Known for its rolling hills, lighthouses, and unique landscapes, Batanes is one of the most sought after destinations in the Philippines.
Not only blessed with its landscapes, Batanes is also picturesque with its seascapes. From white, beige to black sand beaches, Batanes has it.
Here are the beaches of Batanes that you shouldn’t miss visiting when you’re in the “Island of the howling winds.”
1. Morong Beach
Hugged by rugged hills, Morong Beach is no doubt one of the most photogenic and most photographed beach of Batanes. It is where the iconic Mahayaw Arc is. The white sand beach of Morong might not be as fine as a talc powder but it’s definitely unique. When you look closely at the Mahayaw arc’s wall, you may find a coral embedded in it. That’s proof that this island was once underwater. Walk a few steps more to your left when facing the beach and you will find a cave where you can camp and sleep.
Morong Beach is found at Sabtang Island. It’s where lunch is served during the island hopping tour.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, photography, camping
2. Valugan Boulder Beach
If you’re fond of capturing sunrises, then wake up early and watch it at the Valugan Boulder Beach. This beach has black sand. You would notice the boulders more than the sand as these are scattered all over the shore. The boulders serve as protection as waves are strong in this area. Swimming is not allowed.
Valugan Boulder Beach is found on the island of Batan. This is included in the North Batan Island Tour.
3. White Beach
It’s one of the less visited beaches of Batanes because it’s not in the usual island tour itinerary. But Explore8 Travel’s guests were fortunate to have visited this beach where lunch was served. If you’re staying in Batanes for more than four days, you should definitely include the White Beach in your itinerary.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, Photography
4. Chamantad-Tinyan Cove
When you’re doing the Sabtang Island Tour, you would stop by this beautiful cove. Courageous souls would not just stand from the view point but walk down towards the beach area. But if you do, be careful as there’s no clear path going down.
You may do cart wheels at this cove or even camp if you have longer days to spend in Batanes.
ACTIVITIES: Photography, Camping
5. Chanarian Beach
This beach is just a few steps away from accommodations such as Amboy Hometel, Bernardo Hotel and Dive Batanes. You can take a swim in the morning or in the afternoon after the tour. The best part of this beach is the accessibility. It’s also free just like the other beaches.
6. Vuhus Island- From Sabtang Island, you have to take a boat (called tataya) to get to Vuhus Island, an uninhabited island. But this is only recommended during a fine day (summer preferrably e.g. April-June) as waves may be rough. The island is teeming with colorful marine life. Plunge and enjoy the waters in this island. Visit Vuhus Island only if you’re spending a week or more in Batanes.
ACTIVITY: Snorkeling / Diving