One of the most famous mountains in the Batanes blueprint, Mount Iraya is the beauty that welcomes tourists to the Batanes Islands, a stunning landmark many wishes to conquer.
Whether you are a hiking enthusiast or someone who just appreciates the beauty of nature, you just can’t help but be intrigued by Mount Iraya — ever present but perpetually shy, Mount Iraya’s full beauty is only for a few lucky ones as its top is always covered in clouds. Not only is it a picturesque landmark, it’s also a great place for hiking and trailblazing — despite a few challenging areas, you can climb to the top of this volcano in 2 hours. Don’t forget to bring the camera with you as the view on the top — the entire Batanes islands, and a majestic fusion of sea and clouds — will surely take your breath away.
Mount Iraya is located in Batan Island, Batanes.
Opening Days and Hours
Mount Iraya can be accessed anytime. Tourists are strongly advised to only take day trips to the mountain.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Mount Iraya is free for all. However, you need to hire a tour guide if you are planning to hike. Rates start at PhP 1,500 (USD 30).
How to Get There
- Fly from Manila to Basco, Batanes via Philippine Airlines or SkyJet.
- From the airport or your chosen hotel, board a tricycle to Mount Iraya.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Hikes can take 2 to 5 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to hike Mount Iraya is during the summer months which start from March and ends in May. Start your hike as early as 5:00 to fully enjoy its beauty.
Bring your own food and water with you during the trip.
- Basco Lighthouse
- Sabtang Lighthouse
- Tukon Church
- Valugan Boulder Beach
Different homestays and inns are available at Basco Town proper. Troy’s Lodge and Marfil’s Inn are among the most popular in the area. Rates range from PhP 500-700 (USD 10-14).