Hop aboard a tricycle and see the iconic landmarks of Sabtang Island in Batanes with this guided full-day tour. From rolling hills to stone houses, this excursion is the ideal package for outdoor enthusiasts looking forward to experiencing a day in the smallest island of the province.
Your day starts when your local guide picks you up in your accommodation in Basco and driven to Ivana port. Here, you will be transferred to a faluwa, a boat that’s unique to the island of Batanes. Once you’re all settled in, you will then sail across the sea to the nearby island of Sabtang. Upon docking on the island, you will have a quick stopover at the tourism office to register before you head to the Sabtang Lighthouse. This 20-ft stone tower that looks picturesque contrasted against the lush greens of the mountains.
Have your photo taken here for souvenirs. From the port, you will then visit the Savidug and Sinakan Villages, where you will see the traditional Ivatan homes. The villages feature three types of houses: the maytuab, the sinadumparan, and the jinjin. Both the maytuab and sinadumparan are stone houses with the first one having a four-sloped thatched cogon roof while the latter has a two-sloped roof. The jinjin, on the other hand, is made of wood and cogon. The stone walls of these houses are identical in design, but the doors and windows provide avenues for personal creativity.
You will then be taken to the Lime Kiln & Savidug Idjang, which once served as a fortress protecting the village. Here, you will be welcomed by the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. From there, you will drive to the Sto. Tomas de Aquinas Chapel before continuing on with your tour in Chamantad-Tiñan Viewing Point. The viewing point sits at a high altitude, providing you with a panoramic view of the rugged landscape and seascape of Sabtang.
After taking in the views, you will learn more about the locals’ way of living at the Sabtang Weavers Association. Here, you will see the handmade woven products they sell as souvenirs. You can also try out the vakul (headgear) for a photo opportunity. This traditional headdress is used by farmers to protect themselves from the heat of the sun and as a pillow when they take a siesta in the fields.
You will see more stone houses and Sta. Rosa de Lima Chapel at the nearby Brgy. Chavayan before capping off your day trip with a photo-op at the Mahayaw Arch in Morong Beach. Your picnic-style lunch will be served here before you sail back to Ivana Port and head over to Basco for some souvenir shopping.
Get introduced to the iconic sights of Sabtang Island on this full-day tour aboard a tricycle Check availability by choosing a date
- All our guides speak English.
- Wear light-colored shirts and a pair of good trekking shoes or rubber-soled sandals for comfort.
- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.