Being located in the middle of two vast seas, Batanes is a province constantly battered by typhoons. Stone houses are built by Ivatan to endure the strong winds and rains during the rainy season. These houses are one of the featured landmarks in Batanes, seen mostly in Savidug and Chanpan in Sabtang.
These century-old structures are present as early as 1600s, all of which are modifications from the native cogon and bamboo houses. Due to the development of modern infrastructure, fewer locals are living in stone houses nowadays. What was left mostly are the remnants of these structures. Hopefully, these structures and the tradition behind it will be preserved by efforts from the tourists and local government.
Caught taking a photo of my absolute favorite view in the whole desert. Thinking back to a few short weeks ago to a world of climbing, exploring and pure bliss with my favorite people in the most breathtaking place. Thanks for the 📸@elainaschaffer #tbt
Dave on living a simpler life.
Don't miss it guys. Enjoy!
“This is the one.” The universe assures me from behind the counter.
“But I thought you said the last one was the one.” I reply.
“No.” Says the universe. “I sold you that one so you would know that this, this is the one.”
“Is there another one?” I ask the universe.
“I can’t tell you.” They reply. “It’d ruin the surprise.”
We caught wind of treasure scattered throughout the submerged limestone caves. With a king tide approaching, we only had a day or two to plan our route and pack.
BTS notes: tag the friend you’d go on a treasure hunt with!