Sunday, January 23, 2011

cape engano palaui island

haven't seen waves so wide yet moves at a slow pace, that was just few minutes when we were approaching the Northern coast. with the hope that it ain't going to be larger. the lighthouse wasn't in view yet.
the lush and rugged forms of Palaui island from the port of San Vicente seemed like it was just a jump away. so close that a small fish boat can actually take you to the closest docking point on the South side of the island but entails long hours of walking to reach Punta Verde, our destination.when we entered Punta Verde's cove, water was calm and the Cape Engano lighthouse on top of the hill, came into view. the cove's pebble beach was just fine but its isolation made it fantastic. no cottages yet along its beach line.trekking our way up to hill was the best part. the view after several steps up the artially-made walkway was breathtaking. it's where one gets a view of the large grassland on one side and the beach on the other.
while on our way up, i remembered when i first saw this island in a travel show which featured the hosts going to the island taking a helicopter and landed on this large beautiful grassland of Punta Verde. awesome 180 degrees view from that point.few more steps and we reached Cape Engano lighthouse. just one of the many Spanish built lighthouses mostly during the 19th century. this one now on its 118th year of existence serves as a major landfall light to assist ships coming from the Pacific.though still operating, what remains of this lighthouse are ruins of bricks from its old structure. the tower can still be accessed at a certain level on its spiral stairway. the windows gives a view of the surrounding area including the beautiful peaks of the island of Dos Hermanos.some trekkers would stay overnight our guide mentioned and i asked if he did experience some weird manifestations, he said he didn't. looking at its ruins, two factors seems to have caused it, nature and probably lack of maintenance and funding. a rehabilitation of this lighthouse might be under way but for me, as ruins it remains a great photo subject. a significant beacon. a beautiful island icon. if they won't be able to preserve its original structure, i hope they will be able to preserve the ruins.
how to get there:from Manila,
option 1: take a bus (recommended Florida bus) direct to Sta Ana which usually about 15hours.
option 2: take a plane to Tuguegarao and take a van or bus to Sta Ana (about 4hours).

when in Sta Ana, take a tricycle going to San Vicente port (10mins) or eskapo recommends that you take option 2 (van) and ask the driver to drop you at San Vicente port.

when in San Vicente Port, look for the tourist center and pay for the minimum tourist fee. then rent a boat that will take you to Punta Verde (estimate 1hour boat trip) to go to the lighthouse. boat fee usually is around P1,500. you also have the option to go to Anguib beach which has a better beach than the one in Punta Verde (estimate 30mins boat trip).

note:

when going to Punta Verde to go to the Cape Engano lighthouse, from the port of San Vicente would take about 40minutes by boat through the East route and almost an hour through the West route. the latter, a longer route yet is often preferred by the boat man. the rough waters of the East coming from the Pacific can sometimes lengthen the trip and might even lead you to danger.

location:
island: Palaui
province: Cagayan
boat take off: San Vicente Port (Sta Ana, Cagayan)



escape factor:accessibility: 3.0
boat trip: 3.5
beach: 3.5
lighthouse: 4.5
trekking: 4.5
overall escape factor: 4.0
GPS location
18^ 34' 33" N
122^ 08' 22" E

32 comments:

MOKS™ said...

nicw shots parekoy..sana summer na para makapunta ko ng beach...hehehe

KRIS JASPER said...

COOL photos... seems like summer is really arriving soon!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

ang ganda ng lighthouse! kakainggit. babalik kame ni angel sa jan sa june kuha na kame ng guide. :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Superb colors, wonderful bays, interesting lighthouse building!

Beth said...

Parang un lighthouse sa Ilocos, na sana e mapreserve din khit un ruins lang. Hayy...
Ganda ng shots mo, Dong as usual!

I like your boat-in-the-beach shot! Super calm. I wish I was there...

asiong32 said...

wow angganda naman jan...gusto ko pumunta jan....

dong ho said...

>Moks, thanks! i myself am so excited this summer but i heard that it will be a La Nina summer. fingers-crossed. don't forget to share your summer experience.

>Jasper, thanks! excited for summer.

>Hi Gael, thanks! great! the come back will definitely be exciting. i'll never forget your story about this island. looking forward to the tandem trip.

>Traveling Hawk, amazing island!

>Hi Beth, thanks! i remember the one in Ilocos. in fact, im actually fascinated on the Spanish-made lighthouse in the country. needs to visit the rest.

>Asiong32, let me know just in case you want some more tips.

Borneo Falcon said...

The lighthouse is definitely the star attraction. Although with its dilapidated condition, it still blends well with its surrounding

sheng said...

OMG, ang ganda ng lugar na yan! I wanna go there! Seriously!

beero said...

ganda ng shots mo kuya dong! may plan kami pumuta dyan eh. sana matuloy ngayong summer. kelangan mo na mag-ipon. hehe.

Sidney said...

What a beautiful place . I am sad to see that those old Spanish buildings are not maintained.

Chyng said...

beautiful shots. very inviting!
one shot is familiar though, parang sa Ilocos yung view. both are breath taking.


may chikka ko sayo! you'll like it! saka na pag nagkita tayo..

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

The remains of the lighthouse is indeed a good photo op. And that view from up there is just dramatic. I guess if that lighthouse stays in ruins, they should make sure it's still safe for people to walk around it.

alicesg said...

The sky looked so blue over there. Nice to live in such a big country with so vast spaces. Lovely scenery.

SandyCarlson said...

So beautiful and very, very warm. Thank you.

Pietro said...

Fantastic green hills, great landscapes. Thanks for sharing these nice trips!

Luna Miranda said...

my feet itch while looking at these photos! i have a friend from Tuguegarao, i should pester her about this place para isama nya ako sa summer.:p

love your photos!

Photo Cache said...

I agree that preserving the ruins somehow makes it more precious.

rob said...

.. looks very isolated, breath-taking view talaga.

Bengbeng said...

amazing such a wonderful place not yet overwhelmed by tourists

Pilipinas said...

Ganda ng mga picture mo dito sa lighthouse... Galing!!!! pagpinakita ko kay Jam to hahanapin ka nnman sa picture bakit daw palagi daw wala ka hehe kids!!!!!!.

Raft3r said...

wow
astig ang view
sulit ang trek nyo

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

parang mini batanes!

lakwatsera de primera said...

I agree with Christian, parang Batanes din first impression ko :), more posts on Palaui Dong, wanna visit this place too

Rizalenio said...

This lighthouse looks eerie to me. It's beautiful and very enigmatic at the same time.

Wala ba talaga silang nararamdaman dito na kakaiba? Di ata ako makakatulog dito kapag magcacamping sa area na ito.

Indeed, awesome views. The best talaga ang Pinas.

princess_dyanie said...

Parang Batanes yung lush greens!

Raft3r said...

summer is here!!!

nuts said...

ang galing ng shots lalo na yung grassland, wow sobra! napa swerte mo naman talaga makita ganito kagandang view. galing sobra!

Ed said...

ganda ng Palaui, I especially like the green landscape on top. First saw this in Gael's post wherein they got lost.

serviced office manila said...

The scenery is amazing with the eerie yet fantastic lighthouse ruins.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic pictures! Now, where can I ask my questions and get answers about your trip? My trip's next week and accidentally, I'll be traveling alone. Help!

-Mo

dong ho said...

ey Mo, just email me at i.dongho@gmail.com

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