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Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017

Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands

GPS waypoint: 10°41'54.95"N 124°20'15.65"E
Location: Barangay Sonog, San Francisco (municipality), Camotes Islands, Cebu (province), Philippines
Admission: P20 (US$0.40)

Another Cave
After visiting Crystal Cave, I continued with my push-bike until I came upon another cave sign - Timubo Cave. I was on a roll!

Manicured Cave
There is no guide for the cave. Instead, they lit up the inside and paved the path all the way to the swimming area. This reminds me of the massive cave in Halong Bay that was turned into a park - complete with colorful lights, hand rails, and concrete steps. There was even an office desk inside the cave! It felt like a theme park instead of a cave adventure.

Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands
taking a dip inside Timubo Cave

Swimming
With all the installed lights and concrete paving, what would otherwise be a petrifying chest-deep wading in a pool inside a pitch-black cave, it just felt like a night dip in a swimming pool. All that potential Indiana Jones excitement is lost. Having said my misgivings, it was still a refreshing dip in its crystal clear water.

Further Up
The lights only extended up to the swimming area but the cave goes deeper. If there was a guide to take the daring few deeper into the cave, where you rely on your headlamps and feel your way through tactile perception, the excitement would still be won.

Ending Thoughts
By paving the way all the way inside the cave and providing lights, the Indiana Jones feel of exploring the cave is lost. On the other hand, this made the cave accessible to those who are physically challenged. I believe the best compromise is to provide a guide to those who wish to venture deeper into the cave without the benefit of installed lights or concrete paving. Altogether, Timubo Cave is spectacular specially with the crystal clear water to take a dip into.

--- TheLoneRider

with this sign, I was off to Timubo Cave the entrance is short of a red carpet into a grand hall the concrete steps with installed lights and hand rails more hand-holding features the first water crossing the next chamber is likewise lit the water was refreshing specially after all the bicycling I was doing to get there imagine if you were neck-deep in water inside a pitch-black cave...wishful thinking more water shots they even installed a religious shrine inside the cave! a dry shot inside the cave


Google Map Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines

tourist attractions in Camotes Island tourist attractions
  • Lake Danao Park in Camotes Island Lake Danao Park - inland twin lakes in San Francisco
  • Santiago Bay Beach in Camotes Island Santiago Bay Beach - stretch of fine white sand with a cluster of beach resorts
  • Buho Rock in Camotes Island Buho Rock - dive boards perched from a high rock outcropping, Poro
  • Tulang Diot in Camotes Island Tulang Diot - white sand beach on a tiny island just 10 minutes by boat from the main Camotes Island
  • Busay Falls in Camotes Island Busay Falls - groomed plunge pool, dirt trail walk with 2 stream crossings, Tudela
  • Capasanan Spring in Camotes Island Capasanan Spring - crystal clear open spring water source in San Jose, Poro. Free
  • Hagnaon Spring in Camotes Island Hagnaon Spring - clean drinking water coming out of the rocks, dipping pool you might share with carabaos in San Jose, Poro. Free
caves in Camotes Island caves
  • Timubo Cave in Camotes Island Timubo Cave - groomed trail inside cave with lights, swimming inside, limited penetration
  • Bukilat Cave in Camotes Island Bukilat Cave - cathedral-like caverns, top lighting from cave openings, high tide swimming
  • Holy Crystal Cave in Camotes Island Holy Crystal Cave - cave formation glitters, human bones, limited penetration
  • Paraiso Cave in Camotes Island Paraiso Cave
places in Camotes Island important spots
  • San Francisco San Francisco - town center, wet market, municipal hall, eateries, live music, bar, Baywalk
  • Poro Poro - town center of Poro Municipality, port to Cebu City and Danao
  • Tudela Tudela - town center of Tudela Municipality
  • Pilar Pilar - town center of Pilar in the island of Ponson Island
  • Consuelo Wharf Consuelo Wharf - port for Danao ships
  • Poro Port Poro Port - port for Danao and Cebu City ships
hotels in Camotes Island resort hotel

Camotes Island FYI / Tips

Camotes Island Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 49.82 as of Jan 15, 2017)

Cebu City to Camotes Island

Camotes Islands to Cebu City

  1. Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
  2. Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City

Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat

Danao to Camotes Island

Camotes Island to Danao

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Camotes Islands Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. Daghang Salamat (Many Thanks) Camotes Islands, Goodbye Apr 6, 2017
  2. A Culture of Noise Apr 5, 2017
  3. Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island) Apr 2, 2017
  4. In Search of the Hidden Beach Apr 1, 2017
  5. Pizza-Making Party in Camotes Islands Mar 25, 2017
  6. Zesto and Exploited Child Labor Mar 20, 2017
  7. The Bayot (Gay) Construction Worker Mar 20, 2017
  8. Yoga Calisthenics in Camotes Islands Mar 3, 2017
  9. Bathing with the Carabaos at Hagnaon Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  10. Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  11. Exploring Bukilat Cave, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  12. Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands Feb 21, 2017
  13. Settling Down in Camotes Islands Feb 19, 2017
  14. Clam Chowder Pizza from Scratch on a Rice Cooker Feb 15, 2017
  15. Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  16. Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  17. Exploring Camotes Islands of Cebu Jan 13-14, 2017
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