Enrich your knowledge about age-old fishing traditions in this Diura Fishing Village day tour package in Batanes with a side trip to the Spring of Youth. If you have time to kill while on the island and want to experience an off-the-beaten-path adventure, then this excursion is just what you’re looking for.
You will be picked up at your accommodation in Basco on your chosen schedule. From there, you will make your way through winding coastal roads, past rolling hills, to a secluded cove that's home to a small, but close-knit fishing community, known by the locals as the Diura Fishing Village. After a short hike from the vehicle’s drop off point, you will finally reach the village. Your guide will lead you on a stroll around. Witness the daily fishing routines of local fisherfolks and see the salted dorado or arayu up close as it's either hung up on bamboo poles or being dried along the shore.
While in the village, you will also learn about the sacred Ivatan tradition of harvesting of dolphin fish. Your tour guide will fill you in on the process of the time-honored ritual called the kapayvanuvanua, an old-age fishing ceremony held during the start of the fishing season in March. If you're lucky, you might be able to witness this traditional ritual in person.
You’ll then make your way to the Spring of Youth, locally known as Racuh-A-Idi Spring of Wellness. The free-flowing spring water here is believed by locals to have healing properties. Once you reach the drop-off site, you will walk through old columnar stone stairs leading to and from the man-made pool.
You will then be welcomed by the refreshing atmosphere of the spring. Feel free to dip in the pool, surrounded by several native cottages and bamboo benches. Admire the refreshing view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Iraya here, as you wade in the waters before heading back home.
Experience the simple life of the Diura Fishing Village in Mahatao, Batanes and see the beauty of the Spring of Youth on this half-day guided tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
- All our guides speak English.
- Sustainable Ecotourism Fee (PHP 350.00) and PAMB Fee (PHP 50.00) is only applicable one time while you are here in Batanes. If you purchase more than 1 package, kindly only purchase once.
- During August to February, chances of Dorado Fish catch is almost impossible to be viewed in the village.
- There is a possibility of changes on timing for the tour depending on the weather condition like rearranging your itinerary, but this will be directly coordinated by the Tour Coordinator who will be assigned to you once you arrive in Batanes
- Establishments do not accept credit cards, please bring enough cash with you unless it is possible for you to utilize the only available Automated Teller Machines in the capital town which is operated by the Landbank of the Philippines and Philippine National Bank
- Batanes is a protected area for all landscapes and seascapes in order to preserve its natural wonders including endemic floras and faunas. Your assigned Tour Guide will brief you on the details