Luzon Strait

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Luzon Strait
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Luzon Strait is located in Asia
Luzon Strait
Luzon Strait
CoordinatesCoordinates: 21°0′N 121°0′E / 21.000°N 121.000°E / 21.000; 121.000
Basin countriesTaiwan, Luzon island of the Philippines
Max. width250 kilometers (160 mi)
Max. depthca. 4,000 meters (13,000 ft)

The Luzon Strait lies between Taiwan and Luzon, which is part of the Philippines. The island of Taiwan used to be called "Formosa". This is the name used on the old map shown. The Luzon Strait is an important waterway. It is at least 250 kilometres (160 mi) wide. In most places it is about 320 kilometres (200 mi) wide. There are two groups of islands inside the strait:

  • The Babuyan Islands are an archipelago which is part of the Philippines
  • The Batanes is a group of islands which is part of the Philippines. It is also the smallest province of the Philippines

The Bashi channel runs between Orchid Island of Taiwan, and Mavulis Island of the Philippines. Navulis is the northernmost of the Batanes group.