10 Batanes Tourist Spots That Will Take Your Breath Away

by Rizanoia

Don’t get discouraged by the far-fetched destination of Batanes, or you will miss out on some of the most adventurous activities. Located on the northernmost group of islands, the place is fast catching with the wander lusters who look at it as a dream destination. Browse for the cheapest and most convenient Batanes flights to arrive at the picturesque island and immerse yourself in a wealth of experiences.

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The best time to explore Batanes is around March to June, when there are minimal rainfalls. You will find the island nice and sunny and will face no problem as you explore from places to places. The weather is comfortable during the months of December to February. As the only way to go Batanes is by plane, and there are daily flights from Philippine airlines. All you need to do is look for a flight that suits your budget and convenience.

Go ahead and plan the perfect itinerary to Batanes which is loaded with attractions and wonders. Here are some of the most popular spots on the island to explore.

1. Tukon Church

The Tukon Church was destroyed for the typhoon, and now it is being rebuilt. As it relies on the donations, that is why it is taking so long to build the church. However, you must visit the Tukon Church as it is an important site on the island.

2. Mahatao Viewdeck

You must not miss the excellent view deck of Mahatao Viewdeck. You can have a picnic here before heading for the hills. You will love Ivatan cuisine and scenery around.

3. Basco Lighthouse

Another of the renowned landmarks of Batanes is Basco’s lighthouse. It is six-story-tall and was constructed by the former congressman in 2003. The lighthouse is very close to Vayang Rolling Hills.

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Basco Lighthouse | Photo from Project Gora

4. Japanese Caves

Japanese caves make for an interesting stop, and it is here where the Japanese soldiers during the Second World War lived for four years.

5. Mahayaw Arch

Mahayaw Arch is one of the most photographed spots in Batanes. It has become an iconic symbol of the island. Also referred to as Mahayaw or simply “Ahaw,“ it is indeed a natural wonder that carved by geologic forces and the sea. Tourists stop to enjoy the cool shade and even have their lunch.

6. Diura Village

The community of Diura Village, lures locals, as well as the tourists, show come here to look at the lifestyle of the villagers. The primary livelihood of the village community is fishing. Watch their amazing age-old ritual-kapayvanuvanu that gives them hope of a bountiful catch.

7. Chawa Viewpoint

Head towards the South to enjoy breathtaking views from the Chawa Viewpoint. You can also see the fisherman fishing and bringing back their catch. You can spend some interesting hours here simply enjoying the views around.

8. Vayang Rolling Hills

Another favorite rolling hill on the Island are the Vayang Rolling Hills. From here you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the South China Sea. It is one of the most visited spots of the island and boasts of verdant rolling hills and a magnificent view of the sea.

9. House of Dakay

House of Dakay is worth visiting if you want to look at the oldest stone house to be made on the island. The house still stands on its original foundation, but its cogon roof is replaced every few years.

10. Racuh A Payaman

Another highlight in Batanes is Racuh A Payaman. The magical place is highly recommended as from here you can enjoy fantastic view from the top. Take pictures of the lighthouse and feast your eyes on the views of clear waters and skies.

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