A visit to Batanes is incomplete without seeing Sabtang. Of the three islands, this is the smallest inhabited. On our third day in Batanes, we were picked up at 6 am and was sent to San Vicente Port / Radiwan Port in Ivatan, we took the motorize boat: Falowa to Sabtang Island. There are only 2 boat trips in morning so make sure to reach there on time (before 7:30am). After 30 minutes Falowa Ride, we arrived at Sabtang Port: Sabtang is at the southernmost island municipality of the Batanes group of islands which is composed primarily of Sabtang Island, as well as two nearby smaller and uninhabited islands: Ivuhos and Dequey. The municipality is known for its lighthouse and the old stone houses of the Ivatan villages in Chavayan and Savidug. Malakdang Lighthouse is prominently seen from the port -
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For visitors looking for a treat, Sabtang Island simply cannot be missed. It has the feel of an undisturbed natural wonder, with incredible endemic species that are happily living the way they’ve lived for who knows how long. My time on Sabtang was a reminder of what it’s like to be in a place that is undiscovered. At the same time, you couldn’t design a more beautiful little island. The white sand beaches are interrupted by sharp, seemingly impenetrable canyons, dotted by birds whose calls echo into the dense greenery.
Next stop is Brgy Chavayan Stone houses. The best area to visit if you want to see an authentic vernacular or stone houses is in a small village called Chavayan. Walking through the tiny villages of traditional stone houses and quiet narrow streets of Savidug and Chavayan in Sabtang Island will make you feel like being flown to another country or to a place where time just stood still. The stone houses in Chavayan are currently nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List. The houses still looks exceptionally stunning with the village nestled between the tall lush mountains and cliffs on one side and a spectacular view of the sea where the churning waters of the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Walls are not only compose of rocks but sea shells and corals as well.
After paying environmental fee (200 php) at the municipal hall, we proceed to our first stop - Brgy. Savidug. Barrio Suvidug is compose of traditional stone houses. Some house ruins can also be seen along the streets. It is a small village with unique traditional style houses. The roofs of the houses are made of cogon grass and the walls are made of lime.At the end of Savidug street, a simple white chapel stands, the Sto Thomas Chapel.