Babuyan Island

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Babuyan Island
Smith Volcano 1.jpg
Smith Volcano in the foreground with Babuyan Claro (behind), the two active volcanoes of Babuyan Island
Babuyan Island is located in Philippines
Babuyan Island
Babuyan Island
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates 19°31′20″N 121°57′13″E / 19.52222°N 121.95361°E / 19.52222; 121.95361Coordinates: 19°31′20″N 121°57′13″E / 19.52222°N 121.95361°E / 19.52222; 121.95361
Archipelago Babuyan Islands
Adjacent bodies of water
Length 8 mi (13 km)
Width 6 mi (10 km)
Coastline 24 mi (39 km)[1]
Highest elevation 3,543 ft (1,079.9 m)[2]
Highest point Babuyan Claro
Region Cagayan Valley
Province Cagayan
Municipality Calayan
Barangay Babuyan Claro
Population 1,423 (2010)

Babuyan Island (sometimes called Babuyan Claro) is the highest and northernmost island in the Babuyan Islands in Luzon Strait north of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The whole island makes up the barangay of Babuyan Claro, that constitute the municipality of Calayan in Cagayan province. The volcanic island has a population of 1,423 as of the 2010 Census.[3]


Babuyan is the northernmost island of the Babuyan archipelago

Babuyan Island lies about 27 mi (43 km) south-southwestward of Balintang Islands, and about 55 mi (89 km) northward of Cape Engaño Lighthouse. The nearly triangular island is about 8 mi (13 km) long in a northeast and southwest direction, with an average width of about 6 mi (9.7 km). The island seems to be steep all around. A reef projects from its western point. The south point is steep and rocky with a black, rocky, sugarloaf islet, called Pan de Azucar, close inshore.[4]


Near the western point of the island is Smith Volcano, also known as Mount Babuyan, about 2,257 ft (688 m) high. In the middle of the island and east-southeastward from Smith is Babuyan Claro, also known as Mount Pangasun, about 3,543 ft (1,080 m) high, between which the mountains are much lower, so that from a considerable distance eastward it appears as a round mountain with a detached hillock northward. There are three other volcanic cones with no historic eruptions on the island - Cayonan, Dionisio and Naydi.[2]

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  1. ^ Measured using Google Earth
  2. ^ a b = "Babuyan Claro" Check |url= value (help). Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Municipality/City: CALAYAN". Philippine Standard Geographic Code (PSGC) Interactive. Retrieved on 2013-04-01.
  4. ^ U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (1919). "United States Coast Pilot, Philippine Islands, Vol. 1". Government Printing Office, Washington.