Mavulis Island

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Native name:
Satellite image of the island
Mavulis Island is located in Philippines
Mavulis Island
Mavulis Island
Location within the northern extremity of the Philippines
LocationLuzon Strait
Coordinates21°6′47″N 121°57′6″E / 21.11306°N 121.95167°E / 21.11306; 121.95167Coordinates: 21°6′47″N 121°57′6″E / 21.11306°N 121.95167°E / 21.11306; 121.95167
ArchipelagoBatanes Group of Islands
Itbayat, Batanes

Mavulis Island is the northernmost of the Batanes Islands and the northernmost island in the Philippines. It is part of the province of Batanes. The island is uninhabited but it is frequently visited by local fishermen (mostly from Itbayat and Basco) for fishing adventures and guarded by the military.

The island has a newly constructed military and fishermen shelter, a helipad, lighthouse, and a flagpole on the top of the hill in the island.[1][2]

Alternative names[edit]

Older Batan natives also called the island Dimavulis or Dihami, meaning "north" in Ivatan. By some members of the Spanish colonial government it was called Diami, and it is known as Yami or Y'Ami on most American Colonial Era maps of the Philippines. The latter should not be confused with the aboriginal Yami of Taiwan that live on islands farther north beyond Philippine territorial limits, but are geographically, culturally and linguistically related to the Ivatan people. The island is also called Amianan, meaning "north" in Ilocano.


The island is part of the Luzon Volcanic Arc, and is located 141 kilometres (88 mi) southeast of the southern tip of Taiwan's main island and 98 km to the nearest Taiwanese island, the "Lesser Orchid Island" . The distance to Luzon is 288 kilometres (179 mi). The island is 2.2 km long and up to a kilometer wide. The highest point, Y'Ami Hill, is 219 metres (719 ft) high. The island is rocky on the coasts but covered in lush vegetation, including mangrove, vuyavuy palms and other native shrubs. Coconut crabs are found on the island in large numbers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mangosing, Frances (28 May 2019). "Multi-purpose shelter for fishers, troops unveiled in northernmost PH isle". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ Dumlao, Artemio (26 April 2019). "Fishermen's shelter completed on Batanes island". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 May 2019.