It’s the Philippines’ northernmost province, but beyond that fact not many, until recently, knew much about Batanes. The few privileged to have paid a visit to this singular string of islands extolled its myriad virtues, but still Batanes hovered below the average traveler’s consciousness.
Until breathtaking photos of rolling hills, verdant pastures and stunning cliffs started making the rounds. Until word started to spread of a place up north that was unlike any other in the Philippines. A place whose landscapes recalled Scotland or New Zealand; a place, in a tropical country, that counted winter as one of its seasons. A place where people leave their bikes unchained by the roadside, knowing no one would ever dream of stealing them. A place whose nature, culture and values are well-preserved, largely untouched by time.
And just like that, a few years later, Batanes is the Philippines’ best-kept secret no longer.
Here, in photographs, is why Batanes is on everyone’s bucket list — and why it needs to be on yours too.
Basco Lighthouse and Naidi Hills
Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Boat Shelter Port
Alapad Hill and Rock Formation
Chawa Viewing Deck
Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country)
Tayid (Mahatao) Lighthouse
Morong Beach and Mahayaw Arch