Friday, April 06, 2012

Wow Philippines! * Batan, Batanes Part 2 of 3 (April 2012)

This is part 2 of 3 featuring Batan Island, Batanes.  Batan, Batanes Part 1 of 3 features Vayang rolling Hills, Chapidan Boulder Beach and Pension Ivatan for the Ivatan Platter.

Wow, suddenly, we are almost at the end of our trip, as we spent the last day exploring Basco.  Sunrise this time was spent at the Diura Fishing Village.  Our chef at DDD, Monica, owns a house and some cottages there (Monica's Cottages and Lodging Breakfast) and we were able to have breakfast at her place and chill for a while.

Then off to Mahatao Lighthouse.  This time, we were able to climb up to the top of the lighthouse and experience what it's like to be up there.  Following the chill time at the fishing village, this was another relaxing stop as we lay below the lighthouse for shade, and absorbing the beautiful vast sceneries, blue skies, and the clear air around us.  Oh, and don't forget the cows :-)

From the lighthouse, it was off to Marlboro Country or more officially known as Racuh A Payaman.  As some folks walk down to the lower hills, a couple of us just plopped down the grass and enjoyed the views.  We noticed that the grass was so cleanly cut and maintained, the government must be doing their jobs or so we thought.   Apparently, it was natural clean, probably maintained by the cows grazing the hills.  But what goes in comes out, so where the heck are the things that come out.  Well, doesn't really matter now. I'm just glad it wasn't there :-)

Next stop, Imnajbu in Alapad, where the movie "Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit" was shot.  We sat by the spot where the actors sat in the movie :-)  And once again, it was a lot to take in.  Below us, there was sort of a blowhole created by a large rock that blocks the waves at the shore line.

Wow, it's just lunch time and we've covered so many places already, it's time for a rest.  That's the benefit of getting up early in the morning :-)  Lunch was at Vatang Grill in San Vicente, Ivana.

You can also read my other trip reports on Batanes
Batan, Batanes: Part 1 of 3
Batan, Batanes: Part 3 of 3
Sabtang Brought Me Back In Time
Itbayat, Batanes: Adventure at Sea
Itbayat, Batanes: Homestay and Beautiful Landscapes

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