Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Batanes : Basco Lighthouse

Basco Lighthouse in Naidi Hills

Iconic. If there is one structure in Batanes that is often featured either on magazines or websites, it has to be the Basco Lighthouse. This lighthouse is located in Naidi Hills, Barangay San Antonio in the capital town of Basco. The place can easily be reached by a three quarters mile hike from the Port of Basco and is one of the favorite hang-out of both locals and tourists alike.

Location-wise, the lush green hills and the open sea provide a beautiful backdrop for the lighthouse. Moreso, it provides ample protection to fisher folks and ships traversing the rough seas and docking on the Port of Basco. 

The Lighthouse is a six-story building with a gallery or viewing deck on the fifth floor. It's conical tower is made up reinforced concrete and its foundation is of rubble masonry or with stone just like the typical Ivatan houses. Once on top, you will be rewarded with an awesome 360 degree view of Batan Island including including Mount Irayaas well as Sabtang Island in the south of Basco and Itbayat Island to the north on a clear day. 

Here are some more photos I have taken of the place:

Batan Kids Posterity Pic


A Kid in the Hill

Entrance

View of Mount Iraya from the Lighthouse

Another View from the Lighthouse

Blue Door

Lawstude on Top

21 comments:

  1. The place is so beautiful. I would definitely go there in this lifetime.

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    1. I won't mind going there again and again and again :) Thanks for the visit Ellen.

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  2. A beautiful place indeed and a terrific capture, Oman, as always!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! I hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Sylvia, always a pleasure reading your comments. :) Have a blessed week too.

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  3. This post made me want to book a flight to Batanes the soonest. The first photo is the best in this set.

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    1. Punta na kasi kayo dalawa hehe, at ako ang isama nyo.

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  4. the stone building is so pretty and the location is ideal.

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    1. yup, ideal for a wedding no? light house wedding... that's new.

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  5. The first photo has nice composition.

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    1. Thanks Kiko, that's my favorite too.

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  6. Well I hope I don't come across as too opinionated for my own good this time LOL. Having said that, nothing seems to be superficial about Batanes that I am loving the place through these photos.

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    1. Haha, sabi ko naman sayo gamit din ng thesaurus eh haha. Although I see nothing wrong with your comments, some might interpret it otherwise. :)

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  7. Iba talaga ang Batanes. Ang ganda.

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    1. Yup, kaya Punta ka na. Tara sa Itbayat.

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  8. I long for the time to visit Batanes.

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    1. Hi Mhela, what keeps you? Go and see Batanes, you won't regret it.

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  9. Lighthouses are always connected with navigation as it guides the seafarers in their sails. I was able to experience climbing lighthouses - but the more definitive of an experience is the lighthouse that separates / connects Saudi from Bahrain. It's beautiful and marvelous. Once you're on top of it, you'll see the vastness of two countries - as far as your eyes could see. It's in an island accessible crossing the "Causeway Bridge" - a bridge built on seawater just to connect Saudi to Bahrain and make easy the transportation.

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  10. Wow, I could only imagine your visual description of the place. Middle east was never really in my bucket list but who knows? Life is full of surprises. (In fact I can hear Dubai knocking)

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