Mother Nature has carved over twenty major cave pools in Anda and Cabagnow Cave Pool is arguably the biggest, the best and the most beautiful out of them all. I highly recommend adding Cabagnow Cave Pool to your list of things to do in Bohol.
It’s not often that I get to see anything like these eerie but awesome formations of stalagmites and stalactites underneath the Earth’s surface, but I was stoked to have discovered Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol!
I have put together this complete guide of Cabagnow Cave Pool including where to find it, how much it costs and what to expect.
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WHERE IS CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
Cabagnow Cave Pool is located in Anda on Bohol Island, Philippines.
From the main town in Anda, Cabagnow Cave Pool is 5-minute drive.
Cabagnow Cave Pool is best visited from Anda town in East Bohol which is a short 5-minute drive.
If you are staying in the main tourist area of Panglao, Cabagnow Cave Pool is a 115km drive that takes approximately 2.5 hours.
HOW TO GET TO CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
The best way to reach Cabagnow Cave Pool is to rent a scooter in Anda.
There are limited scooter rental stores located in Anda but I know of one place where you can get your hands on some wheels for around 500 pesos per day. His name is Joey and he can be contacted by phone on +639123982873 or Facebook Bernaldez Joey.
CABAGNOW CAVE POOL ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee for Cabagnow Cave Pool is 20 pesos.
There is also a Parking fee which is an additional 20 pesos.
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Jump-off point at Cabagnow Cave Pool
On the trail to Cabganow Cave Pool
The way to Tibaw & Cabagnow Cave Pool
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
When I arrived at Cabagnow Cave Pool, I parked my scooter in the parking lot and headed down the dirt trail which is clearly marked.
About 2 minutes in, I came across an intersection and a sign that read ‘Tibaw Cave Pool’ with an arrow pointing to the left which leads down to another epic cave pool. I decided to check this one out first before heading over to Cabagnow Cave Pool.
The walk to Tibaw Cave Pool is around 5 minutes and I was welcomed by some friendly locals who were hanging out down by the pools.
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This unique cenote / sinkhole / cave pool is surrounded by coral rock and filled with fresh water which is fed from the nearby mountains.
Around the edges of the Tibaw Cave Pool are some seating areas, tables and shaded spots to set down your belongings while you go for a swim.
To enter the deep blue coloured pool you can either walk across the rocks and slip in on the shallow side or if you’re keen for a jump there is a 2-meter cliff jump on the opposite side of the pool.
There were some young kids sending jumps and flips off the top of the rocks into the natural pool below and I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. I wish I had a natural playground like this when I was growing up!
The depth of the water is around 3 meters deep so you won’t have to worry about hitting the bottom if you decide to do some cliff jumping. However, it’s always best to check the landing yourself beforehand and make sure there’s no large rocks or debris in the water.
As I mentioned earlier, the pool is surrounded by coral rock which is very jagged and sharp in some areas so I recommend wearing a pair of old shoes or sandals to avoid getting cut up feet.
Down in the pool, there is a cave that stretches back underneath the rock for about 2 meters and it’s possible to swim into it for another cool perspective of Tibaw Cave Pool.
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Drone shot of Tibaw Cave Pool
Chilling at Cabgnow Cave Pool
CABAGNOW CAVE POOL – CONTINUED
As I went to leave, I asked one of the local lads if the Cabagnow Cave Pool was close by and he said yes it’s only another 5 minutes walk from here but unfortunately there is no ladder access anymore and it’s not possible to enter the cave pool.
I thanked him for making me aware of this and continued on to find Cabagnow Cave Pool just to have a look regardless.
I made it back to the intersection of the same trail, turned left and Cabagnow Cave Pool is only a 2-minute walk from here.
The Cabagnow Cave Pool is much larger than Tibaw Cave Pool and I could now see why the local lad said it wasn’t possible to enter the pool without the ladder. It’s a 5-meter drop into the sinkhole so there is no way of getting out once you’re down in the water.
It’s a shame there was no ladder in place at Cabagnow Cave Pool because I would have loved to have jumped into the clear blue waters and explore the enormous caves underneath. I do hope they make this cave pool in Anda accessible again by the time you read this blog post as it really is one of the best Bohol attractions.
Overall, if you’re looking for what to do in Bohol a visit to Cabagnow Cave Pool and Tibaw Cave Pool is definitely worth it as they are both very unique locations that you don’t see every day.
Blue ass water at Cabagnow Cave Pool
Cabagnow Cave Pool
Cabagnow Cave Pool from above
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WHERE TO STAY IN ANDA
Anda in Bohol has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Anda Bohol to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa
Amun Ini Beach Resort is the best 5-star accommodation nestled amongst palm trees in Anda. Featuring a private beach, swimming pool, restaurant and bar and ocean views! The rooms are air conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen tv, sitting area, mini-bar, en suite bathroom and balconies with sea views. Amun Ini offers free snorkeling and kayaking equipment and breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Parklane Bohol Resort & Spa
I personally stayed at Parklane Resort & Spa and can’t recommend this place enough! The staff are overly friendly with a lot of useful information about Anda and Bohol, the hospitality was great, the food was excellent and the rooms were cosy. Great location in Anda just 10 minutes drive from town, this property offers beachfront accommodation, a private beach, 3 swimming pools, restaurant and bar and a wellness spa. There are double rooms, family rooms and deluxe suites available, each with a flat-screen tv, air conditioning, private bathroom, balcony with ocean views and coffee/tea making facilities. Best place to stay for families, couples and friends.
Budget: Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort
The cheapest accommodation in Anda, perfect for solo travellers and friends. Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort features an in-house restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool and beautiful gardens. You can choose from a double room or deluxe double room which are spacious with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, free wifi and a seating area with a desk. Continental breakfast is included for all guests.
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WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation in Panglao Island. Centrally located and close to beaches and other attractions on Panglao island. The hotel offers a private beach area, swimming pool, restaurant and pool bar. There is a garden villa, pool villa, family villa and honeymoon villa available at Donatela Hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a balcony, flat-screen tv, dining area, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, private bathroom, bathtub and plunge pool. They can also help you to organise scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities in Bohol. Great for families, friends and couples.
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach on Panglao Island and it’s close to shops, restaurants and other nearby attractions. The accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities and wellness spa. There are double rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites which have air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast is included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities in Bohol. Great place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Bohol Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler in Bohol. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other attractions. The rooms and fan-cooled with shared bathrooms and towels are included. There’s also a shared lounge with free coffee and a tour desk.
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BOOK A BOHOL TOUR
Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!
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The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BOHOL
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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HOW TO GET TO BOHOL
There are two ways of getting to Bohol, one is by plane and the other by ferry.
There are daily flights to Bohol welcoming both domestic and international travelers. The main airport in Bohol is Panglao International Aiport located on Panglao Island.
Cebu to Bohol ferry
The most common route is the ferry from Cebu to Bohol which takes approximately 2.5 hours and the cost is around 600 pesos.
There are daily ferry departures from the Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal and it arrives at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.
Once you have booked your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket online, on the day of travel you can head directly to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30-minutes before departure and present the online booking number to the staff at the check-in counter so they can issue you a seat number. There is also an additional 25 pesos terminal fee that must be paid in cash on the day.
Siquijor to Bohol ferry
If you happen to be on Siquijor island and heading over to Bohol from here, there are daily ferry departures from Larena Port in Siquijor to Tagbilaran Port in Bohol. The ferry from Siquijor to Bohol takes around 1.5 hours and the cost is around 800 pesos plus an additional 20 pesos terminal fee.
FINAL THOUGHTS OF CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Cabagnow Cave Pool, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy Adventuring! 😃