Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines, has always made it to the top of every traveler’s bucket list. Despite the expensive plane tickets and its geographical location–being in the middle of several seas and detached from the mainland–many are still willing to witness the true splendor of the breathtaking Batanes and see for themselves why it captures the hearts of those who already experienced it. To get a more vivid imagery of its beauty, here are the times which proved Batanes is truly a real life painting:
1. Its lush, green terrains.
The hills are alive, with the sound of music... With its lush, green terrains that give you the peace of mind you’ve always wanted, Batanes definitely serves as a refreshing location for your inner Julie Andrews.
2. Its breathtaking sunsets.
All sunsets may look beautifully the same, regardless of where you are in the Philippines. But what gives the one in Batanes the advantage is the many mountain ranges in the province that let you to stand on top in order to get the best view. You’d also learn to appreciate it more from up there.
3. Its exceptional ocean views.
Since Batanes is an island situated in the middle of several seas, the view of the waters in the province is one of the most picturesque sceneries you’ll ever see in your travel experiences in the country. You’ll see how the gigantic waves crash among each other which is a truly magnificent thing to watch.
4. Its iconic lighthouses.
A lighthouse is defined as a high structure that serves as a guide to sailing seas through a beacon light which is present in locations surrounded by waters. Since Batanes is a small archipelago, several lighthouses can be found in the province, which later on became one of its most popular icons up to date.
5. The richness of its culture.
Other than the scenic attractions you’d see in Batanes, their culture is something definitely worth exploring, too. Seeing the way the Ivatans preserved their rituals and traditions until now will give you a better glimpse their way of life which will also leave you in awe.
Batanes is absolutely one of the country’s most precious gems. Despite its size and geographical location, it has still become a buzz and is also known to many. Are you now wondering how such masterpieces exist in real life? Let us know if you've already experienced the splendor of Batanes!
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All photographs by Paul Quiambao. Paul Quiambao is a passionate travel photographer, who captured the beauty and explored the depths of most of the Philippines.