It’s Winter season again and while some of you are already starting to create a Christmas wishlist, others are thinking where to go this holiday season. Why not try visiting Batanes for this Winter? For the unfamiliar, Batanes experiences 4 seasons and has it’s winter starts from December to mid February. You may not experience the real winter wonderland but just imagine the temperature that can go down to as cool as 7 degrees Celsius.
Similar to some European countries, the islands in Batanes are characterized by verdant rolling hills with the addition of beautiful black and white sand beaches dominated by large rock formations. This group of Islands is the Philippines northernmost province and Basco is the center of commerce since all major modes of transportation, trade and commerce is located here.
Blow your Horn
In my past visits in the island, I was surprised to hear some locals specially those in the island of Sabtang – listening to Taiwanese radio station since Taiwan is just 190 kilometers from Taiwan. In the island, every motorist are always required to blow their horn each time they pass by a curve to avoid accident since the roads in Batanes are not that wide.
Transportation in Sabtang is dominated by bicycles and scooters which makes the island away from pollution. Jeepneys for rent are abundant in Basco, You can ask anyone if you need help and they are more than willing to assist.
Kids in Chavayan
Ivatans are polite and peace-loving not to mention they are also honest (checkout my Honesty Coffee Shop post). Vacul is uniquely Ivantan, its an all weather headgear made from dried Vuyavuy fiber that is commonly used by farmers to protect them from too much heat and rain as well.
Marlboro Hills in Batanes
If you missed to visit Batanes during summer time, you can also visit Batanes during “Indian Summer” which takes place September to October. Sabtang Island is a 30-minute boat ride from the Radiwan Point at the Ivana Seaport. It is known for its steep mountains and deep canyons that earned its name as the “New Zealand of the Philippines.”
Photographer in Sabtang
In Basco, you can visit Basco Cathedral – the islands oldest church before going to Naidi Hills. Discover Batanes historical past and its culture by visiting a small museum located near Basco cathedral.
Thats all for now… more Batanes discoveries in my next post:)