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    Sabtang Island Travel Guide – 3D2N Itinerary with Camping Experience

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    Sabtang Island is one of the three major islands in the province of Batanes, the northernmost province in the Philippines.

    This island is the southernmost part of the Batanes group of islands which has two more inhabited islands— the Ivuhos and Dequey, which are said to be pasture lands of cows and goats.

    Sabtang Island is a 30 to 40-minute boat ride from Basco and is not for the faint-hearted for the current might be so big while in the middle of the ride.

    Still, give your trust to the Ivatans with their boats called Faluwa — boat that’s made specifically for bigger waves!

    If lucky it’s your lucky day as well, you will see dolphins dancing simultaneously with the high waves. Yup, we saw around six dolphins in the middle of our ride! Although our trip was a bit bumpy, we still got lucky!

    Sabtang batanes travel guide
    Sabtang Island’s beauty.

    Where to Book your Sabtang Island Tour?

    If you are planning for your Sabtang trip, we highly suggest you get a registered tour provider from a company that can really take care of you, your family, and friends. And I hope you do not DIY Batanes.

    I tried it last 2018 and although it was a much different experience, I can fully say that I had so much fun on my second Batanes escapade because everything was so organized!

    You can also find an operator on the island but better if you contact a tour provider first before you go to Batanes.

    Better be prepared than sorry, dear. Might be fully-booked already when you get there.

    Anyway, we actually searched for the best tour provider and talked to a number of operators but Amazing Batanes Tours stood out.

    Let me know if you want me to connect you to them. Hassle-free and the tour guides really knew Batanes well.

    Amazing Batanes Tours Details:

    How to get to Sabtang Island, Batanes

    From Basco Island: From Basco, take a boat ride (Faluwa) going to Ivana Port. Fare is P100 per way. From Ivana Port, you’ll be given a lifejacket after you registered and paid the fare. Usual travel time is 20-30 minutes but if the sea is rough, travel time would be 40 to 45 minutes.

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    Here are some of the photos of our lovely view going to Ivana Port.

    Sabtang Island, Batanes | 3D2N Itinerary with Camping Experience

    If you are into peaceful view and relaxation, Sabtang Island will definitely be your next favorite destination. It is a mixture of magnificent green mountain ranges, panoramic ocean views, and warm, friendly native Ivatans.

    Sharing our 3 days 2 nights itinerary! I suggest you stay more than one night in Sabtang if you have ample time in Batanes for you to really experience the place.

    Our Sabtang is our day 4 to 6 in our Batanes escapade.

    Ryan playing with the waves while I was shouting at him to get off the big rock already. Big waves, guys. Big waves. Haha!

    Day 1 – Sabtang Arrival and Sabtang Tour

    Highlight: Our highlights on our day 1 in Sabtang were the: 1) Sabtang Tour and 2) the lookout for something to eat for dinner! There was a barrio fiesta when we arrived in the place and all stores where closed.

    So we don’t know how and where to eat. We went around the barrio and looked for open stores.

    Good thing we saw one and bought bread and pancit canton, thinking that maybe we can just ask if we can cook at the owner’s house since there’s no common kitchen yet at Pananayan Homestay. They cooked for us instead! Yey!

    • 6:00 AM – Leave Basco for Sabtang
    • 8:00 AM – Arrival at Sabtang port
    • 8:30 AM – Check-in at Pananayam Homestay
    • 9:00 AM – Breakfast at Pindings
    • 12:00 NN – Lunch at Morong Beach
    • 1:00 PM – Start Sabtang tour
    • 4:00 PM – End Sabtang Tour
    • 5:00 PM- Visit Sabtang Lighthouse
    • 6:00 PM – Started to look for food and Fiesta
    • 7:00 PM – Cooked Pancit Canton

    Places to Visit & Activities To Do

    • Little Hongkong / Fishing Village
    • Savidug Village
    • Morong Beach
    • Chavayan Village
    • Chamantad Tinyan Point
    • Roam around the village

    Day 2 – Sunrise in Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint and Sunset in Natawu Point

    Highlight: Our glorious sunrise watching in Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint! Chamantad-Tinyan has been my favorite ever since I visited the place and waited for the sunrise.

