Famous lighthouses – Having been engaged by Spain for more than 300 years and the US by nearly 50 years, the Philippine Islands became home to a number of lighthouses which helped ships sail across through our waters for centuries.
Some of them, despite their ancient age, still work up to this day while others have been replaced by new, mostly solar-powered ones. But aside from allocation as guideposts to vessels entering our narrow straits or setting out to the open sea, these famous lighthouses are also traveler attractions to travelers who desire to marvel at their classic architecture.
Most of the time, these beacons also function as seamless spots to enjoy the view of our islands amidst the sparkling seas. Or as nice places to watch the sunrise or sunset.
Not individual are these lighthouses a feast to the eyes, they also tell a bit of our history. They high point the value of maritime travel to an archipelagic nation like ours while at the same time stressing the significance of safe marine transportation.
Batanes is home to some of the country’s best scenic lighthouses. And the reason behind it is the breathtaking backdrop to which these brilliant structures stand. Located at the southeastern portion of Batan Island, Tayid Lighthouse ushers a melodramatic panorama of the surrounding green hills of Mahatao slithering towards the direction of the soaring Mt. Iraya. The lighthouse itself which was made in 2000, is characterized by a white tower capped with red-painted lantern room and roof all sustained by a grayish to black-colored stone base. Colorful flowers decorate a pocket of garden on the side while on a space one may observe herds of cattle foraging along the hillslopes. Batanes is a destination that tourists will fall in love from the jaw dropping scenery to the local warmly welcoming you. The lighthouse stands on a hill on Bataan and capped with a red-painted concrete lantern room and roof. Tayid lighthouse faces the vast Pacific Ocean and is much less accessible, and the main tower of lighthouse that most people confused as round is Hexagonal.
2. Sabtang Lighthouse
On the nearby island of Sabtang, still in Batanes, a rounded gray-colored lighthouse towers mightily on a cliff just beside Sinakan Port. Alike to Tayid Lighthouse, its tower is also capped with red lantern room and roof. Located only a few meters from the sea, it is the first construction you’ll notice when crossing the treacherous strait separating the islands of Batan and Sabtang. The ancient lighthouse was composes a rugged scenery highlighted by the sharp rocks to which it is perched and the unrestrained waves consistently battering the coast. Sabtang lighthouse is one of the three functional lighthouses that was constructed in the early 2000s. Sabtang lighthouse is a picturesque and breathtaking view where one can see the downhill on its side that meets the sea. Tourists will gladly enjoy the white sand and pristine water that surrounds the lighthouse. A perfect place to take some photographs of the amazing nature.
3. Cape Engaño Lighthouse
Palaui Island, Cagayan
Was constructed in 1892, Faro de Cabo Engaño or Cape Engaño Lighthouse is a Spanish lighthouse constructed on a hilltop in the island of Palaui in Cagayan Province. Its well-known structure is the light gray octagonal-shaped tower which stands nearly 50 feet in height. The area provides a powerful vista of Dos Hermanas Islands, Siwangag Cove, the rugged cliffs of Palaui, and the loud waves of the Babuyan Channel. The original edifice now rests a ruin — a charismatic one with wide-open windows catching picture perfect images of nature. Cape Engaño Lighthouse is one of the four lighthouses erected during the Spanish Colonial period which served as a guide for incoming vessels coming from the Pacific Ocean. Most laborers who helped construct the lighthouse are Filipinos. You can also see a pavilion that is situated to the lighthouse near side which is also made of the same local materials but today it is left in ruin. Faro de Cabo Engaño or Cape Engaño Lighthouse is still a must-visit site.
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4. Guinahoan Island Lighthouse
Guinahoan Island, Caramoan
Proudly facing the glum waves of the Philippine Sea, the dazzling white solar-powered lighthouse of Guinahoan Island is rapidly achievement popularity among visitors to Caramoan. The modern beacon is erected on a grassy hill where various cattle graze under the sunny sky, complete with a 360-degree view of the expansive sea and nearby beaches contained by crystal vibrant, warm turquoise waters. Also if you wish to reward yourself with a flawless view of the sunrise, this lighthouse is the paramount place to go as it directly faces the east. On the opposite side is a mangrove forest points in the direction of Lahuy and Cotivas, to similarly wonderful islands which are only a short boat ride from Guinahoan.
