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Exploring Cantabon Cave of SiquijorFeb 23, 2012

Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor

Another Survivor Philippines Thing
Joy Mendoza, a staff of Survivor Philippines whom I met during my stint as a castaway, invited me to tag along for their trip to Siquijor. Siquijor has always been a source of good vibe for me. This time, with the itinerary of exploring Cantabon Cave up at Mt. Bandila-an, I was up for the taking. With her was Billy, another Survivor staff, and another couple. Yes, I was a fifth wheel, but it's all good.

The Hole at Blue Wave Inn
We stayed at Blue Wave Inn. Lovely place but showing signs of neglect. They have a weird sunken section. I thought it was a pool, but it had no water. On the base of the pool floor was another hole that opened up to the sea water. They said you can dive-in, but you won't reach the sea. I suppose they originally planned on building a pool but discovered it wasn't on solid ground - so they made it a bar instead. Weird!


6 On a Trike
It was tricky getting up there, all 5 of us on a tricycle. On steep sections, we all had to go down and walk up under the heat of the sun, until we reach a plateau where we can board the tricycle again.

There are a few caves in Siquijor. About 3 names being tossed around. The driver took us to Cantabon Cave. We were guided by 2 women who provided us with helmets and lights. The inside of the cave was rather spacious. I don't remember doing a body-squiggle, although most of the way was wet. At times, we would wade in hip-deep water. The inside of the cave was similar to that of Sagada - stalactites, stalagmites, curious rock formations, etc. The tour can take as long as 3 hours as the cave went on extensively. I don't know how far we went, but we didn't turn back. What happened was as we forged ahead, the scene looked familiar. That's when I realized, the guide took us on a loop - so I don't know exactly if we reached the end of the cave or rerouted to a bail-option. Altogether, it was quite an experience.

Sea Hag
Just outside the Guide Center, we were introduced to people selling healing potions (yeah, love potions too). Being close to Holy Week, we were told that the preparation to gather all the materials for the Holy Week celebration starts on this week. The main potion seller / healer happens to be the DENR representative as well - nothing wrong with that, but I somehow thought that to get those potions, you have trek the far reaches of the mountain into a cave with a wrinkled, bent and toothless lady stirring a simmering clay pot with a wooden handle. Oh well, been watching too much Sea-Hag cartoons.

Ending Thoughts
But kidding aside, Siquijor is doing the right thing by de-mystifying its tradition in putting these esoteric other-worldy practices out in the open. Not only does it replace something negatively eerie, but also comes as a source of tourism dollars. As I responded to one friend who cautioned me about the sorcery in the area, I said the only aswangs I know of are in Manila and they happen to be wearing Armani suits.

--- TheLoneRider

Cantabon Cave rates:

  • P500/3 persons with 2 guides
  • P100/person in excess of 3 people
  • P20 entrance fee for foreigner, P10 for Filipino
  • P1000 violation fee for leaving trash and defacing cave

Siquijor / Dumaguete Boat Trips

  • Ocean Jet - 255.7560,,
    • Dgte-Siquijor 7:30am / 10:30am / 3:30pm (best to call first)
  • Delta Fast Ferry - P160, 45 mins, (035)400.6043, +(63)917.532.3588
    • Dgte-Siquijor Town 9am / 10:15am / 1:30pm / 4:30pm
    • Larena-Dgte 5:35am
    • Siquijor-Dgte 5:55am / 10:15 / 12:30 pm / 3:00pm
  • Jaylann - P120, 1-1.75 hours depending on boat, 3 boats, dialy trips except Saturday, (035)480.5534, +(63)915.891.1426
    • Siquijor-Dgte 5:50am / 7:00am / 9:30am / 1:00pm / 3:45pm
    • Dgte-Siquijor 5:45am / 10:15am / 12:00pm / 2:00pm / 4:30pm

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  3. Exploring Guimba and Sog-ong Caves of Loboc Oct 22, 2017
  4. Exploring Combento Cave Pool June 29, 2017
  5. Visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool of Anda Jun 28, 2017
  6. Exploring Bukilat Cave, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  7. Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  8. Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  9. Exploring Bakwitan Cave of Gigantes Island Dec 30, 2016
  10. Visting Pangihan Cave of Malay Dec 14, 2016
  11. Exploring Maanghit Cave in Libertad Dec 9, 2016
  12. Visiting Ati Cave in Libertad Dec 9, 2016
  13. Visiting the Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) July 9, 2016
  14. Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 2016
  15. Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur Feb 18, 2015
  16. Exploring Silop Cave of Surigao City Jun 22, 2013
  17. Exploring Bakwitan Cave of Tuburan, Surigao del Sur May 25, 2013
  18. Exploring Campamento Cave of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur May 17, 2013
  19. Exploring Dayao Cave of Tandag, Surigao del Sur May 12, 2013
  20. Exploring Sumalsag Cave of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon Apr 21, 2013
  21. The Fabulous People of Roxas City (Igang Cave) Nov 25-27, 2012
  22. Exploring the Cantabon Cave of Siquijor Feb 23, 2012
  23. Marinduque with UPM's Rumble Reggae (Sawa Cave) May 29 - June 1, 2009
  24. Backpacking Cagayan de Oro (Macahambus Cave) Mar 7-9, 2009
  25. Sagada Cave Connection - Lumiang Cave to Sumaging Cave September 12, 2008
  26. Mountaineering with Lakay Kalikasan Mountaineers (Kalinawan Cave) November 25, 2007
  27. Sabang, Palawan (Underground River) November 14-21, 2007
  28. Sagada (Sumaging Cave) October 18, 2005
  29. The Cordillera - Day 5: Sagada (Sumaging Cave) May 3, 2005
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