Gigantes Norte Lighthouse
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This is one of the stops on the island tour and is quite a distance from where we stayed. Maybe a 10 min scooter ride? You can see most of the island on the way and it was really nice to see the island kids just playing and being carefree.
There were some other tourists when we got there so I wasn't able to take a lot of photos. It's a protected historical site and one area was turned into a café. Unfortunately, they just serve instant coffee. I was hoping it would be a native blend or something local.
Not much historical info as well, I'd hoped there would be more details about the construction, destruction etc.
Nevertheless, still nice to see and a great place for photo taking
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Another must-see spot in North Gigantes is their famous lighthouse which is reachable via motorcycle ride. Built during Spanish times, Gigantes Norte Lighthouse served as nautical guide of the ships traveling at night. The old design of this was destroyed and replaced in January 1994 with a Japanese model powered by solar panels.
Just like the old designs of lighthouse, this one has a very interesting look. It felt nostalgic while roaming inside the rooms. Our guide told us that Gina Lopez started the renovations of the rooms but ended after she resigned as DENR Secretary and left some of it unfinished. There's also a cafe and museum inside but it was closed during our visit.
If you're also interested, you can buy souvenirs like keychain and ref magnet to the little shop near the entrance of the lighthouse. There were also friendly children who were selling colorful scallop shells from P5 to P50.
Tour Fee: Package tour with Bakwitan Cave
Entrance Fee: P20 per head
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Woke up at around 6am on the second day of our Visayas Backpacking trip and hopped on a habal-habal to visit the Gigantes Norte Lighthouse. Yes, walang ligo-ligo. Lol. On the way to the lighthouse, you will see little kids selling souvenirs made out of shells. I didn't bring any money with me so I just gave them high-fives and fist bumps!
Upon arriving, I saw that there's an old house turned cafe which served as the base of the old lighthouse. Again, since I did not bring any money, I wasn't able to buy anything and give any donation. (No entrance fee, just donations here. 🏻)
The new lighthouse took the place of the old Spanish lighthouse that Typhoon Frank destroyed way back 2008. The old one was one of the 27 major lighthouses built by the Spaniards all over the Philippines. The gate to the tower was locked so I wasn't able to go up to the top to see the 360 degree view. Sayang.
After minutes and minutes of posing and taking photos of the sunrise, we decided to return to the resort for our breakfast. I was really hungry from all the jumpshots and all the "Pak! Modeling 360" as our guides took control of our cameras and just told us where to pose. Lol.
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Built in 1893, the Islas de Gigantes Norte Island lighthouse served as a guide to maritime cargo vessels, boats, and fishermen in the Visayan Sea. It is one of the many lighthouses that is easily accessible from the main road. Once inside the compound, local kids greet you with eagerness and pure happiness. They're ready for photoshoots and group-fies as well. :-) Better head towards this lighthouse early in the morning to catch the sunrise. The view is just majestic! ️
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