“Land of the True Insulars”

    
The island-province of Batanes was created by a series of volcanic activities and other geologic forces millions of years ago.
    The province is home to the famous Ivatans who are nationally acclaimed as the "True Insulares." The Ivatans are of Malay stock, tracing their roots to early immigrants from Formosa, Taiwan as well as Spaniards who came to the island in the 16th century. Being an insular people, the Ivatans have kept the purity of their gene pool through time.
Batanes lies at the northernmost tip of the Philippines, where the Pacific Ocean merges with the South China Sea. It is composed of three major islands, namely: Batan which contains the capital town of Basco, Sabtang, and Itbayat. Close by are seven islets including Amianan, which is the closest to Formosa. Thus, Batanes has been identified as the country's potential gateway to East China.

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GETTING THERE

By Air: The only way to get to Batanes is by air. Batanes is served by CHEMTRAD, an air charter service. CHEMTRAD flies to Basco airline depending on charters. PAL Express are also offering trips to Batanes on a daily basis.

 

GETTING AROUND

The most common mode of transportation in Batanes would be bicycles and motorcycles. Then going from one town to another would require taking jeepneys or through motorized boats.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Ivatan
  • Ichbayaten
  • Ilocano

 

MUST SEES!

  • House of Dakay (1887) a UNESCO heritage building.
  • Lighthouses of Batanes
  • St. Dominic de Guzman Parish Cathedral
  • Mt. Iraya – A 1008-meter mountain on Batan Island.
  • Mahatao View Deck
  • Torongan/Burial Caves – Pre-historic burial caves in the town of Itbayat.
  • Sumhao Wind Power Plant
  • Tukon Church
  • Nakaboang Beach, Ark & Cave
  • Songsong Ruins
  • Beaches – Chadpidan Beach, White Beach and more.
  • Rakuh-A-Payaman– known as “Marlboro Country”, a pasture overlooking farm fields & the Pacific Ocean
LET’S GO TRY
  • Uvud Balls (Minced banana pith cooked with fish flakes and minced pork )
  • Tugi (Yam)
  • Seaweed Soup
  • Lumpiang Dibang (Lumpia made of Dibang/Flying Fish)
  • Hapa (Ivatan Style Laing)
  • Miniovaheng (Sugarcane wine)

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Explore old stone Ivatan houses that are believed to withstand the water and the wind.
  • Try fishing in the deep or shallow, near the shore, or far in the middle of the sea of Batanes, catch different kinds of fish using a rod or a net.
  • Try the Vakul! (A headgear used to protect the Ivatans from rain, wind and sun)

 

LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Payuhwan Festival: Batanes Day (held every June 21 to 26 - Anniversary celebration of the establishment of the civil government of Batanes)
  • Palo-Palo Festival (held every August 4 to 5 - cultural presentation of the different municipalities of Batanes, showcasing their ethnic group”s rugged yet storied existence.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Batanes is the smallest province in the country in terms of population and land area.
  • It is composed of 10 main islands of which 3 are inhabited. These are the islands of Batan, Itbayat and Sabtang.
  • The people of Batanes are called the Ivatans. 

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Depending on which weather you are after, Batanes is a good year round destination, save for the stormy months of July – September. The weather is cool, with the coldest months around December to February when the temperatures drop down to as low as 7C-10C. During the summer months from March to June, the seas are calmer, and trips to other islands are easier.


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