Around Batanes: North Batan Tour
The highlights of my South Batan Tour include learning about the old school lighthouses of San Carlos Borromeo Church, feeling closest to nature at the Chawa View Deck, admiring the wonder that is the Alapad Pass and Rock Formation, running through Marlboro Hills, meeting the owners of the Honesty Coffee Shop, paying homage to the House of Dakay, lighting a candle at the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, discovering the traditions of the fisher folks over at the Diura Fishing Village and finally giving in to posing for some photos at the Tayid Lighthouse.
Richard, same name but different person, who drove me around together with Kitty, my tour guide, also provided me not just tourist-y trivia but also personal accounts of the different places we went to. They pointed out to me their houses and even the house of the person at the hotel front office. I ask them how they spend their weekends and I get exciting answers like trekking one of the surrounding mountains or swimming in the lagoon. I can see how Batanes can seem boring to certain type of individuals but if you really take your time and allow the place and the people to speak to you, you will be enchanted and wouldn’t want to leave or at the very least vow to come back very soon.