Spelunking in Baquitan Cave, Islas de Gigantes
Our last itinerary on our second day in Islas de Gigantes was spelunking at Baquitan Cave. After our exhilarating island hopping activities, we went back to the base camp at a little past 3:00 pm, as Joefer Decano instructed. We just had coffee at the base camp, dressed up and off we went to Baquitan Cave.
From Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn, we had to walk for about 15 minutes until we reached the start of a steep slope which served as our entry point to the cave. Since it was raining that morning, the path is muddy so we had a hard time going up. We were also wearing our ever reliable flipflops (at least we thought so until we figured out it's not suitable for trekking after all, hehe). Three out of five of us gave up and went down the slope. Thing is, it was harder to go down as it was so slippery and there was no rope whatsoever on the trail. The slope is about six to seven feet high at an angle of about 45 degrees, but it took us so long and tons of courage to go down. Add to that the several twigs on the ground that eventually marked a long wound on my thigh before I was finally able to go back to ground zero.
So, lo and behold, our friends Uly and Bhey continued the trek and was able to explore Baquitan Cave. All the photos from this post are from them. Salamat Uly & Bhey!
According to them, the cave is so beautiful with stalagmites and stalactites just starting to form. The formation inside the cave is quite impressive but they feel it needs a lot of work in terms of preservation.
During their spelunking activity, there were parts were they don't even know where to step on or cling on to get to the next chamber. So, they had to do it a la Tarzan and Jane and made use of the old vines.
Our friends also saw these human bones inside the cave. Again, we believe that there's so much to discover at Islas de Gigantes in terms of archaeology and history. It is believed that this cave served as a chamber for soldiers during the World War II. There are also stories about Yamashita treasures that are belived to be buried all around the island, thus, the influx of treasure hunters in Islas de Gigantes at some point in history.
If you're up to some adventure, spelunking at Islas de Gigantes is perfect for you. It has around 50 caves on the island alone, with varying levels of difficulty. There are five caves that are open for tourists as of the moment. The rest can be explored but with utmost precaution.
Our friends had to crawl to this opening to get into the next chamber.
Amazing stalagmites and stalactites can be seen inside the cave.
This formation looks like a glistening piece of crystal!
We envied our friends when they had shown us their photos. How we wish we were able to go there, too! So, we promised ourselves that the next time we go to Islas de Gigantes, we'll go there in summer, bring trekking shoes or sandals and appropriate clothing for this adventure.
When you go spelunking, your tour guide will be Kojack from Joel Decano's team. You may reach Joel at 09184685006. Tour guide rate for spelunking is Php 200 per pax.
Ou friends Uly and Bhey crawling out of a small opening inside Baquitan Cave.
When they finally went back to the base camp, the two were enveloped in mud and exhausted but they said that's one experience they would never forget. You survived, Uly and Bhey! Kudos!