Itbayat, Batanes

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Official seal of Itbayat
Map of Batanes showing the location of Itbayat
Location within Batanes province
Itbayat is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 20°46′N 121°51′E / 20.77°N 121.85°E / 20.77; 121.85Coordinates: 20°46′N 121°51′E / 20.77°N 121.85°E / 20.77; 121.85
Country Philippines
Region Cagayan Valley (Region II)
Province Batanes
District Lone District
Founded 1935
Barangays 6 (see Barangays)
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Reuel C. Ibanes
 • Total 83.13 km2 (32.10 sq mi)
Highest elevation (Mount Riposed) 229 m (751 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 2,867
 • Density 34/km2 (89/sq mi)
 • Voter(2016)[4] 1,720
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3905
IDD:area code +63 (0)78
Income class 5th class
PSGC 020902000

Itbayat, officially the Municipality of Itbayat (Filipino: Bayan ng Itbayat; Ilocano: Ili ti Itbayat), is a municipality in the province of Batanes in the Cagayan Valley (Region II) of the Philippines. The population was 2,867 at the 2015 census.[3] In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 1,720 registered voters.[4] Itbayat is the country's northernmost municipality, located about 200 kilometers (120 mi) from the southernmost tip of Taiwan.

In addition to the main island of Itbayat which is the largest in Batanes, the municipality includes the rest of the province's northern islands, all small and mostly uninhabited. These islands are, from south to north: Di'nem Island, Siayan, Misanga, Ah'li, Mavulis Island, the northernmost island of the Philippine archipelago.


While the church and civil government were already established in Batan Island in 1783, it was only in 1855 that civil authority was officially established and the mission canonically founded in Itbayat. A mere settlement during the Spanish colonial period, it became a municipal district when the Americans organized the province in 1909. However, in 1935, it became a municipality.

Typhoon Ferdie made landfall on September 14, 2016, with the center of the eye passing directly over the island.[5]


Itbayat is located at 20°46′N 121°51′E / 20.77°N 121.85°E / 20.77; 121.85.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 83.13 square kilometres (32.10 sq mi)[2] constituting 37.96% of the 219.01-square-kilometre- (84.56 sq mi) total area of Batanes.


Itbayat is politically subdivided into 5 barangays.[6]

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PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[7]
020902006 Raele 16.2% 465 442 0.97%
020902007 San Rafael (Idiang) 26.0% 745 789 −1.09%
020902008 Santa Lucia (Kawxawxasan) 14.7% 422 478 −2.34%
020902009 Santa Maria (Marapuy) 16.1% 463 438 1.06%
020902010 Santa Rosa (Hiñatu) 26.9% 772 841 −1.62%
Total 2,867 2,988 −0.78%


Population census of Itbayat
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 1,198 —    
1918 1,363 +0.86%
1939 1,625 +0.84%
1948 1,954 +2.07%
1960 2,365 +1.60%
1970 2,760 +1.55%
1975 2,978 +1.54%
1980 2,859 −0.81%
1990 3,448 +1.89%
1995 3,129 −1.80%
2000 3,616 +3.15%
2007 3,069 −2.24%
2010 2,988 −0.97%
2015 2,867 −0.78%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9]

In the 2015 census, Itbayat had a population of 2,867.[3] The population density was 34 inhabitants per square kilometre (88/sq mi).

In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 1,720 registered voters.[4]


  • Siayan Island: the nearest island to the north of Itbayat. It has beaches accessible by a one-hour ride by motorboat from Itbayat (depending on sea condition).
  • Di'nem Island: this volcanic island located east of Itbayat. It features boulder beaches with towering cliffs good for mountain climbing.
  • Rapang Cliff: A natural park with a ringing mushroom-like rock. It is believed to have been used by the ancient settlers to call a meeting.
  • Mount Riposed: One of the two major elevations (aside from Karaboboan) that have been the foundation of Itbayat Island. Sitauated in the south-eastern part of Itbayat has an elevation of 900 feet (270 m) that offers a panoramic view of the island.[10]
  • Mount Karaboboan (Mount Santa Rosa): The other extinct volcano of Itbayat Island is in the island's northern half.[10] Near the 800-foot (240 m) mountain is a settlement of the early settlers of Itbayat near Barangay Santa Rosa.
  • Torongan Cave: The most ancient dwelling place has a burial ground on top. It is believed to be the first landing place of the Austronesians from Taiwan around 2000 BC.
  • Nahili Votox: With its own Ijang and boat-shaped burial grounds, it is also an ancient settlement where many broken clay pots have been found. Its Ijang has a spectacular view of Dinem and Itbayat Island's eastern coast.
  • Underground Stream in Kumayasakas: The stream flows down the sea, north-west of Itbayat.
  • Itbayat Caves: These caves feature stalagmites and stalactites, and have been given the names Northern Sarokan, Eastern Sarokan, Do'tboran Cave, and Pevangan Cave.
  • Agosan Rock: rock formation north of Itbayat which is a breeding site for endangered birds.
  • Vernacular houses: A typical vernacular house is composed of three structures:
    • (the kitchen where they use kugon to cook
    • the actual house where people stay
    • the bathroom).
  • Port Mauyen: An alternative port south of Itbayat with a 14-turn zigzag road. It is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south of the town.
  • Groto: 155 steps up[where?]


Reaching Itbayat by a direct route from Manila is by plane via Itbayat Airport. There is a commercial carrier that provides flights to Itbayat from Basco, the capital of Batanes:

Sea transport companies that service Itbayat are:

  • M/B Ocean Spirit
  • M/B Itranza
  • M/B Veronica


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Batanes". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "2016 National and Local Elections Statistics". Commission on Elections. 2016. 
  5. ^ Clark, Steven (14 September 2016). "Eye of typhoon Meranti passes over Philippines' Itbayat". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Municipal: Itbayat, Batanes". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region II (Cagayan Valley)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Province of Batanes". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  10. ^ a b United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (1919). "United States Coast Pilot - Philippine Islands", pg. 38. Government Printing Office, Washington.