When asked about the places I have liked the most in my travels, high up there with Africa, my answer would always include Batanes. When I look back at the adventures I had in this northernmost province of the Philippines,
our trek to Torongan cave in Itbayat was a highlight for sure… the state of wonderment, unforgettable.
It was a 20-30 minute hike from a gate to the cave entrance, passing through a forest.
And from this spectacular cave entrance is a relatively easy walk down the large cavern leading to a wall that opens to the sea.
This opening is believed to be the entry point of the Austronesians from Taiwan to the island some 4000 years ago. An excavation done on Torongan cave in 2004 uncovered the oldest artifacts so far found in Batanes.
But it isn’t the cave per se that impressed me. We exited the cave where we entered,
we walked further and found ourselves climbing up some boulders to a rocky pasture land,
The dramatic change in scenery atop the cave was an experience stuck in my memory to this day.
We wandered around in awe.
The view majestic at every turn.
Walking back, we passed through several ancient burial grounds shaped like a boat, albeit hard to discern.
If you have limited time in Itbayat, make Torongan cave your first stop and be awed.