Bukilat Cave on Camotes Island

Bukilat Cave Camotes IslandBukilat Cave was named after the a local chieftain Bukilat who once sought refuge in the cave with his people. It was also used as a shelter from the Japanese during World War II by the inhabitants of Tudela. The cave was developed as a picnic spot by a local priest, who planned to protect it this way. Father Jose was a missionary from Holland named Joseph Weirtz. During the 1970s and 1980s he held masses at the cave to ensure that it would be well maintained.The cave has a path but no light, as the ceiling has many windows allowing the sun to shine in. Inside it has various pools of fresh water, which are obviously used for bathing by the loacals. The minerals of the limestone rich dripping water are believed to have curative properties for a variety of illnesses. However, the water is very cold. 200m from the cave on a foot trail are the Guin-awitan Falls.

Beside a rough dirt road just beyond MacArthur is the well-hidden Bukilat Cave . The road you want heads north from Tudela, then east, passing the Calmante Elementary School about 4km along. A sign for the cave pops up once you’re almost there. The entrance fee is payable at the nearby waiting shed or shop. One inky-black corner is apparently the start of a long passage through which an underground stream flows. If you’re up for the swim, it can be explored properly providing you can rustle up a guide and some torches (flashlights).

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