Apo Reef Lighthouse / Apo Island Lighthouse

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Focal plane 35 m (115 ft); white flash every 10 s. 33.5 m (110 ft) white concrete tower with two galleries; no lantern. The building has an enclosed 2-story square base, an octagonal skeletal section topped by a gallery, and then a square cylindrical section topped by the octagonal second gallery. There are a number of lighthouses of this type in the Philippines, including the Lolong Point Light. Apo Reef is an atoll placed dangerously in the center of Mindoro Strait, the shipping route between the South China Sea and the central and southern Philippines. The atoll is preserved as the Apo Reef Natural Park. The original lighthouse here, built early in the U.S. administration (1906), was a hexagonal skeletal tower with central cylinder. Site open; visitors can climb the stairs to the top of the skeletal section.


Note: there is also an Apo Island lighthouse in Negros . Located on the atoll 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Sablayan. Accessible only by boat.

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Apo Island, Occidental Mindoro

The Apo Island is part of the three islands of Apo Reef, the other two islands are the Apo Menor also known as Binangaan Island, and Caios del Bajo. Apo Island’s white sand beach and the physical attributes of island offer tourists a wholesome place for rest and recreation. Since Apo Island is an isolated place don’t expect any resort.

Its main attraction is its immaculate stretch of white sand beach, whose pristine quality rivals even that of more celebrated Boracay. In fact, it offers the sand and water of Boracay without the crowds and dizzying array of gaudy resorts. The waters around the island are shallow and temperate, making it superb for leisurely swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

On Apo Island you will see a 35 meter lighthouse, which is used to ward of unsuspecting boats. The Apo National Park has a station on the island which is manned by rangers.

The Apo Reef Natural Park is a government protected natural park consists of the three islands. Apo Island is the largest among the three islands. It has a shallow lagoon with a depth of 2 meters to 10 meters surrounded by mangrove forest which serves as source of food, nursery and spawning ground of several coastal and marine species of fauna and sanctuary of birds.

Apo Reef is a series of coral reefs encompassing 34 square kilometers within the waters of Occidental Mindoro in the Philippines. It is the second largest contiguous reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef and the largest in the country.

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Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

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Shore line of Apo Island

Shore line of Apo Island

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Sunset at Apo Island

Sunset at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island

Sunrise at Apo Island

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Parola Park

Also known as Pressing Park named after the wife of former Mayor Loreto Urieta during his term. This park’s foremost attraction is a historic watchtower which allowed the natives to prey on Muslim vintas. Round the clock watchers and defenders stationed thereat signal or warn the people to hide while launching volleys of cannon fires to defend the town. Located in Lumang Bayan at Sablayan, it was erected in 1861. In 1896 it was equipped with bells to warn residents of impending raids. Later, a church was built which withstood the elements for ten brief years, but which is now in ruins. A cannon used to defend the town is all that stands at a promontory to remind generations of its past. Today, a lighthouse and old cannon could still be found there. The park offers the best sunset view in town. It can be reached in 3 hours from the San Jose airport by bus.

overlooking of Pandan Island from Parola Park

Parola Park

New Lighthouse

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Capones Lighthouse, Zambales

My side trip in Capones Island is such an amazing adventure. The first time that I visited a lighthouse was in Macau and from there on I promise my self that I will visit more lighthouse in the future, this is because of the magnificent beauty on top (over looking the whole island, a scenic moment that you only see in postcards).

Capones Island Lighthouse
The light from the Faro de Punta Capones, or Capones Island Lighthouse, has been used for more than a century to search for and guide ships into Subic and Manila Bays. The west coast of Manila has regular runs of shipping heading to and from the Philippines northern neighbors.

The lighthouse is perched 53 m above sea level. The actual lighthouse tower is 15.3m high and the views from up here are sensational.

It took seven (7) years to build the Capones Lighthouse and it went into operation in 1890.

Now a days the lighthouse is in need of some tender loving care, the caretakers house which forms part of the lighthouse structure looks very decrepit and in urgent need of repairs. The light is powered by the sun, with solar cells in charge of ensuring safe passage to passing ships.

If you get out to Capones Island make the effort and climb to the Lighthouse, I know it is a bit of a hike from the beach, but its all worth it.

How do I get to Capones Island?
As I’ve said a while ago Capones Island is just a side trip so you could refer to my trip to Anawangin because we just add a little amount to our boatman(bangkero) just to get into the island. Capones Island does not have any infrastructure, no resorts, no hotels, no shops, just you and the beauty of Capones Island. So I strongly suggest that you should camp on Anawangin because there’s no trees on the shores of Capones Island and you might as well enjoy the beauty of the camping scene in Anawangin.

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Front View of the Lighthouse

Front View of the Lighthouse

Front View of the Lighthouse

Front View of the Lighthouse

Front View of the Lighthouse

Front View of the Lighthouse

you can view more pictures on my multiply account  (Multiply accountt)

For affordable tour to Capones Lighthouse you can inquire to Trippers

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