Batanes kept its beauty because they (Ivatans and the Govt) have so much respect to their environment. They don't want people to flock in a place and eventually destroy its natural beauty which is happening in major tourist destination in our country. That's why most of their beaches looked untouched with no resorts, just the natural landscape.
One example is this beautiful beach near our resort. You can't swim and enjoy the beach without a permit from the municipality, we made it here because we are staying in a Resort which is also government owned. They build business to employ their people. Outsiders or non-Ivatans are not allowed to build their business unless married to a local.
For me, they are practicing the best tourism campaign in the country; preserving the nature, cultivating the local, making the tourists informed and satisfied. ❤️ #juncetravels #breathtakingbatanes #philippines