Mavulis Island is the Northernmost Island in Batanes and of the Philippines, as mentioned it is part of Batanes, the island is inhabited but is frequently visited by the local fishermen.
Mavulis is also know as "Dihami" meaning north in Ivatan, in the Spanish era it was called Diami and then Yami in the American Era. [Also called Dimavulis by the locals]
Recently the AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines is planning to build a Multi-purpose facility in the island which can be used by the fishermen as a shelter.
How to get to Mavulis?
From Manila you will have to travel by plane in going to Basco in Batan Island, your best bet would be SkyJet, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific also offer flights to Basco but not as consistent as SkyJet. A round trip ticket would cost around Php8,000 to Php12,000 depending on the season and could be lower if they have promos. Squad Tip - Booking your flight way ahead of time and booking flights between Monday and Wednesday will definitely give you a lower fare.
Basco to Itbayat
By Air, North Sky Airlines offer flights every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it is an 8 seater plane and will cost you around Php1,800 per person per way and will only fly if there are enough passengers to fill up the seats. North Sky Airlines contact numbers are 0949-155-0100 or 920-965-1495, you can also contact Mrs. Luz Cartano in Basco at 0928-525-0818 and Ms. Gina Ponce in Itbayat at 0999-719-0410.
By Sea, there is a small number of companies that offer boat trips to and from Itbayat, a boat ride going to Itbayat from Basco, usually takes 4 hours but there are boats with bigger and faster engine that takes 2.5 to 3 hours only, please keep in mind that this estimates is base on a good weather scenario, it could be longer if the weather is not on your side.
Itbayat to Mavulis
From Itbayat Island it will take about 5 hours of travel by boat going to Mavulis Island. A private boat would cost you around Php6,000 to Php7,000. You can ask your host in your accommodation for a boat that would take you to Mavulis Island. You can also contact Jason 0999-932-7744 a licensed tour guide in Itbayat for assistance.
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