Hinagdanan Cave Bohol Travel Guide
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Hinagdanan Cave is one of the few caves that left me dumbfounded after I laid my eyes onto it. It is beautiful beyond compare. This karst cave (made of limestone) found in the province of Bohol is around 100 meters long with a 4-meter-deep underground lake. It is immensely grand and fascinating, probably the most interesting place in Panglao Island.
Hinagdanan Cave Bohol is not as big as the Underground River in Palawan but it has something to show off; plus, it is also a naturally lighted cavern. The sun’s light permeating through the holes at the ceiling amplifies its beauty by showing the beautiful stalactites hanging from the ceiling and protruding stalagmites on the ground. Going inside Hinagdanan Cave is like being transported in a completely different world.
HINAGDANAN CAVE HISTORY
Once upon a time, there was a farmer tilling his land. He was clearing the rotten branches of trees on the ground when he found 2 holes. He dropped a stone in one of the holes and heard a splash! Curious, he built a ladder to get access down the crevice and was stunned when he saw an enormous cave and underground lagoon!
Hinagdanan Cave’s name was derived from the Tagalog Phrase “nilagyan ng hagdan” which means “placed a ladder.”
HINAGDANAN CAVE INTERESTING FACT
Aside from the majestic, out-of-this-world natural beauty, Hinagdanan Cave also holds an important part in Philippine history. According to the stories, during World War II, the cave was once used as a hideout by the locals to escape from the Japanese Imperial army. Unfortunately, they were still found. Sad ending, eh?
HINAGDANAN CAVE FEES AND RATES
|Entrance Fee||₱50 per person (view only no bath)|
|Bathing Fee||₱100 per person|
Note: The cave can only accommodate a maximum of 50 people. During peak season, guests are allowed to stay inside for only 30 minutes to an hour.
HOW TO GET TO HINAGDANAN CAVE BOHOL
Address: Bingag, Dauis, Bohol
You can commission a tricycle or a habal-habal (motorcycle) driver to bring you to Hinagdanan Cave. If you are coming from Panglao and Tagbilaran areas, the (roundtrip) rate is around ₱200 to ₱500 depending on your haggling skills. However, if you know how to drive a scooter, then get your own wheels! There are scooter rental stores around Alona Beach where you can get your own service for only ₱300 to ₱350 for one whole day! That, definitely, is cheaper and more convenient!
If you are traveling with kids, it’s best to join arranged Panglao Island Tours being offered by many travel agencies. The package rate is usually P1,000 per person and the tour covers Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis Church, Shell Museum, Bohol Bee Farm, and Alona Beach or Bolod. You can book a discounted tour here or simply book through the link below:
Schedule: 8AM to 5PM daily
- Wear flat shoes and non-slip footwear. Due to the natural water droplets, the steep concrete stairs and walkways are slippery.
- Bring extra clothes if you plan to swim.
- The underground lake is a popular swimming spot, but according to experts, it has been to test positive for high levels of various pollutants. Also, the smell inside the cavern musty due to the bats’ excrements. The water is clear and inviting but swim at your own risk.
- There are volunteer tour guides who can join you inside to give you the history of the cave or take your photos. You can request for their services in exchange for some tips afterward.
- The cave’s entrance is steep and narrow. It can only be entered one at a time.
- Souvenir shops are available in the area.
WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO ISLAND
La Pernela Resort <– just click this to book
Set on San Isidro, this property is giving guests easy access to a number of the city’s attractions such as Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island, Sandugo, Cortes Church, Francisco Dagohoy Cave, and Buhong Tiawan. Boasting well-appointed guestrooms and suites, all are tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities for guests’ convenience and enjoyable stay. La Pernela Resort offers a swimming pool, spa, and massage treatments for guests to unwind after a long day of sightseeing in the city. La Pernela Resort is the right place for guests to enjoy quality accommodation, modern rooms, and fine service.
Flushing Meadows Resort <– just click this to book
Residing along the pristine white sands of Panglao Island, this hotel exudes a tropical island ambience mixed in with city conveniences. The 51 rooms feature private balconies and terraces with garden and sea views – a great setting to enjoy a romantic meal if the numerous other dining options don’t tickle your fancy. The international-sized tennis courts, children’s fishing area, water sports, and diving spots are sure to keep guests busy. For a little pampering, guests can get massages down by the pool or in the comfort of the luxurious guestrooms. With a beautiful location and numerous facilities, Flushing Meadows Resort is an ideal getaway location for leisure travelers and families.
Blue Summer Suites Double Room <– just click this to book
This guest house is just walking distance to the San Pedro White beach. Walking distance to Mithi Resort and Hinagdanan Cave. Very accessible to public transport. They have a small bar and restaurants to cater to guests’ needs. They have private transport too for guests’ convenience at a very minimal cost. This accommodation is10 minutes’ drive to Panglao International airport.
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