Information about Cape Engaño Lighthouse
Cape Engaño Lighthouse
The Cape Engaño Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse in Palaui Island in the town of Santa Ana, Cagayan. It is over a hundred years old. The lighthouse is an example of Spanish architecture. It stands on a hill overlooking the seascape, and visitors can view the Dos Hermanas or Two Sisters Island nearby on top of the lighthouse.
The lighthouse is among the four lighthouses built during the Spanish Colonial period that served as guides for sailing ships. The construction of the edifice started on September 21, 1888, and was finished on December 31, 1892. Volcanic rocks were used to build the lighthouse, and most of the workers were Filipinos.
The Spaniards named it “Engaño” which means “to entice or attract,” because when they first arrived on the island, they were amazed by its natural beauty.
Tickets and entry
There is no entrance fee to the lighthouse, but there is an environmental fee of PhP50 for Palaui Island. Getting a guide who will accompany you on the trek to the lighthouse would also be more convenient.
Best time to visit
Getting to the lighthouse requires a bit of a trek, which can be slippery during the rainy season. To avoid this, visit during the dry season, which is usually from November to May. Avoid going at noon, as the heat from the midday sun can be scorching.