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What Makes Batanes Unique From Other Tourist Destinations?

by nobert soloria bermosa on 22/05/08 at 6:44 am

Let’s find out why Batanes in the Philippines is considered a unique tourist destination.

Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines. It is the smallest province in terms of land area and population. You will surely love this place. It is the best place for nature lover and people who love tranquility and serenity. This is where the Pacific Ocean merges with the South China Sea. Batanes is great for summer vacation, fishing, diving and hiking.

What makes Batanes unique?

One of the most notable facts about Batanes is its claim to a zero crime rate. Violent crime is unheard of on the islands and even petty theft is a rare occurrence. Visitors who misplaced or lost personal items are told to visit the local radio station in Batanes so that an island-wide bulletin can be aired. Locals who have found items are also likely to drop them off at the station.

Batanes’ Honesty Coffee Shop, believe it or not, there is no one minding the store. Instead, a clear plastic jar is left on the counter for customers to pay for their snacks and get their own change. It works under the honesty system. Softdrinks, instant coffee, candies, biscuits, noodles, chips and other snacks are available. This is one of the many things that make Batanes a unique place to visit.

Here are some other things that make Batanes unique among other tourist destinations in the world;

Batanes is a special place. Isolated from the rest of the country, it has evolved into a truly unique destination – unlike any other island in the Philippine archipelago. Batanes is absolutely pollution-free. No traffic jams. All you can see are beauty of nature.

Unique architecture of Ivatan houses made of thick lime and stone walls with cogon grass roof has made it a favorite attraction to visitors. They were built this way to endure typhoons that frequently hit the area.

Batanes is made up mostly of hills and mountains. Lush greenery tapers off to give way to stretches of sandy beaches and rocky shorelines.

Batanes is suitable to hardy, outdoor types who enjoy hiking over hills and vales, swimming and discovering a unique local culture, rather than indulging in material pleasures.

The people are different – a brave and skillful race of hardy, inscrutable survivors. They are notable for their honesty, industry and hospitability.

The topography coupled with its constant rainfall and strong winds have created a destination that is truly one-of-a-kind. The weather is different. In fact, the weather is the king.

The boats, the language, the crafts, and the wine (called palek-from sugarcane) – they are all different.

Aside from the festive town fiestas, free and natural beaches, trekking adventures, bird watching in October or fishing in summer, there are a lot of other local attractions worth visiting such as:

The undisturbed and unspoiled Sabtang Island, with its sandy beaches and rugged country trails make it a secret paradise.

Historic Churches in every town which were over 200 years old made of massive mixture of lime and stone.

Radar tukon in Basco rests on the hilltop overlooking a 360 degree view of the cliffs, hills and the seas around the island.

And the Interior road, a trail of unending countryside panoramic views, rock formations and rolling terrain

Other places of interest in Batanes include; House of Dakay (1887) a UNESCO heritage building; Mt. Iraya – A 1008-meter mountain on Batan Island; Mahatao View Deck; Burial Caves – Pre-historic burial caves in the town of Itbayat; Sumhao Wind Power Plant; Nakaboang Beach, Ark & Cave; Songsong Ruins; Beaches – Chadpidan Beach, White Beach; and Payaman – known as “Marlboro Country”, a pasture overlooking farm fields & the Pacific Ocean.

The best time to visit Batanes is from February to July.

For more tourist destinations in the Philippines see

11 Reasons Why You Have To Go To The Hundred Islands

 The Top Five Island Tourist destinations in the Philippines

Top Eight Best Diving spots in the Philippines

Ifugao Rice Terraces: The 8th Wonder of the World

Best Island Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

Best Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

The Top Six Most Popular caves in the Philippines

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

Baguio City: A City in the Sky

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Unofre Pili

May 22nd, 2008

I wish I could visit this beautiful and serene place.


May 22nd, 2008

great article Nobert, i love the pictures, looks like paradise,
thank you for sharing.


May 22nd, 2008

good article buddy, keep it up, thanx for sharing.


May 22nd, 2008

I’m so glad that you are sharing about our country.Keep on,you’re doing a great job.


May 22nd, 2008

keep it up


May 22nd, 2008

Always bringing wonderful info!

quiet voice

May 22nd, 2008

..Hi, thanks for this beautiful
piece. This is a place I never even
heard of. Lovely pictures.

william rodriguez II

May 22nd, 2008

Great article bro, you’re such a good writer!

Judy Sheldon

May 22nd, 2008

Breathtaking scenery. Makes me wish I had the money to visit. lol
I got to visit for a minute – thanks.


May 22nd, 2008

AWESOME PLACE! i intend to visit the place next summer, summer 2009. yet, my travel buddies seem hesistant to go with me because they find the place less appealing. I hope i can have a travel buddy who would love to see the place. well, maybe your article could help me convince them to think otherwise.

