Batan Island is one of the largest and major islands in Batanes found in the northern part of the Philippines. It is where Batanes’ capital, Basco, is located. The island is also the main entrance to the province as it is where the airport is found.
Created by volcanic activities, the Batanes islands including Batan, are rocky but almost flat and cluttered. Batan, in particular, is widely known for its vast grassland, landscapes, green hills, and lighthouse.
The inhabitants in Batanes are the native people, Ivatan, who live in stone houses and have kept their culture through time. Their primary sources of livelihood are farming and fishing. The Ivatans can only be found in the three major islands, Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat.
Batan Island has witnessed a significant history of the Philippines as it is where the start of World War II happened. The island was the first site where the Japanese invasion took place. On December 8, 1941, the 14th army landed on the north coast of Luzon and began to conquer the area. That same day was the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Because of its great deal of scenery, Batan tours involve iconic landmarks that are spread throughout its north and south areas. Usually, it takes a day or two to see the whole of the island.
A public tricycle or bike may be hired or hired for drop-offs or pick-ups or their facilities are available all day long. Driving to a Batanes resort and tourist place is readily accessible much of the day. For a more smooth journey, you can also follow a guided tour.
The perfect time to visit Batan Island is from March to June in the summer. It's the time when precipitation is low and there are more sunny days in Batanes.