Batanes is a very interesting philipine city. First of all, it was was created by a series
of volcanic activities and other geologic forces when Mt. Iraya erupted around 325 BC. And
since then, it has welcomed visitors and admirers from all over the world to enjoy its lovely
Batanes is home to the famous Ivatans, who are nationally acclaimed as the true Insulares.
The island province lies at the nothernmost tip of the philipines, on a vast expanse of wild
waters where the Pacific Ocean merges with the China Sea.
Agriculture was promoted in this region by the introduction of new technologies, crops, breeds
of animals and in increasing the areas of arable land and grazing lands. With these improvements,
trading with Cagayan, Ilocos and Manila was realized. This was the beginning of development for Batanes.
Its area is about 230 square kilometers. The inhabited islands of Batan, Itbayat and Sabtang (a total of
16,467 people) occupy an area of 209.30 square kilometers.
Wind and rain constantly sweep the islands, but the notion that it is constantly battered by typhoon
is wrong. If Batanes is always mentioned in connection with weather disturbances, it is because its
capital, Basco, holds the last weather station in the north. It is a reference point for all typhoons
that enter the Philippines.
Batanes, is the home of the Ivatans, a sturdy, self-sufficient people with a very strong sense of
community. Batanes are very rich in mackerel, yellow fin tuna, dorado, grouper, giant sea snail, sea
urchin, lobsters and many fish varieties. The province has one of the highest literacy rates in
the country and its labor force of close to 10,000 is highly-skilled, highly-trained and
hardworking. All of which make it a very welcoming and indeed rewarding place for tourists to visit.