Batanes timelapse. 

Batanes timelapse movie, the northernmost islands in the Philippines. Wow, Batanes is something else! Tucked away in the ocean, Batanes lies right in the area where many typhoons pass by each year. These storms have shaped the land and you won’t find many trees here at all. The old Ivatan people here built their houses from stones to protect themselves from the storms. Storms that can cut off these islands from the rest of the world, with no boats or planes being able to travel. If you find yourself here during one of those times, you’ll end up with an extended vacation. If you ask me, I can’t think of any better place to be stranded, than these gorgeous island that have earned themself the nickname ‘Schotland of the Philippines’. 

Batanes has no crime. Famous is the Honesty Shop where you take what you want and pay for it youself in a box. No one works at the shop! I felt safer at Batanes than any other place I’ve ever been. The locals are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet as well and made my visit one of the best trips I’ve ever had. 

During my stay here in January, weather was very changeable and winds were terrible, making it very hard to setup my camera for a timelapse. The good thing is, it was very quiet with tourists. The Filipinos know the ‘secret’ of Batanes, but most foreigners don’t. So I found myself here being one of the few tourists on the island of Batan. Only 17k people live here, spread out over 3 of the 10 islands. 

Batanes Travel Guide

Read more about Batanes at the Batanes Travel Guide.


‘The Descent’ by Kevin MacLeod (
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Shot with a Nikon D800 (14-24/f2.8 & 28-300/f3.5-5.6) & Sony RX100iv. Edited with Photoshop, Lightroom and LRTimelapse. Movie composed in After Effects.

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