Batan Island is the central island in the Philippines northernmost province, Batanes, and is dominated by Mount Iraya, an active volcano. Visitors of the region will land in her shadow at Basco, the main town and home to all the hotels and homestays.
The southern half of the island also has a volcano, although this one is inactive and considerably smaller than its giant brother to the north. However the two collaborate together to create a magnificent rolling landscape that is a favorite among Pinoy photographers.
Although I spent several days exploring Batanes only one day was dedicated to photographing the main island — and just my luck it would be cloudy and sprinkling on and off the entire time. Short on time and unable to extend my stay in the region I was forced to go out and shoot it anyway.
So please don’t let my cloudly, lackluster photos deter you from visiting Batanes
The House Of Estrella (more popularly known as the House Of Dakay, after Jose “Dakay” Estrella) was built in 1877 and is the oldest house on Batan Island. The roof is made of thatched cogon and is replaced every 25-30 years, depending on its thickness.
Here’s a gift for all you Pinners 😉
These caves were carved out through the mountain by the Japanese in WWII. They have tunnel exits at all four points of the compass, allowing them to easily observe approaching ships from all directions.
Rolling hills of Vayang via Dreidel of Why Stop Over
Want more Batanes? Sabtang Island, Jewel of Batanes