Batanes: North Batan Tour

Unlike the South Batan Tour which is a whole day tour, the North Batan tour only takes half a day. We did our North Batan road trip in the afternoon of our Day 4. We met our guide at the Pension Ivatan where we had a hearty lunch of different Ivatan cuisines. Due to its popularity, you need to book a reservation here especially during peak season since the Ivatan platter tend to run out of stock.

Ivatan Platter

Ivatan cuisine at Pension Ivatan

After our special Ivatan lunch, we met our guide and we were off to our North Batan tour! Our first stop was Mt. Carmel Chapel or popularly known as Tukon Chapel. It was built by the Abad family in 2000 and inaugurated in 2003. According to our guide, the people in Tukon had a hard time going to Basco Cathedral to attend mass that’s why Congressman Abad then had the chapel built so that the Tukon residents don’t need to travel far every week.

The crew at Mt. Carmel Chapel

The crew at Mt. Carmel Chapel with our Batanes shirts ❤

A few steps from the chapel is the PAG-ASA / DOST Observatory / Radar Station. They said you can climb to the top of the tower but it was damaged when we were there due to a recent typhoon.

Dona and Geli at the RADAR Station

Dona and Geli at the RADAR Station with the damaged tower in the background

Close to the radar station is Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. It is a beautiful resort that has breathtaking scenic views of Batanes. It was a home and studio of Pacita Abad, an  internationally-acclaimed artist, and that it was changed and renovated by her brother, Butch Abad, former DepEd Secretary. There are a lot of art here and they said that the money they get from the accommodations is used to fund the local Ivatan artists. During our 2016 trip we were not able to explore the inside of the resort but was able to take really good pictures of the facade and the entrance to their garden.

Entrance to Fundacion Pacita with Mt. Iraya

Entrance to Fundacion Pacita with Mt. Iraya in the background

Fundacion Pacita Garden

Fundacion Pacita Garden

Famous Ivatan phrases

Famous Ivatan phrases at Fundacion Pacita

After looking at the greenery of the Batanes hills and Mt. Iraya, we went to Valugan Boulder Beach where we were greeted by lots and lots of boulders, said to have come from Mt. Iraya, an active volcano. It was a unique experience and we had fun playing “zen” with the smaller rocks and enjoying the strong splash of the Pacific Ocean waves as it hit the boulders.

Valugan Boulder Beach

Valugan Boulder Beach

From the beach, we went to see more hills. By this time, our jaws were really tired from all the “ooohs”, “aahhhs” and all the dropping. But still, the only words that we can say seeing the Vayang Hills and the Naidi Lighthouse are “WOW” and “ang gandaaaaaaaa!” Kasi maganda naman talaga! 🙂

Vayang Rolling Hills

Vayang Rolling Hills

Naidi Lighthouse

Ichaddaw ku Batanes

We ended our North Batan tour at the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, a.k.a. Basco Cathedral.

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral

North Batan Tour

North Batan Tour route

Other posts from the Batanes Series:

The Great Batanes Dream

Sabtang Tour

South Batan Tour

Nanay Cita’s Homestay

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