Batanes: Places to Visit in North Batan

I stayed in Batanes for four days and three nights and our tour guide from Bisumi Tours said that it was the ideal length of stay in the province to be able to get around the islands of Batan and Sabtang. If you are extra adventurous and want to sojourn in Itbayat, a week-long stay would suffice to have ample time in case you get stranded due to inclement weather.

First on my list was the island of Batan, it is where the capital of Basco is found. Batan is divided into two regions, North and South. On my first day, I rented a bike for PHP60/hour to explore North Batan on my own. I took off and sought for the famed landmarks in the region.

Santo Domingo Cathedral (Basco Cathedral)

A few steps away from the town plaza, this Roman Catholic Church was built in 1783, originally with cogon and wood. Construction of the stone church began in 1795. It has undergone several renovations and reconstructions due to fire and earthquake. It is back now in its original form after the construction was completed in 2011.

Basco Cathedral Batanes
Basco Cathedral a.k.a. Santo Domingo Cathedral

Basco Lighthouse on Naidi Hills

Standing at 66 feet, it is one of the three lighthouses in Batanes. From its deck you can view the town of Basco behind, Mt. Iraya on the right, Basco Ship Port on the left and the vast blue South China Sea in front.

Basco Lighthouse Batanes
Basco Lighthouse
Basco Lighthouse Batanes
Basco Lighthouse Entrance

 

Basco Lighthouse Sunset Batanes
Basco Lighthouse Sunset

Bunker on Naidi Hills

Old telegraph facility during the American era that was converted into a café. It still has its appeal and proves to be picture-worthy even in its worn out state.

Bunker at Naidi Hills Batanes
Bunker at Naidi Hills

Vayang Rollings Hills

This hill has slopes covered in a sea of green grass. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw it was the “Windows wallpaper.”

Vayang Rolling Hills Batanes
A sea of green grass
Batanes Bird
Batanes Bird at Vayang Rolling Hills

Mt. Iraya

Walking distance from Basco, it last erupted in 1454. Its peak is rarely seen uncovered with clouds.

Mt. Iraya From Vayang Rolling Hills
Mt. Iraya From Vayang Rolling Hills

Valugan & Chadpidan Boulder Beaches

Resting at the foot of Mt. Iraya, are these two conspicuous beaches with massive boulders that lined its coasts. The beaches were formed when Mt. Iraya erupted some 600 years ago. Chadpidan at the west is facing South China Sea while Valugan at the east is facing the Pacific Ocean. Swimming is not advisable on either of the two due to the huge and fierce waves that were smashing its shores.

Valugan Beach Boulder Batanes
Volcanic rocks from Mt. Iraya
Chadpidan Boulder Beach via Vayang Rolling Hills Batanes
Chadpidan Boulder Beach via Vayang Rolling Hills

Welcome Basco Marker

Welcome Basco Batanes
Welcome Basco

Tukon Church - Mount Carmel Chapel

Built resembling a traditional Ivatan stone house, this stunning chapel also known as Mt. Carmel Chapel sits atop the hills of Tukon in North Batan. It was the Abad’s, who was one of the most prominent families in Batanes, who led on its construction. The interior of this quaint chapel was well-designed, from the ceiling with its grand paintings of saints, to the woodwork, the altar and the stained glass windows with a nice view of the ocean on both sides. Who would not be captivated with its charm?  Whew, was I completely exhausted getting here. Hiking on its own towards the top of the mountain carrying your own weight was already hard enough. Imagine ascending on a steep road carrying a mountain bike with you to its peak. My only consolation was the paved roads. But hey! It was worth the climb.

Tukon Church Batanes
Mt. Carmel Chapel
Tukon Church Batanes
Mt. Carmel Chapel Altar
Tukon Church Batanes
Stained Glass window inside the Mt. Carmel Chapel

Tukon Radar - PAGASA Weather Station

A few steps higher from Tukon Church, I was able to reach PAGASA Weather Station. I was not able to get a picture of the station itself but I was able to see an exquisite panorama from up there. Every angle was picture perfect.

Valugan Boulder Beach from Tukon Radar
Valugan Boulder Beach from Tukon Radar
A view of a cliff from Tukon Radar Batanes
A view of a cliff from Tukon Radar

Fundacion Pacita

Near the cliff, with a great view of the Pacific Ocean was Fundacion Pacita. It is the only hotel in Batanes and a night stay can cost you a minimum of PHP 10,000 (roughly $ 222 USD). It was once the art studio of internationally-acclaimed artist Pacita Abad.   Too bad I was not able to get inside because I was racing with time. Non-guests can still dine in their restaurant, be sure to make your reservations.

Fundacion Pacita Batanes
Fundacion Pacita

Dipnaysuhwan Japanese Tunnel

It was built unwillingly by the Ivatans for the Japanese soldiers as refuge and look out posts during their occupation in the Philippines. It has 5 doorways and interconnecting paths that lead to Tukon and Taytay.

Dipnaysuhwan Japanese Tunnel Batanes
Unwillingly built by the Ivatans for the Japanese soldiers

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15 Comments

  1. Hans Ulep
    2017-02-16

    Nice vibrant photos of Batanes. The hues of blues and greens are so inviting. Makes me wanna visit right away. 🙂

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2017-02-16

      Hi Hans,
      Batanes is stunning in photos but it is even more beautiful seeing it in front of you. Put it on your list for this year. Thanks.

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      1. Hans Ulep
        2017-02-17

        Yup, couldn’t agree more. It’s part of my bucket list to visit Batanes. 🙂

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  2. Joy Generoso
    2017-01-28

    Oh Batanes! I’ve been wanting to visit this place however I just can’t get the right time to go there. I hope one day I’ll get to see this paradise in person. Your photos are as beautiful as the stunning views you’ve captured. 🙂

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2017-01-28

      Batanes has this irresistible charm that everyone would want to witness live. I’m sure you’ll make it work with your schedules. Thank you Joy.

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  3. Geemiz Travel
    2017-01-27

    Looking at the photos and reading this makes me want to go to Batanes asap. It is been a long overdue visit. I know I can’t make it this year but hopefully I will next year.

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2017-01-28

      Hi Geemiz, time will go by so fast so, start on your plans now. Thanks for dropping by.

      Reply
  4. lilytravella
    2017-01-27

    It’s such a quaint and rustic place! Beautiful views and photos, but I love the classic looking doors and streets, etc.

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2017-01-27

      Thanks Lily.

      Reply
  5. Eleazar
    2017-01-24

    Amazing pictures!
    Love the combination of hills and mountains with the sea, it’s one of the the things that really leave me breathless.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2017-01-25

      Thanks Eleazar, the place really has great landscapes. Plan a visit to Batanes, I’m sure you’ll love it. 🙂

      Reply
  6. Amy
    2016-12-12

    Stunningly beautiful! Love to see the place one day. 🙂

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2016-12-13

      Hi Amy, I highly recommend for you to plan a trip some time. It is in every Filipino traveler’s bucket list. A perfect getaway from the busy city life.

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  7. SueT唐 梦 琇
    2016-10-07

    Gorgeous scenery captured so well by you. Love the photo of the door!!

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    1. wheninmyjourneys
      2016-10-08

      Thank you Sue. You should pay a visit to Batanes, it is really breathtaking.

      Reply

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