Batanes Province, Philippines is a group of ten islands in the northernmost part of the Philippines. It is reached by a 40 min plane from Manila or shorter from Laoag, Ilocos Norte. It is already near the southernmost tip of Taiwan. Wide bodies of water circle these islands, the North is Bashi Channel and Balintang Channel, where the Pacific Ocean merges with China Sea. It is also famous for frequent typhoon visits, that its old famous stone houses have meter-thick walls to withstand gusty winds. One of the most beautiful characteristics of Batanes is its zero rate of crime, the people are helpful and old traditions are still intact. Moreover, the climate is subtropical unlike the hotter temperatures in mainland Luzon.
Not many Filipinos have reached Batanes because only one airline goes there, making expenses a bit costly. Only determined tourists, travelers and nature photographers really take time to visit these islands, as it really is a haven for photographers. Being in the typhoon belt, visitors must be prepared to stay longer when an unexpected typhoon arrived. The main island is Batan, where the airport and commercial district is located. Going to other inhabited islands like Sabtang or Itbayat takes 40 min to 4 hours, respectively. Due to climate change, they say typhoons are not anymore that frequent in Batanes.
West side of Basco, the capital of Batanes
Valugan Beach facing Pacific Ocean
View from Fundacion Pacita and Abad residence
grazing grounds for cattle
The House of Dakay, UNESCO heritage building, in Ivana town is the oldest stone house being built of lime and stones in 1887. It survived an earthquake in 1918 which leveled off most structures in the area.
Fundacion Pacita at the promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean
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