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Mt. Iraya – Towering over Basco at approximately 1,009 feet above sea level, this dormant volcano is the first attraction you will see upon landing at the airport.  To get a picture-perfect view, timing and patience are required since its peack is almost covered by clouds.  It is challending climb for mountaineers because of its abundant endemic flora and fauna.  It is also the source of the spring water which supplies households in Basco.

Basco Rolling Hills – There are seemingly endless waves of rolling hills which boasts of the perfect combination of landscapes and seascapes which can be enjoyed from afar but is best experienced when explored on foot.  The site is the best vantage point for an unhampered view of the province's three major islands.

Chanpan/Valugan Boulder Beach – The rock bay is popularly known for its long stretch of boulders due to Mt. Iraya's eruption in 400 AD.  The rock formation, smoothed over time by the strong Pacific waves, presents a panoramic link betweeb the sea horizon and Mt. Iraya.

Kural Marine Sanctuary – The diversity of marine life makes it one of the best, yet undiscovered dive sites in the country.  It is also ideal for swimming, snorkeling, camping, boating, picnicking, or simply communing with nature.

Diura Fishing Village – A sitio in the town’s eastern part where an association of fishermen called mataw practice the traditional fishing for Arayu (dorado) They still observe the ritual kapayvanuvanua signifying the start of the fishing season in March.

Racuh-a-idi Spring of Youth – A manmade pool with a view of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Iraya, it is ideal for picnics because of the spring water which emanates and the cozy environs.

Racuh a Payaman – Christened by American tourists as Marlboro Country because of its contour, the endless rolling hills, wind-swept communal pasturelands for cows, carabaos and horses are perfect sceneries for nature lovers and photographers.

Alapad – Offers a captivating view of rolling hills and the vast expanse of the sea made popular by the movie “Hihintayin kita sa langit” which starred Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta.

Vuhus Island – An uninhabited islet of Sabtang with a fine coral beach on the eastern side, and the shores on both sides of the channel are bordered by reefs. The islet is used as pastureland for cows, carabaos, and goats by the people of Sabtang.

Duvek Bay – tucked inside Brgy. Sumnanga where remnants of Ivatan houses are being restored, this cove boasts of the most pristine corals in Batanes.

Mt. Karoboban – Highest point in Itbayat, about 280 meters above sea level.  Its historical significance is being the other pair of Mr. Riposed, considered to have been the foundation of Itbayat, it affords a breathtaking panorama of the different parts of the island.

Rapang Cliff – A natural park comprised of forest, cliff and rocky hills where bonsai arius trees abound along a grazing 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. Accordingly, it served as an alarm for the ancient inhabitants against approaching enemies, and a signal for community meeting and for gathering goats.

Ahao (Stone Arch)/ Morong Beach – one of the iconic and most photographed spots in Batanes because of its rock arch formation in a beach cove, and is an ideal site for picnic, snorkeling, and camping.

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

Manoyok – A sinkhole serves as the town’s giant drainage, it was explored by a German Dr. Gechard Schmith in 1993 and was found to be around 45-meter deep and has two big chambers with a narrow passage in between. Manoyok is found to be a haunted sinkhole because it is where the ancient Ivatans threw witches as punishment according to the old justice system.

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

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