Basco, Batanes — See the iconic sights of Batanes, from rolling hills to centuries-old stone houses, in this private day trip of Sabtang Island. If you had always wanted to see what makes this smallest island province a top entry in most Filipinos' bucket list, this guided excursion is for you.
While Sabtang is the smallest among the inhabited islands of Batanes, it is home to the well-preserved culture of the Ivatan. Your tour begins after you have been picked up from your accommodation in Basco. Your driver, who will double as your guide, will take you to Ivana port where you will board a faluwa, an outrigger-less boat that is native to the province.
You will be taken to the spectacular Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. Here you will have a great vantage point to see the beauty of Sabtang. The raw, rugged landscape is quintessentially Batanes.
You will see traditional stone houses next, when you visit Savidug and Chavayan villages. 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.
In Savidug village, you will see the Sinadumparan stone house that has two sloped cogon roofs and identical stonewalls. You will see the two other types of stone houses in Chavayan.
You will also get to observe the locals’ traditional livelihood of weaving when you visit the Sabtang Weavers Association. Don't forget to take a photo of yourself wearing the vakul (with fees to be paid to the locals) a traditional headdress worn by Ivatan farmers to protect them from the heat and to be used as a pillow during their afternoon nap.
From the village, you will head to Morong Beach next. You will have your lunch here and have time for a walk along the beach or, if you brought your swimsuit with you, a quick dip in the sea. A highlight is the Nakabuang Arch (and cave) which is pretty popular for picture taking opportunities given its unique shape with the white sand beach and blue sky as its backdrop.
Be prepared for a full day of sightseeing on one of the only three inhabited islands in Batanes when you book this private day trip to Sabtang. Check availability by choosing a date above.
- 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.