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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines.

ABOUT CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE

It was first lit on March 30, 1892, and is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by.

After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.

The light marks the northwestern-most point in Luzon. The northeastern-most being Cape Engaño Lighthouse on Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan.

The lighthouse of Cape Bojeador serves shipping heading towards the Pacific Coast heading towards the Babuyan Channel, also serves ships heading towards the ports of Salomangue and Curmimao.

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in 2012

The 66-foot-tall (20 m) octagonal stone tower, the most prominent structure in the vicinity, can be seen from as far away as Pasuquin town in the south and Bangui on the east on a clear day. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the highest-elevated nor tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. But the highest elevated still original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country.

Corregidor Lighthouse is higher at over 600 feet (180 m), and among the Spanish Colonial lighthouses, the tower of Cape Melville Lighthouse is the tallest at 90 feet (27 m). In Mindoro Strait, the recently erected modern tower at the Apo Reef Light Station rises to a height of 110 feet (34 m).


THE LIGHTHOUSE TODAY

Cape Bojeador lighthouse is the most accessible of all the lighthouses in the island of Luzon. Access to the lighthouse is through a two-lane narrow concrete road that starts from the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Paayas, Burgos, about 40 km. north from Laoag City, capital of Ilocos Norte.
After passing Paayas, a sign on the right side of the highway indicates the winding road that leads to the base of the lighthouse. At the parking lot, visitors climb a flight of concrete stairs to the perimeter wall which offers a good view of Cape Bojeador and West Philippine Sea and enter the courtyard.

Look for the lighthouse keeper and inform him of your intentions. The service buildings and the cistern are located in the courtyard. The elegant T-shaped stairway leads you up to the veranda of the main pavilion.

The hallway of the main pavilion takes you to the foot of the covered stairs that lead to the entrance of the tower. A spiral staircase leads the visitor to the lantern room on top. Only a certain number of people are allowed in the tower at a time. Access to the gallery depends on the outside wind condition.

The pavilion has now been transformed into a small museum as well as lodging for people seeking basic accommodation, though except from shared cooking facilities and water from the cistern, no other amenities are provided.

Me at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

I wasn't able to get inside the lighthouse since it wasn't under maintenance the day we visited here.

It is recommended to visit the area in the months of June to August when the moderate monsoon revitalizes the surrounding vegetation that adds to the scenic view of the area. November to January is not advisable for the weather is very wet and cold due to the effect of the Siberian Winds (Cold front from Siberia, Russia) affecting the northernmost tip of Luzon Island.

Sunset as viewed from Cape Bojeador

Watching sunset here is a perfect way to end our day after our long tour around Pagudpud. 

WHERE TO STAY NEAR CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE

Knowing that Pagudpud is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, finding a place to stay here is not really a big challenge but of course, it would be ideal and less hassle to book your reservations as early as possible.

There are many budget hotels, transient houses and of course those luxury hotels to stay in. You can check our list of hotels in Pagudpud and see which one suits your budget.


WHERE IS CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE IN THE MAPS

  
The maintenance of Cape Bojeador Lighthouse has been repainting the whole structure since I came here in 2012. So you'll notice a big difference into some of the photos I have taken here vs the photos tourists' have today.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is part of South day tour around Pagudpud including Bangui windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Burgos Lighthouse.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Hundred Islands

  • Why is Cape Bojeador lighthouse famous?
    Cape Bojeador is one of the most popular lighthouses for people to visit. Originally designed by renowned engineer Magin Pers y Pers in 1887, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was first lit on March 30, 1892. Nice then, it guided many Spanish galleons along Ilocos Norte's rocky coastline.

  • Where is the Cape Bojeador lighthouse in the Philippines?
    Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. If you're coming from Burgos City Hall, ride a jeepney that will head northeast on the M. Perucho St, It will turn right onto Pres. Ignacio St then left on the Pan-Philippine Highway.

  • Who made the Cape Bojeador?
    The initial design was by Magin Pers and Pers in 1887 but was completed by Guillermo Brockman's Lighthouse Service. The lighthouse tower is 65 feet tall and is octagonal. It is made with bricks to crowned with a bronze cupola.

