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Declared as one of the top 12 tourist destinations by the Philippine Department of Tourism during 1994, Sabtang Island is located at northern Luzon and is a member of the Batanes Island group. The island offers a blend of unspoiled beaches, white sands and old-style architecture. 

Beaches

Perhaps the most fascinating and most photographed feature of this island is the famous stone arc located at Nakabuang Beach or locally known as “White Beach”. The arc is naturally formed and makes for a beautiful frame during picture taking, especially with that pure white, fine grained sand as a backdrop. If you want to see a bird’s-eye view of the waters, try climbing the small hills located at the coast of the island. Be careful though as the steps could be quite slippery and the winds are somewhat strong. However, when you do reach a sufficient height, the rolling waters lapping on the sandy shore makes the trek worth it.

Another one is Lime Beach named for the lime collected here by the townsfolk to fix and build their houses.

Architectures

Traditional architectures are also abundant within this landmass; in fact it is famous for containing the most number of old-style buildings in an island. A stone fortress called “Idjang” that has withstood centuries proudly stands atop a hill facing the famous “Sleeping Beauty” land formation. The idjang once served as a sanctuary for the then-residents during tribal wars. The villages themselves are a testimony to the old days with the presence of traditional houses made from a combination of stones, lime and cogon. The houses were designed to withstand harsh and have been faithfully kept by the townspeople. The San Vicente Ferrer Chruch is another architectural wonder, having withstood 165 years in existence, the structure was built by Dominican missionaries.

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