Batbatan Island is the name of an island in the province of Antique in the Philippines. It is located about 27 km from the west coast of the island of Panay in the Cuyo East Passage, a lake area to the north of the Sulusee . The island has an area of about 5 km² and is managed by the municipality of Culasi. The people of Tangay, who speak the language Cuyonin, inhabit the island. The 2007 census recorded exactly 2300 inhabitants. The Sitios Tigbao, Bunlao, Kawit, Mag-ayad, Rikudo, Camanga and Batbat together form the Barangay Batbatan Island. The island was first mentioned in 1580.
The approximately 10 km long coastal line is surrounded by numerous coral reefs and sea grass meadows. The topography of the island is hilly; Numerous hiking trails cross the island, which also lead to the numerous caves. The vegetation of the island is dominated by tropical rain forest , where monkeys, bats and numerous bird species live. However, the island has not yet been explored scientifically. The inhabitants worship the mystical figure of Lakeng Inggo, who is ritually given.
A ferry connection to the island is from the port in Culasi, the journey takes about two hours. – Source
Batbatan Island, Culasi, Antique is the home of the ethnic people called Tangays. This island harbors a rich biodiversity underwater (coral reefs and exotic tropical animals), above ground (colorful endemic wild birds and a colony of flying foxes and monkeys), and underground (inside its caves), and everything in between (coral cliffs that submerge in clear sea water and the creatures that live there).
There are natural coves, white sand beaches, a shifting sand bar for relaxation; whale shark watching, hiking, mountain climbing, and kite boarding for adventure; the rituals, the legends – the culture. The old watch tower, the ruins and the legends that persisted to exist throughout ages. – Source
Batbatan Island is located 8 kilometers from Mararison Island, Culasi in the Province of Antique.
The gorgeous island rises as a mound of soft greenery, an attraction to scuba divers. A group of American oceanographers conclude that the island belongs to the Caribbean Category. Natural caves and anchorage are also found on the island, likewise to the white sand beaches. – Source