Sabtang Island in Batanes

Sabtang Island Batanes Faluwa Boat Ivatan Morong Beach Tinyan Viewpoint Lighthouse Mayahaw Arch Village Location BalintangSabtang Island is the southernmost island in the Batanes island group. Mostly undisturbed and unspoiled, Sabtang Island has lots of natural attractions guaranteed to satisfy the most sophisticated nature lovers. It has intermittent white sand beaches with steep mountains and deep canyons with small level areas sporadically found along the coastline. Among the things to experience at Sabtang Island are the Faluwa Ride, the traditional Ivatan stone houses, the Ivatans, Morong Beach (Nakabuang Beach), the Chamantad-Tinyan Viewpoint, the Mayahaw Arch, Savidug Village, the Chavayan Village, the Sabtang Lighthouse, the San Vicente Ferrer Church. Sabtang is accessible by 30-minute motorized boat called the “faluwa” from Radiwan Port in Ivana. The faluwa vessels do not have the traditional outriggers, or “katig” and are built to withstand the impact of stronger waves of the Continue reading

Batanes Province

Batanes MapThe island-province of Batanes is the smallest province in the Philippines with a land area of 230 square kilometers and was created by a series of volcanic activities and other geologic forces when Mt. Iraya erupted around 325 B.C. It is bounded on the north by the Bashi Channel, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the west by the China Sea and on the south by the Balintang Channel. Basco, its capital town is about 280 kilometers north of Aparri, Cagayan or some 860 kilometers north of Manila and about 190 kilometers south of Taiwan. The pre-historic Ivatans who are nationally acclaimed as the “True Insulares” were boat-making and sea-faring people who lived in small tribal Continue reading

Cagayan Province

Cagayan ProvinceCagayan lies in the northeastern part of mainland Luzon, approximately 17° 30′ north and 121° 15′ east, occupying the lower basin of the Cagayan River. Tuguegarao (now a component city), its capital is 483 kilometers north of Manila, about one hour by air travel, and ten hours by land, through the Maharlika Highway, also known as the Cagayan Valley Road–Region 02’s trunkline road–which runs parallel to the Cagayan River.

The Province, including the Babuyan island group, is approximately 900,270 hectares. It is the second largest in land area in Region 02 and constitutes about 3% of the total land area of the Philippines. The Balintang Channel, north of the Babuyan Islands, forms the boundary between Continue reading