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The Return to Hinagdanan Cave Nov 5, 2017

The Return to Hinagdanan Cave

Location Google Map: Hinagdanan Cave, Dauis (municipality), Bohol (province), Philippines
Note: No picture gallery - the Go Pro and my phone couldn't take decent low-light pictures

Selfie Tourists
The first time I visited Hinagdanan Cave with Juan, we didn't get to swim. This time around with Jeffrey, Juan's son, and RJ, we came prepared with swim wear and snorkeling gear. It was a Sunday so people lined-up to get in. However, most of them came for the selfies - arrive, take a picture and leave without getting wet. This left the cave pool almost entirely to the 3 of us.

Cave Interior
The tide-fed brine-pool is just about as big as the cave itself. The cave ceiling served almost like a dome cathedral to protect the pool. With 2 natural openings on top + a few bulbs, there was ample lighting inside the cave, but it was still fairly dark inside. One section of the pool away from the tourist railings was forebodingly dark and deeper.

Snorkeling the Pool
With our fins/mask/snorkel, we wasted no time in snorkeling the entire area of the pool. The middle section goes down about 13 feet - deep enough for the local guys to climb up a high rock and jump down. The water was crystal clear. If not for the insufficient lighting, you could see the pool from end to end under the water. The pool flooring was kept as is - rocky and irregular, which made for an interesting floor scouring on a freedive.

Jeffrey was at his best, spotting coins, bracelets and other things on the pool floor. This takes an eye for it. I tried combing the floor in a vain hope I'd spot something, but nothing for me.

The Dark Deep Section
Away from the tourist crowding is the dark and deep section. It could go down 20 feet but it was too dark to test the water. Besides, the deep end was under a sloping overhang. I tried exploring that area, but it was creepy, having no clear opening above me - it was essentially cave-freediving inside a cave! While inside, I tried to surface and realized all I had was a big rock over me. I got disoriented and had a mild panic before I traced my route back to the clearing. I made no more attempt after that. Best to have a powerful underwater torch for next time.

The Return to Hinagdanan Cave
inside Hinagdanan Cave

Dive Through
Still on the deep end was a dive-through. Jeffrey first demonstrated it and I followed. You dive underneath a rock formation and come out the other end. You could still see light from the other end so it's not as creepy. But it was still a rush.

Ending Thoughts
Even though the pool area is fairly small, it is still worthwhile to bring a set of mask/snorkel/fins to make the most out of the visit. Unlike snorkeling in a coral reef, a cave flooring looks very different and it feels different. If you plan to visit the cave, don't just take a selfie - dive down with your gear and include a powerful torch with you!

Thanks Jeffrey for taking me along!

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You can charter any tricycle from the port all the way to Panglao (~P300), but if you want to do it on the cheap,
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** schedules and rates keep changing, call for latest schedule
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