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Others define it as an exhilarating journey to the deep, dank, dark depths of the Earth. I simply call it my passion!
The love for this ecotourism activity started in Sagada, Mountain Province. I had no idea then what was spelunking was all about. But the love and urge for it grew from then on.
Here are the caves that I have explored in the Philippines.
Sumaguing-Lumiang Cave, Sagada, Mountain Province
This a four-hour trek inside the cave starting from Lumiang cave and ending in Sumaging cave.
One has to be very careful inside the cave. It is very slippery and the terrain is rugged.
There are times you have to tip-toe walking in narrow cliffs inside the cave.
And even cross pockets of water inside the cave.
Year 2011, I went back to Sagada for the two-hour Sumaging Cave adventure.
The tour is good for 45 minutes only.
Hinagdanan Cave, Bohol
From Tagbiliran City, a 40-minute van ride
will take you to the spot.
Callao Cave, Penablanca, Cagayan
The seven-chambered Callao Caves boast of massive limestone and other rock formations, skylights, and a chapel.Every chamber has natural crevices, which let light get into the cave, serving as illumination for the otherwise dark areas of the place. A boat ride is a must to reach the entrance of the cave.
Cagayan is the cave capital of the Philippines.
Sta. Victoria Caves. Ilagan, Isabela
There are three caves that you can
Aglipay Caves, Quirino
The spelunking can be finished in 1-2 hours.
There are times that you have to crawl inside the cave.
Leaving the cave, you have to climb the man-made ladder.
Sohoton Cove, Bucas Grande Island
In order to reach the spot, one must ride the boat.
Odloman Cave, Negros Oriental
You have to trek just to reach the cave.
This cave is 8.9 km. long. Five entrances have been connected and the system comprises a mix of large and small galleries with some active streamway. This cave is the 6th deepest in the country.
I was able to reach our destination.
Unfortunately, we do not have the necessary equipment to enter the cave.
Mabinay Caves, Negros Oriental
Negros Oriental is home to a number of caves in the Philippines.
Silop Cave, Surigao City
The cave can be reached within 25-30 minute ride from the city.
Sohoton Cave, Basey Samar
One has to rent a boat to reach the cave. This is included as one of the 32 ecotourism spots in the Philippines.
And finally, the latest cave I trekked,
Calbiga Caves, Western Samar
The largest cave system in the Philippines
and third in Southeast Asia.
You can also enjoy bird watching while
trekking after your spelunking.
Try trekking, bird watching and spelunking in the Philippines.
It's more fun doing these activities in the Philippines! =)