A short trek on the hills of Palaui Island is an adventure you shouldn’t miss. Besides having a great view of the lush green mountains and the deep blue sea, you also get a nice dose of the Pacific wind—cool, cool wind whistling in your ears.

The first few steps are easy; there are stairs. Then the other half of the climb is a freestyle stroll in the grassland. The entire climb can take 15 to 20 minutes depending on how long you take selfie shots. The reward: the rustic beauty of the more-than-a-century-old lighthouse of Palaui.

Named Farol de Cabo Engaño, this lighthouse is one of the few lighthouses built by the Spaniards in the 1800s. First lighted on December 1892, Farol de Cabo Engaño guided sea vessels in the Babuyan Channel and Philippine Sea.

The lighthouse has an octagonal stone tower that stands 47 feet tall. You can climb the stairs that lead to the breathtaking view of the nearby islands of Dos Hermanos. Most of the structure is already in ruins, but the lighthouse still does not fail to evoke feelings of amazement to its visitors. One only has to look around closely and let the place transport you to the past. @


ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.