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The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017

The Return to Hinagdanan Cave

Location: Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
Note: No picture gallery - the Go Pro and my phone couldn't take decent low-light pictures

Selfie Tourists
The first time I visited Hinagdanan Cave with Juan, we didn't get to swim. This time around with Jeffrey, Juan's son, and RJ, we came prepared with swim wear and snorkeling gear. It was a Sunday so people lined-up to get in. However, most of them came for the selfies - arrive, take a picture and leave without getting wet. This left the cave pool almost entirely to the 3 of us.

Cave Interior
The tide-fed brine-pool is just about as big as the cave itself. The cave ceiling served almost like a dome cathedral to protect the pool. With 2 natural openings on top + a few bulbs, there was ample lighting inside the cave, but it was still fairly dark inside. One section of the pool away from the tourist railings was forebodingly dark and deeper.

Snorkeling the Pool
With our fins/mask/snorkel, we wasted no time in snorkeling the entire area of the pool. The middle section goes down about 13 feet - deep enough for the local guys to climb up a high rock and jump down. The water was crystal clear. If not for the insufficient lighting, you could see the pool from end to end under the water. The pool flooring was kept as is - rocky and irregular, which made for an interesting floor scouring on a freedive.

Jeffrey was at his best, spotting coins, bracelets and other things on the pool floor. This takes an eye for it. I tried combing the floor in a vain hope I'd spot something, but nothing for me.

The Dark Deep Section
Away from the tourist crowding is the dark and deep section. It could go down 20 feet but it was too dark to test the water. Besides, the deep end was under a sloping overhang. I tried exploring that area, but it was creepy, having no clear opening above me - it was essentially cave-freediving inside a cave! While inside, I tried to surface and realized all I had was a big rock over me. I got disoriented and had a mild panic before I traced my route back to the clearing. I made no more attempt after that. Best to have a powerful underwater torch for next time.

The Return to Hinagdanan Cave
inside Hinagdanan Cave

Dive Through
Still on the deep end was a dive-through. Jeffrey first demonstrated it and I followed. You dive underneath a rock formation and come out the other end. You could still see light from the other end so it's not as creepy. But it was still a rush.

Ending Thoughts
Even though the pool area is fairly small, it is still worthwhile to bring a set of mask/snorkel/fins to make the most out of the visit. Unlike snorkeling in a coral reef, a cave flooring looks very different and it feels different. If you plan to visit the cave, don't just take a selfie - dive down with your gear and include a powerful torch with you!

Thanks Jeffrey for taking me along!

--- TheLoneRider



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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.

Bohol

    Anda
  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. Dauis
  5. Freediving at Molave Point, Dauis Nov 6, 2017
  6. The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017
  7. Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

  8. Candijay
  9. Roadtrip from Candijay to Ubay July 1, 2017
  10. Firefly Tour in Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  11. Freediving Canawa Cold Spring of Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017
  12. Splashing at Can-umantad Falls, Candijay, Bohol June 30, 2017

  13. Corella
  14. Cycling to the Tarsiers of Corella Oct 26, 2017

  15. Loay
  16. The Ride to Morning Hill Oct 22, 2017
  17. The Ride to the Old Spanish Tower Oct 21, 2017

  18. Loboc
  19. 37 Days in Loboc - Thank You and Goodbye Oct 8-Nov 14, 2017
  20. Exploring Busay Falls, Loktob Spring and Jimili-an Spring...on Foot Nov 11, 2017
  21. Stand-Up Paddle Yoga with Joan Christine Nov 3, 2017
  22. Loboc River Cruise on a Stand-Up Paddle Oct 29, 2017
  23. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  24. Ziplining and Cable Car Ride at Eco-Tourism Adventure Park Oct 22, 2017
  25. Savouring Villagio Pizza Oct 19, 2017
  26. Wet and Wild Bonbon-Alegria Downhill Ride Oct 18, 2017
  27. River Cruise on Loboc River Oct 17, 2017
  28. Back Road Ride from Loboc to Loay Oct 17, 2017
  29. Leisurely Ride to Loktob Spring Oct 14, 2017
  30. Sweet Ride to Busay Falls Oct 13, 2017
  31. Bike Climb to the Virgen de Guadalupe Oct 12, 2017
  32. The Ride to Cruz Daku (Big Cross) Oct 11, 2017
  33. Exploring Loboc, Bohol Oct 8, 2017

  34. Panglao
  35. Coastal Cleanup with Plastic Free Bohol Sept 16, 2017
  36. Exploring Panglao June 12-18, 2017
  37. Yoga with Ging and Rai at Oasis Resort June 18, 2017
  38. Freediving with Ben Meerhaeghe at SeaQuest Dive Center June 16, 2017
  39. Scuba Diving Balicasag Island with SeaQuest Dive Center June 15, 2017
  40. Bohol Revisited June 12, 2017
  41. Exploring Bohol Nov 28-30, 2015

  42. Sevilla
  43. Killer MTB Ride from Sevilla Oct 30, 2017

  44. Sikatuna
  45. Solo Ride to the Sikatuna Tree Park Nov 2, 2017

  46. Tagbilaran
  47. 30 days in Tagbilaran, Thank You! Oct 8, 2017
  48. Breakfast Talk with Tagbilaran's Finest Oct 8, 2017
  49. Exploring the Cafe Scene of Tagbilaran Oct 7, 2017
  50. Yoga for 60+ Students at the University of Bohol Oct 4, 2017
  51. Chocolate Overload at Dalareich Chocolate House October 2, 2017
  52. Talk on Philosophy and Spirituality to 12-Graders at the University of Bohol Sep 27, 2017
  53. Celebrating the International Day of Peace Sep 23, 2017
  54. Judging a Student Debate at the University of Bohol Sept 15, 2017
  55. Fitness Workout with Chie at Bohol Tropics Resort Sept 13, 2017
  56. Modified Ashtanga Primary Series by Jing Yoga, Tagbilaran Sept 12, 2017
  57. Tagbilaran Revisited Sep 7-12, 2017
  58. Hello Tagbilaran! June 19-25, 2017

  59. Ubay
  60. Exploring Cambugsay Healing Hills with Lars Jensen Nov 22, 2017
  61. Visiting Ubay Green Park Nov 18, 2017
  62. The Ride to Sinandigan Boardwalk and the Yamashita Treasure Hunt Nov 18, 2017
  63. Ubay in a Nutshell Nov 17, 2017
  64. In Search of the Next Destination Nov 14, 2017
  65. 2 Days in Ubay July 1-3, 2017
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