Provinces

Isabela Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Isabela is the largest province on the island of Luzon in land area. Its capital is the city of Ilagan. The Province of Isabela is also known as ‘The Queen Province of the North’, ‘Top Corn Producer of the Philippines’ and ‘Rice Bowl of the North’. ​It is also known as one of the premier province in the north and most progressive in the country.

LOCATION

Isabela

Coordinates: 14°16′N 120°52′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Isabela
Location:
17°N 122°E | View Map
Year Founded:
1856
Capital:
Ilagan
Area:
12,414.93 km2 (4,793.43 sq mi)
Population:
1,697,100
Density:
130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
2
Cities & Towns:
1 Independent city, 2 Component cities, 34 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Isabeleño/a
Elevation:
(Dos Cuernos) 1,785 m (5,856 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
3300–3336
Area code:
+63 -(078)-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:
First Class
Religion(s):
80% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Ilocano, Ibanag, Gaddang, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Rice and corn
Major Industries:
Agriculture (corn, rice, monggo, tobacco, coffee, banana, and mango), Commerce, Livestock and poultry, Fishing, Mining (copper, gold, zinc and chromite, manganese, and nickel)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
December to mid April
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Cauayan Airport | Palanan Airport | Maconacon Airport
Seaport(s):
Divilacan Port | Palanan Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is tropical. During most months of the year, there is significant rainfall in Isabela. In Isabela, the average annual temperature is 27.1 °C. The rainfall here averages 2430 mm.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Isabela for hot-weather activities is from late December to mid April.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Isabela Provincial Map

The Isabela provinceis divided into 34 Municipalities, 2 Component Cities, 1 Independent City:

  • Alicia
  • Angadanan
  • Aurora
  • Benito Soliven
  • Burgos
  • Cabagan
  • Cabatuan
  • Cauayan
  • Cordon
  • Delfin Albano
  • Dinapigue
  • Divilacan
  • Echague
  • Gamu
  • Ilagan
  • Jones
  • Luna
  • Maconacon
  • Mallig
  • Naguilian
  • Palanan
  • Quezon
  • Quirino
  • Ramon
  • Reina Mercedes
  • Roxas
  • San Agustin
  • San Guillermo
  • San Isidro
  • San Manuel
  • San Mariano
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Maria
  • Santiago
  • Santo Tomas
  • Tumauini
 

ISLANDS

There is 1 outlying island surrounding the mainland of Isabela which is under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Culasi
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Abuan River
  • Bilagbag Beach
  • Bonsai Forest
  • City of Ilagan Tourist Information and Assistance Center
  • Cortez and Lindon Fruit Farm
  • Crocodile Sanctuary of San Mariano
  • Debenbenan Beach
  • Demolit Beach
  • Dibulo Falls
  • Dicotcotan Beach
  • Fuyot Springs National Park
  • Isabela Green Valley Orchidarium
  • Kabikawan Beach
  • Our Lady of Atocha Church
  • Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church
  • Oway Beach
  • Palanan River
  • Queen Isabela Park
  • San Pablo Church
  • Santa Rosa de Lima Church
  • Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation
  • SM City Cauayan
  • St. Matthias Parish (St Matthew’s Church)
 

FESTIVALS

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

  • Bambanti Festival (Fourth week of January) – Ilagan City

FAQs

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

Where in the Philippines is Isabela located?
Isabela is located on the central section of the Cagayan Valley Region in Luzon.

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

What is the Capital of Isabela?
The capital of Isabela is Ilagan.

What is Isabela famous or known for?
Isabela is famous or known for rice and corn production.

How do I get to Isabela?
There are several ways to get to Isabela, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 9 hours | $10-$16
  • Taxi | 6 hours | $110-$150
  • Drive | 6 hours | $32-$48
  • You can fly to an alternate airport (Cauayan or Tuguegarao), however you will have to take a taxi or van to get to Isabela. Travel time will be shorter but the cost will be significantly more.

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How many islands are in Isabela?
There is 1 island in the Isabela province.

What does Isabela mean?
Isabela was named after Isabela II, the first queen regnant of Spain.

How Safe is Traveling in Isabela?
Isabela is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Isabela the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Isabela province is considered tropical with significant rainfall most months of the year.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of 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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