Rombo Balabac: Cape Melville and Lighthouse

Cape Melville

The Lighthouse

Declared as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine National Historical Commission, the Cape Melville Lighthouse is one of few light towers in the country that retains its original first-order lens and mechanisms. Constructed in 1892 by the Spaniards, the Faro de Primer Orden de Cabo Melville soars about 90 feet above sea level and illuminates Balabac Strait up to almost 300 feet. The tower still retains its original clockwork but it is inoperative.

Cape Melville Lighthouse is no longer in service today, replaced  with a white aluminum prefabricated structure with solar-powered light erected by the Philippine Coast Guard.

Voices from the past….

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Notes on my Rombo Balabac Island Safari:
  • The best time to visit Balabac group of islands is during the summer months of March, April and May, as the waters in and around the islands can be treacherous and rough.
  • Prior arrangements should be made before visiting some islands, particularly Punta Sibaring in Bugsuk Island and Onok Island.
  • Balabac is accessible via 3-hour motorized boat ride from Rio Tuba or Buliluyan Port. There are commuter vans and buses plying the Puerto Prinsesa-Rio Tuba route, which is a 5-hour travel time. Buliluyan Port is about 45 minutes away from Rio Tuba proper.
  • For a hassle-free Balabac experience, contact +63 998 944 7242
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