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    Springs and Caves
  • Cave Diving in the Philippines Clearest

    Springs and Caves
  • Cave Diving in the Philippines Clearest

    Springs and Caves
  • Cave Diving in the Philippines Clearest

    Springs and Caves
  • Cave Diving in the Philippines Clearest

    Springs and Caves

Go Cave Diving Now

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Equipment Considerations

You can fly in to the Philippines practically without bringing any cave diving equipment. You can rent (and buy) all you need from specialized diveshops like Philtech in Manila, Jaime’s Dive Center in Cebu or Punta Bilar Dive Center in Surigao. Air and pure oxygen are the most common gases available. Helium for deeper diving is available and so are boosters but expensive to procure. Tanks like 11l and 6l are available to use.

You may want to bring in your favourite wetsuit (cave water temperature is 24-26 centigrade), light canister and extra lights, dive computer and mask. If you have extra space in your baggage, you can bring your sidemount or backmount BCD, booties and fins. Some of our cave diving guests bring in their rebreathers and sofnolime.

Hotels and meals

Cheap lodging and cheaper meals are plenty where the caves are located. There are also upscale hotels in nearby urban centers. Malls, ecoparks, tropical beaches and evening entertainment are within reach of the hotels and caves.
 
How to start


Plan your trip early. Tell us about yourself and tick off the caves you want to visit. To start your cave diving adventure in the Philippines, contact any of the following:

PAGLUGABAN, MAPATING
Alex Santos
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PAWOD, CASILI
Bernil Gastardo
Jaime Lapac
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BABABU, CAMPAMENTO SILOP, PAMUNTUANAN, HINATUAN, TAGBINA, KATINUAN, TARUSAN, HAGAKHAK, BLUE CATHEDRAL
Jake Miranda
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Caves and Caverns

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South of the capital Manila there is the diving mecca of Batangas where you can try the saltwater deep cavern and cave system called MAPATING CAVE. In the idyllic island of Palawan in the western Philippines is PAGLUGABAN CAVE. Manila-based FCD Alex Santos is the guide for this area.

The most accessible underwater cave is PAWOD DOCBOY CAVE in the island of Mactan, Cebu. Few hours from here is CASILI CAVE in Balamban, Cebu mainland. Cebu-based FCD Bernil Gastardo is a cave guide for these two caves. Another Cebu-based guide is FCD Jaime Lapac Cebu is an international airport gateway with multiple flights from Manila and nearby international countries.

Further south is the region of Caraga with plenty of caves for a long diving vacation, and accessible by boat or plane ride from Manila and Cebu. Arrival ports are either Surigao City or Butuan City. Punta Bilar Dive Center operated by FCD Jake Miranda and based in Surigao City has the equipment, and access to almost all of the underwater caves in the region. In an island north of Surigao, in Dinagat, there is BABABU LAKE UNDERWATER CAVE SYSTEM and a nearby HAGAKHAK CAVERN for beginners. There is also the deep cavern BLUE CATHEDRAL in the surfing island of Siargao which is still in Surigao. A few hours of drive by car from Surigao City is the southern karst region where you will find CAMPAMENTO SILOP SPRING CAVE, PAMUNTUANAN CAVE, HINATUAN ENCHANTED RIVER AND UNDERWATER CAVE SYSTEM, TAGBINA CAVERN, KATINUAN SPRING and TARUSAN SPRING. 

Caves

Location

Level

Water

MAPATING CAVE

Mabini, Batangas

Full Cave

Seawater

PAGLUGABAN CAVE

Coron, Palawan

Full Cave

Sea/Freshwater

PAWOD DOCBOY CAVE

Mactan, Cebu

Full Cave

Freshwater

CASILI CAVE

Balamban, Cebu

Full Cave

Freshwater

BABABU LAKE

Dinagat Islands

Full Cave

Sea/Fresh

HAGAKHAK CAVERN

Dinagat Islands

Cavern

Seawater

CAMPAMENTO SILOP SPRING CAVE

Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

Full Cave

Freshwater

PAMUNTUANAN CAVE

Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Intro to Cave

Freshwater

HINATUAN ENCHANTED RIVER

Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Full Cave

Sea/Freshwater

TARUSAN SPRING

Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Intro to Cave

Freshwater

TAGBINA CAVERN

Tagbina, Surigao del Sur

Cavern

Freshwater

BLUE CATHEDRAL

Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Cavern

Seawater

KATINUAN SPRING

Tagbina, Surigao del Sur

Intro to Cave

Freshwater

 

