You will amaze when you see the locals there, the Ivatans. They’re wearing a headgear called vakul. It is made from abaca fiber of the vuyavuy (Arecaceae) palm and it protects them from sun and rain. They built their houses from cogon grass, just to protect their house from strong monsoon winds.
Visit Honesty Coffee Shop located in Ivana is a must! As you enter the store, a clear plastic jar is left on the counter for customers to pay for your food and drink you bought and get your own change. How honest the Ivatans are!
Alternate routes to Batanes:
- Take a Manila-Laoag flight via the following airlines: Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Zest Air and Air Philippines. Then take the SkyPasada flight from Laoag to Batanes and vice-versa.
- Or take a 12-hour road trip from Manila to Laoag, then take a direct SkyPasada flight from Laoag to Batanes and vice-versa.
- I found out that Manila-Tuguegarao flight via Cebu Pacific is possible to get a connecting flight to Basco, Batanes! And take Tuguegarao-Basco flight via SkyPasada.
Hope to see you soon, Batanes! I’ll visit you when I get that dream job that I am waiting for so long.