Spectacular Caves in the Philippines

Feb 4th, 2009
Enjoy the scattered beauties and wonders of the Philippines not only on land, under the sea but also underground. Explore these amazing underground wonders of the country from the north down to the south.

Enjoy the scattered beauties and wonders of the Philippines not only on land, under the sea but also underground.

Explore these amazing underground wonders of the country from the north down to the south.

1. Sumaging Cave: Sagada, Mountain Province

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Sumaging Cave is probably one of the most popular caves in Sagada. Aptly nicknamed as the Big Cave, was created

by water erosion. Sumaging is a cave of impressive size, which may be visited on organized spelunking tours.

When you plan to visit the place, get a guide at the Sagada Municipal Building because no one is allowed to go to the cave

without a guide and without registration. There are numerous fine formations like King's Curtain, Rice Granary, or Cauliflower.

A huge hall is called the Dancing Hall. But there is also a crawl called the Tunnel.

The tour includes some water passages, which is rather harmless as the temperature in Philippine caves is rather

high.

2. Langun-Gobingob Caves: Samar

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Langun-Gobingob Caves in Calbiga, Samar is the biggest cave in Southeast Asia. It is a 12 cave system that will take 3

days and nights to explore. Also known as Calbiga Caves in Samar, it is the 2nd largest cathedral cave in the world. Most

of Calbiga Caves, covering a 2,968 hectares area is still unexplored.

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The main cave is called Langun and is visited on spelunking trips. The main chamber is so huge that it can accommodate

50 commercial planes put together side by side or equivalent to three football fields. The caves are famous for speleothems

and a wide variety of cave life. There are numerous endangered species of bats living in the cave. True troglobionts are cave

crickets and eyeless fish.

3. Tabon Caves: Palawan

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The Tabon Caves are a set of caves in Quezon that lies in the southern part of the Province of Palawan, Philippines. They

are famous for the found skull cap remains of the Tabon Man, which are 22,000 years old. Along with the skull cap, remains

of wild boar and deer with evidence of having been hunted for consumption were also found in the cave, apparent proof of

human inhabitation. The cave is said to be half a million years old, and has been inhabited for almost 50,000 years. The

Tabon cave complex consists of 29 explored caves, but there are 200 caves known on Lipuun Point. They are maintained

and managed by the National Museum. One of the caves is open to the public.

4. Biak-na-Bato: San Miguel, Bulacan

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Biak-na-Bato is a historic place during the Philippine Revolution. It is a huge split boulder which is the mountain hideout

of the revolutionary forces during the Spanish regime and the place where the Malolos Constitution was signed by Gen.

Emilio Aguinaldo and Pedro Paterno. It is where the historic Biak-na-Bato Republic was established. The park appeals

to the adventurous spirit with its challenging rock formations. Hanging bridges and staircases connecting rivers and caves

make for a pleasurable exploration. Among the many ecological attractions in Biak-na-Bato National Park are Bahay Paniki

Cave, Aguinaldo Cave, Madlum Cave, Tanggapan Cave, and Tilandong Falls.

5. Crystal Cave: Baguio City

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Crystal Cave is located in the summer capital of the Philippines - the City of Baguio. Upon entering you could see the

crystals gleaming and sparkling from the walls. You can see the walls carved by time and a worth see place.

6. Bintakan Caves & Nah-toban Cave: Ifugao

Bintakan Cave is located in Lagawe, Ifugao. It is situated at the rocky slope of Ibunao which is about 2 kilometers from the

provincial capitol. The mouth of the cave is overlooking the Ibunao River. It is a three-room cave with dripping water that

forms stalactites and stalagmites of different beautiful shapes. A nearby cave, the Nah-toban Cave is much larger than

Bintakan Cave and has a descending entrance with four rooms but there are still other rooms unexplored. It is located at

Boliwong, Lagawe, about 4 kilometers hike from the Poblacion passing through trails. Huge quantities of guano are found

in the cave.

7. Daliran Cave: Guimaras

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This cave has abundant stalactites and stalagmites formed by years of dripping waters from the dome of the cave.

Daliran Cave located in Old Polacion, Buenavista, Guimaras.

8. Lumiang Cave: Mountain Province

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Lumiang Cave is located in Sagada, Mountain Province. It is a burial cave, where coffins can be viewed from the large

entrance. During pre-Christian times this caves ware used to bury people. They were encased in a coffin carved in one

piece out of enormous pine tree trunks. To fit in they were arranged in the fetal position. Those coffins can be visited in

the entrance hall, behind the huge portal of Sagada Burial Cave. The cave served as hiding place of Filipino soldiers and

Guerillas during World War II.

9. Hinagdanan Caves: Bohol

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If you visit the natural wonder in Bohol known as Chocoloate Hills, visit also the magnificent Hinagdanan Cave. It is a

cave on Panglao Island, in Bohol Province, Philippines. It is a naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large

stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is part of the Chocolate Hills, a large, geologically unique karst region and protected

natural monument. The cave is lit by sunlight which filters through holes in the ceiling. The underground lake is a popular

swimming spot.

10. Sohotan Caves: Samar

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Sohotan Cave is located about 5 to 10 minutes drive from Borongan town proper. It is a large cave with natural rock formation

where old folks used to hide during the Pulahan days.

For holy caves see

Five Holy Caves in the World

For more spectacular caves in the Philippines see

Top Six Most Popular Caves in the Philippines

For caves with historic importance see

Historically Significant Caves From Around the World

Spectacular Caves From Around the World

For more tourist destinations in the Philippines see;

The Top Five Island Tourist destinations in the Philippines

11 Reasons Why You Have to Go to the Hundred islands

Top Eight Best Diving in the Philippines

Ifugao Rice Terraces: The 8th Wonder of the World

Best Island Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

Best Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

What Makes Batanes Unique From Other Tourist Destinations?

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

Baguio City: A City in the Sky


Nobert Bermosa
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