Tours in Batanes can be arranged. We chose Chanpan Tours for our tours and accommodation. For our grooup of 14, we were billeted in one two-storey house with 5 AC rooms, two living rooms, two kitchen two common bathrooms and one en-suite bathroom. Very spacious and comfortable, I must say. Included in our tour package are everyday breakfast at the hostel and lunch during tours. We have two guides and two drivers. Our guides are not just guides. They’re story tellers! We appreciated Batanes more because of their stories about Batanes, the culture of Ivatans and how they cope with whatever they have to face, be it typhoons, big waves, strong winds. They are good photographers, too! Well, in Batanes, you get your money’s worth and more.
Usually tours in Batanes are divided into North Batan Tour, Sabtang Island Tour and South Batan Tour, in that order, I advise. North Batan can be toured in half a day. Some prefer to stay in Sabtang overnight, where you can stay in an authentic stone house! And South Batan should be the finale. If you have an extra day to spare, visit the Spring of Youth. Spring of Youth, I think, is located a the foot of Racuh-a-Payaman. Cool waters from the mountains flow thru a man-made infinity pool with a grand view of Mt, Iraya and and the Pacific Ocean. Your sea view from Racuh-a-payaman is your playgroud when you are in the Spring of Youth.
My short stay in Batanes got me deeply in love with it. You know the feeling of being “home” when you are with your beloved? That is what Batanes made me feel. It took care of my every need, it made me forget the things I thought I need. It made me feel light and contented with just fern salad and lunis. It made me feel elated especially when on top of its rolling hills and when its wind makes a mess out of my hair. I could actually live in Batanes disconnected from the rest of the world and I’d be ok with it.
It’s been a month since our trip but I still keep on stalking blogs, hashtags and videos about Batanes. I terribly miss Batanes. It’s like feeling so much longing for home. So much longing that it hurts when you remember the minute details of being in that place, such as how the wind blew your hair, how the sun burnt your skin a little and how the genuine smiles of people you do not even know warmed your heart. That’s exactly how I feel right now about Batanes. Batanes instantly felt like home. I felt like I belong. It felt like I do not need to be anything or anyone else but simply just be me. It felt like I do not need anything more, the wind and and the horizon are enough. I think I can eat kamote everyday, just let me live in Batanes. My experience in Batanes is everything I have ever dreamt of being in this place and more. I have never felt this much attachment to a place before. Probably because of its natural grandeur and the genuine warmth of the peopIe. I really pray to be able to go back, and keep coming back. I would drop all other trips for Batanes in a heart beat. I miss Batanes so much. Missing Batanes makes me feel like a brokenhearted girl. 😭
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