    It was an unforgettable experience watching the sun go up with scenic views of the mountains and ocean. Imagine looking at the mountains being kissed by the sun rays? It was undeniably one of the best feelings ever.

    • 5:00 AM – Wake up for Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint
    • 5:30 AM – Arrival at Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint
    • 7:15 AM – Go to Pananayan Canteen for breakfast
    • 7:45 AM – Explore Sabtang Shore
    • 8:00 AM – Go back to Pananayan Homestay
    • 2:00 PM – Lunch
    • 4:00 PM – Visit Natawu Point for the best sunset watching

    Places to Visit & Activities To Do

    • Sunrise watching at Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint
    • Sunset watching at Natawu Point
    • Explore Sabtang Shore

    Day 3 – Camping at Sabtang Shore

    • 5:00 AM – Wake up for morning camping
    • 5:30 AM – Pitch tent
    • 5:45 AM – Swimming and picture taking
    • 8:00 AM – Back to Pananayam Homestay
    • 9:30 AM – Eat breakfast at Pananayan Canteen
    • 11:00 AM – Pananayam Check Out
    • 11:15 AM – Lunch at Pananayan Canteen
    • 12:00 NN – Departure

    Places to Visit & Activities To Do

    • Camping by the Sabtang shore
    • Swimming at the lagoon
    • Picture taking at the Sabtang Port

    Sabtang Island | 3D2N Itinerary with Camping Experience

    Day 1 – Sabtang Arrival and Sabtang Tour

    • 6:00 AM – Leave Basco for Sabtang
    • 8:00 AM – Arrival at Sabtang port
    • 8:30 AM – Check-in at Pananayam Homestay
    • 9:00 AM – Breakfast at Pindings
    • 12:00 NN – Lunch at Morong Beach
    • 1:00 PM – Start Sabtang tour
    • 4:00 PM – End Sabtang Tour
    • 5:00 PM – Visit Sabtang Lighthouse
    • 6:00 PM – Started to look for food and Fiesta
    • 7:00 PM – Cooked Pancit Canton

    It was about 5:00 o’clock in the morning when Kuya James from the Amazing Batanes Tours woke us up with a text message. ‘We are late na po.’

    We hurriedly got up and prayed we wouldn’t be late for the 7:00 AM boat ride to Sabtang Island!

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    We are actually a day late for our trip to Sabtang because a typhoon hit Batanes two days before our scheduled trip but it’s somewhat okay because we had almost a day to just relax and experience typhoon in Batanes.

    True enough, typhoons are experienced best in the province. (Not that I’m saying typhoons are okay, but talking about the experience and feeling here. Hehe.)

    So after the 20-minute morning tricycle ride to Ivana port, we waited for a couple of minutes for us to be registered by Kuya James. Shoutout to Amazing Batanes Tours for the hassle-free assistance!

    Did I mention that we had a glorious morning ride to Ivana port? All you can see are green mountains, scenic mountainside, and blue wide oceans! It’s something you would pray to experience everyday.

    With Kuya James, our Basco Tour Guide from Amazing Batanes Tours
    The registration area in Ivana Port
    With the traditional tricycle of Batanes
    Us at the Ivana port

    Kuya James also paid for us, P100 pesos each for the ride, and after a couple of minutes, Kuya handed us our life jackets.

    Port of Ivana | We’re going to Sabtang!
    The Faluwa boat
    Kuyas are helping each passengers to get into the boat
    Port of Ivana — love that their

    The Sabtang Boat Ride Experience

    I can still remember the boat ride I had during my first trip — wait, there’s a typhoon on my first trip to Sabtang last year as well! Haha! But I guess the waves are much more higher than my previous Sabtang boat experience.

    I can literally see waves higher than our boat. It gives me chills and butterflies but I am sure the boat is safe and is made of strong wood.

    After about 30 minutes, yes, just this quick, we docked peacefully at the port of Sabtang.

