Every so often, people ask me of the most beautiful place that I have ever been in the Philippines and I always respond without batting an eyelash, BATANES !
A trip to Batanes was yet another dream come true. It was a dream because of all the 7, 107 islands in the Philippines, Batanes is perhaps the farthest yet most amazing destination.
This is the view from my guest room window; to wake up in a stunning view like this is something to look forward to everyday.
The shorelines of Batanes is one of the country’s most versatile. It showcases a splendid line up of smooth, rough, rugged and very rocky beach fronts.
Batanes is the northernmost part of the Philippines, it is also the smallest both in population and in land area.
The rolling hills provide a splendid view of the sea, the coast and the lighthouse.
On a clear day, a tour around the island can take about a day, but with a place like this, you would wish that the day never ends.
One of the unique features of the islands are its rolling hills. This stunning view can be seen from the Philippine weather station. The tall grasses you can see are used as land partitions by farm owners.
The best way to see the islands is to dilly dally, enjoy and savor each passing moment, simply speaking just let the day pass and do not rush.
Mt. Iraya, a dormant volcano is a majestic feature in the landscapes of Batanes. Standing in this place is a fierce battle against the strong winds coming from all directions.
Batanes is a gateway to typhoons that visit the archipelago without fail every year.
This tree can be found on top of what the locals call as the “Marlboro Country” has undeniably succumb but survived strong winds and visiting typhoons. It is also a perfect shade from the heat of the sun.
The rolling hills of Batanes offers a majestic vista of the island, the nearby Mt. Iraya and the oceans.
Batanes is also home to many lighthouses that played a vital role to early and modern sea navigation in this part of the country.
The rolling hills of Batanes is a graze land to many of the farmer’s cattle.
At one side while on top of the rolling hills you will see rugged shorelines, this one on the other hand is a picturesque view of a smooth beach front.
Rough beach facing the South China Sea
Batanes is not only a gateway for typhoons, it has also been shaken by strong earthquakes. This beach front where this typical Ivatan stone house once stood have been inundated and ruined by a massive tsunami.
Beach front with ‘touches’ of man
The weather is quite unpredictable here in Batanes; but whether its bright or dark just like this one, it is still a marvelous sight.
A ‘casa’ perched on top of the hill made out of Ivatan stones is also a hotel.
After a whole day of sight-seeing and marveling at the beautiful landscapes of Batanes, I wished it never ended. But like how they say it, all good things must come to an end.
Consider Batanes as your next possible destination, and believe me its all going to be worth it!
The best time to visit Batanes is during the Philippine summer months (March to May). You may enjoy a winter climate from December to February while it is safe to travel and the skies are mostly clear from March to April. Plan your next trip to Batanes and see the ultimate marvels of nature in this tiny island North of the Philippines. I know I did !