Lighthouses of the Philippines: Bohol and Siquijor

The Philippines include more than 7000 islands stretching over 1750 km (1100 mi) of the western Pacific. The archipelago was a Spanish colony until the Spanish-American War of 1898, which brought the islands under U.S. administration. Japan occupied the islands during World War II (1942-45) and the country became independent shortly thereafter (1946).

This page lists lighthouses in part of the Central Visayas Region in the central part of the Philippines, including the islands of Bohol and Siquijor. Bohol is an island southeast of Cebu and southwest of Leyte. The island is elliptical in shape, about 80 km (50 mi) long and 50 km (30 mi) wide. The population is about 1.3 million. Siquijor (pronounced "seek-e-hor") is a much smaller island lying about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Cebu and Negros and 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Bohol. The island is about 25 km (15 mi) in diameter and has a population of about 100,000.

Filipino and English are official languages in the Philippines. In Filipino a lighthouses is called a parola; an island is an isla or pulo. Many English maritime terms have been adopted into Filipino, including cape, bay, and port, and the names of historic lighthouses are often retained in their Spanish forms.

Lighthouses in the Philippines are maintained by the Philippines Coast Guard's Marine Safety Services Command.

Many Philippine lighthouses are not well known so better information and photos are always needed.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. PCG numbers are the Philippines Light List numbers, where known. Admiralty numbers are from volume F of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Photos and observations in blog entries by Loyd Martinez.
Online List of Lights - Philippines
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas. Photos from this area are by Rainer Arndt.
Philippine Lighthouses
8 historic photos posted by Johann Stockinger.
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Wikipedia article, with links to articles on several of the individual lighthouses.
Spanish Lighthouses of the Philippines
This is the Directory's own list of the Spanish light stations, with notes on their current status.
Lighthouses in the Philippines
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Philippines
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Navionics Charts
Navigation chart information for Bohol and Siquijor.


New and old Balicasag Island Lights, Bohol, October 2012
Flickr Creative Commons photo by bursky

Bohol Province Lighthouses

South Coast (Bohol Sea) Lighthouses
* Jagna
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft) (?); red flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) white concrete post with four buttresses. The light has been raised about 2 m (7 ft) on a skeletal mast to increase its height. Trabas has Arndt's photo and Google has a street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located at the base of the pier in Jagna. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2384; NGA 14876.
Gorda Point
1994. Active; focal plane unknown; two white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. The lighthouse has not been found in Google's satellite view of the area. Located on a headland on the southeast coast of Bohol, east of Valencia. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2383.5; NGA 14875.
* Loay
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) white concrete post with four buttresses. A photo is available and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the base of the pier in Loay. Site open, tower closed. PCG-0468; Admiralty F2382; NGA 14872.
Pamilican Island
1994. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Trabas has Arndt's closeup photo and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on the northeast side of Pamilican, an island about 15 km (9 mi) south southeast of Baclayon. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2383; NGA 14885.
* Baclayon
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post with four buttresses. Sometime around 2010 the tower was painted a birght yellow; more recently it has been painted with a the top yellow and the rest blue, as seen in the photo at right. An August 2013 photo shows the yellow. Trabas has Arndt's photo, Julia Sumangil has a good photo, Vanie Villapando has a more distant view, Zen Chan has a street view, and Google has a distant satellite view. The light is within sight of the historic Baclayon Church, built in 1595, the second oldest church of the Philippines. Located on the pier at Baclayon, on the south coast of Bohol. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2380; NGA 14868.

Southwest Coast Lighthouses
* Balicasag Island (1)
1909 (U.S.). Inactive. 5-story square "stepped" tower, each story smaller than the lower one. No lantern. A photo is at the top of this page, Binx Monsod has a 2009 photo, Jeroen Hellingman has also posted a photo, Romulus Rueda has a photo of both Balicasag lighthouses, and Google has a satellite view. This building is called an "old fort" on the 1920 light list. The island is a very well-known scuba diving resort, located off the southwest tip of the much larger Panglao Island off the southwest coast of Bohol. Located near the center of the island. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS PHI-120.
* Balicasag Island (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); white flash every 7 s. 30 m (98 ft) octagonal cylindrical "Apo Reef" tower on an octagonal platform. Lighthouse painted white. A photo is at the top of this page, David Chiou has a photo, Arjay Ong has another fine photo, Trabas has Arndt's photo, and Google has a satellite view. The light marks the southern entrance to the Cebu (Bohol) Strait, which separates Cebu and Bohol. Located close to the older tower. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS PHI-067; Admiralty F2374; NGA 14884.
* Tagbilaran Pier
1995. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); red flash every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a street view and an indistinct satellite view. Tagbilaran is the capital of Bohol, with a population of about 100,000. It is also an important port and ferry terminal; fast ferries from here connect to ports in Cebu, Negros, and Mindanao. Located on the pier at Tagbilaran, at the southwestern corner of Bohol. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2378.8; NGA 14864.9.

Baclayon Light, Bohol, February 2018
Google Maps photo by Wendel
* Maribojoc
1987. Active; focal plane 13 m (46 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Patrick Fuertes has a closeup photo, Google has a street view, and the shadow of the light is seen in Google's satellite view. Located on the pier at Maribojoc, a small port on the southwest of Bohol. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2376; NGA 14852.

