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Caving

Exploring Campamento Cave, Surigao del Sur May 16, 2013

Exploring Campamento Cave, Surigao del Sur

GPS waypoint: Cave N9 12.978 E126 02.743 / Junction to Cave N9 13.209 E126 02.587
Location: Brgy. Gamuton, Municipality of Lanuza, Province of Surigao del Sur

Cave System
Campamento Cave is a system of 3 caves. Only Cave 1 (and just part of it) is offered to the tourist. Caves 2 and 3 are reserved for the professional cavers. All visits require registration with the municipal tourism office - they provide the guide. The cave is only 5 kms away from the town proper with perhaps a kilometer of dirt road from the highway junction. Before reaching the cave, you'll be passing through Silop Spring. This is another tourism attraction on its own. It's best to savor this after the cave visit - to wash away all that cave mud and grime.

map location Campamento Cave

Albert
The local tourism office provided me a guide - Albert, who has received proper training as a cave guide. With his motorcycle, we were off to Cave 1.

Cave Features
Campamento Cave 1 boasts of high ceilings with the most ornate articulation of rock and stalactite/stalagmite formation. The formation takes surreal shapes, color and texture. There are a few forks within the cave. Albert took me to Chamber 1 and Chamber 2. Chamber 2 is definitely for the books for 2 great features:

Abyss
Near the end of the cave is perhaps the most mysterious of all - a vertical abyss that plunges down to perhaps 100 feet. It can't be climbed down by hand. It needs rapelling - only for the daring and skilled! Tourists can turn back at that point. Albert said that his trainor rappeled down to the river below and explored the area. He said that while walking through the bottom of the abyss, he already hit the end of it - the talked-about connection that takes you out to the town proper itself does not exist. My thought bubble? If the trainor was the first one to ever climb down, then who started this talk about a cave-town connection? Was that just a wild speculation that became urban legend?

Sun Roof
This is always a cave treat - an opening on the cave ceiling that allows the sun's rays to pierce through the forest canopy and down to the cave floor! This is the stuff movie sets try to emulate! I've heard of caves in the Phiippines that also have this, but this is my first one, and yes, it's quite a treat.

Ending Thoughts
Campamento Cave is truly fascinating - the cathedral-like ceilings, spacious chambers, woven rustic hue on the rock formation, eccentric stalactites and stalagmites, and yes, the 2 must-see features - the sun roof and the abyss. My mind is racing as I write this. At some point, I would like to rappel down that abyss and see for myself what the underneath of this underworld is all about. And yes, let's not forget Caves 2 and 3. One day, I'll get my training and come back to Lanuza to blog about the abyss and the 2 other caves! Sponsors anyone?

--- TheLoneRider

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Tour Package:

  1. Contact: Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer at 0939.916.9512 or email at lgu.lanuza@yahoo.com
  2. 8:30 - 8:45am assembly time at municipal building lobby
  3. 8:45 - 9:00 ETA Campamento Cave
  4. 9:00 - 9:10 briefing
  5. 9:10 - 10:30 cave tour
  6. 10:30 - 11:00 snacks in Silop Spring
  7. 11:00am end of tour
  8. package includes guide, gears, lights, snacks and users' fee

Travel Tip:

  1. bring lotsa cash. There is no bank here. Others had to go to the next big city (no joking matter) just to replenish on cash
  2. fyi, internet is slow and only 3 commercial establishments have wifi - Priz Cafe, Surf Camp and 'Tagalog'

How to Get to Lanuza

  1. from Tandag - at the Balilahan Terminal in Tandag, board any jeep or bus bound for Surigao or Cantilan. Get off at Lanuza (market), P50 jeep, 1 hour 20 mins.
  2. from Surigao City - take any Bachelor Bus going to Tandag, vans can go straight to Lanuza
  3. from Butuan City - go to the bus terminal and board any bus bound for Tandag. From Butuan airport, there is a van going to Lanuza
  4. from Davao City - take a bus going to Tandag and from Tandag, take bus or jeep going to Cantilan (or Surigao) but get off at Lanuza

Attractions in Lanuza and nearby area

  1. surfing - beach break, reef breaks, great for hard core surfers, great for beginners too, surf competition mid-November
  2. Campamento Cave and Silop Spring (N9 13.033 E126 02.756)* - N9 12.978 E126 02.743, stalactites and interesting rock formation, P500/3pax tour package
  3. Magkawas Falls and Green Paradise* - N9 14.995 E126 06.936, great for taking a dip, photo op and just communing with nature, P450/pax, max of 5 pax for guided tour
  4. River Cruise and Firefly Watching* - P650/4 pax, includes boat, guide and dinner
  5. Lanuza Marine Park and Sanctuary - N 09 15.279 E 126 06.753, fish spawning area, view deck overlooking Lanuza Bay, coffee at the Sanctuary Cafe
  6. Mangrove Forest - protected habitat for fish breeding
  7. Lanuza Ancestral Home - built in 1898, the structure is well preserved and still functional
  8. Lanuza Boulevard - take a stroll at sundown and catch the breathtaking sunset
  9. Punta Beach - taller waves for more experienced surfers
  10. Hubason River - located in Carmen, but only 15 mins away from Lanuza

* contact Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer at 0939.916.9512 or email at lgu.lanuza@yahoo.com

Homestay Sites in Lanuza
(in May 23, 2013, a request has been made to Ms. Glenda Joy DC. Felix, the Tourism Operations Officer, for the individual telephone numbers of these homestays)

  • Babac Bungalows - accommodation, surfing and yoga
  • Mami's Surf Haus - N9 13.932 E126 03.475, aka Avelina Rosil, P200/pax dormitory, 0919.923.9007
  • Ma. Karissa Julve - N9 14.004 E126 03.492
  • Offshore - fronting beach
  • Valspeak - fronting beach
  • Bamboo Homestay -
  • Twain Homestay - N9 14.009 E126 03.468
  • Elizalde Homestay -
  • Raymond Cubero -
  • Susa Orozco -
  • Fedila Ariate -
  • Poktoy Palm Haven -
  • Lanuza Pastoral Center -
  • Inday Dina - N9 13.954 E126 03.541, cell 0949.673.2121
  • 3E Lodge -
  • Priz Babak Beach Resort -
  • Surf Lanuza Training -
  • Surf Camp - N9 14.126 E126 03.674, fronting beach, P150/pax non a/c, P1200/room/2pax a/c

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  22. Sagada Cave Connection - Lumiang Cave to Sumaging Cave September 12, 2008
  23. Mountaineering with Lakay Kalikasan Mountaineers (Kalinawan Cave) November 25, 2007
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  25. Sagada (Sumaging Cave) October 18, 2005
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