Stomachs bursting with a very filling lunch, we resumed our tour towards the other side of Sabtang to visit the towns of Sumnanga and Nakanmuan. For this, we had to enter Baranggay Malakdang (one of the twin baranggays that compose Centro). The first stop was the nearby Nakabuang Beach. This was a white sand beach that is famous for a natural rock formation which resembles a 15-foot high arch.
Most blogs are near-unanimous in referring to Chavayan as the town that is closest to what the old Ivatan culture was like before the onslaught of modernity hit Batanes. Even the province’s official website recommends staying overnight in this old village to complete one’s Batanes experience. It is on the strength of this recommendation that I initially wanted to find lodgings here for the night.