Information about Itbayat Island
Itbayat Island is one of the three inhabited islands in the province of Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines. Aside from being the largest island in the province, it is also considered the northernmost populated island in the country. The area's landscape mostlys comprises of rolling cliffs with rocky shores and about 83 km of coastline.
The island is home to the Ivatan Indians who are believed to have settled in the area around 2000 BC. However, it was once thought that Ivatans originated from Luzon. But recent genetic and linguistic evidence show a stronger relationship with Taiwan's Yemi people, who migrated from South China to Southeast Asia.
Going to Itbayat is a self-contained adventure. In the calm season, the Faluwa (a typically Basque boat) trip takes at least two and a half hours and the average time for the monsoon is between four and five wild hours. The distinct charm and beauty of the island will be a rewarding adventure.
Best time to visit
It's recommended to schedule a trip here during the dry months of March to June, when there are fewer chances of rainfall. Traveling during this season also allows for a smoother journey to the island as you will have to ride a boat to arrive here.