See the iconic sights of Batanes, from rolling hills to centuries-old stone houses, in this private full-day trip of Sabtang Island. While it is the smallest among the inhabited islands of Batanes, it is home to the well-preserved culture of the Ivatan. So if you had always wanted to see what makes this small island a top entry in most Filipinos' bucket list, this guided excursion is for you.
Your tour begins after you have been picked up from your accommodation in Basco and taken to the Ivana port. Here, you will be transferred to a faluwa, an outrigger-less boat that is native to the province. The boat will take you to the nearby island of Sabtang, where your adventure awaits.
Once you arrive on the island, you will have a quick stopover at the tourism office for registration before you are taken to the Sabtang Lighthouse, located right next to the San Vicente Port. The lighthouse not only serves as a beacon for ships passing by but also as an Instagrammable backdrop, thanks to its rubble masonry finish.
You will see traditional stone houses next when you visit the Savidug village right near the coast. Called Sinakan Stone Houses, the architecture and the materials of these structures are vital to the Ivatan's survival, given the numerous storms that beset the province annually. As you stroll across the village, you will come upon the Lime Kiln & Savidug Idjang, which was once a fortress protecting the village. The views here are astounding, so make sure to snap some photos.
You will also be passing by the Sto. Thomas de Aquinas Chapel before you make your way to the spectacular Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. Thanks to the elevation of the viewpoint, you will be welcomed here with the raw, rugged landscape that is quintessentially Batanes. From there, you will get to observe the locals’ traditional livelihood of weaving at the Sabtang Weavers Association. For a small fee, you can take a photo of yourself wearing the vakul, a traditional headdress worn by Ivatan farmers to protect them from the heat. The headdress also doubles as a pillow that they use during their afternoon nap.
From the village, you will be taken to the Brgy. Chavayan Stone Houses and Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel before heading to Morong Beach next. Lunch will be served at the Pananayan Caterings in Morong Beach. After lunch, you are free to stroll around and have a quick dip in the inviting waters of the beach. You will also make a photo-op stopover at the Ahaw Arch Formation. With its unique shape backdropped by the white sand beach and blue sky, the site makes for a perfect beach picture. You will then head back to the port and be brought back to Basco for some souvenir shopping before heading home.
Be prepared for a full day of sightseeing on the smallest island in Batanes when you book this private day trip to Sabtang. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All guests are required to pay PHP 400 for the Visitor's Sustainable Ecotourism Fee and Protection Area Management Board Fee.
- All our guides speak English.
- Not all establishments accepts credit or debit cards and ATMs may be limited.
- Wear light-colored shirts and a pair of good trekking shoes or rubber-soled sandals for comfort
- If you are prone to motion sickness, bring some medicines as the water can get rough on the way to Sabtang from Batan Island.