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Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017

Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands

GPS waypoint: 10°40'15.54"N 124°19'15.46"E
Location: Nonoc, Union (barangay), San Francisco (municipality), Camotes Islands, Cebu (province), Philippines
Admission: donation based

Camotes Islands Caves
Camotes Islands offer just about everything - secluded beaches, mountain-top views and caves. There are many caves but only a few established ones open for tourism. With my push-bike, I took a ride and stumbled upon Holy Crystal Cave.

This was discovered in 1996 when the owner was gathering firewood. The opening was covered by rocks but when the owner saw a crab come out of a hole, he explored the hole and discovered the hidden cave.

Mr. Formentera
A visit to this cave felt more like a ritual with land owner/cave guide Mr. Formentera beginning the tour with a prayer, calling out all saints (including St. Francis of Asisi) for their blessings. He weaves-in his life story (and his woes) as he explains the cave features. He sees divinity and invokes a saintly image on just about every formation. His eccentricity was an added attraction to the cave.

inside Holy Crystal Cave

Inside the Cave
It appears to be a shallow cave with one sizeable chamber where glitters emanate from the cave formations. There was also a discovery of human bones which he claimed was 5,000 years old. Mr. Formentera was very particular about NOT touching the sensitive parts of the cave saying the stalactites/stalagmites are still alive and growing. There were 2 more promising openings that lead much deeper, but Mr. Formentera did not include that in the tour.

Ending Thoughts
This is not as heavily promoted as the other caves but still worth a visit if you're in the area. For the more daring, the 2 openings promise an adventure unto itself.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Timubo Cave

I saw this sign on the road and followed it arriving at the cave grounds entrance to the cave goes down, almost like from a trap door human bones are still kept inside the cave but put inside a box most of the cave glitter when light shines on them, thus the name crystal the stalactites are still alive...dripping down to a stalagmite the stalagmites form many shapes and devotees like the owner attribute them to the shape of saints he refers to this formation as the Sto. Nino catching a glimpse of the opening some formation look more like a coral reef from the main chamber, this is one opening that leads deeper into the cave this is the 2nd opening that also leads deeper into the cave but only the main chamber is open for viewing

Google Map Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines

tourist attractions in Camotes Island tourist attractions
  • Lake Danao Park in Camotes Island Lake Danao Park - inland twin lakes in San Francisco
  • Santiago Bay Beach in Camotes Island Santiago Bay Beach - stretch of fine white sand with a cluster of beach resorts
  • Buho Rock in Camotes Island Buho Rock - dive boards perched from a high rock outcropping, Poro
  • Tulang Diot in Camotes Island Tulang Diot - white sand beach on a tiny island just 10 minutes by boat from the main Camotes Island
  • Busay Falls in Camotes Island Busay Falls - groomed plunge pool, dirt trail walk with 2 stream crossings, Tudela
  • Capasanan Spring in Camotes Island Capasanan Spring - crystal clear open spring water source in San Jose, Poro. Free
  • Hagnaon Spring in Camotes Island Hagnaon Spring - clean drinking water coming out of the rocks, dipping pool you might share with carabaos in San Jose, Poro. Free
caves in Camotes Island caves
  • Timubo Cave in Camotes Island Timubo Cave - groomed trail inside cave with lights, swimming inside, limited penetration
  • Bukilat Cave in Camotes Island Bukilat Cave - cathedral-like caverns, top lighting from cave openings, high tide swimming
  • Holy Crystal Cave in Camotes Island Holy Crystal Cave - cave formation glitters, human bones, limited penetration
  • Paraiso Cave in Camotes Island Paraiso Cave
places in Camotes Island important spots
  • San Francisco San Francisco - town center, wet market, municipal hall, eateries, live music, bar, Baywalk
  • Poro Poro - town center of Poro Municipality, port to Cebu City and Danao
  • Tudela Tudela - town center of Tudela Municipality
  • Pilar Pilar - town center of Pilar in the island of Ponson Island
  • Consuelo Wharf Consuelo Wharf - port for Danao ships
  • Poro Port Poro Port - port for Danao and Cebu City ships
hotels in Camotes Island resort hotel

Camotes Island FYI / Tips

Camotes Island Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 49.82 as of Jan 15, 2017)

Cebu City to Camotes Island

Camotes Islands to Cebu City

  1. Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
  2. Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City

Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat

Danao to Camotes Island

Camotes Island to Danao

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Camotes Islands Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. Daghang Salamat (Many Thanks) Camotes Islands, Goodbye Apr 6, 2017
  2. A Culture of Noise Apr 5, 2017
  3. Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island) Apr 2, 2017
  4. In Search of the Hidden Beach Apr 1, 2017
  5. Pizza-Making Party in Camotes Islands Mar 25, 2017
  6. Zesto and Exploited Child Labor Mar 20, 2017
  7. The Bayot (Gay) Construction Worker Mar 20, 2017
  8. Yoga Calisthenics in Camotes Islands Mar 3, 2017
  9. Bathing with the Carabaos at Hagnaon Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  10. Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  11. Exploring Bukilat Cave, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  12. Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands Feb 21, 2017
  13. Settling Down in Camotes Islands Feb 19, 2017
  14. Clam Chowder Pizza from Scratch on a Rice Cooker Feb 15, 2017
  15. Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  16. Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  17. Exploring Camotes Islands of Cebu Jan 13-14, 2017
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