After concluding our north Batanes tour, day two was for the southern part of the island. We were picked up from Fundacion Pacita by our tour guides and we headed off to the south side of Batan.
The House of Dakay. The oldest surviving house in town. There were several Spanish era houses, but most of them gave way to development, leaving the House of Dakay, the only one in its original form. We also passed a Spanish bridge that is still being used today. *Will post a photo soon*
Some of the scenic rock formations along the coastal road. Some of the roads on the island are on hills and they are really steep. But I have to give it to them, these are well maintained roads. Even better than some of the roads in Manila.
Alapad Hill is probably one of the most famous spots here in the island. It is where Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta shot a scene for “Hihintayin Na Lang Kita Sa Langit”. Indeed, it felt like you were in heaven. It is also the location of an old Long-Range Aid to Navigation (LORAN) built by the Americans.
Racuh a Payaman also known as Marlboro Hills. A picturesque pastureland where the locals bring their livestock to graze. The hills were not as green as they used to because it was summer when we went there. If you want the green hills, go there around January or February.
Last on our trip was the Tayid Lighthouse in Mahatao.
After resting for a couple of hours in our hotel room, we decided to head back to town and have dinner in Pension Ivatan. Ish and Lucy took the van while I followed them on my bike. We ordered our meal and headed for the airport. It was closed in the afternoon so we had the chance to take some photos on the runway. And of course, I had the freedom to bike on it.