Standing from the big windows or the top of the Punta Cruz Watch Tower, you will see beautiful seascapes from all directions. You will even see mirage-like images of Cebu and Mindanao.
Behind the tower is a ridge with a cross. People say that the original cross planted at the cliff by the natives was a symbol of their acceptance of Christianity and had reportedly miraculously saved the locals from the attacks of pirates/marauders.
Seeing the Punta Cruz Watch Tower is like seeing a scene in the movie "Stargate". The Watch Tower is a triangular-shaped structure built of stone patterned after a Spanish fortress described as "an abridged pyramid with 3 sides".
We decided to explore the tower. As we entered, we saw a religious icon (said to be San Vicente). Then, we went up the stairway leading to the 2nd storey where portions of the walls are open, serving as big windows. From the top, we saw a nice view of Bohol Channel and the islands of Cebu, Siquijor and Mindanao.
It is said that in the olden times, Muslim pirates invaded Bohol so aside from guiding seafarers, Punta Cruz also served as watch tower for enemies. Watching from its big, wide windows, I imagined how it must have been thrilling waiting for the marauders.
Not far from the Punta Cruz Watch Tower is a rocky shoreline where fishermen docked. I watched with amusement as I saw a woman and her child wave at a fisherman from the shore, then went back near the "banca", ate something, then went back to the shoreline to clean up. Meanwhile, the fisherman went on with pulling his net... That sight made me admire how they could find simple joys in their daily life.
Having reached the top of the Punta Cruz Watchtower, you will be treated with the view of Tagbilaran, Panglao Island and even Cebu. I may also add the blue sparkling sea.
Fondest memory: Before I went to Punta Cruz, I often see it from the ferry going to Cebu and wonder what was that structure with red roof with the mountain as its backdrop. It seemed then that sight was fascinating. When I went to Punta Cruz, it was the other way around as I see the ferry passing by.