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Batanes, Philippines

Batanes, Philippines. (Photo courtesy Ryan Lara Cardona, Batanes Cultural Travel Agency).

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Batanes Islands

The Batanes island group is the smallest province in the Philippines in terms of population and land area, consisting of ten tiny islands of which only the islands of Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat are inhabited.

The people who inhabit these islands are called Ivatans who descended from Austronesians who migrated to the Batanes Islands 4000 years ago.

Batanes, Philippines

Light House, Batanes, Philippines.

Cattle on Batanes, Philippines

Cattle on Batanes, Philippines

Batanes beach, Philippines

Batanes beach

Boat moored at Batanes, Philippines

Boat moored at Batanes

Landscape & Climate of Batanes

The landscape of Batanes is quite distinct from other Philippine provinces due to the steep cliffs, rolling hills, deep canyons and boulder-lined shores. These natural characteristics make Batanes a very exciting place to visit, and a place to be at one with nature.

Compared to the rest of the country, the Batanes weather is rather pleasant - it has an almost temperate climate from December to February, and it enjoys practically four seasons, the best one being summer which is from March to June.

Undoubtedly, the wind swept islands of Batanes are as beautiful as they are enchanting, and quite unlike any other in the Philippines. Due to its terrain, it is a major livestock producer with cattle, carabaos and goats the most popular raised. Another major industry for the area is fishing, which reaches its peak during the summer months of March to June, when the sea is relatively calm.

Despite its reputation as a backward region, Batanes now has modern conveniences like mobile phones, electricity, and cable television, although it has comparatively little motor transport.

Enjoy a Batanes Vacation

There are numerous activities that await intrepid visitors to the islands of Batanes. They can swim at any one of its magnificent beaches, visit authentic fishing villages, explore historic churches and lighthouses, enjoy island hopping, and most importantly, simply take it easy, unwind, and be at one with nature!

The people, the place, and the surroundings of Batanes are enough to make any visitor appreciate the joy of trouble, and stress-free living.

Batanes - a World Heritage Island Group

Batanes is a unique island group nominated by UNESCO Paris as a World Heritage site. It is a place where traditions are well preserved.

The local government of Batanes aims to promote the cultural heritage of Batanes, and is working with various agencies to help promote Batanes into becoming one of the prime destinations in the Philippines. The Department of Tourism has Batanes listed as an emerging destination and a prime ecotourism zone.

Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge

For an unforgettable stay in Batanes, choose the Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge. Once owned by internationally acclaimed artist, Pacita Abad, this hotel is positioned on a verdant hill with scenic views of the rolling hills and seascape. With an Ivatan style throughout, the ambiance is artistic, relaxing, and homely.

Explore the Batanes Islands - 4 Day Package

DAY 1 - Batan North Tour

• Basco arrival - 9:00 AM • Hotel Check-In • Breakfast and orientation

12:00PM • Lunch

1:00 PM • Mt. Carmel Chapel, Radar Tukon, Idjang Viewing, Fundacion Pacita • Idjang Viewing • Japanese Hideout • Boulder Beach Valugan • Vayang • Naidi Hills, Lighthouse • Sto. Domingo Church

7:00 PM • Dinner

DAY 2 - Sabtang Island Tour

6:00 AM • Early breakfast

6:30 AM • Travel to San Vicente Port • Sabtang Town Tour • San Vicenter Ferer Church • Savidug Community • Savidug Idjang (Fortress) • Vernacular Houses, Limestone production • Tinyan Viewing of Pacific Ocean • Chavayan Community Vernacular Houses

12:00 PM • Lunch

2:00 PM • Nakabuang Beach • Siesta • Swimming • Back to Sabtang Port (Travel back to San Vicente Port) • Back to hotel

7:00 PM • Dinner

DAY 3 - Batan South Tour

7:00 AM • Breakfast • Mahatao Town Tour • Chawa Viewdeck, Mahatao Pier, Vernacular Houses • San Jose Borromeo Church • Diura, Fountain of Youth (Hike) • Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)

12:00PM • Lunch

1:00 PM • Imnajbu, Old Naval Base, Alapad • Song Song Ruins (Batanes Movie, House Scene) • Uyugan Town Tour • Ivana Town Tour • San Jose de Ivana Church • Honesty Coffee Shop • Oldest House

7:00 PM • Dinner

DAY 4 - Departure

6:00 AM • Breakfast • Departure to Manila.

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