I’m actually hesitant to do the inter island tour to Sabtang because 1) I don’t know how to swim 2) I usually get seasick which might ruin my day and 3) I don’t wanna go face to face with a tsunami while on a boat! But then I wanna make the most of this trip, I’ve gone this far so what the hell!
A week before coming here, I’ve been checking the weather forecast from time to time to finalize our itinerary (OC talaga!). The weather (23C) didn’t disappoint, sunny and windy at the same time. Our guide said the ride will be calm and easy and the waves are just normal. Oh-kay! I’m ready!
It is a 30-45 minutes falowa ride from San Vicente port to Sabtang port. The falowa is like a mini Noah’s ark boat with no balancing beam (katig) designed to just glide with the waves. Imagine riding Anchor’s away but instead of rocking front and back its going side by side. It can ride up to 30 passengers and may include a motorbike and some animals (on our way back, there’s a crying goat!). Between Batan and Sabtang Island is the channel where the Pacific meets the South China sea. This is where the waves is at its fiercest, they say on a bad day its as big as houses! I got a little seasick but that’s mainly becuse its quite a challenge to get out of that boat. Good thing I haven’t had breakfast yet.
So was it worth it? You betcha!!! I’m glad I conquered my fear and rock the boat!
p.s. On our way home we dropped by San Carlos Borromeo Church in the town of Mahatao (which we missed on our trip yesterday). It is one of the 26 churches in the Philippines listed by the the National Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts because of its well preserved architecture.