batanes-house-of-dakayThe House of Dakay is the oldest house that has been living on for so many years. It is situated in the small town of San Jose de Ivana in Batan Island, Batanes. This traditional structure is considered as a heritage treasure of Batanes. This particular stone structure cannot be found anywhere else in the Philippines. It is designed to be firm, providing shelter that will last from storm and strong winds in the island which is located along the typhoon belt.
The walls of the house are very thick and made up of stone and lime. The roofs are made in cogon grass about 1/3 of a meter thick. It is called Vahay ni Dakay in Ivatan, after the family who originally owned it. The House of Dakay is recognized as a world heritage building by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization or simply known as UNESCO.
house-of-dakayHow to Get There
By Sea

The Batanes Multipurpose Cooperative now carries the MV Ivatan Princess which runs the Currimao, Ilocos Norte – Basco, Batanes route. It leaves Ilocos Norte at 8pm on Wednesdays and Sundays and arrives in Basco at 4pm the next day. From Basco, it leaves at 3pm on Tuesdays and10 pm on Fridays. The fare is PhP1, 200 and the travel time is about 18 hours.



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