After over a year of residing in that quaint and laid-back island, I can honestly say that I won’t be easily impressed anymore if I’ll see any other smaller islands in the country.
While writing this blog post, I’m currently preparing to travel to Batanes with my friend. We booked a homestay accommodation in Basco for 7 days but I’m not sure if we will stick with that schedule. I prefer to stay longer.
While I was researching for blog reviews about Batanes and was checking a lot of photos of the place, I can’t help but noticed that the sceneries are moderately similar to what I see there in Pitogo Island. Mounds of green hills, islets here and there, and the open sea.
That photo above was taken at Moto, one of the best parts of Pitogo Island wherein you can take great photos of the hills and the surrounding islets. I’m sure those rolling hills in Batanes are more picturesque and have better landscape but this view from Moto hill is also nostalgic.
I actually feel a bit sad when I hear some people there who complained how boring the island is and that there’s nothing much to see. I would love to share my thoughts with them and show them that their island has the nicest sceneries and they should be proud that they live there.
Below are the top 10 things that I love about Pitogo and I encourage curious backpackers to explore it if they have the time.
1. Going for a Picnic in Moto
It’s nicer to go there when sunset is coming. If you have a DSLR camera, the better. This photo was taken by a point and shot camera only, thus the quality of the image is not that high.
2. Passing by this Farm Going to Tugas
Every time we go to Tugas, I always peek at this little farm by the road. I always see myself living in a farm rearing cattles, pigs, and goats during my golden years. The smell of the the grass and the stink of the manure are like perfume to my lungs. Lols!
3. Commuting to Ubay via Pump-boat
Commuting without noise and air pollution. Less than 5-minute travel from Popoo to Ubay in this small boat. The only main downside is the waiting time. The boat doesn’t go if the passenger count won’t reach 10.
4. The Serene Ambiance in their New Cemetery
Not much to see but I still love this place. Weird, right? I think cemeteries are among the quietest and safest places on earth. This is a serene place wherein you can meditate, ruminate, or sometimes you can also get the worst err the best photo for a jump shot. (:
Yeah, the best jump shot ever. Lol!
5. Biking to Bonbonon
I had so much memories in this side of the island. Fainted a few times and got into an accident once. But, if you are into mountain biking, the trail there is quite challenging. Of course, that’s from a neophyte perspective. (;
6. Paddle Boarding in Aguining
These photos are quite memorable. Aguining is the side of the island wherein the road is very steep and quite dangerous during rainy season. Still, it’s the only place in the island wherein you can find a fish sanctuary, an ideal place to snorkel and go for scuba diving in the nearby islets.
There’s also a beach resort in there wherein you can rent a paddle board and enjoy the rest of the day in the water.
7. Snorkeling in Pong Gamay
Pong Gamay is one of the very few islets that surround Pitogo Island. Though there’s no white sands in there, the clearness of the water would surely convince you to swim despite the very hot weather. Of course, you can also snorkel since schools of fishes are just nearby.
View of Pong Gamay from our pump boat.
8. Chilling at Kabangkalan
One of the biggest downsides in Pitogo Island is it does not have a lot of white sands. Most of the beaches are filled with rocks like that in the photo below. There’s only a small strip of white sands in Pong Dako, the islet which I haven’t checked yet.
Kabangkalan is also located in Aguining area but its road is safer compared to the other Aguining beach I mentioned earlier. It’s ideal for a family weekend getaway.
9. No Pollution and Traffic
Of course, this is the main reason why I love Pitogo Island. It is far away from anything toxic. The air is fresh, the lifestyle is laid back, no noise pollution, no traffic, and most of the people there don’t know me. I always believe that there’s freedom in anonymity. (:
10. Fresh Seafoods
I guess I have to write a separate blog post for this since there are so much to tell about my seafood adventure in Pitogo Island. It was there that I learned to love eating “wood-like seashells” (Wasay-wasay) and “Tuyom” (Sea Urchin), the type of exotic sea foods that I don’t even expect to like. (:
This list is for sure not a complete one. I still have a lot to say, a lot to express, a lot to share. I hope I can find more time to write another long blog post like this one.
Until next time! Namaste!