The Unusual (and Too Beautiful to Miss) Valugan Boulder Beach in Basco, Batanes

Valugan Boulder Beach is a three kilometer beach covered with andesite rocks in Barangay San Joaquin, Basco, Batanes, Philippines.

Valugan Boulder Beach

Valugan Boulder Beach in Basco, Batanes

I went here on February 21, 2014. This was during my first time in Batanes, the 29th province on my list.

Ivatans has it that the boulders scattered along Valugan Beach are rocks spewed by Mount Iraya during its eruption several hundred years ago. The smoothed rocks are the result of undulating tides of the Pacific Ocean. Reaching a diameter of up to five feet, these boulders dot the coastline along the northeastern point of Batan Island of Batanes.

The Mount Iraya and surrounding coastal cliffs provide a stark backdrop for the boulder-covered beach.

The beaches are open to tourists, but collecting the rocks is prohibited.

How to get to Valugan Boulder Beach

From Basco Proper, go straight to Fajardo Street passing Basco Airport and San Joaquin Elementary School all the way to the east until you reach the beach. You may choose to bike or rent a tricycle to Valugan Beach.


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