After the Rain

During the World War II, the Ivatans of Batanes dug tunnels under the hills of Tukon to serve as a shelter and lookout post for Japanese soldiers. The Dipnaysupuan, one of the biggest and remaining intact tunnels, is now a popular tourist stop. My group of 19 travelers explored this dark, steep, and slippery tunnel with nothing but our mobile phones as lights.

At the entrance of the Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel in Basco, Batanes

The entrance of the Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel in Basco, Batanes

When I reached the downward elevation of the tunnel, I wanted to back out. I felt that I would eventually get stuck and be unable to crawl out of the tunnel (also known as claustrophobia).

But thanks to the prodding of my new friend Kimi (thank you!), I kept going. As soon as we exited the tunnel, it began to rain. The quick shower gave us view of a double rainbow. We ran towards this double-arced beauty hovering above the hills. It was the closest I had ever been to a rainbow. I stood right under it and could see where both ends of the bow landed—just a few meters away from the hill we were on. The second rainbow was faint.

A double rainbow above the hills of Tukon. Look closely to see the faint second rainbow above the brighter one.

The reward of our tunnel expedition: a double rainbow above the hills of Tukon

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Look closely to see the faint second rainbow above the brighter one.

 

Kate was here.

Kate was here.

“Hurry up before the rainbow disappears!” our tour guide said. He told us that this was a normal sight in Batanes, but for us it was like finding a unicorn. Soon after we took photos, we walked back to our tour van. I looked back to see that the rainbow had disappeared.



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