I have a confession. I’m not a huge fan of caves. Despite being well travelled and all, I can’t stand being inside a cave. It’s dark and you don’t know what you’re going to see inside it. You can’t blame me if I’m a little bit scared. Who knows? A snake might bite me. And with no one there to help me, I’ll slowly die because of the venom haha.
Inside Hinagdanan Cave photo from Wikipedia
But during my recent trip to Bohol courtesy of the Department of Tourism, we went to Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis. It’s one of the island’s best adventure spots. I have to say that my visit there was a life altering experience. Instead of fear, I felt something else. I was elated. At last, my fear of caves is gone!
Hinagdanan Cave Entry Point
The Cave’s Beauty
Illuminated by natural light, Hinagdanan Cave is majestic. Once the sunlight comes in through the holes on top, you can see the wondrous view of this cave. Also, the stalagmites inside the cave amplify its beauty.
Beautiful rock formations inside the cave
This cave is classified as a karst. In other words, it’s made of limestone. To reach the cave, you need to go through some steep steps. And sometimes, the path is slippery. But don’t worry because there’s a metalic railing that you can hold on to if you lose your balance.
Inside the cave, I found an underground lake. I noticed that the water is clear and the tour guide explained that visitors are prevented to swim in the natural brackish water pool due to the karst pollutants present in the water.
How to Get There
The cave is located in Barangay Bingag, Dauis, Panglao Island. If you’re coming from Tagbilaran (Bohol’s capital), going there is easy. In my estimation, you can reach the cave in around five to ten minutes. If you’re commuting, you can get there by a tricycle or a rented motorcycle. But if you’re in an organized tour, going there won’t be a problem because you’ll have a designated driver and a tour guide.
Some Tips to My Fellow Travelers
Group Shot at Hinagdanan Cave Entrance photo by Joy Felizardo
If you’re visiting this cave, you need to bring the following:
- Php 20 – You need to pay this amount to enter the cave.
- Extra Clothes – You need this if you’re planning to go swimming. And if the weather is humid, you might want to change clothes.
- Durable Footwear – Sometimes, the path down the cave is challenging. You need to make sure your footwear is durable unless you want to go home on bare feet.
- A Bottle of Water – Sometimes it’s hot inside the cave. So to avoid dehydration, you need to drink water.
My experience with this trip is amazing. What about yours? You can share your stories here. But if you haven’t been to this cave, you should consider visiting soon.