5. Guisi Lighthouse
Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
On the side from its world-famous sweet mangoes, another popular attraction in the province of Guimaras is the lighthouse decay located in the town of Nueva Valencia. Constructed during the Spanish colonial period and arguably one of the ancient in the country, what remains of Guisi Lighthouse today is a rusty metal tower which seemingly straddles through the test of time. Beside it are the run-down vine-invaded gray walls of the principal building. But despite the disrepair, the place doesn’t fail to stun its visitors, because the physical composition of the ruin fondled by crawling vines and grooving trees give the ancient beacon a magical appeal. The hill to which it was erected also serves a nice spot to enjoy a powerful view of Guisi Beach, the running cliffs, and the relaxing sea that hugs the coast of Guimaras Island. The lighthouse is an 18th century Spanish-colonial that was built beside the beach. Guisi lighthouse can be reached by following a light trail. At the top of the hill are the ruins of a Spanish-colonial outpost and the rotting remains of lighthouse structure.
6. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Burgos, Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Region is well-known for its delicious empanada, the windmills of Bangui,Kapurpurawan rock formation, the sand dunes, the beaches of Pagudpud, and the ancient city of Vigan. But aside from the delectable local treats and attention-grabbing attractions, it is also home to one of the most popular lighthouses in the country. Located in the municipality of Burgos in Ilocos Norte, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse existed first lit in 1892 during the Spanish Colonial Period. It stands on a hill that oversees Cape Bojeador and functioned as a guide to galleons which used to pass by the northwestern edge of Luzon. Its overall construction has been nicely preserved so paying a visit to the lighthouse won’t only provide a refreshing sight of the sea, it will also let you appreciate the wonderful architecture of the building.
7. Melville Lighthouse
Erected along the southern place of Balabac Island in Palawan, the 120-year old Melville Lighthouse is certainly one of the best difficult to reach in the archipelago. Starting from a small beachside community of people belonging to the Molbog tribe, and after a 30-minute hike, you’ll usual foot on the old beacon. Its construction began in 1818, and when it was finished 74 years late in 1892, its 90-foot tall granite tower has since become among the tallest in the country. The Spanish lighthouse no extended functions, giving way to the construction of a white modern solar-powered one as a replacement. Because of its remoteness, the lighthouse is one of the hardest to reach Spanish lighthouse in the country. They say it is the most beautiful, the grand dame of all the lonely sentinels of the Philippines seas.
8. Capul Lighthouse
Capul Island, Northern Samar
Located in the island of Capul in Northern Samar, Capul Lighthouse stands at the corner of a grassy slope. With a height of closely 15 meters, the time-torn beacon was first lit on December 1896 to guide the vessels that cross the narrow San Bernardino Strait. On a vibrant day, the grounds surrounding the historic landmark provides a wide panorama of Bicol Peninsula and the close Samar Island. And if the weather is even fairer, a nice view of Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon can be seen
9. Capones Lighthouse
Capones Island, Zambales
Off the coast of the well-known camping site Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales, the island of Capones is known for its rocky beach which escorts a melodramatic vista of the Zambales mountain range. It is also home to a 123-year old Spanish colonial lighthouse which purposes as a guide to ships coming from the north moving towards the direction of Subic Bay and Manila Bay. The novel lamp was first lit on the 1st of August 1890 but is now replaced with a solar-powered one by the Philippine Coast Guard. The white repaired tower now looks modern while the adjacent earth-toned walls of the station keep on untouched — leaving visitors to appreciate their classical brick design and structure..
10. Saluag Lighthouse
Saluag Island, Tawi-Tawi
At the southernmost slope of the Philippine Archipelago, an old rusty lighthouse stands on a pocket of fine sandy ground. Beside it is a anew constructed white beacon which guides vessels which pass along the waters separating the Philippines and Malaysia. The ancient cylindrical lighthouse supported by a steel framework is capped with a rounded lantern room. Given its isolated location, reliable information about this lighthouse in Saluag Island was difficult to find. But according to the locals whose main stream belong to the Tausug tribe, it’s been around since the American Period.