Batan Island Philippines
Amongst the thousands of islands in the Philippines, we assure you that you will experience breathtaking untouched wonders that you may not have known. That is the beauty of the Philippine Islands and the secrets that lies within.
One of the many is the Batan Island. There are two Batan Islands in the Philippines. One is the main island of the Province of Batanes, with Basco as its capital. This is known mainly as part of the Batanes Islands Group. The other Batan Island can be found in the Bicol Region, municipality of Rapu-Rapu and in the province of Albay.
The Island & its History
This island group is about 76 square miles and is located in the northernmost part of the Philippine Islands.Â Some islands included in this group are the islands of Batan, Itbayat and Sabatang, and other more islets. It encompasses the province of Batanes and has Basco as its provincial capital.
The Bashi channel separates the Batan Islands from Taiwan in about 50 miles wide. The main livelihood and industry is based on fishing and the mining of coal.
It was in the year 1941, the 8th of December, in the midst of World War II where it was in Batan Island where the first Japanese landed upon in the country.
The Tourism and the Sights
Sine Batan Island is very far flung from the rest of the islands of the Philippines. The isolation of the island has made them a very close and interdependent community. Though the island is very rich with natural treasures and wonders, they are more used to depravity and hardship from the luxuries of the modern world.
When you might have plans in exploring Batan Islands, you must be prepared to forego all comforts. Take for instance the electricity in the island which is only provided from a generator source which can be used only from mid-day to midnight.
The scenery in Batan Island is dominated with an inactive volcano, the Mount Iraya which measures more than 1,009 meters high and is mostly hidden in the clouds is surely a picturesque view for any tourist or adventurer. Take note that the island would be more suitable for backpackers and trekkers with its sheer cliffs that dive into its sea and the beauty of different bird species that migrate to the island.Â No disco bars, fine dining restaurants, resorts or hotels. Your meals will depend on the catch of the day or the local produce of their livelihood which is farming depending on the ever changing weather.