I hope you can recommend good deals for travelling batanes, my buddies are hesistant because it is quite expensive going to batanes than to other destination abroad, is that true?

nobert soloria bermosa

May 23rd, 2008

thanks a lot to all of you guys,

hi Imma,going to batanes is one of the cheapestfor accomodation it would only range from 500 to 1500 pesos,and you 1000 pesos there could go a long long way,the beaches are free alo. thanks


May 24th, 2008

Enriching info po Sir.. One of these days, I would like to visit the place, too. : – P

Rhodora Bande

May 26th, 2008

Batanes has always been mysterious to me. That’s the reason why I’d love to visit the place before I retire. Pero napakalayo naman from Leyte. As of now, I’ll just content myself looking at the photos you shared. I’m glad to hear that the famous coffee shop is still there.

Lucy Lockett

May 27th, 2008

Thanks for sharing your part of the world with us, it looks beautiful!


Jun 1st, 2008

i like it!! by just reading this article i fell in love w/ Batanes, the place and the people.its a dream place for me but i know i cant stay there..its a must see island in Phil.


Jul 19th, 2008

I hope sometimes i could visit those great and beautiful places….


Jul 28th, 2008

I was born in one of the Batanes Islands called Itbayat. And now I’m living a thousand miles away, and been to a lot of different places, but there has never been a single place that I love the most than my hometown. If you are a nature lover, Batanes is the best place to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Aug 6th, 2008

mahal ko si iris paraino


Nov 3rd, 2008

i saw batanes only in tv the place was so beautiful i wish i can stay there…i like beaches…..i hopei will settled down in batanes i really amaze the beauty of this place


Feb 27th, 2009

Great Article and photos thanks for sharing your experiences. Im based down in Cebu which is the complete opposite location wise aswell as crime etc..

maria rosario and ma. rosario

Mar 3rd, 2009

See you on april 5, 2009 Batanes!

jayson arcillas

Apr 1st, 2009

heaven.. no words can describe how beautiful batanes is.


May 13th, 2009

i’ve never been in batanes but i hope this year i can visit this mysterious island. hahaha…. just dropping by..

Douglas Rutherford

May 13th, 2009

I was married in Batanes , in Mahatao to my beautiful wife who is from Itbayat and went to school in Basco. Batanes is the most beautiful place on earth and the Ivatan people are one of a kind…honest, friendly, hardworking and proud…I am blessed to be welcomed there. I am also a scuba diver and it is the most amazing place to dive. Chico and Rory Domingo run the local dive company called DiveBatanes ….great hosts and good gear. Chico can be contacted at http://www.divebatanes.com

vivian amarillo

Jul 17th, 2009

i am a product of Batanes and i am proud to say that Batanes is the only place wher i can totally define the real essence of PARADISE!!!! see you all at MAY 2010 after my grad!to my fellow IVATANS i really miss your SMILES!!! i love my hometown!!!


Jul 30th, 2009

Fascinating place.

carlos villafuerte

Aug 29th, 2009

i wish my family can visit this remarkable place someday!
hopefully, there will be more flights to batanes….


Sep 8th, 2009

nice shots!!!!
i love my hometown,,,… pls. do come en visit batanes. ur ol welcome,,,


Sep 19th, 2009

we just came back from our Ilocos trip and i’ve been more inlove with the North! this will be our next destination definitely!


Jan 9th, 2010

i have plans of going to batanes through a country side trip from manila-ilocos-batanes-ilocos-pagudpud-cagayan. Ill have a sea trip going to batanes (12 hrs) then stay there for 3 days and off again to the mainland to have some time in the northern philippines. Im a backpacker, mahilig sa “bahala” na trips and always on a lookout for adventures. leave a message for me if interested. thanks.


Feb 25th, 2010

Would be good if there is another airline operating to and from Manila/Basco. Ths way the fare will be competitive.

Many folks from the rest of the country wants to visit but airline fare is just way too much and seems to get worse,

dana limbaga

Apr 27th, 2010

to deo im also a mahilig sa \’\'Bahala\’\’ na lalo na pg sa travelling.i love to see the other places.the diffirent kind of people thier tradition,culture,and the way they live,


Apr 7th, 2011

What a nice experience booking a trip to Batanes. It is a place of where lovers united an place dto relaxed .Visit the beaches it’s totally amazing. If you want to visit different tourist attraction at Batanes you may ask help to a person who knows this place. Mostly learn their culture and language.

vadge nakar

Feb 12th, 2012

ang ganda ng batanes…..beautiful place..on
. malayo pa sa polusyon

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