Sabtang. Batanes Group of Islands

According to a travel book, travelling to Sabtang from Basco increases the feeling that you’ve left the Philippines. And according to what we had experienced, and no matter how hard it was to reach the island, Sabtang is really worth the visit.

The Sabtang Island Tour is a one whole afternoon of travel and tell. It is a visit to a jewel of equal, if not more, importance as Batan Island because of its relatively intact Ivatan culture, extremely amazing sceneries, well-preserved heritage sites. Sabtang Island is a charming destination.

The call time was 6am. We made sure to have our breakfast taken early. The van left Basco and took us to the town of Ivana, at its port where a falowa was waiting for us. The weather was fine, but the waters gave hint that the trip may not be that smooth and calm. Our tour guide mentioned that the waves from the previous days were very rough that the falowas were not allowed to leave port for Sabtang. We were lucky that we picked a Thursday for the Sabtang Island Tour.

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B is for Batanes

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).

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