Province of Batanes:

Philippine Standard Geographical Code # 20900000

Batanes: A Hidden Gem

Batanes, an archipelagic province in the Philippines, is a destination like no other. Its breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled beauty, and rich Ivatan culture make it a must-visit for travelers seeking unique experiences. Its provincial capital is the municipality of Basco.

Land of Rolling Hills

Batanes is renowned for its dramatic rolling hills, imposing cliffs, and crystal-clear waters. The undulating terrain presents a picturesque sight, especially during sunrise and sunset, when the golden light bathes the landscape in a mesmerizing glow. Visitors can embark on invigorating hikes to vantage points such as Mt. Iraya and Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country) to revel in the stunning panoramas.

Cultural Tapestry

The Ivatan people, known for their resilience and strong community ties, imbue Batanes with a distinct cultural identity. Their traditional stone houses, designed to withstand the region’s harsh weather, stand as enduring symbols of heritage. Moreover, the locals’ craftsmanship shines through in their vibrant vakul (headgear) and intricately woven clothing, showcasing a deep connection to their roots. Immersing oneself in the local way of life through homestays and participation in age-old rituals provides a profound understanding of the Ivatan ethos.

Pristine Seascapes

Beyond its emerald hills, Batanes boasts a coastline defined by rugged cliffs, secluded coves, and crystalline waters. One can explore the natural rock formations along Valugan Boulder Beach or marvel at the expanse of the South China Sea from Basco’s lighthouse. For the adventurous, snorkeling in the cobalt waters off Sabtang Island offers a glimpse into the region’s underwater splendor, teeming with vibrant marine life.

Preserving the Charm

Batanes’ remote location and the concerted efforts of locals and authorities have preserved its pristine allure. Strict adherence to sustainable tourism practices ensures that the ecological balance and cultural integrity remain uncompromised. While the province welcomes visitors with open arms, it also instills the importance of responsible travel, encouraging everyone to appreciate and conserve its natural and cultural treasures.

In essence, Batanes is a rare marvel, where nature and tradition coalesce to form an enchanting tapestry. For those seeking an offbeat adventure intertwined with history and raw beauty, this idyllic province is nothing short of a revelation.

Batanes is an archipelagic province with 9 islands and is composed of:

Municipalities:Barangay (of which are Island Barangays):
729 (29)

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Basco: Municipality and Capitol of Batanes

Philippine Standard Geographical Code # 20901000

2020 Population: 9,517

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209010051ChanarianRural448360 CoastalBatan Island
209010022Ihubok I (Kaychanarianan) Urban1,7681,822 InlandBatan Island
209010013Ihubok II (Kayvaluganan)Rural2,6262,344 CoastalBatan Island
209010064KayhuvokanRural1,8881,700 InlandBatan Island
209010035San AntonioRural2,2471,969 CoastalBatan Island
209010046San JoaquinRural540384 CoastalBatan Island
Pop.
(2020):
Pop.
(2015):
Totals:9,5178,579
Overview of the Municipality of Basco and Capitol of Batanes and its barangays.

Itbayat: Municipality

Philippine Standard Geographical Code # 20902000

2020 Population: 3,128

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20902006 1RaeleRural472465 CoastalItbayat Island
20902007 2San Rafael (Idiang)Rural897745 CoastalItbayat Island
20902008 3Santa Lucia (Kawxawxasan)Rural438422 CoastalItbayat Island
20902009 4Santa Maria (Marapuy)Rural488463 CoastalItbayat Island
20902010 5Santa Rosa (Hiñatu)Rural833772 CoastalItbayat Island
Pop.
(2020):
Pop.
(2015
):
Totals:3,1282,867
Overview of the Municipality of Itbayat and its barangays.

Ivana: Municipality 

Philippine Standard Geographical Code # 20903000

2020 Population: 1,407

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20903001 RadiwanRural389365 CoastalBatan Island
20903002 SalagaoRural368349 CoastalBatan Island
20903003 San Vicente (Igang)Rural267264 CoastalBatan Island
20903004 Tuhel (Pob.)Rural383349 CoastalBatan Island
Pop.
(2020):
Pop.
(2015):
Totals:1,4071,327
Overview of the Municipality of Ivana and its barangays.

Mahatao: Municipality 

Philippine Standard Geographical Code # 20904000

2020 Population: 1,703

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20904001 HañibRural404365 CoastalBatan Island
20904002 KaumbakanRural446425 CoastalBatan Island
20904003 PanatayanRural480449 CoastalBatan Island
20904004 Uvoy (Pob.)Rural373316 CoastalBatan Island
Pop.
(2020):
Pop.
(2015):
Totals:1,7031,555
Overview of the Municipality of Mahatao and its barangays.

Sabtang: Municipality 

Philippine Standard Geographical Code # 20905000

2020 Population: 1,696

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20905001 ChavayanRural161157 CoastalSabtang Island
20905002 Malakdang (Pob.)Rural277234 CoastalSabtang Island
20905003 NakanmuanRural134142 CoastalSabtang Island
20905004 SavidugRural201201 CoastalSabtang Island
20905005 Sinakan (Pob.)Rural563509 CoastalSabtang Island
20905006 SumnangaRural360378 CoastalSabtang Island
Pop.
(2020):
Pop.
(2015):
Totals:1,6961,621
Overview of the Municipality of Sabtang and its barangays.

Uyagan: Municipality 

Uyagan  Philippine Standard Geographical Code # 20906000

2020 Population: 1,380

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20906002 ImnajbuRural177164 CoastalBatan Island
20906003 ItbudRural530482 CoastalBatan Island
20906004 Kayuganan   (Pob.)Rural369312 CoastalBatan Island
20906001 Kayvaluganan (Pob.)Rural304339 CoastalBatan Island
Pop.
(2020):
Pop.
(2015):
Totals:1,3801,297
Overview of the Municipality of Uyagan and its barangays.
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