Time warped in Palaui

Lighthouses often conjure up images of crashing waves along rugged cliffs, remote hillside locations and architectural ruins of an era that has long been a part of history. It was with this expectation that I bravely accepted an invitation to visit the northernmost Spanish lighthouse of the country, located on top of a hill along the rugged northern shore of Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape.

The adventure begins

That morning the northeast wind was blowing steadily creating moderate waves along the eastern coast of Palaui Island. The sea looked daunting until we were told that we would be cruising along the west to get to the Spanish lighthouse at Cape Engaño. That side of the island is usually calmer at this time of year. Just the same I could not help but feel anxious as we approached the northern tip.

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