Batanes, located in the Philippine's northernmost tip, about 162km north of mainland Luzon, has sheer cliffs alternating with rocky beaches, and some parts are still pretty much undeveloped despite the influx of tourism. Head to its main island of Batan, to see Vayang's high rolling hills. Walk up to the top of the hills for a spectacular view of the West Philippine sea, rocky cliffs, cows and goats grazing on the green. You'd be forgiven for thinking for a moment that you're somewhere in Scotland.
Here are a few more snaps from Instagram!
Book tours with Batanes Travel & Tours, tel +63915 201 2755. Book a flight with Skyjet, which has regular flights from Manila to Batanes. Book a stay at Fundacion Pacita, an artsy resort located on top of a hill.
Read about Ins & outs: Batanes.
Read about Fundacion Pacita in Places for two.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller August to September 2008. Updated June 2016