Exploring Batanes Islands (Batan island)

Basco, Batanes is the capital town located in Batan Island. Batanes is composed of three islands with Batan as the mainland with the small airport and few travelers, the only gasoline station in whole of Batanes is located here, no mall, no restaurants except a canteen and the lodging houses where you need to order in advance. I do not know if this is the standard here because we are “tourists” but there is no food in Batanes Seaside Lodge where we stayed except when we ordered in advance for breakfast and other meals were catering basis.

 

I traveled with my two sisters and niece, not the perfect explorer and adventurer.  We did not explore well enough to get to know the cheap meals afraid our stomach would trouble us so we just acted like real tourist.

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The Ivatan Platter in our first dinner at a Pensione House ordered in advance. There is a coconut crab, the land crab eating the fruit of wild palms and do not live in water, lobsters, flying fish, others I cannot remember but it is a gustatory experience. 

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First stop is Basco, Batanes church, the place of worship to give thanks for safe travel and for our own wishes to the patron saint.

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Next is the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on top of the hills. 

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A beautiful chapel and very nice place to get married, our guide told us that someone from Manila whose daughter is working in Singapore had the wedding here and guests were billeted in Fundacion Pacita. 

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Fundacion Pacita, a place of comfort and warmth.

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View from the room

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and a baby in one of the rooms

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and the bird bath in the garden.

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it means Hello! 

 

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The shelter port in Mahatao for boats and ships during the storm.

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Jump shot at the Big Pastureland

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horses on the road side.

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Ivatan house in Batan island

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Valugan Boulder Beach

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Basco light house

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Basco town with Mt. Iraya 

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Basco shoreline

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Sunset in Basco, Batanes

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Cows were not taught they could fall on the cliff at Basco, Batanes

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Blow your horn in very turn of the road in Batanes. The original text message long before the cellphone.

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Wood works and dinner.

Dios Mamajes! God reward you with goodness”  

 

 

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