Barasalon Cave in Janiuay

Barasalon Cave in Janiuay IloiloThe Barasalon Cave is located in Iloilo Province, 27 kilometers from the city of Janiuay. Getting to the cave requires a two hour trek from Barangay Quipot, the last barangay accessible to transportation. The hike to Barasalon is a challenge in itself, crisscrossing Suagui River twenty-eight times. The entrance to Barasalon Cave is a small hole in the ground. A spelunker needs to lower himself on a rope down the cave’s floor more or less forty feet below. The cave is itself an enormous subterranean chamber. On the roof hang grown, fang-like stalactites while on the floor like porticos rise stalagmites. There is a niche the locals call Mystical Altar, which shines in a riot of colors when lighted. The cave tapers off into an alley called the King’s Alley, then widens again into a chamber called the Queen’s Chamber. Continue reading

Tiyaba Cave in Bantayan

Bantayan Island CebuThe Tiyaba Cave, also known as “langob”, is located near the central part of Bantayan Island in Barangay Atop-Atop. Its entrance is step down under the earth. It is not only a bat cave but also a source of water in the neighborhood. Underneath is a running stream water, clear and placid, where people fetch water to drink or wash their clothes. The water itself is far from pollution as it runs eastward where the bat chamber is located. Small chambers of different forms are found inside this cave. It is hard to imagine just how this cave was formed, but most likely it was formed by the steady pounding of waves on the rocky cliffs along the shore. During the war years (World War II) it was the favorite hangout of the “voluntario”. Just about two decades ago, human skulls and rotten pieces of coffins were still found on its walls.

Kumbilan Cave in Monkayo

Kumbilan Cave Compostela Valley The Kumbilan Cave is located in Monkayo, Compostela Valley on Mindanao island. This cave has tunnel-like features and wide chambers laden with beautiful formations. The presence of stalactites and stalagmites and other formations in one chamber of the cave respond to educational purpose. The cave serves as a lair to fruit bats locally known as “Kabyaw”. To get to Kumbilan Cave, take a bus to Monkayo and, from the highway, a motorcycle will take you to the area. Before entering the cave one must register at the Barangay Hall and coordinate with a cave guide.

Cantuyoc Cave in Jagna

Jagna BoholCantuyoc Cave is located in Jagna, Bohol Province, and has been described as the Philippines’ second deepest cave by two Slovenian spelunkers in 1995. The underground chambers of Cantuyoc Cave also reveal underground rivers.

Tabon Caves Complex in Palawan

Tabon Caves Complex Museum Quezon PalawanVisitors must come to Tabon Museum for orientation before proceeding to the Tabon Caves Complex. A lecture on Palawan pre-history, the archeology of Tabon caves; the ethnology (study of different tribes) of Palawan, and other related information are presented here. The museum houses some of the archeological diggings and other artifacts. It is presently under the supervision of the National Museum of the Philippines. It is located in Quezon, Palawan. About 155 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City, the town of Quezon can be reached by taking a bus or jeepney ride from Puerto Princesa City. A tricycle can be hired to take one to the museum. It takes 3-4 hours by bus or jeepney to Quezon and 5-10 minutes by tricycle to the museum. Continue reading

Sumaging Cave in Sagada

Sumaging Cave Mountain ProvinceIf there is one positive thing that results from water erosion, then it should be the creation of Sumaging Cave. Commonly known as the Big Cave, its sheer size and enormous chambers never fail to surprise visitors. So huge is the “Big Cave” that it has earned a lot of monikers from local folks, whose forefathers used the cave as hiding places during the World War II. A visit to Sagada will never be complete without venturing to one of the best this place might offer – the Sumaguing Cave. Aptly called as the Big Cave, it is perhaps the most popular and frequently visited place here. Continue reading

Mahayahay Cave in Mawab

Mahayahay Cave MawabMahayahay Cave is a spelunking site with interesting stalactites, stalagmites, pools of water and kabyaw (small fruit bats). Explore the animal sanctuaries and hiking trails at the nearby 100-hectare Camp Manuel Yan Ecotourism and Tribal Park at Nabunturan.

Located at Mahayahay, Tuboran, Mawab, seven kilometers away from Tagum City and has a distance of 2 km. from the highway. This is a living cave with pools of water found inside. To reach the cave, one will ride a bus from Tagum City and drop at the Brgy. Hall which is only less than a kilometer from the highway. From there, one can coordinate their adventure together with the cave guide. Continue reading

Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave in Camalig, Albay

Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave BicolWith the rising temperatures these days, enjoying the summer outdoors is a challenge. For those who dread the heat, caving is a sure way to have fun and burn calories without toasting your skin. Because of its natural ventilation, Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave in Bicol is one ideal summer getaway for adventurers and tourists.

Sun-kissed travelers can enjoy the cool, fresh air inside the cave, which was named for the wind that passes freely through the different openings in the cave. “Hoyop” in Bicolano means “blowing of air or wind.” Continue reading

Calbiga Caves in Samar

Calbiga Cave SamarThe Calbiga Caves are located in Samar Province, some 52 kms from Tacloban including a 6-km trek (can be traversed by a 4×4) of rough road from the national highway to the cave. The site holds the biggest karst formations and is perhaps the largest cave in Southeast Asia. The estimated 2,968-hectare cave system composed of 12 main divisions is home to exotic and endangered specie of bats, crickets and eyeless fish. The caves lie beneath hills of thick forests and is largely unexplored. The main cave, Langun, has a chamber that could easily fit in three football fields. Continue reading

Quipot Cave in Mambusao

Quipot Cave CapizThe Quipot Cave consists of many chambers, each at a level different from other chambers. In certain sections, one has to crawl because the space between the roof and cave floor is just two or three feet. There are also sections that seem like a dead end, except for small openings through which only one person can crawl. These holes lead to a chamber as big as a hotel ballroom, which is why it is dubbed as the “Quipot Hilton”.

The Quipot Cave is located in Barangay Burias in Mambusao. It is about three kilometers from the Mambusao Agricultural and Technical College, or eight kilometers from the town proper or a 30-minute ride over rough roads. Continue reading