Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Early Morning at Sabtang Lighthouse

We stayed for 3 nights on my third visit to Sabtang, Batanes. We even used 2 homestays on those 3 nights, 1st is at the Sabtang Lighthouse near the port. It was awesomely located on a promontory and the homestay is literally at the foot of the Lighthouse. Apparently, the lighthouse is on a private land and since the location is very idyllic the landowner decided to utilize this unique location for a homestay. At present there are 3 small cottages there with a few rooms each, me and my buddy stayed with a mother and son team. They were at the room and we at the livingroom, which was fun. There is a common bathroom and a kitchen. We all left to roam around in the morning and we transfered to another homestay in Chavayan on our 2nd and 3rd night. Of course our days seem to be very short to roam around the island.

We were literally forced by the sunrise to come out early and experience its effects on the landscape. Unfortunately, due to the urgency of the moment i was not able to bring with me the better camera in recording the sunrise. So i just have these photos to at least show you a semblance of the truth.

 This promontory is on an almost vertical ridge from the sea level. We explored every nooks and crannies to get most angles of the landscape. 

 To our right is the Sabtang port and the business center, where houses and some government offices are located, together with the school and the church. It actually is a very small community.

 At the lower left are stairway steps to an almost secret cove where visitors can privately swim or have picnic near the water. 

 It is windy and a bit cold to our standards in the tropics. By this time the sun is already up, we just cannot get in yet for breakfast as there still are some subjects to photograph, like ourselves. 

 My travel buddy, unlike me, is not afraid of heights nor depths. She prefers going to scary places. That area she was on is already a very steep vertical ridge, a slip will bring you down to the very sharp rocks below! By the way, that island at the horizon is Batan Island, where the airport is, and concentration of commerce and people are located. 

 It is nice to watch big waves breaking on the boulders. This just looks small because our location on the top gives us an angle that projects shorter sizes. 

 A nicer designed stone cottage is at the back, i surely prefer that cottages here should have been designed like that. However, the cottage at the right is already a modern structure, almost like a temporary makeshift cottage in the area. 

The view to the mountains, where cattles and goats roam freely to graze. 

Again, that is my extreme adventurer travel buddy looking for more difficult areas to explore. Despite my already softening knees, trembling while looking at her location, i still have to get this picture to document what she has been through. I actually don't know how she was able to get there! And with all my summoned courage i immediately press the shutter to be done with and already go to safer grounds. Her passions even made this trip more memorable.

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  1. Incredible sunrise! And I admire the courage of your buddy ... as I have gotten older I have developed a fear of heights!

    1. My fear of depths and heights are already here even when i am young, the courage just diminished with age, hehe

  2. The colors you captured in the first few images are really great. My hubby is like your adventurous friend and make me cringe a lot, but then, he's a little younger than I am.

    1. My travel buddy is a lot younger than I am, but i am not like her at her age! hehe.

  3. That looks like a very interesting area. I like the idea of homestays. A bit like our bed and breakfast scheme.

    1. Oh yes, almost like bed and breakfast although they just provide the bed. Maybe it is closer to Backpackers' Hostels. But in some homestays here we can arrange for breakfasts.

  4. Great post and photos. There is something special about a lighthouse

  5. What an awesome place and wonderful photography!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. Oh wow...way up high like that. I couldn't do that and I am glad she was OK..what a beautiful place to spend some time Andrea...Michelle

  7. What a wonderful experience, Andrea, to stay in a place like this! It reminds me to some extent of a headland where I fell and broke a bone in my arm on the Isle of Skye off the West Coast of Scotland... here. Fortunately your companion has better balance!

  8. Wow, this looks like a pretty exciting place to visit as I like lighthouses... pictures are very well taken!


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