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The Top Six Most Popular Caves in the Philippines

by nobert soloria bermosa on 05/05/08 at 10:58 am

Excavating these caves will surely give you a thrill.

Aside from beautiful white sand beaches and scenic diving spots, the Philippines is also endowed with wonderful caves. There are hundreds of caves in the Philippines. Peñablanca, Cagayan alone has already around 300 caves.

Spelunkers and non-spelunkers, here’s a list of the most famous caves in the country that can give you thrill and excitement. You will surely love and enjoy them.

6. Callao Caves in Cagayan

On the Sixth slot is Callao Caves. Located within the Peñablanca Protected Landscape.The seven-chambered Callao Caves boast of massive limestone and other rock formations, skylights, and a chapel. The conditions inside the cave cause stalactites and stalagmites, particularly in the deeper chambers. Every chamber has natural crevices, which let light get into the cave, serving as illumination for the otherwise dark areas of the place.

5. Jackpot Cave in Cagayan

On the fifth spot is the Jackpot Cave also in Peñablanca, Cagayan. It is the second deepest cave in the Philippines at 115 meters. The cave has a walking size passage, shafts and drops of varying depths that provide for a lot of rope works. Meandering streams and pools of varying size abound inside the cave.

4. Odessa Tumbali Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan

On the fifth spot-Odessa Tumbali Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan. At 12.6 kilometers, it is the third longest cave in the Philippines. It is active and provides excellent wet sport caving. It has superb formations and passage shapes, canals and lakes for swimming, photography and cave diving opportunities, and varied fauna. Acknowledged to be a perfect cave system, it has five known entrances.

3. Sumaging-Latipan-Lomyang Crystal Cave in Sagada, Mt.Province

On the third place, we have Sumaging-Latipan-Lomyang Crystal Cave in Sagada, Mt.Province. In terms of vertical range it is the deepest reaching 163 meters from its mouth. In terms of length, it is the fifth longest cave in the Philippines. Six entrances lead to a complex mix of active and fossil cave remarkable for its large passages and impressive gours. The system is partially accessible to tourists and a sump connected to Lokohong Cave.

2. Odloman Cave in Mabinay, Negros Oriental

On the second slot is the Odloman Cave in Mabinay, Negros Oriental. This cave is 8.9 km. long. Five entrances have been connected and the system comprises a mix of large and small galleries with some active streamway. This cave is the 6th deepest in the country.

1. Palawan Underground River or St. Paul Subterranean River – Longest Navigable Underground River in the World

This is the most famous cave in the Philippines. The longest underground river was discovered a few years back in Mexico somewhere in the Yucatan. St. Paul Underground River in Palawan, Philippines may not be the longest underground river in the world anymore, but it is still the world’s longest navigable underground river. The navigable part of the river inside the cave of the 4000-acre St. Paul Subterranean River stretches 15 kilometers in length (5 miles). St. Paul Cave is the 3rd deepest cave in the country.

For more caves see

Spectacular Caves From Around the World

Spectacular Caves in the Philippines

For holy caves see

Five Holy Caves in the World

For more tourist destinations in the Philippines see

11 Reasons Why You Have To Go To The Hundred Islands

The Top Five Island Tourist destinations in the Philippines

Top Eight Best Diving in the Philippines

Ifugao Rice Terraces: The 8th Wonder of the World

Best Island Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

Best Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

What Makes Batanes Unique From Other Tourist Destinations?

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

Baguio City: A City in the Sky

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CHAN LEE PENG

May 5th, 2008

Thanks for sharing!

Unofre Pili

May 5th, 2008

Hindi ko aam ang mga ‘to prior today…thanks.

slowslow

May 5th, 2008

Very interesting.

Alexa Gates

May 5th, 2008

interesting.. great article!

SunGoddess

May 5th, 2008

Nice work, Robert. =)

MAHU

May 5th, 2008

i’ve been in that one in Palawan, superb! and the islands there are just fabulous, beautiful beaches! =)
i’ll definitely visit those ones in Cagayan in the future.
salamat sa info kabayang nobert! =)

tracy sardelli

May 6th, 2008

My fav is the jackpot cave in Cagayan, for some reason the picture is so alluring, So captivating, I would love to go there.

salvatore

May 6th, 2008

well written buddy, my favourite is callao caves, the way the light shines in. thanks for sharing.

