Our tour of the northern section of Batan Island started with a lunch at a nearby restaurant. The tour van brought us to Octagon Bed and Dine Lodge which is just a few meters from where we’re staying (Marfel’s Lodge – Annex). The restaurant is an eight-sided hall adorned with wood carvings, some depicting the Ivatan way of life. The restaurant has a viewing deck which offers a great view of the Basco Jetty, the lighthouse at Naidi Hills, and the town proper. It also offers a perfect view of the the Batanes sunset.
Octagon Restaurant serve popular Filipino dishes. It is open to serve breakfast and dinner as well.
BATANES. It is high up there, the farthest from the equator among the islands that form the Philippine archipelago. Batanes is the country’s northernmost island group and is one of the many destinations that most of us dream of visiting at least once in our lifetime. The Batanes island group may be considered remote and less accessible compared to other places in the country but its natural beauty more than compensates its distance from the capital.
Travellers can visit the three big islands of Batanes: Batan, Sabtang and Itbayat. Of the three, Itbayat is the largest but is less visited. The provincial capital, Basco is on Batan Island where most of the hotels and travel lodges are located. Travel tour operators and guides are mostly based in Basco. There are commercial flights to Basco from Manila and Tuguegarao (Cagayan).