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Welcome to Hinagdanan Cave, an extraordinary hidden gem nestled in the heart of Bohol.
This enchanting underground wonder beckons adventurers to embark on a journey into its depths and uncover the mysteries that lie within.
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As you descend down the rustic ladder into Hinagdanan Cave, you'll be greeted by a breathtaking sight.
Sunlight peeks through a small opening above, casting ethereal rays that dance upon the crystal-clear waters below.
The natural pool within the cave creates a captivating ambiance that instantly mesmerizes visitors.
Inside, you'll be immersed in a world of natural wonders. Magnificent limestone formations adorn the cave's interior, with stalactites delicately hanging from the ceiling and stalagmites rising proudly from the cave floor.
These awe-inspiring formations, shaped over countless years, create a surreal landscape that feels straight out of a fairy tale.
While spelunking the depths of Hinagdanan Cave, take a moment to embrace the tranquility that surrounds you.
Feel the cool underground breeze brush against your skin, and listen closely to the soft echoes of water droplets, a testament to the cave's ongoing transformation.
Hinagdanan Cave isn't just a place of visual marvels; it's also steeped in local folklore and history.
Legend has it that a farmer stumbled upon the cave's hidden entrance while tending to his land.
Since then, the cave has become a cherished site, captivating the imaginations of locals and visitors alike.
Allow yourself to be captivated by the peaceful ambiance of Hinagdanan Cave.
Find a serene spot to reflect and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Let the cave's enchanting atmosphere transport you to a realm far removed from the demands of everyday life.
A spelunking visit to Hinagdanan Cave is a must for anyone exploring Bohol.
Whether you're an intrepid adventurer, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the marvels of the world, this cave offers a captivating experience into an underground wonderland.
So, embrace the spirit of exploration, uncover the secrets that lie beneath, and create cherished memories as you journey through the captivating Hinagdanan Cave.
Let its hidden charms ignite your sense of wonder and leave you with a lasting appreciation for the marvels of nature.
Aside from the famed Chocolate Hills, the white beaches, dive sites and the tarsier, Bohol is known for many caves, some historic like the Dagohoy cave yet the most popular of them and the most accessible is the underground Hinagdanan Cave located in Dauis.
My parents being Bol-anon (my mother’s roots hailed from Panglao Island), the cave is our favorite stop on every trip. Years back, the area where the cave was located was devoid of houses, open and bare, except for intermittent trees. With an adventuresome spirit, I often swam in the cave’s pool and explored its crevices.
Come October 27, 2007 and with six kids in tow, with my brother Bong, my mom, relatives and a visitor from Pagadian, we visited the site.
It looks different, with shops situated near the entrance of the cave selling souvenir and gift items to visiting tourists. Adjacent to the cave’s area is a resort. The place has been developed and has become a tourist spot.
The entrance of the cave is still narrow and steep and only one person at a time can enter. Yet the stairs have improved.
The once wooden rickety handle of the stairs have been replaced with rounded steel bars and the stairs are wider. It is easier to go down them but one have to be careful for the steps are slippery due to the humidity of the cave and the wet kids running up and down the stairs in a swimming spree.
Entering the cave, one has to wink twice in order to accustom your eyes to the dark. It is not that dark inside anymore for a light has been added near the stairs and two holes aboveground gives a streak of light towards the upper left side of the cave. Initially though, one feels blinded by the dark when coming directly from outside.
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.
But the water near its outlet is a bit salty especially during high tide when sea water enters. As a kid I was not fearful of its depth for I know how to swim. Later, I learned that the deepest portion is 10 feet deep.
Looking around the cave one can see stalactites hanging from the ceiling and protruding stalagmites on the ground. You can hear bats squeaking above yet I can barely see one because of the dark. The smell inside is also musty and may be due to the bat’s excrements. After taking pictures of the walls, one discovers drawings on it.
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.
The cave lies 2.5 kilometers from the center of Dauis town and 15 kilometers west of Tagbilaran City. It is located at Bingag, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines. It is a karst cave, being made of limestone.