Learn Cave Diving

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Cave diving is the ultimate scuba diving activity. It is the highest form of scuba discipline where both your dive experience and skills will truly be tested. It is also one of the most dangerous forms of participatory sport.

 

To even start to learn cave diving, we recommend that the student have at least 100 dives in open water, has a technical diving license and adequate experience, and has a sense of purpose as well to explore underwater caves.

 

The way to learn takes many paths if you look at the different agencies offering dive courses.

 

 Everything starts with Cavern.  The cavern course introduces you to the cave, its geology, and how you approach it as a diver entering for the first time. You are only allowed to get inside the lighted portion of the cave up until 60 lineal meters or 200 linear feet into the cavern or up until the light portion or when you have reached your gas limits, whichever comes first.


If cave diving is for you, you then move to Introduction to Cave. This allows to proceed to the dark zone, and along a guideline. Since you have practically started this lifelong journey to become a full cave diver, you will be rewarded with the serenity and beauty of a complete overhead environment.

 

The final course is Full Cave. You will be training as a full-fledged overhead diver and doing navigational courses from the main guideline. You will be penetrating deeper into the cave, confident that your lessons from Cavern and Intro to Cave have brought you here.

The more you train, the better cave diver you be. The more caves you train in, the better cave diver shall be.  But there is no Zero to Hero program in cave diving. You cannot start in Cavern and then become Full Cave Diver in weeks. There should be pauses between programs to allow you to progress safely with caution.

In the Philippines, we emphasize Thank God All Divers Live Long or T-G-A-D-L-L! That is, proper (T)raining, strong (G)uideline, (A)ir management, (D)epth limits, best (L)ights and (L)ocal knowledge.

 

Cave diving is a unique course and cave courses are a rarity. It is not for everyone. It is estimated that there are only 3,000 cave divers  from among 3,000,000 scuba divers in the world. A rare 0.1 of one percent.

 

Are you ready to become a Cave Diver?

 FEES

 

Course Fee*

Approx Cave Trip Fees**

Total

Cavern

$500

$350

$850

Intro to Cave

$750

$500

$1250

Full Cave

$1500

$650

$2150

 

*Course fee pricing includes all learning materials, certification fees, and lectures
**Cave trip fees varies like tank rentals and fills, transportation to cave sites, entrance fees, meals, water, and cave diving equipment which you may need to rent.

For courses, contact:

IANTD CAVERN DIVER, INTRODUCTORY CAVE DIVER, TECHNICAL CAVE
Alex Santos
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TDI CAVERN DIVER, AND INTRO TO CAVE
Jake Miranda
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About Cave Diving

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Cave diving in the Philippine’s underwater caves is an exciting adventure that awaits you. Since each cave diving trip should be tailored to your preference, it is best to contact our professional cave diving guide from the Filipino Cave Divers (FCD) pool of internationally licensed (IANTD and TDI) and experienced cave divers in the area you wish to visit. At present, the pool of professional cave diving guides is composed of: FCD Bernil Gastardo, FCD Jake Miranda, FCD Jaime Lapac and FCD Alex Santos. Depending on availability, any of these guides can accompany you to the sites around the country.


Diving by yourself in the caves without our guidance will prove extremely difficult when it comes to access, logistics, overall coordination and most importantly safety. Diving with us maximises your vacation time and makes it all easy and hassle-free.

If you are training to become a cavern or full cave diver, the Philippines is also a great training venue. Open water sites are plenty and there are always fun times between dives.

If you stay for a longer time, you can be accustomed to the local community and dive on your own within your dive training and experience, or join any of the FCD in exploration of other areas.

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