On the day prior to my departure, I was invited to joined a picnic at Country Nook hosted by youthful Basco Mayor Manuel Viola, again feasting on true Ivatan seafood fare. Country Nook had a couple of magnificent rock formations just offshore. Joining us was Ms. Carol Pobre (of DOT Region II) and Francis “Chico” Domingo, a certified PADI divemaster and A.D.S. instructor. They were to dive deeper portions of Batanes’ marine environment which is rich with marine resources. Batanes is one of the few remaining sites where pink and red corals (Corallum sp.), some of the rarest sea corals in the world, are found. Chico has a vast knowledge of the province’s dive sites.
|Carol and Chico take a dive|
I could only watch in envy as Carol, accompanied by Chico, explored the offshore marine sanctuary’s beautiful underwater scenery and marine life. I was offered and wanted to join them but, according to Chico, diving wasn’t allowed 12 hours prior to my flight (I was leaving 8 AM the next day). Carol was leaving a day after my departure. However, my disappointment was later dispelled by a beautiful Batanes sunset.
|A beautiful Batanes sunset. Carol is in the foreground|
Country Nook: Sitio Vavayat, Brgy. Chanarian, Basco, Batanes