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Batan Island: Your jump-off point to never-ending Batanes Adventure

What is Batan Island known for?

Batan Island Visitors Guide: Everything you need to know about the Island of Batan

It’s Winter season again and while some of you are already starting to create a Christmas wishlist, others are thinking about where to go this holiday season. Why not try visiting Batanes this Winter? For the unfamiliar, Batanes experiences 4 seasons, and its winter starts from December to mid-February. You may not experience a real winter wonderland but just imagine the temperature that can go down to as cool as 7 degrees Celsius.

Mt. Iraya Volcano in Batanes
A landscape view of Mt. Iraya Volcano in Batanes Philippines.

Similar to some European countries, the islands in Batanes are characterized by verdant rolling hills with the addition of beautiful black and white sand beaches dominated by large rock formations. This group of Islands is the Philippines’ northernmost province. Batan Island is the largest island and Basco is the center of commerce since all major modes of transportation, trade, and commerce are located here.

Blow your Horn
Blow your Horn

On my past visits to the island, I was surprised to hear some locals, especially those on the island of Sabtang – listening to Taiwanese radio stations since Taiwan is just 190 kilometers from Taiwan. On the island, every motorist are always required to blow their horn each time they pass by a curve to avoid accident since the roads in Batanes are not that wide.

Old Transistors
Old Transistors

Transportation in Sabtang is dominated by bicycles and scooters which makes the island away from pollution. Jeepneys for rent are abundant in Basco, You can ask anyone if you need help and they are more than willing to assist.

Kids in Chavayan
Kids in Chavayan

Ivatans are polite and peace-loving not to mention they are also honest (check out my Honesty Coffee Shop post). Vacul is uniquely Ivantan, it’s an all-weather headgear made from dried Vuyavuy fiber that is commonly used by farmers to protect them from too much heat and rain as well.

Marlboro Hills Batanes
Marlboro Hills Batanes

If you missed visiting Batanes during summer time, you can also visit Batanes during “Indian Summer” which takes place from September to October. Sabtang Island is a 30-minute boat ride from Radiwan Point at the Ivana Seaport. It is known for its steep mountains and deep canyons that earned its name as the “New Zealand of the Philippines.”

Photographer in Sabtang
Photographer in Sabtang

In Basco, you can visit Basco Cathedral – the island’s oldest church before going to Naidi Hills. Discover Batanes historical past and its culture by visiting a small museum located near Basco cathedral.

That is all for now… more Batanes discoveries in my next post:)

Also Read: Batanes Travel Guide: Explore Breathtaking Batanes (here)

Searching for the best Batanes hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of best Batanes affordable places to stay via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the province.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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