I have taken a photo of this same spot every time I come to Batanes.
It is, after all, one of my favorite spot in Batanes because of how the road cuts through the low-lying hill leaving a rugged sculpture by the roadside. I also love the reveal at the turn – beautiful seascape, winding road, rugged hillside.
It always makes me sigh with wonder and amazement. Am I being over the top? Probably, but this remains to be a favorite spot in my books.
This is Imnajbu Point; some call it the Alapad Pass. Imnajbu is one of the 2 major settlements of the municipality of Uyugan along the Pacific seaboard. The other one is Itbud.
The land is varied and has rocky hills along the coastline that faces the Pacific
and the interior boasts of grassy hills.
Both settlements is said to have the most intact of stone houses in Batanes.
On our way from Mahatao, we met some bump on the road – landslide from heavy rains in the morning, perhaps even from the night before. It didn’t take long to clear up, just long enough to take photos of the old Loran Station and my favorite spot.
Close to the Alapad pass is Loran Station – a navigation station built by the Americans in the 50s – can be seen from this road. As satellite communications made Loran System redundant, the Americans left in the 70s. In its heyday, locals call it “Little America”.