Batanes is an altogether different world. This is easily the most remote corner of the Philippines: a group of 10 small, windswept islands, only threeof which are inhabited, located some 100 miles north of Luzon, and just 120 miles south of Taiwan. Its appearence is in total contrast: rolling emerald hills, sheer cliffs, picket fences, dry stone walls, and dairy farming...more Irish sea than South China sea! Accessible only by flight from Manila, Batanes is only just appearing on the tourist radar, and sees just a few dozen foreign tourists a year. Tourist infrastructure is understandably very simple, but those who come will find alluring natural scenery, fantastic walking, an intriguing (and isolated) tribal culture, and a feeling of true discovery.