    Welcome to Sabtang Island, Batanes

    I was actually on high mode when we reached Sabtang for this was the very place that captured my heart so much during my last solo trip.

    I was excited to visit the places that I have been to, but this time, together with Ryan. I know it would be a whole new experience.

    After a couple of minutes, our Amazing Batanes Tour Guide arrived with a big smile on his face as if saying Welcome to Sabtang!

    With all enthusiasm, we shook hands and introduced ourselves.

    Since we arrived at around 8 o’clock in the morning and we were not in a hurry because we’re staying for 3 days,  opted to go straight to our homestay first to check-in and took a nap.

    Check-in at Pananayam Homestay

    Pananayam Homestay is one of the best homestays in Sabtang as it is just near the Sabtang lighthouse and most especially, Pananayam Homestay is near Sabtang shore. 

    The homestay is owned by Family Elesterio. What I love about this homestay is that you can really feel that it is a home away from home and the place is all to ourselves!

    See more rooms and detailed story of our Pananayam Homestay experience here.

    pananayan sabtang

    After checking in, we went out to look for food since we haven’t eaten anything. Glad Pindings Canteen is open! I remember eating here during my solo trip as well.

    We also roamed around the town while looking for food.

    Sabtang island stone houses
    Sabtang island stone houses

    The Sabtang Island Tour

    After checking in at Pananayan Homestay, we took a rest for a while, refreshed ourselves and off we went to start our Sabtang Island tour!

    Places Visited

    • Little Hongkong / Fishing Village
    • Savidug Village
    • Morong Beach
    • Chavayan Village
    • Chanarian Beach
    • Chamantad Tinyan Point
    • Sabtang Lighthouse
    • Roam around the village

    Sabtang batanes

    1. Little Hongkong | Sumnanga Fishing Village

    Little Hongkong, most known to be called Fishing Village, is situated in the secluded area of Brgy. Sumnanga. It was so hot when we arrived at the place but the view is still relaxing. We would like to go fishing but this one is a bit far from the town proper so we opted to just take photos of the place.

    Sabtang island stone houses
    Sabtang island stone houses
    Sabtang sumnanga fishing village
    Sabtang sumnanga fishing village

    2. Savidug Village

    One of the spots you should never miss is Savidug Village. Savidug Village is one of the oldest villages on the island of Sabtang. You will see traditional stone houses built years and years ago which will really amaze you because they are not using steel.

    it was siesta time when we got there so there’s just a number of people outside the house.

    We also visited St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel which resides inside the Savidug Village. It is near a basketball court and a stonehouse beside the church.

    Sabtang savidug village
    Sabtang savidug village
    Sabtang savidug village

    3. Morong Beach

    Morong Beach is one of the most favorite beaches on the island of Sabtang because of many reasons. Aside from Nakabuang Arch resides here, the waves are a bit calm than the other beaches in Sabtang; sand is fairer than the others, and the long stretch of Morong Beach is a beauty to behold.

    Never forget to take a picture of the Nakabuang Arch too!

    Sabtang batanes morong beach

    Sabtang batanes morong beach
    Sabtang batanes morong beach
    Nakabuang Arch

    4. Chavayan Village

    Just like Savidug, Chavayan Village is one of the oldest villages in Sabtang. Most of the houses here are made of stones as well.

    Chavayan came from the word cha, which means bountiful, and vay, which is the arrowroot plant that was known as the most distinct plant on the island. Vayan, on the other hand, means community.  – Primer

    Sabtang batanes chavayan village

    Sabtang batanes chavayan village stone houses
    Sabtang batanes chavayan village stone houses
    Sabtang batanes chavayan village stone houses
    Sabtang batanes chavayan village stone houses
    Sabtang batanes chavayan village stone houses

    5. Chamantad-Tinyan Point/Cove

    Chamantad-Tinyan Cove is by far my most favorite spot in Sabtang Island.

    It was love at first sight. Imagine looking at the seemingly endless rolling hills coupled with cows and goats in the area with a view of the Pacific Ocean.. Plus the lovely view of the Chamantad Cove with super fine sand inviting you to take a walk in the shore.

    I will never get tired of this place.

