The Philippines is known for its beautiful beaches and islands. It is country blessed with a tropical climate that spells lots of water activities. There is one island though, that offers a different kind of adventure, a place that remains mystical even for local tourists. Welcome to the islands of Batanes!
Batanes is an archipelago province located in the northernmost tip of the Philippines, and is situated between mainland Philippines and Taiwan. It is the smallest province in the Philippines in terms of land area and population. It is composed of ten islands and islets, only three of which are inhabited. It is a hidden jewel untouched by modern trappings mainly because of its distance and weather conditions. The best and fastest way to get to Batanes is by plane. There are a number of domestic carriers that fly to Batanes from Manila.
There is only one hotel in Batanes, and a few inns and homestays. It does not have the luxuries you will find in some of the more popular islands in the Philippines but this is the reason why you must visit Batanes. Its beauty is unpretentious and you will be welcomed by breathtaking hills and majestic mountains. You will be awed by the beauty of its beaches including Valugan Beach which is filled with boulders in different sizes, shapes and colors, and Sabtang Beach where you can enjoy a day without the usual crowd. Because the islands are in the path of typhoons, the houses here are quite extraordinary. You must visit the House of Dakay, the most photographed house and the oldest surviving stone house in the province.
There are so many other sights you must visit including a Japanese tunnel, stone churches, and lighthouses. Consult your travel agent and plan a trip to Batanes. It is so peaceful and serene, you might not want to leave the islands!