Sabtang, Batanes

Sabtang is a municipality in Batanes province. It is located in the island with the same name as the town – Sabtang.

Tourist attractions and landmarks

  • Morong Beach and Nakabuang Stone Arch – its beach cover consists of fine sand, not rocky and broken coral-filled sand in most Batanes coasts. The waves here are also more gentle. In the area is what is believed to be the most photographed spot in Sabtang Island – the Nakabuang Ark – which is a very charming rock formation.
  • Ancient idjangs – scattered around the island of Sabtang are the pre-Spanish era fortresses called “idjangs” within which the tribes headed by chieftains were protected from invaders. These were discontinued by the Spanish authorities who forced the inhabitants to live in towns or villages in the lowland areas for better control by the Spanish government.
  • Chamantad-Tinah Stopover – an elevated spot where tourists are treated to a view of the town’s rolling hills, cliffs, and coastline of Sabtang being rammed by the giant waves.
  • Barrio Chavayan – a traditional fishing village said to be the most well-preserved Batanes of Ivatan village. Old Stone houses with thatched roofs line the narrow streets and because it is surrounded by mountains besides being inside a cove, there is no cellphone signal in the area. It therefore offers a taste of how it is to live during the olden times – no modern amenities and all is quiet and natural. This is also one of the major places where the traditional headgear of Ivatan women called “vakul” are made.

* For more information about Sabtang, check its PhilAtlas profile.
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