Sinadumparan
    • A one-storey house with thick walls made from stones and it has 2-sided thick cogon grass roof (dos aguas)
  3. Jinjin 
    • Walls were made of woven cogon with bamboo or wood framework instead of stone walls.

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel and Old Beaterio

It is the smallest chapel in the village. Beside it is an old beaerio or a priest house that has been abandoned.

Chamantad Cove and Tinyan Viewpoint

A stopover and viewpoint for tourists, which showcases Sabtang’s very own rolling hills and rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can trekked the slopes of Tinyan to experience the stunning view of Chamantad Cove. There is a small cluster of the shops by the road selling different kinds of souvenirs, food, and products.
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Chavayan village

Built inside a cove and surrounded by jagged mountains, this ancient fishing village is probably the most well-preserved village in the whole Batanes region. Famous for its rows of old stone houses, narrow streets, and not to mention having no signal at all, Chavayan village made us experience how it felt like living back in the old days. With no cell signal and commercial buildings, the quiet people of Chavayan live a very simple life. You can find some weavers of "vakul". A traditional head-and back woven gear for women made from stripped leaves of vuyavuy also known as Philippine date palm.

Chavayan Chapel

Also called Sta. Rosa de Lima Chappel is the only remaining church in Batanes with cogon grass.

Morong Beach, Nakabuang Cave and Mayahaw Arch

Located in Barangay Malakdang well-known for Moring Beach and the natural rock formation called Mayahaw Arch. Morong Beach where tourists can get up close and personal with a long stretch of white sand calmer waves, the place is ideal for picnics and camping. There is a canteen near the beach where you can eat or have some refreshments.
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Sabtang Lighthouse

The most prominent structure in Sabtang. The lighthouse sits opn the rocky cliff overlooking the rough sea. It can also be seen while you are on the boat going to the port of Sabtang.

Sumnanga Barrio

A small fishing village located at the tip of the west cove.

Lukoy Beach

Lukoy beach is one of those great beaches that people often pass by when doing a tour. For this reason it is called the Secret beach of Sabtang. This is one of those untouched spots. you can view the entire white stretch from a cliff. This isolated and unexploited place is a hidden gem.


P.S. I didn't ge a chance to take a lot of photos due to time strains. I hope to come back here soon and will surely take more photos.


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.
    • 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.

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