Batanes Overview

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Goodbye Batanes! Isn't the airport prettty?After checking in we had lots of time before our flight. We visited the souvenir store located just outside the airport. They open at 6:00 am.We had dinner at Pension Ivatan the night before and we promised to come back for breakfast. It was very convenient ... [Read More]

Batanes Day 3 Part 3 – Marlboro Country, Imnajbu, Dinner at Pension Ivatan

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My favorite place in Batanes was Racuh a Payaman, more commonly known as Marlboro Country.As soon as we walked on top of the wide and flat hill top I wanted to run around with my arms spread out and sing, "The hills are alive....."Marlboro CountryOf course nobody wanted to hear me sing so we did the ... [Read More]

Batanes Day 3 Part 2 – Lunch at Fundacion Pacita

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If you are going to Batanes and money is no object then the only place to stay is at Fundacion Pacita. We walked around the area before going to the actual nature lodge. The landscaping was top notch. Even the office was picture perfect and so quaint. These are the statues of the parents of ... [Read More]

Batanes Day 3 Part 1 – Chawa View Deck and Mahatao

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Day 3 in Batanes brought even more spectacular views. This was my favorite day. I took so many pictures that I have to split this day's shots into three entries. No more boat rides! We spent the day driving around Basco. We drove by the other places where you can stay in Batanes. We didn't get to ... [Read More]

Batanes Day 2 Part 2 – Sabtang Island Conclusion

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There is no shortage of beautiful sceneries in Sabtang island and the best was at Chamantad.We walked down the hill all the way to the edge. Well I took a shortcut and almost slid down all the way. Luckily I got my balance and was able to put on the brakes. Yes, I made it up there all by myself. I ... [Read More]

Batanes Day 2 Part 1 – Sabtang Island

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We had an early start on the second day of our trip in Batanes. We left the hotel at 6:00 am to make it on time for the boat ride to Sabtang Island.We weren't late but there was a big group ahead of us so we had to wait for the next trip. A lot of bags of sand were also loaded into the falowa  or ... [Read More]

Batanes Day 1 Part 2 – Vayang Rolling Hills, Basco Lighthouse

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I never thought of myself as a nature lover. Most of my vacations revolve around shopping and eating.But seeing the Vayang Rolling Hills really amazed me. I enjoyed climbing up the hill so much and seeing the beauty around me.The top of the hill looked high but the climb was very easy. Wherever you ... [Read More]

Batanes Day 1 Part 1 – Tukon Church, Valugan Bay

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I'm ashamed to admit I haven't seen much of the beauty of the Philippines. All I see everyday is the hustle and bustle of city life in Manila. I don't enjoy seeing pollution and traffic everyday. That's why I was very excited to see Batanes. The Province of Batanes is the northernmost and the ... [Read More]

What We Ate at Batanes Resort

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With our flight delay we arrived at Batanes Resort just in time for lunch. Lunch was pre-ordered for us. That was how it was done on packaged tours in Batanes. The tour operator tells the restaurants how many people to expect and they prepare the same food for everyone. We wanted to order the ... [Read More]

Batanes Resort

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One day from out of the blue my friend Vivian called and asked if I wanted to go to Batanes. My first thought was "Why do we need to fly to Bataan?"Silly me I didn't even know where Batanes was. Now I know it's the northern most island in the Philippines. There's only one way to go there and it's ... [Read More]