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.


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

The Ivatan Culture

IvatanThe Ivatan is a group inhabiting the two island groups in extreme northern Luzon which lie in the typhoon belt: the Batanes-Babuyan groups. Only the larger islands are habitable and even the larger ones with an estimated area of 21,000 hectares are largely rugged terrain. The relative isolation of the area has led to development of distinct indigenous cultures that have traits of the Cordillera societies and of the peoples of Formosa. There is a strong regional self-sufficiency. The total national population is about 20,350 (NM 1994) with some 1,601 in Bukidnon and 1,044 in Cagayan.

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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