2014 • 06 • 11 Of all the beaches fringing the coast of Sabtang Island, Morong Beach is probably the most well-known. Thanks to the large rocky arch that has become an icon not just of the island but Batanes as a whole. The natural formation is called Nakabuang Arch.
2014 • 03 • 25 Fringing the southeastern corner of Batan Island is the coarse beach of Kayvaluganan, one of the two barangays that make up the poblacion of Uyugan, Batanes. Facing the Pacific Ocean, the surf here can get rough without warning but get tamed once they reach the
2014 • 03 • 24 Imnajbu and Itbud are two of the only four barangays of Uyugan. Tucked in the southeastern part of Batan Island, their coastline is littered with white sand and pebbles, specked by sharp cliffs and rock formations including what is now referred to as Alapad Pass,
2014 • 03 • 23 Homoron White Beach (or simply, White Beach) is one of the beaches lacing Batan Island whose waves are a bit friendlier and gentler to swimmers. This short strip of sand and shingles is a popular picnic area for both locals and tourists. Framed by rocky
A small lagoon hides in between rocky cliffs just by the road that connects Mahatao and Ivana. Most of the surrounding waters of Batanes, no matter how silky and calm it looks in the beginning, can turn rough without warning. This concealed lagoon provides a great alternative to those who
2014 • 03 • 23 Hidden in a secluded cove three kilometers east of Mahatao Town Proper is Diura Village, a fishing community. A visit here means being awed by the surrounding landscape composed of the rolling hills of nearby Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country), the Tayid Lighthouse, and Diura
2014 • 03 • 20 Valugan isn’t the only boulder beach in Batanes. On the western edge of Batan Island is its twin, Chadpidan Beach. Like Valugan, it is filled with boulders that were spewed by the nearby Mt. Iraya centuries ago and were eventually polished and smoothed by the
2014 • 03 • 10 There is no white sand here. Instead, countless boulders fill Valugan Beach, creating an incredible landscape framed by almost vertical cliffs and rolling hills. The boulders here were coughed out from the guts of by Mt. Iraya, a nearby active volcano. What used to be