In the Philippines, there are hundreds of caverns, some of which have yet to be explored. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is the most well-known cave in the Philippines, but there are many others worth seeing.
Caves in the Philippines are known for their distinctive features, such as massive stalactites and stalagmites, the presence of thousands of bats, the presence of a cathedral, and many other intriguing aspects.
The popular and greatest caves in the Philippines are listed below. You can visit some of them and be awestruck by the underground splendor.
Calbiga Cave (Langun-Gobingob Caves)
If the Puerto Princesa Underground River is the Philippines’ longest cave, Calbiga Cave is the country’s largest cave. Western Samar is home to the cave. Calbiga Cave is 7 kilometers long and 900 square kilometers in size.
The cathedral-shaped caves, which are part of the Sohoton Natural Bridge Natural Park, are best visited when the tide is low. The name “so-oton” comes from the Cebuano word “so-oton,” which means “to pass via a narrow opening.”
One of the greatest words to describe a visit to this location is enchanting. Cruising along the river seems like you’re in a maze made up of limestone islets (although with helpful guidance in this case). Of course, the vanishing cave entrance is the only route out of the maze.
Hinagdanan Cave Hinagdanan Cave is popular for its big stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is located in Panglao, Bohol.
vExploring caves does not often necessitate a great deal of physical exertion. Take, for example, this cave in Dauis, Bohol. You descend a series of steps and are greeted with stunning stalagmites in just a few steps, especially when the sun shines through the openings on top.
Although the cave has a pool, visitors are not permitted to swim in it.
Callao is located in the town of Pena Blanca and is considered one of the jewels of the province of Cagayan (not to be confused with Cagayan de Oro, which is in Mindanao). Some people think it’s a better option to Sagada’s caverns because it’s easier to explore.
While the major feature (giant limestone and rock formations) requires approximately 200 steps, the effort will be well worth it. The Chapel, one of the seven chambers that make up the cave’s major attraction, is the most well-known since it has been converted into a church; the scene is made even more beautiful by the skylight that illuminates the hall.
Column, Skeleton, Elephant’s Head, Praying Angel, Rocket, Lion’s Head, and Dog’s Head are the names of the other six rooms.
This cave in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, is ideal for caving if rappelling down into a cave is your idea of fun. Because the cave has an 82-meter vertical range, it might be a long descent.
If rappelling does not appeal to you, you may always swim. It’s also a long swim – 20 meters across a subterranean river. Yes, seeing Odloman’s beauty requires some work, but it’s well worth it.
These are just a few of the Philippines’ most beautiful caves. You can even travel to a single location, such as Samar, and be exposed to a number of systems. But, as always, consult local guides for assistance, especially when visiting the most difficult caverns.
Monfort Bat Sanctuary
Since the beginning of time, the Monfort Bat Sanctuary has been home to a vast colony of 2.3 million Rousette fruit bats. They cover 75% of the ceilings and walls of their 245-foot-long cave on Samal Island, roughly 1 kilometer east of Davao City, Philippines.
It is the world’s largest single colony of this type, according to Guinness World Records.
It promises to be a unique location for communing with nature. There are 38 caves in total, with seven of them being developed as tourist attractions.
The caverns, which are nestled among rolling hills and lush woodland, have their own unique features, such as an underground spring and well-preserved stalagmites and stalactites. The caves are interconnected and reach a depth of around 20 meters.
The location is ideal for camping and outdoor events, especially for large groups. Villa Ventura, Aglipay, Quirino is the location.
The Tabon Cave Complex, as well as the entire Lipuun Point, is located on Palawan’s west coast. It is situated on a limestone promontory with at least 200 caves and rock shelters that can be seen for many kilometers in either direction. Locals refer to this location as Lipuun, however, British surveys from 1851 indicate it as “Abion Head.”
The point covers an area of roughly 104 hectares and is made up of a series of spherical limestone domes separated by wide chasms.
The Tabon Caves are a group of 200 caves in a limestone formation named after the largest cave, Tabon, which is named after a megapode bird that digs its nest into the ground. This was the first place where humans were discovered in the Philippines during the Pleistocene epoch.
The cave sites show a fairly continuous occupation from at least 50,000 years ago to around 50,000 years ago, based on a corpus of C-14 dates. Because the Tabon Cave is one of the few locations in Southeast Asia to have provided Pleistocene fossil Homo sapiens, it has been widely cited (Bellwood 1997, Bulbeck 1981, Galipaud and Semah 1993).
The findings add to our understanding of Pleistocene Homo sapiens colonization on the outskirts of Sundaland.
In the Philippines, we have a variety of caverns that are underappreciated. Allow people to find and explore it in order to cultivate and appreciate our country’s assets.
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