Cape Melville Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located in the island of Balabac, the southernmost point of the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is also the southwest corner of the archipelago. The first-order light was constructed by the Spaniards to light Balabac Strait, the treacherous body of water that separates the Philippines from the neighboring country of Malaysia.
/> The light is displayed from a 90-ft tall (27.4 m) granite tower, located on a hill 1.5 miles northwestward of the tip of Cape Melville, for a total elevation of 297 ft (90.5m) above sea level. The station was built by the Spanish Government as part of their extensive lighting plan for the archipelago. The lighthouse of Cape Melville was first lit on August 30, 1892. -Wiki
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This is the most challenging trip so far. Balabac is not your usual Palawan destination. It is located at the southernmost part of Palawan. Our plan was to go back to El Nido, but we found some blogs about Balabac that's why we changed it. We have different flights as well. The tour packages are so expensive, that's why we decided to have a DIY trip. We posted our planned trip through the different groups in Facebook then we found 2 backpackers who are willing to join us. We met personally in San Jose terminal in Puerto Princesa and we became instant friends!
Day 1: Puerto Princesa arrival ...
In the farthest tip of the island of Balabac, the southernmost town of Palawan with the same name, is an aging yet beautiful lighthouse that has served its purpose and survived the time for more than a century – Faro del Cabo Melville (Cape Melville Lighthouse).
Built in late 1800's and currently inactive, Cape Melville Lighthouse is one of the few remaining standing Spanish-era lighthouses in the Philippines. It was first lit in August 30, 1892 to guide ships traversing the waters of Southern Balabac particularly those crossing the sea that separates Palawan and Pulau Banggi of Malaysia. ...
Balabac has so much to offer in terms of island hopping experience. There is a total of 31 islands in Balabac, Palawan. Many of these are home to communities that constitute the 20 barangays in this municipality, and many still that offer pristine beaches for those seeking off-the-beaten summer destinations.
Hali shot too many beautiful photos of our Balabac island hopping experience, and honestly it's very difficult to choose just a few. I would post everything here if I could.
Island hopping in the southern edge of Palawan
Of the islands in Balabac, Onuk Island is probably the most ...
More popularly known for its natural tourist spots and features, Palawan is also home to several of our country's heritage sites. Artifacts and archeological sites dating from the pre-Hispanic time up to World War II ruins also dot this wonderful island. Here are few of these heritage sites in Palawan that you should definitely visit:
1. Batac Tribal Visit and Jungle Trek: Experience local indigenous culture with the remote village of the Batak Tribe – a mountain-dwelling tribe with a dwindling number of less than 500. Before you reach the village, you have to trek tropical forests relati ...
Guiding Lights a Lighthouses in the Philippines. These are the following:
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse or Burgos Lighthouse
- Cape Melville Lighthouse
- Cabra Island and Lighthouse
- Tayid Lighthouse
Note: Arch 17 project video snippets and photos are not mine!
The Philippines has a total land area of 300,000 square kilometers and is composed of more than 7,100 islands. The country has the 5th longest coastline in the world with a length of 36,289 kilometers, outlining numerous islets, gulfs and bays. As an archipelago, the progress and future of the country has and will always depend on maritime travel, where huge domestic and international ships sail its waters. This means that lighthouses are abundant here for the safety of these ships, and these structures include those that are visited by tourists for their history and notable features. So, whic ...