IcyCucky

May 6th, 2008

Beautiful caves, and wonderful article

Dee Huff

May 6th, 2008

How beautiful.

nobert soloria bermosa

May 6th, 2008

thank you very much guys,
especially to my new friends who visited and posted their comments
thanks SunGoddess, Mahu, and Dee,i appreciate it more than words can say.

Ruby Hawk

May 6th, 2008

When I win the lottery I will be visiting you Nobert.

nobert soloria bermosa

May 6th, 2008

thanks Ruby, keep betting,
i hope we’ll both win, lol,

valli

May 6th, 2008

Very beautiful caves. Thanks for sharing.

Rhodora Bande

May 7th, 2008

Very informative article.

You forgot Calbiga caves in Samar though. One of them is described by Joni Bonifacio in his blog as the “second biggest cathedral cave in the world that can undoubtedly accommodate about fifty commercial passenger planes put together side by side.”

nobert soloria bermosa

May 7th, 2008

Hi Valli thanks,

hi Rhodora,
thanks a lot,i,ll look into that,actually i’m preparing the sequel of this. thanks again

Anne Lyken-Garner

May 8th, 2008

Superb pictures, they make me want to visit right now. Your travel pieces are inspirational!

Lucy Lockett

May 10th, 2008

You will have more visitors if you keep posting these beautiful pictures!

Judy Sheldon

May 10th, 2008

You saved the best cave for last. Beautiful.

Ronaldo B. Robles

Jun 16th, 2008

Why only top 6 caves and not make it 10? Why not also to consider caves that plays important part in the Philippine History like the Biak na Bato Caves in San Miguel Bulacan. The place is really nice and in fact it’s the place where many Katipuneros and even Gen. Aguinaldo took their refuge there in the late 1890’s.

Joni Bonifacio

Jun 24th, 2008

Yes we have the Largest Cave in Souteast Asia The Langun Gobingob Caves in Calbiga,Samar. You need 3 days and 2 nights inside the cave to explore the 12 cave system more infos visit:

http://www.bonifaciojoni.blogspot.com/

caryl

Jul 11th, 2008

wow… idol philipphines… go,go,go,!!!fight,fight, fight,!!!

Carina

Jul 24th, 2008

I’ve been in the Callao caves when i was little and its really nice. It’s good it was chosen to be one in the list. What a nice place. You guys should go there sometime. Trust me, its beautiful.
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Kida

Jul 24th, 2008

Its nice other people appreciate nature. And it’s wonderful that it is made in maintenance. Other people just destroy it. just like in my place. But still, I will go to one of the caves sometime. And one day, I will bring my family and friends. What a nice idea. And by the way, to the creators of this website, I ACTUALLY APPRECIATE AND LIKE IT. carry on!!!!

pamela

Nov 26th, 2008

this picture is cool someday i will go to this place i could learn more about this what a fun!

jerome pacheco

Apr 21st, 2009

it looks amazing. since im filipino, i’d loved 2 see those amazing places!

rico

May 28th, 2010

unfortunately the caves in Visayas aren’t that famous and doesn’t have good media exposure. I’ve been to the 3 caves in this list, (Subterranean River of Palawan, Callao Caves of Cagayan Valley and Sumaging Cave of Sagada) and these places are surreal. If you want to please your eyes; Callao Caves has the most stunning and illuminated rock formations. Sumaging Caves’ wet and dark descend is a challenge for the thrill seeker. The famous Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is an amazing gift of nature and it is an experience like nowhere else in the world…

tony

Jun 4th, 2010

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Fidel Magat Maddela

May 16th, 2011

Wait till you see the Capisaan Cave system in , kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya

Keith Martin

May 27th, 2011

Nice.. :) This post is one my favorite blog..
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Kyla

Jul 13th, 2011

Would love to visit these caves. Especially the Sumaging-Latipan-Lomyang Crystal Cave.

Thanks for sharing.

Jean Lucs Bistro

ding collado

Jul 15th, 2011

Amazing !!!

Cerilo

Jan 9th, 2012

Try to go to Cambaro, Macrohon, Southern Leyte, Philippines. We have a system of over a hundred caves waiting to be explored.

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