Basco Jaunts: Quaint Little Café in Naidi Hills

Heard one of the bunkers in Naidi Hills is now a café.  Open only after office hours because the owners have day jobs.  So I noted to self: to have dinner there tonight.

Naidi Hills used to just be a nice spot to chill and to watch the sunset, nothing there really except for the old bunkers.

These bunkers, forever a fixture and leaves much to be desired, sits atop stunning rolling hills with equally stunning views of the town, Mt. Iraya and the bay.

They couldn’t have picked a better site for the café, finally making good use of the old bunkers.

When I returned in 2007, a 6-storey lighthouse with a viewing deck on the 5th level was a new addition to the vicinity, adding to the Naidi Hills charm.

Built next to it is an Ivatan inspired house that was a guesthouse then, a souvenir shop now.  Guess the guesthouse didn’t pan out so well.

Rows of flowers grown near the house brightens up the already pretty site.
Mt. Iraya peeking out of the clouds as seen from the plaza.

Just a short hike from the town plaza, we walked to dinner passing Sto. Domingo de Basco Church along the way.

Established in 1783, making it the oldest church in Batanes, and perhaps one of the oldest in the Philippines.

Having had our share of coconut crabs in Itbayat already, lobsters were next on our list.

Kinilaw na isda (fish cooked in vinegar), a pako (fiddlehead fern) dish, and inihaw na baboy (grilled pork) complemented the sweet lobsters, steamed to perfection.

When evening came, the mood changed.  The spotlights puts focus on the dinner tables outside and the lighthouse dramatically provides the backdrop, bringing al fresco dining into a whole new level.

Setting ambience aside, Bunker Café is a delight in the food department.  Put pack ambience and the café is definitely a winner.

A must visit when in Batanes.

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8 Responses to Basco Jaunts: Quaint Little Café in Naidi Hills

  1. Andrea says:

    We have seen it full of people, but i think that time an early reservation is a must, as the place is small. Maybe all those bunkers need to be used altogether depending on the reserving customer numbers. lovely photos too, oh how i miss Batanes.

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  2. ewok1993 says:

    how could a guesthouse not flourish there? with sweeping views like that?

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    • Jenn says:

      I know, right? My guess is that it was not marketed well or perhaps it’s away from town and pretty isolated at night. i would have loved to stay there, even for just a night.

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  3. Luna Miranda says:

    were the bunkers built during WW II? the view from the bunker is breathtaking–i’ll have cups of coffee here until the sun goes down.:p the zinnias, the church are beautiful. and the food–what a feast! i loveeeeee pako salad…kinilaw…YUM! drooling here!*LOL*

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    • Jenn says:

      Yes Luna, the bunkers were from WW II. Cups of coffee or bottles of beer!!! If you find your way there, do spend time in here — food is really good.

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  4. Bryan says:

    Sounds like a great space. I love little places like that. And your pictures are beautiful.

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