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“a place to check out in Sagada”
Review of Sumaguing Cave

Sumaguing Cave
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Sagada
Certificate of Excellence
Manila, Philippines
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“a place to check out in Sagada”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

When my friends and I were checking on the different things we can do in Sagada, the tourism office and my friend's guidebook suggested spelunking.

A great place to do spelunking is the Sumaguing Cave. All of us were first time spelunkers and we hired a tour guide for this activity. It was a good decision too, since a tour guide showed us the different rock formations of the cave, and he gave us tips on how to explore the caves the safest way possible.

It is also recommended to bring your own headlamp, so that you can see your way in the cave in case you trail behind your group - the tour guide with the torch lamp usually is in the front of the group, obviously.

Wear clothes you don't mind getting wet and dirty in (even wear a swimsuit underneath because there are parts of the cave that you can take a quick dip in). It is also important to wear no-slip shoes (no flip-flops, there's a big chance it won't survive) and have waterproof gears and bags.

There will also be times in which you have to hold on to rocks for balance, and yes, some rocks may be slimy (because of bat poo) or muddy.

Another important thing is when you and your friends decide to do this activity, give it at least half a day's time for it. This is for you to really enjoy looking at different rock formations and have a quick dip in the mini pools in the cave. Check with the tourism office for the best time/schedule to visit the caves.

Visiting Sumaguing cave is a fun experience and something that even locals have to do even once in their life especially when in Sagada.

Visited September 2012
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Pasig, Philippines
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“remarkably spectacular Sumaguing cave!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The cave is spectacular! we did trekking at quite stiff steps/stones just upon the entrance of the cave. good thing we hire a tourist guide.

There were some foreigners who opted to do the tour of the sumaguing cave on their own. I can't blame them coz it is quite expensive to hire one. =)

The advantage of having a tourist guide is: they bring with them that sort of lamp that will provide us light upon entering the cave. (It is very dark without those lamps!) and they are so familiar the safe and dangerous steps or areas inside the cave (safety purposes). So i suggest Sumaguing cave is not one of the tours that you should be thrifty =)

We seen the very smooth rocks and spectacularly formed beautifully by mother nature and the clear cold flow of water on our feet that we can't help but take a dip in it. we also did some sort of climbing because there will be areas that we need to pass through a rope to pass through the other side of the cave. so u better be wearing a very good quality of sole/shoes for trekking and slippery area.

Overall, we really enjoyed remarkably beautiful Sumaguing Cave.

Visited March 2012
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“Great Spelunking Adventure”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

There are 2 routes to take: long route (3 hours) and the short route (1.5 hours). Since we had some kids with us, we took the short route. We had 2 guides with us that brought gas-fired lamps. You can bring a head-strapped flashlight too if you like. When we entered the cave, we saw that there were already several groups inside! It wasn't that dark anymore since there were so many guides with lamps :) There was a portion as you enter where you hear thousands of bats flying overhead. You couldn't really see them as they were flying around so fast. You could just hear them shrieking. Anyway, don't look up or you might catch a surprise! The rock formations inside were fascinating. The colors and pools of water were so nice to look at. The guides were really helpful as they assisted all of us getting up and down the ledges. The water inside was freezing. There was a portion where you had to remove your sandals/shoes since it was too slippery. We had to walk barefoot. I would recommend this adventure to everyone. Its truly a unique experience.

Visited October 2012
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Daegu, Daegu, South Korea
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“Slippery when wet (and it's mostly wet)”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

This was one of the best vacation activities I have ever done. We did the cave connection tour (enter Lumiang, exit Sumaguing). This trip is quite a test of balance and endurance with dark, wet, and cold conditions, but is completely worthwhile for the sights of the rock formations and the sense of accomplishment.

We did our tour through SAGGAS. Our guide's name was John, and he was really great at giving us directions to get through the cave safely and providing interesting bits of information.

As suggested by the SAGGAS guides, we wore flip-flops for the trip. While this was ok, I might have preferred something with a strap around the heel for a bit less slippage- but be aware that you need to be able to take your footwear off and put it on again quickly, and it will be thoroughly soaked. If you plan to use flip-flops and don't have huge feet, I'd recommend just picking up a pair when you get to Sagada.

Visited October 2012
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Caves can be scary but not Sumaguing. It's simply awesome with its limestone formations and clean clear water. Ok, so there's a small hike there with guano but really tolerable. Otherwise, it's one superb experience to explore Sumaguing.

Visited October 2012
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