Mt. Iraya is a dormant stratovolcano on Batan Island and the highest point in the province of Batanes, Philippines. It has an elevation of 1,009 meters above sea level and a base diameter of 5,500 meters. It is the northernmost active volcano in the Philippines and last erupted in 1454.
Mt. Iraya is a popular destination for adventure seekers who want to challenge themselves with a four-hour trek to the summit. From there, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Basco and the ocean. The mountain is also a landmark of great importance and legend for the Ivatans, the indigenous people of Batanes. They believe that the mountain is a mother overlooking her children for their protection, or that a ring of clouds around the peak signifies the death of an elder.
Mt. Iraya is not only a guide for the local fisherfolk, but also a symbol of the history and culture of Batanes. The site where the mountain stands was once a small community for pre-colonial Ivatans and home of the late Chieftain Boyas. It was also the site of the American period telegraph facilities that connected Batanes with the central government until it was destroyed by the Japanese Imperial Army bombings at the start of World War II.
Mt. Iraya is one of the most scenic attractions in Batanes, as it showcases the natural beauty, architectural heritage, and historical significance of the province.