Batanes Day 3: Sabtang Island

Click this: Link to Summary of Batanes trip

The sun greeted as really well on our 3rd day in Batanes. This is my favorite among the days that we were in Batanes.

Here’s the list of places you can visit in Sabtang Island:

  • San Vicente Ferrer Church
  • Malakdang Lighthouse
  • Sinakan Stone Houses
  • Brgy. Savidug Stone Houses
  • Sto. Thomas Chapel
  • Lime Kiln
  • Savidug Idjang Viewing
  • Refreshments at Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint
  • Brgy. Chavayan Stone Houses
  • Souvenir Shopping/Picture taking (Ivatan headgears)
  • Sabtang Weavers Association
  • Sta. Rosa De Lima Chapel
  • Nakabuang Cave
  • Ahaw (Natural Limestone Arc Formation)
  • Morong Beach

Our group woke up extra early in the morning so we can be at the South Batan port before 6am. At around 7am, the boat was already sailing heading to Sabtang Island. The boat ride was about an hour.

We headed back to Batan after lunch, around 130pm. Since we had extra time, I went back to Rolling Hills and Mt. Carmel Chapel via renting a tricycle.

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Our tour group rented a jeepney to roam the island.

Our first stop, somewhere in the middle of the greenery, we stopped the jeepney and gazed the Savidug Idjang (not here), a castle in Savidug, Sabtang, built to protect themselves during war.

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Since the Idjang is a bit far from the road, you might just want to enjoy the greenery.

Then we headed to the “Middle Earth”. I still find the term not fit on what you really will see.

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Before you trek to “Middle Earth”, you will be greeted by a small store in a hut selling souveneirs and local alcohol, which you can try.
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Then you’ll get the chance to rent the local headgear. The ‘Middle Earth’ is the background, and that’s the distance you have to walk.
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Almost every part of the trek is worth the picture.
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It’s more of ‘paradise’ than ‘middle earth’.
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You can be a bit risky and take photo near the edge of the cliff.

Then we headed to the iconic Stonehouses.

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Be watchful as you will witness this view along the way.

We took time to visit first the weaving center where you will get to see how the headgears are done.

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Then you can roam around and see the stonehouses and its community entities like the church, plaza, etc._dsc2889

After, we headed to St. Thomas Chapel._dsc2956

In time for lunch, we headed to our last spot: Morong Beach.

Along the way, you will see the Malakdang Lighthouse.

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This is the iconic arch of Morong Beach. You can bring extra clothes so you can take a dip!

Then time to go back to the Batan!

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After the Sabtang tour, you will have plenty of time in the afternoon. I decided to revisit some places on first day. You may want to use this time to talk to locals, buy souvenirs, try their cuisine.

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