Batanes is located in the middle of the ocean between the island of Luzon and Taiwan and is the northernmost archipelago of the Philippines. This rugged archipelago is characterized by volcanic forces and strong typhoons. It has left a unique landscape that is perfect for travelers who want to see a different side of the Philippines. In Batanes you will find rolling hills, shiny rock formations, rocky beaches and stone houses that protect people from the storms.
With our guide to Batanes, you can read about the highlights of this tiny group of islands and how to get around the three main islands of Batan, Sabtang and Itbayat.
Batan is the largest and most populous island and, for most travelers, the gateway to Batanes and the place of arrival. The main town is Basco, a charming settlement with just over 8500 inhabitants. Nothing is really going on in this picturesque town, but the picturesque Basco lighthouse is just a kilometer north of the center. You can climb the lighthouse and enjoy the view over the coast and the waves on the rocks. Drive a little further north for a stroll through the Vayang Rolling Hills. The sloping landscapes here are a symbol of the wild province of Batanes. From the vantage point you can see the sea, the grazing cattle on the lush green hills and in the distance the towering cone of Mount Iraya.
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