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    Springs and Caves
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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

Caves and Caverns

Written by Jake Miranda on . Posted in Blog

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