The San Jose Church in Ivana

San Jose Church Ivana Batanes Location History Construction Architecture Layout Parish Schedule Mass Espadana Wedding Priest Campanile Belltower Statue Tour Visit Structure Building Convent Worship The San Jose Church is located in Ivana in Batanes Province. The church, officially known as San Jose de Ivana Church, was constructed in 1814 although its foundation dates back as early as 1795. Of all the churches in the province, San Jose is the only one that was not built in the traditional espadaña style. It has a crenellated fortress-like campanile or belltower that gives the appearance of a fortification. The San Jose Church fronts the Ivana Seaport and offers a commanding view of the sea and surrounding countryside due to its elevation. The San Jose Church is located 14 kilometers from Basco. Continue reading

Batan Island

Batan Island Batanes Basco Ivana Uyugan Mahatao Location Capital Population Beach Port Airport Center Province Size Length Distance History Fishing Weather Resort Boat Road Visit Hills Tunnel Church Batan Island is the largest and most populated island of Batanes Province. It is composed of four municipalities namely Basco, Ivana, Uyugan and Mahatao. Its capital Basco, is located on the northern part of the island, and is the center of commerce and seat of the provincial government. What sets Batanes apart, even in the Philippines, are its Ivatan inhabitants, members of a distinct ethnic group with hazy origins and its own language. They have for centuries eked out a living here from fishing and yam farming and withstood centuries of ferocious typhoons with equal parts grit and grace. Places to visit on Batan Island include the Valugan Boulder Beach, the Nakamaya Burial Grounds, the Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel, Fundacion Pacita, the Pagasa Weather Station, Tukon Church, Vayang Rolling Hills, Chadpidan Boulder Beach, and the Naidi Hills. Continue reading

Loran Station in Basco Batanes

Loran Station Basco Batanes Batan Island History Construction Coast Guard Military United States Airstrip Aviators Hill Long Range Aid Navigation Naval Facility Building Map Tour Distance Beach The Loran Station is located in Basco, Batan Island in Batanes Province. LORAN is an acronym for Long Range Aid to Navigation). The Loran Station was built in 1953 and was used to house a US coastguard detachment for operated for almost two decades. The Loran Station is located 25 kilometers from Basco. The Batanes Islands lie 375 miles north of Sangley Point* midway between Luzon and Taiwan. The normal morning flight path was north over central Luzon and the return flight normally diverted over the west coast to circumvent the afternoon cumulonimbus build ups. The Loran Station was located on the east side of the main island and the airstrip was on the west side at the capital city of Basco. Basco International Airport, as it was referred to by the Coast Guard aviators who flew in there, was 3000 feet long, unpaved and situated on the side of a mountain Continue reading

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel in Batanes

Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel Tukon Hills Basco Batanes Construction History Occupation Soldiers Military Imperial Force Map Entrance Length Location Distance Ivatan Shelter Hiding World War Chamber The Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel is located in the Tukon Hills area in Basco, Batanes Province. The Dipnaysupuan Tunnel is an interconnected network of tunnels built during the Japanese occupation of the country for the refuge of Japanese soldiers and lookout post on Batan Island. It served as a shelter for the Japanese imperial forces during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines until the end of World War II. Because of its strategic location, the Japanese imperial forces forced the Ivatans to dig these tunnels for their shelter. The Japanese soldiers spent years hiding in these tunnels until the end of Word War II. There are five doors to the tunnel and it has several chambers. The entrance is low and one has to duck-walk towards the back until one can stand up. It is cold and damp and chilly inside. Continue reading

Radiwan Point in Batanes

Radiwan Point Ivana Seaport Batanes Province Sabtang Itbayat Ferry Station Falowas History Katipuneros Freedom Fighters Location Description Map Distance Elevation Population Wharf Beach Boat Resort Radiwan Point is located at the Port of Ivana in Radiwan, in the Batanes Province. Radiwan Point is where the Katipuneros, the Filipino freedom fighters), arrived from the island of Luzon in September 18, 1898. Radiwan Point has a falowas ferry station enabling passengers to travel to nearby Sabtang and Itbayat. Continue reading

Mount Iraya in Batanes

Mount Iraya Basco Batanes Mountain Elevation Hiking Tour Trail Dormant Volcano Summit Trekking Horizon Pearl Orient Seas Trailblazing Forest Hill Wildlife Camping Airport Spring Water Location Info Mount Iraya is Batanes‘ highest mountain, standing at an elevation of 1,517 meters above sea level. Mount Iraya is a dormant volcano on Batan Island whose last eruption was recorded in 505 AD. At its summit, trekkers can view the horizon and be on the top of the Pearl of the Orient Seas. Hiking to the summit takes approximately four hours depending on skill level. Mountaineering, trekking and trailblazing are recommended sports activities on the mountain. Walking distance from Basco, the top of Mt. Iraya can be reached in about three hours. Adventurous types will enjoy the heavily forested and steep trail leading towards Mt. Iraya. The forest is filled with plants and wildlife, giving everyone opportunities to take a lot of Batanes pictures for their photo albums back home. The Basco Airport is located at the foot of Mount Iraya. Source of the spring water distributed in Continue reading

Nakabuang Cave on Sabtang Island

Nakabuang Cave in Sabtang Island Batanes Beach Arch San Vicente Centro Location Entrance Size Tour History Nakabuang Cave is located on Sabtang Island in Batanes Province. Nakabuang Beach is a white beach on Sabtang known for its natural Nakabuang Arch. The Nakabuang Cave is 5.5 kilometers from San Vicente Centro in Sabtang. To get to the Nakabuang Cave, travel via air from Manila to Basco Batanes. From Basco, ride a Falowa boat going to the San Vicente port on Sabtang Island. Falowa boats cost approximately P1500. When on Sabtang Island, hire local transportation to take you to Nakabuang Beach. Continue reading

Chawa Cave in Batanes

Chawa Cave Mahatao Batanes Ivatan Enchanted Cavern Location Batan Island Boulders Point Basco Hiking Entrance Ocean Chawa Cave is located in Mahatao, on Batan Island. It is for the more adventurous. The local Ivatans believe the Chawa Cave is enchanted cave. It features a natural salt bed which opens to the south China Sea. The Chawa Cave is accessible through the boulders of Chawa Point in Mahatao. It is located four kilometers away from Basco in Batanes Province.


Radar Tukon in Batanes

Radar Tukon Basco Batan Island Batanes DOST Pagasa Weather Station Abandoned Building Lighthouse Typhoons Location HistoryRadar Tukon is an abandoned United States weather station located on a hilltop 2.75 kilometers away from Basco on Batan Island. It is currently being used by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as the Basco Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) Station to monitor weather in the Batanes region. This Tukon Radar offers a magnificent 360-degree view of Batan Island, the South China Sea, Mount Iraya, Basco proper, boulder lined cliffs and the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

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