Balashi Gold Mill Ruins
Balashi Gold Mill Ruins
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Dianne S
Columbus, OH13 contributions
Feb 2020
This spot was very cool! So much history, am looking forward to reading more about it. If you are looking at the ruins with the ocean in the background, just to the right is a cave pool. There is a ladder you can take down to the cave pool, which is protected by rock once in. Great for the adventurous - my husband loved it. Me and my flip flops declined the trip. If want to check it out, make sure have sufficient footwear, as you will be walking on coral rocks once down the ladder.
Written February 20, 2020
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T C
Rochester, MN12 contributions
Apr 2021
This place was interesting historically, but it is literally only a couple of stone walls without information or visitor center of any kind. The shore next to the ruins is a beautiful location with a shore strewn with rocks. Would be a naturally beautiful view of the shore and ocean... if literally EVERY single rock wasn't stacked into a "wish stack". I mean come on, can we just leave nature in its natural state instead of acting like dogs marking our territory every time there are a few rocks laying around to stack? By the way, stacking rocks does not make wishes come true or whatever nonsensical meaning people attach to these stacks! It only further ruins the natural beauty left on our planet with superstitious "wish graffiti"! So go see the ruins, but kick over a few rock stacks while you are there to help restore the shore to a more natural looking state.
Written April 7, 2021
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Jill
New Jersey742 contributions
Dec 2022
As others have said, this is worth a stop if you are in the area, but not worth a trip otherwise. As we drove the northern part of the island in our Jeep, we were excited to have something to explore and climb on. There is even a bathroom ($1), which was a welcome site! Also, a vendor selling food/drinks. You can get some good pictures here, but it would be better if there was more historical information.
Written January 7, 2023
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Brian K
Schenectady, NY678 contributions
Jan 2021
We had our own vehicle so stopping at this location was easy after seeing the fallen bridge. Nice place to walk around and on the ocean. We drove down the beach for a long time but had to turn back as we couldn't' get there from here.
Written February 16, 2021
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Kitty H
Ithaca, NY28 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
People here and on several websites are mistakenly posting photos of the Bushribana Ruins located on the east coast of the island. The Balashi ruins are located mid-island, closer to the west side. It has beautiful stone paths which looks like in the past decade or two they were built (by the city?) in hopes to turn it into a tourist site. Gorgeous stone ruins, with a large concrete building on the top of the hill, no windows, with an in-ground swimming pool. Not sure if the building was a house. Doesn't look like it was ever finished. If you're going to shoot romantic photos, morning light is best, otherwise ruins will be in the shadows.
Written October 27, 2015
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JoeCasa1
Benito Juarez Municipality, Mexico21 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Many of the Jeep and UTV tours stop here but you can also get here by rental car if you are good at reading a map and have a great sense of direction.
The mill was built to look like a fort in order to trick pirates into leaving it alone. The few walls that remain are relatively easy to climb for healthy people. It is not handicap accessible at all. I'm 48 years old and overweight but I had no problems climbing to the top of the walls to enjoy an awesome view of the ocean.

Like I said, if you can find it on your own, there is no charge to enjoy this site. But you will find it more fun to visit as part of a tour.
Written August 13, 2015
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RRH01
Ramsey, MN423 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were able to get there in a rental car. The road is not paved and you do need to watch for sharp rocks. The ruins are interesting to see but the plaque doesn’t give a lot of information. The area around the ruins are nice and make the trip worthwhile.
Written January 10, 2020
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pierrebO1602HK
Lima Region, Peru10 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We see an old gold mine which was working until the world war. Interesting but we got very few informations.
Written July 26, 2018
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Faith D
Acworth, GA68 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
The ruins are a self paced tour and set over great views. We went during a tour so there were quite a few people visiting at the same time, but there was still plenty of room to walk around. Make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes as the floors are difficult to traverse otherwise.
Written April 24, 2018
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BeenAroundFolks
Toronto85 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
A really nice spot to explore around, clicking pictures, with the sounds of the sea and seascape vistas are right there in the foreground
Written April 15, 2018
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