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Itbayat

Fast Facts Land Area: 8,313 hectares Number of Barangays: 4 Classification: 5th class municipality Population: 2,867

One of the worlds largest uplifted coral reefs, Itbayat is the country’s northernmost town and its closer to Taiwan than Luzon. The other uninhibited islands farther up are Siayan, Matarem, Misanga andMavudis.

Mt. Kuroboban – The town’s highest point at about 280 meters above sea level, its historical significance is being the other pair of Mt. Riposed, one of the island’s foundations being an old settlement for the early settlers.

Turungan Cave – The most ancient dwelling place in Batanes, believed to be the first landing place of the Austronesians from Formosa in 4000 BC. The Torongan Hill is an area where stone boat-shaped burial markers are found and is believed to be the burial ground of the cave’s ancient settlers.

Kumayasakas Cave River – An underground stream which flows to the sea and is a newly-developed water source for the community.

Nahili du Votox – An ancient settlement with boat-shaped burial markers. Its idjang has a spectacular view of Dinem Island and eastern Ibayat. It reflects the material cultural remains of ancient maritime people.

Mt. Ripused – One of the two volcanoes considered to have been the foundation of Itbayat, it affords a breathtaking panorama of different parts of the island.

Rapang Cliff – A natural park comprised of forest, cliff and rocky hills where bonsai arius trees abound along a glazing area for goats. A unique formation is a flat stone which lies naturally upon another stone, which, when you strike with another stone produces a bell-like sound.

Siayan Island – Acknowledge as one of the beautiful spot in Itbayat, this is an 87.63 hectares island surrounded by beautiful beaches, it is surrounded by a rich coral reef which is sanctuary to lush marine life.

Manuyuk – A sinkhole serves as the town’s giant drainage, it was explored by a German doctor named Gechard Schmith in 1993 and was found to be around 45-meter deep and has two big chambers with a narrow passage in between.

Sta. Maria de Mayan Church – Built in 1845, it took more than 40 years to complete and be blesses in 1888 by Fr. Manuel Blasco.

Vernacular Houses – These are combination of European and Itbayat architecture with thick wall of stones and lime and several layers of cogon for roofing.

Source : Provincial Government of Batanes