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Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017

Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda

Location: Bacong (barangay), Anda (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
Google Map: 09°43'59.9"N 124°34'13.2"E
Entrance Fee: P50

Cabagnow Cave Pool
About 2 kms from Anda Poblacion is a cave pool about 30m from the beach. It's not so much as a cave as it is a sink hole. It's a 20x10ft opening on limestone ground that drops 8 feet into a pool of brackish water that goes down 5 feet deep. Either you rapel down or use a ladder - there is no way to climb down as the ground surface acts as an overhang. The place uses a ladder that was not in place so the area was closed to the public - just my luck. Just the same, I went over the fence to take pictures. There was no way for me to climb down unless I jump...which would have been stupid. Even if I didn't get myself injured, how the heck do I get back?

Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda
a big hole in the your step!

Fishermen's Tale
Hoping to get back to the Anda Poblacion by beach for a shorter walk, I got rained on and took shelter on a fisherman's shed with 2 fishermen. I started a conversation asking them about the cave. According to them, the cave is connected to the sea but the hole is too small for a human body to fit in. They added that from the sea however, there is an opening big enough for a man leading to the inland cave. However, they added that the water inside is like a washing machine - impossible for a diver to manage through. A group of German divers attempted but failed. That's how they know the story.

The Big Fish Story
They said something more interesting. Trapped inside the sea cave is a giant Grouper. It's so big it could no longer get itself out. The fishermen speculated that maybe the Grouper got inside as a small fish and got big there - now, it won't fit coming out. How does it feed itself? The fishermen explained that there are many fishes inside the sea cave for the Grouper to eat. I am fascinated by this tale, but even though I have my freediving equipment with me, I won't attempt to enter that cave. Gone are my stupid days.

Ending Thoughts
The fishermen said the ladder would be back in place on July 1 - this is unlikely after I talked to people in the know. Apparently, there are technical issues about rights and ownership. Maybe I'll just bring my freedive gear and checkout the cave opening from the sea...for a harmless peek :)

--- TheLoneRider

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tourist attractions in Bohol tourist attractions
  • Danao Adventure Park in Bohol Danao Adventure Park - zip lining, cable car ride, caving, river rides/trekking, off-road buggy ride, root climbing, rappelling and ultra-glide rides
  • Alona Beach in Bohol Alona Beach - hub for tourists with hotels, resorts, restos, bars and dive shops
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol Chocolate Hills - hills side-by-side shaped like giant Kisses chocolate
  • Tarsier in Bohol Tarsier - pocket-sized marsupia looking like a monkey
  • Balicasag Island in Bohol Balicasag Island - one of the best dive spots in the Philippines
  • Loboc River in Bohol Loboc River - river cruise on a boat
  • Anda Beach in Bohol Anda Beach - fine white sand beach with resorts, restos and cottages, 3 hours by bus from Tagbilaran
  • Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol Cabagnow Cave Pool - brackish water pool about 5ft deep inside a limestone opening on the ground, 8 feet deep, P50
  • Lamanok Island in Anda, Bohol Lamanok Island - walk on a 100m bamboo bridge on stilts to a resto area to take a boat tour to caves and nearly attractions, P300
  • Combento Cave Pool in Bohol Combento Cave Pool - cave pool with underwater cave system, P20
  • Can-umantad Falls in Candijay, Bohol Can-umantad Falls - long narrow drop until it hits a bulbous mound spreading it into a a curtain-like water canopy and down into a splash pool
  • Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, Bohol Canawa Cold Spring - deep refreshing cold spring with developed pool area
  • Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol Firefly Tour - evening boat ride into the river to watch fireflies
hotels in Bohol hotel
  • Bohol Tropics Resort Bohol Tropics Resort - seafront location, manicured surroundings, swimming pool, resto/bar
    0133 Graham Avenue, Brgy. Cogon, Tagbilaran, Bohol 6300
  • Oasis Resort - Alona Beach location, dive center, resto / bar
    Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
yoga in Bohol yoga
  • Jing Yoga - health & well being through yoga
    Jing Yoga The Courtyard - Airport Road fronting the church
    Jing Yoga Bohol Meditation and Yoga Center - 2nd Floor Lim Magtajas Bldg. CPG Avenue

How to get to Cabagnow Cave Pool from Anda Market

  1. take a tricycle from the market to Cabagnow Cave Pool (P30 one-way, 10 mins). There is no transport going back so you might like to have the tricycle wait on you.

How to get to Anda from Tagbilaran Port

  1. take a tricycle from the port to Dao Bus Terminal (P15, 10 mins)
  2. at the bus terminal the yellow bus makes several trips/day to Anda (P95, 3 hours)
    Departure times: 5:20am, 8:50am, 10:20am, 12:45pm, 2:20pm, 4:20pm and 5:50pm
  3. get-off at the Anda public market. The beaches and resorts are just a short walk away

Bohol FYI / Tips

Tagbilaran Port to Panglao

You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
  1. don't take the tricycles lined-up inside the port. Walk past the port gate and immediately outside, you'll see many tricycles. Take one to the bus terminal in Dao (~P15)
  2. in Dao, take the jeep that plies the Panglao route (~P20)

Tagbilaran (Bohol) to Cebu City by boat

** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
  1. Weesam Express - departs 6:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM
    one way: Economy (aircon) P500.00, Economy (non-aircon) P400.00, First Class P600.00
    round trip promo (at least 2 days advance booking): Economy (aircon) P600, Economy(non-aircon) P500, First Class P1200
    round trip promo (1 day or on the day booking): Economy (aircon) P800, Economy (non-aircon) P700, First Class P1200
  2. Ocean Jet - departs 6-7:05-8:20-9:20-11:40AM, 1-2-3:30-4:20-5:30-6:30PM, 2 hours, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    Open Air / Tourist Class P800, Business Class P1000
    +63(32)255 7560 / +63 (32) 255 0115 / 0917 638 0000
  3. SuperCat (2GO) - departs 5:50-11AM, 3:45-5:25-8:15PM, arrives Pier 1 in Cebu
    P 500.00
    +63 32 233 7000

Things to do, Places to go in Bohol

  1. Chocolate Hills - this is a clustering of more than 1200 hills within a 50km2 area. They range in height from 30-50 meters. What's unusual is their near-perfect conical shape resembling an individual chocolate chip. No one knows how they were formed. Entrance is P50/pax.
  2. Tarsier Conservation Area - located Upper Bonbon, Loboc. The tarsiers are no longer being played at by tourists as circus props, but instead, visitors now view them in cordoned-off areas in their natural 6ha habitat. As they are territorial and nocturnal, they are predictable on where they can be viewed. P50/pax.
  3. Alona Beach (Panglao) - Alona Beach is the tourist hub of Bohol. It has 1.5 kms of white sand beach lined-up by bars, hotels and restos. Alona is also the jump-off point for Balicasag Island, a world class dive destination.
  4. Danao Adventure Park - located in Barangay Magtangtang, 72 kms (2 hours ride) from Tagbilaran. Adventure activities include river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock climbing and ziplining.


  1. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  2. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  3. Exploring Anda, Bohol June 25-30, 2017

  4. Candijay
  5. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  6. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  7. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  8. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  9. Loboc
  10. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017
  11. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  12. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  13. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  14. Back Road Ride to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  15. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  16. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  17. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  18. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  19. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  20. Panglao
  21. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  22. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  23. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  24. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  25. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  26. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  27. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  28. Tagbilaran
  29. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  30. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  31. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  32. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  33. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  34. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  35. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  36. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  37. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  38. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  39. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  40. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  41. Ubay
  42. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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