Monday, August 22, 2016

Lighthouses in Batanes

The first I heard of them was in a TV Travel show where a small restaurant served native and foreign food dishes. They said the resto served one of the best they'd ever tasted. Since then, I always looked forward to watching shows featuring lighthouses in Batanes.

And I and my dear wife have been dreaming of spending vacation there some day.

Well, my friend and former schoolmate, Dan, went with his wife recently and took this picture. There are actually 3 lighthouses in Batanes:

Basco Lighthouse

It's on Naidi Hills (first lighted in 2003) where the old telegraph facility used to be. The Americans built it when they occupied the country but the Japanese demolished it in World War II.

Tayid Lighthouse (or Mahatao)

Built in the 1700s facing the Pacific, this square-shaped lighthouse is said to be less accessible but readily seen from Racuh a Payaman or Marlboro Country and the Dirua Fishing Village.

Sabtang Lighthouse

This is one is nearer the coastline (and adjacent to a cliff) near the port in Sabtang.

Another thing I like to personally see in Batanes is the highest point where they say you get a good view of both the West Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

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