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The country's northernmost and smallest province, Batanes is among the most sought-after tourism frontier destinations located at the confluence of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and Pacific Ocean.

Dubbed as "Nature's Playground", the archipelago province has been declared by the government as a Protected Landscape and Seascape because of its rare flora and fauna, undulating terrain, diverse marine life, limestone cliffs, and panoramic sceneries.  It boasts of stretches of white and cream colored sandy beaches and clear water.

Composed of 10 islands, with only three inhabited (Batan, Itbayat and Sabtang) while islets of Dinem, Siayan, Ditarem, Misanga, Mavudis, Dequey, and Vuhus are uninhabited. It has six muncipalities - Basco, Mahatao, Ivana, and Uyugn (located in Batan), and the island towns of Sabtang and Itbayat.  Batanes's tourist icon is its Ivatan indigenous house made up of stone, coral and lime walls, hardwood floors and windows, and cogon roofs.  The province's other postcard-worthy images are its farolas of lighthouses, Spanish-era churches and grazing hills with literally breath-taking views of waves crashing the shores.

The provincial capital town, Basco is the gateway and hub of commerce and transport of the province with the presence of the airport which flies to Manila and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.  From here, tourists can go around the other-towns in Batan island.

Batanes is nearer to Taiwan, which is about 190 kilometers north, than mainland Luzon which is 280 kilometers away from Aparri, the northernmost tip of mainland Luzon.

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