    It was also my second time to go here and witness the sunrise. One of the sweetest spot in Batanes. I can’t express how happy my heart is while waiting for the rising of the sun.

    7. Sabtang Lighthouse

    Sabtang Lighthouse should be on our itinerary and Kuya and I talked that he will fetch u around 4:30 PM. However, 4:30PM came but Kuya didn’t show up. We called him but I think he’s with family and friends because it was one of the barangay’s fiesta then. So, I said it’s okay and we’ll go to the lighthouse by ourselves

    So, Ryan and I went up to where the lighthouse is.

    It was just a 10-minute walk from Pananayam Homestay but when we got there, we weren’t able to go up the lighthouse because there’s no one in the area. 

    There’s also a homestay at the lighthouse but people are saying that it was not taken care of that’s why it was closed. 

    So we just took photos and went out of the vicinity since it is still private property.

    Sabtang’s Lighthouse is perched on top of this small rock hill and it overlooks Sabtang’s ocean and mountains. We would love to go up the lighthouse but brushed the idea instead. Overall, we enjoyed our picture taking and our walkathon to and from the lighthouse.

    Ryan, being an Electrical Engineer, saw Sabtang’s Coal Power Generator and wanna have a chitchat with the Engineers there but we can’t find someone in the area. Haha! 

    Fiesta and the Search for Food

    As mentioned above, one of Sabtang’s barangays was celebrating barangay fiesta when we arrived at the place. We initially thought we can join the owner of Pananayam Homestay in the fiesta but we were shy!

    We ended up looking for food but since there’s a fiesta in the town and everyone cooked there own food, we had a hard time looking for food.

    Fortunately, there was an open store with some goods. We bought bread and pancit canton and off we went home directly.

    When we got to Pananayan Homestay, one of the Ate’s volunteered to cook for us. Yey!

    Joyce, the daughter of Auntie Fafa who owns the place was so accommodating she actually want to bring us to the town fiesta! But we were just too tired and wanted to sleep already.

    It was still a happy day. Glad we ended with Pancit Canton, bread, and coffee!

    We slept excited because we scheduled our sunrise watching at the Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint! Yey!

    Day 2 – Sunrise in Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint and Sunset in Natawu Point

    • 5:00 AM – Wake up for Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint
    • 5:30 AM – Arrival at Chamantad Tinyan Viewpoint
    • 7:15 AM – Go to Pananayan Canteen for breakfast
    • 7:45 AM – Explore Sabtang Shore
    • 8:00 AM – Go back to Pananayan Homestay
    • 2:00 PM – Lunch
    • 4:00 PM – Visit Natawu Point for the best sunset watching

    Ryan and I woke up at 5AM and waited for our Tour Guide from Amazing Batanes Tours.
    We were so excited. I have seen the sunrise in Chamantad last 2018 but this one’s different. Never thought this will happen together with Ryan.

    At around 5:30AM, we arrived in the place.

    It was a bit dark but you can already see the beauty of Chamantad. Rolling hills with a shore, I can’t really fully explain its wonders. Words are not enough to describe this beauty.
    Ever since I stepped into Chamantad, I know this will always have a special place in my heart. 

    Sabtang batanes

    We explored the place, took photos everywhere, got chummy, haha! But we weren’t able to go down the secluded shore. I’d love to but our tour guide said it’s prohibited. But I went down there last time.

    Sabtang batanes chamantad-tinyan
    Chamanatd-Tinyan Viewpoint, Sabtang, Batanes

    Anyway, we still had so much fun! We went back to the town smiling! Definitely one for the books.

    At around 7:15AM, we arrived at the town and we went straight to the Pananayan Canteen. We got some fish and hotdogs! 

    It was also nice that the canteen is near Sabtang shore. After we ate, we went directly to the Sabtang Shore and explored the area. It was a nice morning walk.

    We were actually so tired that we ended up sleeping until around 1:30PM! Haha. We got up so hungry and went directly to Pananayan Canteen. 

