Batanes is an archipelagic Province made up of 10 islands and 3 among them are inhabited. Smallest in population and smallest in land area, the Batanes will transport you to a different world full of simple pleasures and raw nature.
With it's Beauty it was dubbed as the Jurassic Park of the Pacific.
Batanes is an archipelagic province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley region. It is the northernmost province in the country, and also the smallest, both in population and land area. Its capital is Basco located on the island of Batan.
Today, nearly half of the land in the Batanes is made up of luscious green mountains and sprawling hills. Only three of these specks are permanently inhabited: the main island, Batan; tradition-rich Sabtang; and remote Itbayat.
Island landscapes alternate between greenery-clad extinct volcanoes, rugged cliffs, rolling hills, verdant pastureland and turquoise-wave-fringed white slivers of beach.
The Batanes Islands are almost as close to Taiwan as they are to Luzon with Taiwanese radio stations only a knob-turn away.
Its 10 tiny islands are in common possession of craggy cliffs pummelled at the feet by angry waves, emerald hills perfectly manicured by a legion of cows, and boxy, cobblestone-walled houses topped by cogon-thatched roofs.
Batanes is an overwhelming combination of majestic, imposing landscapes and quaint lifestyles. The cliffs are larger than life, the hills seem to roll on forever; the houses tend to be small and the Ivatans — the natives of Batanes — are a close-knit, (mostly) friendly bunch. The beaches, lagoons, caves, and islands will leave you speechless.
San Joaquin, Basco, Batanes, Philippines
Getting to Batanes by air
Most tourists tour the island of Batan by renting private vans that costs P2,000 to P3,000 per day (inclusive of driver and/or tour guide), this is best for group of at least eight people to lower the cost.
If you are a budget traveler or a solo adventurer and you prefer to tour Batan Island on your own, you may hire a tricycle for only P200/hour (good for two passengers), hire a bicycle for P300/day for a Japanese Bike and P500/day for a reliable mountain bike.