Sabtang Island Old Procession Trail: Chavayan to Sumnanga Traverse

View of the eastern seas on the old procession trail
View of the eastern seas on the old procession trail

I was supposed to go to Itbayat but the weather have other plans. Boat trips to the island was suspended for the next few days due to inclement weather and erratic waves. Since I had a flexible itinerary, I decided to take a detour to Sabtang Island instead. The smallest island of Batanes municipality is popular to day trippers from Batan Island. Personally, I would rather spend a night here. No matter how familiar I am with this island, I know I can find something new to do. For one, I haven’t stayed in Chavayan village yet. Or better, try the Old Procession Trail from Chavayan to Sumnanga. I have always been fascinated with that trail. I guess it’s about time I explore it.

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Video: Sabtang on the Road

Road View to Chavayan

Road View to Chavayan

I just can’t get enough of Batanes so I’m making another post on Sabtang. If I really have enough time, I would spend months just exploring all the corners of the islands of Batanes. Here’s a video of what is like traversing the road to Chavayan, the southern town in the charming little island of Sabtang. That coastal road scene just sticks in your mind. Also included is a short drive to Nakanmuan natural arc at the white beach. Video after the jump.

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Batanes: Surviving Sabtang

On the road to Chavayan

On the road to Chavayan

Ooops! I just realized I still have a lot of back log from my travels. So in between the China posts, I’ll be posting entries from those recent local travels as well. I thought it would add variety and hope not to cause confusion on continuity. This entry is another one of my favorite places in our country, Batanes. Same trip brought to you by the cool guys at Geiser Maclang and Epson Philippines. And probably one of the most memorable events as well.

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Sabtang Island: Capsized!

View at Chavayan village in Sabtang Island

View at Chavayan village in Sabtang Island

Sidenote: Thank you very much to all those who gave their congratulatory remarks on my blog being a finalist on two categories at this year’s Philippine Blog Awards. Indeed being a finalist is honor enough. I promise I’ll blog more on this next week, but for the meantime, I got my last two segments for the Batanes series. Thank you all dear readers as you inspire me to continue sharing on this blog. Salamat po!

And so we’re back at the port of Ivana, hoping upon hope that there would be a boat to take us to the island of Sabtang. The island that can be clearly seen from the port can be reached in 30 minutes by boat. It’s so near yet we are at the mercy (again) of the waves here. There was another group waiting there with us an a few locals. Shortly, though, luck was on our side (or so I thought), a boat arrived by the name of “Divine Grace” came to take us to the island. The boat is a lot smaller than the ones in Itbayat. With more than a dozen of us we boarded with a large wooden two door closet which was brought by a local as cargo to boot. We rode on the waves.

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