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Exploring Hinagdanan Cave Oct 24, 2017

Exploring Hinagdanan Cave

Fees: entrance P50, swimming P75
Location: Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines

Pamilacan Island
It was supposed to be an overnight at Pamilacan Island jumping-off from Baclayon, but there was no boat and no system in place to get there. Everything seemed left to chance. Even the boat fee was not established and had to be negotiated with a boatman. We asked around but couldn't get a straight answer. It was even more frustrating considering that the tourism head of Baclayon was there and couldn't extend any assistance to get us across. In disbelief, Juan and I decided to visit Hinagdanan Cave in Dauis instead.

Hinagdanan Cave
It was a series of jeep rides via Tagbilaran until we got to Hinagdanan Cave. The opening was a small hole in the ground with a ladder to climb down with. It opened up inside to a huge cathedral-like chamber with a natural swimming pool fed by the tides. The depth could be as deep as 10 feet in some spots. The pool took up nearly the entire floor area with ample man-made walking path around its perimeter. The top had two openings that allowed natural sunlight. Altogether, it was a beautiful cave, not for crawling into, but for swimming in such a surreal setting.

Unfortunately, Juan and I left our swim wear together with my snorkeling equipment in Tagbilaran to lessen our load which included enough gear and provision for an overnight stay in Pamilacan!

Exploring Hinagdanan Cave
inside Hinagdanan Cave

The Foreigner: Movie
Defaulting back to Tagbilaran, we just watched a Jackie Chan movie - The Foreigner, with an aged Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. It made for a good spy thriller with a new role for Jackie Chan - as an obsessed father out for cold-blooded revenge against the terrorists who killed his daughter. He was a mix of MacGuyver, Rambo and Liam Neeson in Taken. Good movie albeit over the top.

On My Own
After the movie, I decided to wander into Tagbilaran while Juan went back home to Loboc. I stopped by my favorite haunt - sikwate and budbud at Cogon Market. I also came upon a newly opened tablea cafe, Tablea de Maria Clara, but they still had no wifi. I think it's cool to have tablea cafes in addition to coffee cafes - me, being a sikwate fan. Instead, I went to Fred's Book Cafe to get some wifi and meet-up with Nizah. I got my halo-halo and wifi but Nizah was tied up somewhere. It rained the whole time until I got a jeep to Albuquerque (or Albur to the locals) then a bus to take me home. It was good to be home again.

Ending Thoughts
This day was a mix but still an adventure of a different kind. The overnight island adventure turned out into a cave visit and ended up in a movie. I would still like to visit Pamilacan Island but it looks bleak given the uncertainty and the probable hefty boat fee getting there.

Ultimately, this day is about bonding with Juan. We'd been spending time together lately like at the Loay market day and the long bike rides. Even though he's only a few years older than me, I defer to him the way I would my Dad. I'd carry his market load, run to fetch us coffee, etc. It's rare that I hangout with someone my age. In fact, I can't remember the last time I've done this, except with my high school good buddy, Ferd. I enjoyed the novelty. Indeed, this was a good day!

--- TheLoneRider



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Karen HuerteKaren Huerte
(Oct 30, 2017) I enjoyed reading your blogs. Indeed a nomad and very well travelled man. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Oct 30, 2017) ...grateful to have your family show me around

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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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