Located on a chunk of rock in the southern part of Sakhalin Island, the lighthouse Aniva used to guide ships in the dangerous foggy area full of underwater currents and ocean banks.
The concrete round tower with nine floors was built in 1939 by the Japanese when the island was part of Japan.
Since 2006, the building has stopped serving its purpose and is gradually decaying. But, despite that, the mysterious, abandoned Aniva lighthouse attracts visitors like a magnet.
It takes around 1.5 hours to get to Aniva by boat, but the trip is totally worth it! The views on volcanic hills, waterfalls and, finally, the solemn grandiose structure of the lighthouse are breathtaking! If you are lucky, you may get to see killer whales or sea lions, too. And, once you climb to the top of Aniva, you’ll feel like the conqueror of the world!
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