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Bohol is known for many caves.  The place where I grew up is just a few steps to a cave.  One cave that is now become a tourist attraction is the underground Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol.

When I was younger, my parents used bring us to beaches and places where we can swim.  Although I never learned how to swim, I enjoyed the cave’s pool.  Being so scared of the deep water; I am equipped with a life ring and just play with the icy cold and chilling water in the shallow side of the underground pool.  I manage to enjoy watching kids diving from the ceiling’s hole above and splurge their way to the middle of the pool.

The entrance of the cave is narrow that only one person at a time can fit in. Today, the cave’s entrance has improved. They constructed a rounded steel hand rail and the stairs are conveniently cemented. Yet, visitors should be extra cautious to watch their head and their steps.  The steps are slippery because of the cave’s humid temperature and people come up and down with wet soles.

The cave is dark so it is only open when the sun is already up.  Although lights are now installed, it cannot suffice the darkness inside it so it’s best to visit this underground cavern during daylight.  The two holes aboveground give a streak of light towards inside the cave.

The large underground cavern has a pond, looking dark yet alluring. As far as I remember, the pond is deep and the water icy cool and fresh.

Getting inside the cave is very captivating.  It has a huge pool of water that stretches up to 10 feet deep at the middle portion.  Unfortunately today, swimmers cannot experience the water anymore because it is now filthy and I don’t know…perhaps not safe any longer (for sanitation sake).

The cave is filled stalactites hanging from the ceiling.  Although, you can barely see anything but if one takes a photo, you’ll see bats hanging.  It explains the unending squeaking noise.

History of Hinagdanan Cave

The barrio of Bingag was once covered by thick untilled vegetation. In the 16th century, people slowly came to settle in the surrounding area and cleared most portions for tilling.

One day, while the owner of this land was clearing the area for a farm and the far ridge as a look-out, he discovered two holes on the ground, adjacent to each other. The holes were found after decayed trunks of trees were removed from the ground.

To determine the depth of the hole, he threw a stone down the hole and was surprised to hear a splash. Intrigued, he further explored the inside of the caves and found to his delight a beautiful sight of stone formations hanging from the ceiling and some protruding from the ground.

A pond is in the center of the cavern. The cave is full of bats and smells bad. The news of the discovery spread. Adventurous people entered and swam in the pond. It eventually became a swimming pool for the local folks.

Eventually a ladder was improvised down a small hole at the side of the cave. In the local dialect, “hagdan” means ladder so the cave became known as Hinagdanan Cave.

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panoramic view of the cave

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Bohol is one the tourist spots every tripper should not miss.  This small island is fortunate to have Mother Nature’s jewel that one can explore in a day tour.  JMJ Transport Service will take you to these places and discover Bohol that you’ll surely gonna remember forever.

Oldest Church in the Philippines– Baclayon Church, Baclayon

Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis

Butterfly Dome, Sagbayan

Chocolate Hills, Carmen

Solomon’s Board Walk, Cortes

Blood Compact Site, Tagbilaran City

White sand beaches, Panglao

 Bohol Tarsier, Corella and Loboc

Sumampong’s Horseback riding, Loboc

Hanging Bridge, Sevilla

Mag-aso Falls, Antequera

Floating Restaurant, Loboc

Sagbayan Peak, Sagbayan

Manmade Forest, Bilar

Largest and longest python, Alburquerque

Eco Adventure Park, Danao

Tour Rates:

(in Philipine peso)

Chocolate Hills Countryside Tour 
– Car 2,000
– Van 2,500

Sagbayan Peak Countryside Tour
– Car 2,500
– Van 3,000

Panglao Island Tour 
– Car 1,500
– Van 2,000

Airport-Pier Transfer To/From Panglao
– Car 600
– Van 700

Panglao Tour with Maribojoc Watch Tower and Mag-aso Falls
– Car 2,500
– Van 3,000

E.A.T. Danao Adventure Tour
– Car 3,000
– Van 3,500

City Tour 
– Car 1,500
– Van 2,000

*Mag-aso Falls is not included in the Chocolate Hills Countryside Tour

*Choco Countryside Tour includes most of the tourist destination but not Sagbayan Peak

*Sagbayan Peak Countryside Tour includes the Choco Countryside Tour

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