Tourist Spots in Region 2

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The major tourist attraction of Cagayan Province is caves, in particular, the famous seven chambered Callao Caves, which contain a chapel for those who wish to meditate on these wonders of nature. Other popular caves among the more than 300 that are around the region include Jackpot Cave, San Carlos Cave, Sierra Cave, and the Odessa-Tumbali Cave System.

The Province of Batanes is the northernmost and the smallest province of the Philippine Republic, both in terms of population and land area. The provincial capital is Basco.

The province is composed of ten islands (called the Batanes Islands) located about 162 km north of the Luzon mainland in the Luzon Strait and is part of the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Of this island group, the largest and most economically important are Itbayat, Batan and Sabtang.

The Batanes Islands are separated from the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan Province by the Balintang Channel and from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel.

The northernmost island of the province, as well as of the Philippines, is Mavudis (Yami) Island. The other islands are Misanga, Ditarem, Siayan, Itbayat, Dinem, Batan, Sabtang, Ivuhos, and Diadekey.

Only Itbayat, Batan, and Sabtang are inhabited. The Batanes is about 190 kilometers south of Taiwan.

Callao Cave - Located just outside Peñablanca town proper, this cave has seven chambers which are all explorable. The guide says that there are more than seven chambers but the others are not yet open to the public. The cave has great rock, limestone and mineral formations. It also has two skylights and a man-made chapel inside Chamber 2.

The Calvary Hills of Iguig, Cagayan Valley consist of 11 hectares of rolling hills atop which are found enormous concrete statues portraying the 14 Stations of the Cross. Because of this, it is a favorite pilgrimage site during Holy Week. Also found in this area are historic sites: a well dating back to the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, the ruins of a Dominican abbey, and one of the few churches with buttresses left in the Philippines -- the Church of San Antonio de Galicia. The hills lie about 16 kilometers from Tuguegarao City. The hills have a view of Cagayan River, which can be reached via a stairway at the back of the church. There is also another church nearby which draws believers: Jubilee Cross Chapel, which boasts an authenticated relic of the true Cross.

Iraya, or Mount Iraya, is an active volcano on one of the Batanes Islands in the province of Batanes (20°29'N, 124°01'E) in the Philippines. It is the northernmost active volcano in the Philippines. Iraya is a stratovolcano rising 1,009 meters with a base diameter of 5,500 meters. Its adjacent volcanic edifices are Mt. Matarem and Mt. Mahatao.


Sabtang Island is one of the 3 inhabited islands of the Batanes Island group off the coast of Northern Luzon in the Philippines. It lies southwest of the main island, Batan. Sabtang is known for its beautiful vistas, quiet unspoiled beaches with white sand, authentic traditional architecture, and historic sites. In 1994, the Department of Tourism declared it as one of the 12 best places to visit in the Philippines. Its principal municipality is San Vicente, which is popularly known as Sabtang Town. The island is 30-45 minutes away from Batan via falowa (banca) from Radiwan Port at Ivana.

Magat Dam Tourism Complex. Once the biggest dam system in Asia, Magat Dam offers the tourist a variety of water-based activities, such as fishing, boating, and water skiing, among others. The plant is accessible through jeepney and bus stationed on Santiago City.


The Calvary Hills of Iguig, Cagayan Valley consist of 11 hectares of rolling hills atop which are found enormous concrete statues portraying the 14 Stations of the Cross. Because of this, it is a favorite pilgrimage site during Holy Week. Also found in this area are historic sites: a well dating back to the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, the ruins of a Dominican abbey, and one of the few churches with buttresses left in the Philippines -- the Church of San Antonio de Galicia. The hills lie about 16 kilometers from Tuguegarao City. The hills have a view of Cagayan River, which can be reached via a stairway at the back of the church. There is also another church nearby which draws believers: Jubilee Cross Chapel, which boasts an authenticated relic of the true Cross.

Pinacanauan River is one of the largest tributaries of the Cagayan River, the longest, widest and most powerful river in the Philippines. Its name comes from the local term pinacanauan, which means “left-most.” It is found in the southeast of Cagayan Province in the municipality of Peñablanca in Cagayan Valley. Along with other rivers, it drains the agricultural plains of Cagayan Valley and serves as a water source for irrigation and other purposes. With its clear waters and beautiful natural setting, it is one of the tourist attractions of Cagayan province.