Perhaps the name of the place is quite difficult to pronounce and remember so tourists and tourist guides have given it a nickname. It is now more popularly known as Marlboro Hills of Batanes. Rakuh-A-Payaman is one of my favorite places in Basco and the whole Batanes. I loved the view of the mountains, rolling hills and the sea. I enjoyed watching the grazing cattle and horses on the velvety grass. It was a perfect place for nature lovers and photographers.
Oh, I could really stay there for a long time if not for the smell of animal poop that became more intense as the wind blew.
Nature lovers and photography enthusiasts will definitely love this place!
I have seen pebbles of different sizes and colors in the many beaches I've been to, but I've never seen so many boulders strewn along the beach, as the ones in Valugan Boulder Beach. I was so amazed to see really big boulders on the shore. Our guide explained that the boulders are andesite rocks spewed by Mt. Iraya. The rough rocks were polished over time by the tide movement and bashing of strong waves, thus you can touch the smooth surface of the boulder without scratching your hand.
A trip to Valugan Boulder Beach will give you such sensory delight. Your eyes will feast on the beautiful landscape/seascape with Mt. Iraya as background, and your ears will be treated to a unique "symphony" created by the howling wind, roaring waves and moving rocks. You will enjoy doing rock art, and if you are into photography, you'll surely love the place.
In the same vicinity of Basco Lighthouse are rows of bunkers. Our guide said the place was also the site of the American period telegraph facilities that connected Batanes with the central government. The facilities were bombed by the Japanese Imperial Army at the start of World War II, leaving a few of buildings. Some bunkers have been converted into businesses like a café. However, the Cafe is open only during peak season.