    Sabtang batanes chamantad-tinyan
    Sabtang batanes chamantad-tinyan
    Sabtang batanes chamantad-tinyan
    Sabtang batanes chamantad-tinyan
    Sabtang batanes chamantad-tinyan
    Sabtang batanes chamantad-tinyan

    We also arranged an afternoon visit to Natawu Point, which is said to be the best area for sunset viewing.

    It was an incredible short hike.

    Sabtang island Natawu point
    Natawu Point

    The view is like a 270 view of the east side of Sabtang. Rolling green hills, blue ocean, and the cold breeze — it was definitely a moment to remember.

    We slept with our heart full with awe!

    Day 3 – Camping at Sabtang Shore | Went Back to Basco

    • 5:00 AM – Wake up for morning camping
    • 5:30 AM – Pitch tent
    • 5:45 AM – Swimming and picture taking
    • 8:00 AM – Back to Pananayam Homestay
    • 9:30 AM – Eat breakfast at Pananayan Canteen
    • 11:00 AM – Pananayam Check Out
    • 11:15 AM – Lunch at Pananayan Canteen
    • 12:00 NN – Departure

    Being a deep sleeper, I really still wanna sleep on our last day. But I love to have our morning camping more!

    So we got up at 5:00AM, took our camping gear, and pitched our tent at around 5:30 AM.
    We also thought there’s another group who’s having a morning camo as well because the ates were pitching a yellow tent!

    Sabtang review

    Turned out it was for us. Hehe. They thought we didn’t bring a tent.

    Really nice gesture, Pananayan Homestay! We’d love to go back and have a night camp on the shore!

    Then we decided to take a dip, we were so careful that we don’t slip because it was really rocky. The water was so cold, really! 

    sabtang island
    sabtang island
    sabtang island
    sabtang island
    sabtang lighthouse

    We also explored the shore again and went up to the Sabtang port.

    At around 8AM, we went back to Pananayan Homestay, prepared our things, took a batah and off we bid goodbye to the place.

    Overall, we had a very chill Sabtang Island experience. One that you will never forget that once in your life, you forgot all problems that you left in the metro.

    Batanes Travel Guide Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Where to Stay in Batanes?
    2. What are the usual tours in Batanes?
    3. What and where to eat in Batanes?
    4. Best Batanes Tour Providers
    5. What to do in Batanes?

    Where to Book Sabtang Batanes Tour?

    We highly suggest you book your Sabtang tour with a well-organized, hassle-free tour provider. Tried Batanes DIY before — it was adventures, yes but would like to suggest to have a team who’ll help you maximize your Batanes trip.

    Got ours from the Amazing Batanes Tours! From the name itself, this tour provider is actually amazing! They’ve got cool tour guides — whom I think knows everything! All our questions where answered and we were brought to many awesome places. Check them out!

    Check this blog about them as well at Amazing Batanes Tour Provider Review.

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    Pia Bernaldohttps://piathought.com
    In love with coffee dates, mountains, and beaches. Currently in the season and process of unlearning, relearning, and learning together with God.

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    Comments

    1. I have to admit that I had to google where this place, looks amazing!

      And well done on a super thorough post, I really enjoyed reading it!

    2. Although I haven’t yet visited the Philippines, I am very aware of its reputation as a naturally beautiful country and somewhere I will travel to one day. Sabtang Island is such a beautiful place and I really enjoyed reading of your experience here. You have taken some lovely photos and I can well understand why you nominated Chamantad-Tinyan Cove as your favorite outlook. I do hope I can visit myself soon to be among such a lovely location.

    3. Wow nice, camping sounds fun and thanks a lot for sharing your trip and a detailed itinerary. I would love to visit there some day in the future, especially when the entire coronavirus outbreak is over. – Knycx journeying

    4. The perfect place to go and clear your mind when all this crazyness is over. I need a long stay in a island to be fully prepared to go back to the normal world.

    5. The Batanes coastline looks like those in Fiji, and some part of Australia’s beach. I would love to visit Sabtang soon and explore more of Batanes islands.

    6. I love camping! I was supposed to go camping with my church youth group but then this whole shelter in place crisis happened. Hopefully soon we can do it again.

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