Cagayan: Cape Engaño Lighthouse

Located in Palaui Island in the town of Sta. Ana in the province of Cagayan, Cape Engaño Lighthouse is one of the lighthouses built by the Spaniards in Northern Luzon.

Also known as Faro de Cabo Engaño. The lighthouse was constructed on the 21st of September 1888 ans was finished on the 31st of December 1892. It sits atop the summit of Mt. Kabo (it's a hill by the way) 92 meters above sea-level. It has a 360 degree view of Bashi Channel, Pacific Ocean and Engaño Cove.
As seen from the boat ride
NHI marker
Check out the picturesque view
The Dos Hermanos Islands as seen from inside the tower


The lighthouse was initially designed by engineer Magin Pers y Pers. He also designed the lighthouse in Cape Bojeador and Capones island.

We visited the lighthouse as part of our Palaui Island tour. It's the only man-made structure that you'd see when you're on the boat heading to Engaño Cove.
The lighthouse tower

Another angle of the tower.

From Engaño Cove you can reach the lighthouse by treking Mt. Kabo. it would only take you 10-15 minutes from the base up. However, it took us almost an hour to reach the lighthouse. The reason was that, the higher we get, the more beautiful the view become. Half way to the top, you'd already get a panoramic view of the island. You'd surely stop to take pictures. (Hence, it's really a time killer.)
These steps lead you half way to Mt. Kabo.
Once you get to the light house, it would remind you of the ruins in Corregidor Island. I was amazed to find out that the lighthouse is still in service amidst the deteriorating interior. The guide said that it was refitted with solar panels and a caretaker frequently visits and inspects the facility.
Trying hard models
It's sad to note that the current state of the lighthouse makes it an eye sore to the beauty of Palaui Island.

Getting There:

Ride a bus heading to Sta. Ana, Cagayan. from there, ride a tricycle to Port San Vicente. Rent a boat that would bring you to Engaño Cove. Then prepare to hike to the top of Mt. Kabo to reach the lighthouse. (Don't worry man-made steps are already constructed until halfway to the top.)

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