Clearly visible from the mainland, yet off the beaten path, the Babuyan Islands are 24 volcanic creations, some of which sport rugged cliffs and caves, while others are fringed with white-sand beaches and the most achingly blue, crystal-clear waters imaginable. Only the five largest islands are inhabited: Fuga, Dalupri, Calayan, Babuyan and Camiguan, and their residents lead quiet, pastoral lives, with limited electricity and little contact with the mainland. Volcanic Camiguin is known for its hot springs; the undeveloped islands of Fuga and Dalupri have beautiful white-sand beaches but no electricity or accommodation; developed Calayan has an incredible natural cove.
April to June is the best time to visit. The Babuyan Channel is generally too rough for crossings from December to March and during peak typhoon season (August to October); April is traditionally the calmest month. A planned airport, however, will eventually make the islands much more accessible.