  • What is the name of the tallest lighthouse in the Philippines?
    Contrary to popular belief, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos is not the highest-elevated nor tallest lighthouse in the Philippines but the highest-elevated still original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country. Corregidor Lighthouse is higher at over 600 feet (180 m), and among the Spanish colonial lighthouses, the tower of Cape Melville Lighthouse is the tallest at 90 feet (27 m). In Mindoro Strait, the recently erected modern tower at the Apo Reef Light Station rises to a height of 110 feet (34 m).

HOW TO GET TO ILOCOS NORTE

LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
  • By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have regular trips that will take you directly to Laoag City. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City, 10-12 hours. So, I advise you to have a night trip for this.
  • By Plane: Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.

Cape Bojeador is located in Burgos which is about 1-2 hours drive from Laoag. You can take a bus ride from Laoag to Pagudpud then drop you off Burgos. Then you can rent a tricycle to bring you to the lighthouse and tour you around. Or you can book a day tour directly from Laoag via Klook.
Check bus ticket rates via 12go Asia:


OTHER LIGHTHOUSES TO VISIT IN THE PHILIPPINES

Check out my Ilocos Travel Guide:
ilocos tour itinerary 2018  diy ilocos tour itinerary 3d2n 2018  diy ilocos tour itinerary 3d2n 2019  3d2n complete itinerary of vigan-laoag-pagudpud tour  ilocos itinerary by car  ilocos tour itinerary 2 days  manila to ilocos norte by car  baguio-vigan-laoag-pagudpud itinerary
Have fun, Juan!

WHERE TO GO IN ILOCOS?

Batac   Burgos   Laoag   Pagudpud   Paoay   Vigan

IMPORTANT NOTE: The rates, contact details and other information indicated in this post are accurate from the time of writing but may change without IMFWJ's notice. Should you know the updated information, please let us know by leaving a message in the comment box below.

WHERE TO STAY IN ILOCOS NORTE:
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ILOCOS NORTE: Things You Should Know About Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos (History and Its Importance)

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines.

ABOUT CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE

It was first lit on March 30, 1892, and is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by.

After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.

The light marks the northwestern-most point in Luzon. The northeastern-most being Cape Engaño Lighthouse on Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan.

The lighthouse of Cape Bojeador serves shipping heading towards the Pacific Coast heading towards the Babuyan Channel, also serves ships heading towards the ports of Salomangue and Curmimao.

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Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in 2012

The 66-foot-tall (20 m) octagonal stone tower, the most prominent structure in the vicinity, can be seen from as far away as Pasuquin town in the south and Bangui on the east on a clear day. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the highest-elevated nor tallest lighthouse in the Philippines. But the highest elevated still original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country.

Corregidor Lighthouse is higher at over 600 feet (180 m), and among the Spanish Colonial lighthouses, the tower of Cape Melville Lighthouse is the tallest at 90 feet (27 m). In Mindoro Strait, the recently erected modern tower at the Apo Reef Light Station rises to a height of 110 feet (34 m).


THE LIGHTHOUSE TODAY

Cape Bojeador lighthouse is the most accessible of all the lighthouses in the island of Luzon. Access to the lighthouse is through a two-lane narrow concrete road that starts from the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Paayas, Burgos, about 40 km. north from Laoag City, capital of Ilocos Norte.
After passing Paayas, a sign on the right side of the highway indicates the winding road that leads to the base of the lighthouse. At the parking lot, visitors climb a flight of concrete stairs to the perimeter wall which offers a good view of Cape Bojeador and West Philippine Sea and enter the courtyard.

Look for the lighthouse keeper and inform him of your intentions. The service buildings and the cistern are located in the courtyard. The elegant T-shaped stairway leads you up to the veranda of the main pavilion.

The hallway of the main pavilion takes you to the foot of the covered stairs that lead to the entrance of the tower. A spiral staircase leads the visitor to the lantern room on top. Only a certain number of people are allowed in the tower at a time. Access to the gallery depends on the outside wind condition.

