Provinces

Batanes Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Batanes is an archipelagic province in the Philippines situated in the Cagayan Valley Region. Its capital is Basco, Batanes is one of the most beautiful provinces in the Philippines. It is also known as the “Home of the Winds”. Batanes is the northernmost and the smallest province in the country. It encompasses ten chief islands and three of it are occupied.

LOCATION

Batanes

Coordinates: 20°35′N 121°54′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Batanes
Location:
20°35′N 121°54′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1783 or 1909
Capital:
Basco
Area:
219.01 km2 (84.56 sq mi)
Population:
18,900
Density:
79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
2
Cities & Towns:
None
Demonym(s):
Ivatan
Elevation:
1,009 m (3,310 ft) [Mount Iraya]
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
3900–3905
Area code:
+63 (074)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Fifth Class
Religion(s):
94% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Ivatan, Itbayaten, Isamurongen, locano, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Naidi Hills
Major Industries:
Agriculture, fishery, and tourism
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
March to June, December to February
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Basco Airport | Itbayat Airport
Seaport(s):
Basco Seaport | Ivana Seaport
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is a tropical climate. The average yearly temperature is 26.0 °C (78.8 °F), and the average monthly temperature ranges from 22.0 °C (71.6 °F) in January to 28.5 °C (83.3 °F) in July, similar to that of Southern Taiwan. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year; the rainiest month is August while the driest month is April. November to February are the coldest months.

Summer in Batanes (March-June) is a good time to visit Batanes since there are minimal rains and it’s sunny in Batanes most of the time. But if you wish to experience winter in Batanes, you may schedule your trip from December to February when the weather in Batanes is very cold.

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirts, and sandals.

Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and when boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Batanes Province Map

The Batanes province is divided into 6 Municipalities:

  • Basco
  • Itbayat
  • Ivana
  • Mahatao
  • Sabtang
  • Uyugan
 

ISLANDS

There are 10 islands in Batanes:

  • Batan
  • Dequey
  • Diogo
  • Ditarem
  • Itbayat
  • Ivuhos
  • Mavulis
  • Misanga
  • Sabtang
  • Siayan
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Batanes province: 

  • Abad Street
  • Alapad Hills & Rock Formation
  • Basco Lighthouse
  • Chanarian View Deck
  • Chavayan Village
  • Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel
  • Homoron White Beach
  • House of Dakay
  • Mahatao Port and Boat Shelter
  • Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse
  • Marlboro Hills
  • Morong Beach
  • Mount Karoboboan
  • Mount Matarem
  • Mt Iraya
  • Naidi Hills
  • Nakabuang Arch
  • Racuh-A-Idi- Spring of Wellness
  • Sabtang Beach
  • Sabtang Lighthouse
  • San Antonio De Florencia Church
  • San Jose de Obrero Church
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel
  • Savidug Stone Houses
  • St Dominic de Guzman Cathedral
  • Sta Rosa de Lima Chapel
  • Tukon Church
  • Turungan Cave
  • Valugan Beach
  • Vayang Rolling Hills
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Batanes throughout the year:

  • Kulay Festival (2nd week of April) – Basco
  • Palu-palo Festival (1st week of August) – Basco
  • Payuhuan Festival (June) – Basco
  • Vakul-Kanayi Festival (last week of April) – Sabtang

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Batanes province.

Where in the Philippines is Batanes located?
Batanes is located in the northernmost section of the country in Luzon.

Is Batanes a city or province?
Batanes is a province.

What is the Capital of Batanes?
The capital of Batanes is Basco.

What is Batanes famous for?
Batanes is famous stone houses, scenic views and Naidi Hills.

How do I get to Batanes?
There are only a few ways to get to Batanes, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane | 1.5 hours | $70-$200
  • You can fly to an alternate airport, however the cost will be approximately the same, but travel time will be longer.

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How many islands are in Batanes?
There are 10 islands in the province of Batanes.

Is Batanes safe?
Batanes is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Batanes is considered tropical but is cooler compared to other provinces in the country.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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