We scrambled through rocks, walked through pastureland until we reached a beautiful beach.
As with Y’ami, a shore entry wasn’t possible.
The boat took shelter at one side of the island, hidden by a cove of volcanic rocks; the boat is safe there for the night.
We, on the other hand, had only a tarp to shelter us for the night.
If it rains, we’re doomed. And as thunder rumbled and lightning flashed through the night, deep sleep eluded me.
Siayan Island is about 1km in diameter. It is 164m high and is considered an inactive volcano hence the rocky path to the beach.
Lying about 8 km north-northeast of Itbayat, it is just an hour away from the farthest inhabited island of Batanes.
Itbayat in the distance.
The water can become turbulent however and our guides took precaution and insisted we stay the night in Siayan.
When they said that the island has a water source, I had in my mind a stream tucked away in a forest somewhere. Instead, it is more of a concrete rain catchment built on top of a hill. The water stored there is only for bathing, not for drinking. We took turns rinsing ourselves and I should add that the view on this hill is spectacular. I meant to take a photo but unfortunately never got around to doing so because I don’t normally bring a camera with me when I take a bath, do you? So I keep forgetting.
Dinner and bedtime was early because we were tired from the day’s excitement and there really wasn’t much to do after dark.
Breakfast Feast prepared by our guides.
The walk back after breakfast was another struggle – going down this time.
Definitely not a walk in the park.
A glimpse of our boat from the top.
Back in Paganaman port, we walked up steep steps (with our stuff) to the road where our truck will return for us.
Waiting for our ride. Tired from the journey and the sleepless night.
A grueling trip worth all the experience. Will I do it again? Perhaps not back to Y’ami, but to other unexplored territories, hell yes. As I always say, I’ll do (almost) anything at least once in my life.
12 thoughts on “Siayan”
Magical place. Looks like a tough one, though to be lugging kids along. Hehe!
I would not even consider that!! 🙂
looks very challenging to get there, but i’m sure the views were worth the hassle.
Siayan is actually part of the must-see when in Itbayat.
This looks like something I’d rather do than rafting. What wonderful views!
oh wow, I am officially jealous! what an adventure! i hope to explore batanes someday soon.
Calling by from Our World Tuesday, what a lovely post this is from your part of the world and what an adventure.
Going down is always harder for me than up. Up takes more energy, but down better balance. I’ll take up anytime. – Margy
Me too!!Up is easy. 🙂
thanks for the visit and the comment. I enjoyed browsing through your Philippine travels and partly jealous, I grew up in the eastern part of Visayas and I’ve never been to almost all of the places you’ve been to. 😦 In the meantime I will get contented with a virtual travel through your blog. Thanks for sharing them.