The pavilion has now been transformed into a small museum as well as lodging for people seeking basic accommodation, though except from shared cooking facilities and water from the cistern, no other amenities are provided.

Me at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

I wasn't able to get inside the lighthouse since it wasn't under maintenance the day we visited here.

It is recommended to visit the area in the months of June to August when the moderate monsoon revitalizes the surrounding vegetation that adds to the scenic view of the area. November to January is not advisable for the weather is very wet and cold due to the effect of the Siberian Winds (Cold front from Siberia, Russia) affecting the northernmost tip of Luzon Island.

Sunset as viewed from Cape Bojeador

Watching sunset here is a perfect way to end our day after our long tour around Pagudpud. 

WHERE TO STAY NEAR CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE

Knowing that Pagudpud is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, finding a place to stay here is not really a big challenge but of course, it would be ideal and less hassle to book your reservations as early as possible.

There are many budget hotels, transient houses and of course those luxury hotels to stay in. You can check our list of hotels in Pagudpud and see which one suits your budget.


WHERE IS CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE IN THE MAPS

  
The maintenance of Cape Bojeador Lighthouse has been repainting the whole structure since I came here in 2012. So you'll notice a big difference into some of the photos I have taken here vs the photos tourists' have today.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is part of South day tour around Pagudpud including Bangui windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Burgos Lighthouse.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Hundred Islands

  • Why is Cape Bojeador lighthouse famous?
    Cape Bojeador is one of the most popular lighthouses for people to visit. Originally designed by renowned engineer Magin Pers y Pers in 1887, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse was first lit on March 30, 1892. Nice then, it guided many Spanish galleons along Ilocos Norte's rocky coastline.

  • Where is the Cape Bojeador lighthouse in the Philippines?
    Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. If you're coming from Burgos City Hall, ride a jeepney that will head northeast on the M. Perucho St, It will turn right onto Pres. Ignacio St then left on the Pan-Philippine Highway.

  • Who made the Cape Bojeador?
    The initial design was by Magin Pers and Pers in 1887 but was completed by Guillermo Brockman's Lighthouse Service. The lighthouse tower is 65 feet tall and is octagonal. It is made with bricks to crowned with a bronze cupola.

  • What is the name of the tallest lighthouse in the Philippines?
    Contrary to popular belief, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos is not the highest-elevated nor tallest lighthouse in the Philippines but the highest-elevated still original and active Spanish era lighthouse in the country. Corregidor Lighthouse is higher at over 600 feet (180 m), and among the Spanish colonial lighthouses, the tower of Cape Melville Lighthouse is the tallest at 90 feet (27 m). In Mindoro Strait, the recently erected modern tower at the Apo Reef Light Station rises to a height of 110 feet (34 m).

HOW TO GET TO ILOCOS NORTE

LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
  • By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have regular trips that will take you directly to Laoag City. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City, 10-12 hours. So, I advise you to have a night trip for this.
  • By Plane: Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.

Cape Bojeador is located in Burgos which is about 1-2 hours drive from Laoag. You can take a bus ride from Laoag to Pagudpud then drop you off Burgos. Then you can rent a tricycle to bring you to the lighthouse and tour you around. Or you can book a day tour directly from Laoag via Klook.
Check bus ticket rates via 12go Asia:


OTHER LIGHTHOUSES TO VISIT IN THE PHILIPPINES

Check out my Ilocos Travel Guide:
ilocos tour itinerary 2018  diy ilocos tour itinerary 3d2n 2018  diy ilocos tour itinerary 3d2n 2019  3d2n complete itinerary of vigan-laoag-pagudpud tour  ilocos itinerary by car  ilocos tour itinerary 2 days  manila to ilocos norte by car  baguio-vigan-laoag-pagudpud itinerary
Have fun, Juan!

WHERE TO GO IN ILOCOS?

Batac   Burgos   Laoag   Pagudpud   Paoay   Vigan

IMPORTANT NOTE: The rates, contact details and other information indicated in this post are accurate from the time of writing but may change without IMFWJ's notice. Should you know the updated information, please let us know by leaving a message in the comment box below.

WHERE TO STAY IN ILOCOS NORTE:
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