Batanes: Sabtang Tour

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Batanes gave me the experience to see not only breathtaking landscapes but also old infrastructures that took me back in time and made me appreciate our country’s diverse culture more. The boat ride to Sabtang is probably the most intense I’ve ever experienced but exploring the island made it all worth it.

Port Ivana

Port Ivana


Our Sabtang adventure started early as we left the homestay at 5AM and rode a jeepney to Radiwan Port in Ivana. After the 30-minute ride, we arrived at Ivana Port. It was still dark and we were informed that the usual 6AM boat will leave at 7AM instead. While waiting, we explored and took photos of the Honesty Coffee Shop and the San Jose de Ivana (San Jose el Obrero) Church.

San Jose de Ivana Church

San Jose de Ivana Church

When the boat arrived, we had to register first before boarding. The St. Ines boat left Port Ivana at 6:50AM. Although it took us only 20 minutes to get from Ivana to Sabtang, the HUGE waves that were at our eye level (some are even higher, I think) made it feel like an eternity to me. After that dizzying ride, I literally spaced out at Sabtang Port while concentrating in bringing back my internal organs to their proper places.

Port Sabtang

Port Sabtang

Port Sabtang

Trike tours offered at the port

After the registration, our first stop is Barrio Sadivug where traditional stone houses abound. We spent more than an hour going around the village, taking photos of the houses and playing at the local elementary school lawn. We also explored an old house and the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel which apparently are sites where Yeng Constantino shot the music video of her single, Ikaw.

Barrio Savidug

Barrio Savidug Office of the Punong Barangay

Back of the office of Punong Barangay

Back of the office of Punong Barangay

Old Ivatan House

Old Ivatan House, location of Yeng’s “Ikaw” video

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel at Barrio Savidug

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel at Barrio Savidug

 

The next stop is a hilly landscape where the Sleeping Beauty is located. Locals call it such because of the shape that looks like Sleeping Beauty lying down with an apple on her mouth. Beside it is the Savidug Ijang.

Savidug Idjang a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty

Savidug Idjang a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty

 

From here, we drove to Chavayan viewpoint where tourists can buy souvenirs at the huts along the road. We also rented the Vakul for Php 20 each for a photoshoot with the Sabtang hills and the Pacific Ocean in the background. Vakul is a headgear used to protect the Ivatans from rain, wind and sun. Vakuls are used by women while its counterpart Talugong are worn by Ivatan men. Vakuls are made out of Philippine Date Palm or Voyavoy leaves.

Chavayan View Deck

“Parking area” at Chavayan View Deck

Chavayan View Deck

Chavayan View Deck

We drove by Chavayan Barrio but didn’t get to stay long since we have to travel to the other side of the island for lunch at the Morong Beach where the famous Nakabuang Arch is located.

Morong Beach

Morong Beach

Morong Beach

Solo namin ang beach πŸ™‚

Nakabuang Arch

The famous Nakabuang Arch

We had to leave by 1pm though since that’s the last trip leaving Sabtang. One of the memorable experience that day was when we rode the jeepney from the port going back to Batan. We didn’t know that the jeep we rode was the transpo of the boatmen so we were the only ones there aside from the crew. Good thing they didn’t ask us to go down and gladly dropped us off the homestay.

Kuya Jun

With Kuya Jun, our tour guide / Ivatan language tutor

 

Other posts from the Batanes Series:

The Great Batanes Dream

South Batan Tour

North Batan Tour

Nanay Cita’s Homestay

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