Inaugurated in 2007, the shelter port was built to protect Batan Island’s boats from the area’s mercurial weather. It has since become a popular stop on the South Batan tour. Since many of the South Batan tours are squeezed into half a day, most visitors to the island only see the top view of the port from the road winding along the mountainside. I thought it would be worth checking out the port itself so I took a tricycle from Basco and spent a good part of the afternoon there.
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For some reason, I always referred to the area as “The Secluded Port” when conversing with my friends; when I got to the port proper, I realized just how apt my nickname for it was. The atmosphere inside the port was serene for most of the afternoon, the silence only punctuated by the cries of the swifts and the occasional raptor swooping by overhead. A few people on errands came and went unobtrusively, including one man who was leading a goat up the giant rock that made up the outer wall of the shelter. Around sunset the old fishermen and coast guards started playing worship music, but it didn’t really detract from the serenity of the place. I had a nice conversation with two old fishermen who were busy making lures before going back to my homestay. All in all, a pretty good way to spend a free and lazy afternoon in Batanes. More images: