When thinking about Picturesque landscapes and jaw dropping scenery here in the Philippines, there is only one thing that comes to mind, Batanes. It is an archipelago province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region. It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area. The airport is located in Basco at the island of Batan (one of the largest island, the other two are Sabtang and Itbayat).
Travel time from Manila to Batanes is approximately One and a half hour.
As expected, the scenery is perfect, everywhere we went, its like traveling back in time, the community there was so simple, people were so hospitable. There were cellphone signal but no data, yes, no data meaning internet is very scarce. I had to pay 120 pesos(hotel) for 120mb of internet, and i think i consumed all 120mb in an hour LOL.
We stayed for 3 days, Fist day we had an island tour (both North and South) in Batan island , second day, we went to the “spring of youth”which was a 45 minute hike. We also went to Fundacion Pacita, it a hotel on top of the hill, really nice place, and the food was good too.
I brought my drone with me hoping i could get some nice aerial shots, but the wind was just too strong, i thought it was too risky so drone flying was scrapped off my list . I’ve wanted to take some long exposures in some of the beaches and also some sunset/sunrise shots but transportation had to be arranged,so the plan didn’t push though . The trip was one for the books, and will always be on the top 5 list of my favorite places i have been to.