I have to give credit to Kuya Romy, my dutiful guide, for making sure I don’t miss out on the beautiful sunsets in Batanes. I would’ve been perfectly happy spending late afternoons sleeping or having a beer because I’m lazy like that but he always insists that we go someplace with a great view of the sunset.
Vayang Rolling Hills
I saw a Batanes sunset for the first time in Vayang rolling hills. What I enjoyed more, however, was lying on the grass and taking a nap while waiting for sundown. I got to sleep and take sunset photos; it was a win-win.
Chanarian View Deck
This here was a literal sunset chase. We were coming from Diura fishing village and Kuya Romy was worried that we might not be able to catch the sunset. So he revved up his motorcycle and we rode at top speed to get to the view deck in time. While hanging on for dear life, I wondered what I would tell my mother if I end up with a broken neck because of this. I’m not sure she’d agree that taking sunset photos is good enough of a reason.
Mt. Karoboban, Itbayat
I got to watch the sunset in Itbayat on Mt. Karoboban, the island’s highest point. We drove up the mountain with a broken clutch due to a minor accident earlier that day, which just shows our unwavering commitment to chasing sunsets.
Kuya Romy’s trusty motorcycle. It has served us well, broken clutch and all.