West Coast Lighthouses
Cabilhao Island (Baluarte Point) (1)
Date unknown. Inactive. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square concrete tower with an external stairway winding around the tower. Ares Etran has a photo and another photo is available. The 1-story keeper's house has been renovated as the Punta Baluarte Eco-Museum. Located on the northwest point of a small island in the Cebu Strait off the west coast of Bohol. Site open, tower closed.
Cabilhao Island (Baluarte Point) (2)
1985. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete tower. Ares Etran has a photo, Jungyu Choi has a view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. This light marks a narrow passage in the Cebu Strait separating Bohol and Cebu. Located in the historic light station. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2375; NGA 14880.
* Catagbacan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 12 m (39 ft); green flash every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square concrete tower with an external stairway winding around the tower. A photo is available and Google has a distant satellite view. Catagbacan is a village in the lee of Cabilhao Island and a terminal for ferries from Argao in Cebu. Located on the pier at Catagbacan. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2387.5; NGA 14862.
* Pangangan Island (Magtung Point)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square concrete tower rising from a rectangular open shelter. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the northwest point of a resort island about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of the Cabilhao Island light. Site open, tower closed. PCG-0525; Admiralty F2375.5; NGA 14879.6.
Bagambanua (Bagong Banua) Island (2)
2002. Active; focal plane about 15 m (49 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Lightphotos.net has a view from the sea and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island well out into the Cebu Strait, marking the start of the approach to Tubigon. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2387.6; NGA 14879.
* Tubigon
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square concrete tower with an external stairway winding around the tower. A 2016 photo is at right, a closeup photo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Tubigon is a city of about 50,000 residents on the northwest coast of Bohol, connected by fast ferries to ports in Cebu. Located on the pier at Tubigon. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2387; NGA 14860.
* Inabanga (Tungod)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 12 m (39 ft); two red flashes 3 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located on the pier at Inabanga, a small city of about 45,000 residents on the northwest coast of Bohol. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2387.7; NGA 14861.

Tubigon Light, Bohol, July 2016
ex-Google Plus photo by El Viajero joven

North Coast (Camotes Sea) Lighthouses
* Getafe (Jetafe)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square concrete tower with an external stairway winding around the tower. A closeup photo is available, Mark Winston has a view from the sea, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. This light guides ferries arriving from Cebu City. Located on the pier at Getafe, a town of about 30,000 residents on the north coast of Bohol. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2386; NGA 14856.
Tambo Island
1993. Active; focal plane unknown; two red flashes every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 10 km (5 mi) northwest of Talibon. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2385.3; NGA 14878.
Bungan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 8 s. "Concrete structure," according to NGA, presumably on a platform supported by piles. No photo available and the light is not shown in Bing's satellite view. The light guides ships on the channel through the reefs to Talibon. NGA lists it as "Talbon Bohol." Located about 20 km (13 mi) north of Talibon. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. PCG-0541; Admiralty F2385.7; NGA 14877.6.
* Talibon
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) square concrete tower with an external stairway winding around the tower. Jonas Alcoriza has a 2016 photo (lighthouse near the right edge) and Google has a closeup street view, but the light is hard to find in Google's satellite view. Located at the base of the pier at Talibon, a town and ferry terminal on the north side of Bohol. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2385; NGA 14877.8.
* Ubay
Date unknown. Active (perhaps reactivated); focal plane unknown; green flash every 3 s. Approx. 8 m (26 ft) concrete post with an external stairway spiralling around the post. A closeup photo is available, Trabas has Arndt's closeup, and Google has a street view (also seen at right) and an indistinct satellite view. Ubay is a city of about 75,000 residents on the northeastern tip of Bohol and the terminal for ferries connecting Bohol to several ports in Leyte. Located at the base of the pier at Ubay. Site open, and the tower can probably be climbed. Site open, tower closed. PCG-0264; Admiralty F2384.4; NGA 14877.3.

Ubay Light, Bohol, February 2017
Google Maps street view
 

East Coast Lighthouses
Tugas Point
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 5 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Trabas has Arndt's photo and Google has a satellite view. This light marks thge west side of the Canigao Strait, which separates Bohol and Leyte and connects the Camotes Sea to the Bohol Sea. Located on a headland of an island off the extreme northeastern corner of Bohol; from this point it is about 15 km (9 mi) across the Canigao Channel to Leyte. Site open, tower closed. PCG-0263; Admiralty F2384.6; NGA 14877.
* Talisay
1994. Active; focal plane unknown; three white flashes every 8 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available but Google has a satellite view. Located on a headland at Anda on the southeastern corner of Bohol. Site open, tower closed. PCG-0282; Admiralty F2384.3; NGA 14876.5.

Siquijor Province Lighthouse

Minarcahan Point
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 8 m (26 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right and Google has a satellite view. Located at the northern tip of Siquijor. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2367; NGA 14783.
Minalulan Point
1999. Active; focal plane 56 m (184 ft); white flash every 10 s. 20 m (66 ft) round tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Adam Clemons has a distant view from the sea and Google has a satellite view. Located in Lazi Municipality on the southeastern tip of the island. Site status unknown. ARLHS PHI-111; Admiralty F2369; NGA 14793.
* [Lazi]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unlisted; continuous red light. Light mounted on a square concrete pillar outside the 1-story harbormaster's office. A photo is available, Van Ambruce Ligutom has a street view, and Google has a satellite view of the wharf. Located on the quay at Lazi, at the eastern end of Siquijor. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2370; NGA 14792.
Calambaguio
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) round barbell-shaped fiberglass tower. Entire lighthouse is white. No closeup photo available but Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located on heights in San Juan above the south coast of Siquijor. Site status unknown. Admiralty F2371; NGA 14791.

Minarcahan Point Light, Siquijor
Philippines Coast Guard photo

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

Adjoining pages: Northeast: Leyte and Biliran | South: Northern Mindanao | West: Negros | Northwest: Cebu

Return to the Lighthouse Directory index | Ratings key

Posted July 24, 2005. Checked and revised December 20, 2020. Lighthouses: 26. Site copyright 2020 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.