We explored the cave with Joni Bonifacio from Trexplore. The caves were only a short drive from Catbalogan. It took a full hour of walking to the cave and then we were ready to enter. Because of the high water level, we did only the upper part. And that's still quite impressive and requires a lot of climbing and swimming. But the temperature of the water is pleasant. As we spent 4 hours inside, we had our traditional lunch inside, with candle light. Sometimes, it was a bit risky with the sharp rocks under the water surface and the slippery and steep clay areas. And at the end, we had to search yourself a way through the guano or bat excrements. Believe me, after floundering a few hours through the cave, you don't mind at all. But it was still not finished. We had to trek two more hours to reach our motorbikes. That was really tough, as we were getting exhausted, and every step needed a lot of concentration as the path was quite stony. Most of the dirt, we washed away in the river and in the evening we were back in Catbalogan.
Two very positive points:
Local food in the cave, not Jollybee stuff as we had it with more commercial tour guides in the Philippines.
Use of local and public transport. It's cheap and efficient.
Thumbs up for Joni Bonifacio. He's also the one who makes all the pictures while you are in the cave. Bringing your camera with you would be very silly, because you need to swim a lot, and you have to focus on keeping right while hiking the cave.
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