5 Holey-est Vacation Spots in the Philippines

Published: April 4, 2015 | Updated: July 23, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle

Palawan Underground River
If the pun gets rather lost in translation, maybe it’s because you may have spent much of the long weekend reflecting, as most people want to do during Holy Week.

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If the words “road trip” and “adventure” are part of your vocabulary, you and whoever is dragging you along should consider a different kind of weekend getaway – or summer getaway, in general: caving. It’s actually more traditionally known as spelunking, or potholing, but the gist is going into a cave to explore and do all sorts of cool activities.

Here’s a list of 5 of the holey-est vacation spots in the Philippines.

St. Paul’s Subterranean River

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Activity: Boat ride through the cave system
First on this list is also the most popular destination for people who want to get a taste of underground travel. It’s earned the distinction of being one of the new Seven Wonders. This also means that this vacation spot is popular among people looking for an adventure and breathtaking sights.
It’s the longest underground river in the country but is only the third deepest cave in the Philippines.

Sumaguing Cave

Location: Sagada, Mountain Province
Activity: Cave exploration and swimming
Caving in Sagada has a lot of different aspects to it. Sumaguing Cave is one of the more difficult, but ultimately more rewarding caves owing to the cold pools that one can swim in when they reach it. Sumaguing makes up a network of caves that reaches close to 163 meters deep from the mouth.
It’s the deepest cave in the country, connected by a network of entrances and tunnels – forming the Sumaging-Latipan-Lomyang Crystal Caves of Sagada. There are also a lot of interesting formations formed by the rush of water throughout this cave.


Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
Activity: Exploration, Sightseeing.
Biak-na-bato is relevant to local history owing to the Pact of Biak-na-Bato, which forged a truce between the colonial Spanish and Filipino revolutionaries at the time. The truce was, of course temporary. Biak-na-Bato National Park is a protected area that happens to house a network of caves, rivers, and trails that are up for exploration.
You might want to pack extra clothing and a hat of some kind. One cave is literally titled Bahay-Paniki (Bat Cave). It’s said to be home to several kinds of flora and fauna as well.

Jackpot Cave

Location: Peñablanca, Cagayan
Activities: Exploration
As the second deepest cave (at an impressive 115-meter depth) in the Philippines, this network of caves gets its name from the fact that it appears to be golden when light shines on the stalactites and stalagmites jutting out everywhere.
This cave is among the more well-known destinations, attracting many tourists every year.

Hinagdanan Cave

Location: Panglao Island, Bohol
Activities: Swimming, Exploration
While seeing the Chocolate Hills is a given when traveling to Bohol, this cave is a discovery worth seeking out as well. Trivia points to the fact that it was actually an accidental discovery, and that it’s made of limestone.
Explorers who choose this cave are in for a treat as many of the pools in the cave network glow with the limestone deposits at their bottom. It also gets its name from the fact that most of these formations are layered in such a way that they actually resemble steps or a ladder.

Final Thoughts

While plenty of solo explorers out there will attempt these caves all on their own, an adventure is best experienced with a group of people and making sure that your little vacation is documented.

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