Cacupangan Cave in Pangasinan

Cacupangan Cave Mabini Pangasinan entrance cavern system rock formation hiking Trail tagudin deguzman barlo san pedro rimstone binmatya basin swimming pool stalactite stone stalagmite picnic shed info Cacupangan Cave is located in the municipality of Mabini in Pangasinan Province. The Cacupangan Cave System is known for its multiple entrances, magnificent formations and diverse wildlife. The main entrance of the cave is situated on private land in Barangay Tagudin and extends to Barangays De Guzman, Barlo and San Pedro. The Cacupangan Cave System is well-known for its big rimstone formation which residents call the Binmatya (from the word “batya” meaning basin). The formation provides tourists with a swimming area. Near the cave entrance is another large formation that resembles an ice cream cone. Other formations include stalactites, stalagmites, flow stones and helictites – one of which, looks like a hand holding out peace sign. For visitors, there are picnic sheds for rent. Aside from spelunking and swimming, they can also hike overland and rappel down the skylight of the cave, walk or crawl across the “test passage” at the entrance of the cave. The real challenge with this cave system is swimming. It is about 200 ft to swim across, and about 15 ft deep. The tour can take three to four hours including an overland hike back to the main entrance. The entire cave system can bring guest to Barangay Villacorta as the pick-up point and would take seven to eight hours of wet and wild caving adventure. Mabini is near the town of Alaminos, also in Pangasinan.

You can get to Alaminos by bus since no commercial flights are available. Bus lines that go there include Victory Liner, Five Star, Super Lines and Dagupan Bus Co. (You could check bus fares and schedules bound to Alaminos by calling these companies or through their websites).

Going to Cacupangan Cave from the town of Mabini is also accessible by car, but expect a 40-45 minute rough ride. So if you are going to take the bus, be sure to eat a heavy breakfast and rest all throughout the 6-hour journey. Upon getting to the entrance of the cave, a quiet surrounding will welcome you; trees and a couple of picnic huts await.

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