DISCOVER HINAGDANAN CAVE IN BOHOL!
Hinagdanan Cave is a famed Bohol tourist attraction for not only its unique beauty but also the interesting story of how it came to be.
It is said that the Hinagdanan Cave was discovered by a local farmer who was clearing his land and stumbled across two holes in the ground. I am guessing no flashlights were invented way back when and so he dropped a rock down the hole and heard a big splash. Curios, he constructed a ladder and descended into the hole to discover an enormous underground cave and freshwater lagoon!
Hinagdanan Cave also played its role during World War II as a hideout for the Filipinos to escape the Japenese Army, though they were still found hiding underground.
I hope this fascinating short story of the discovery and the history of Hinagdanan Cave urges you to visit this epic location in Bohol.
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WHERE IS HINAGDANAN CAVE BOHOL
Hinagdanan Cave is located on the northern coastline of Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines.
From the main tourist area of Alona Beach in Panglao, it’s a short 15-minute drive to reach the Hinagdanan Cave.
HOW TO GET TO HINAGDANAN CAVE
The best way to get to reach Hinagdanan Cave Panglao is to rent a scooter from one of the many scooter rental stores dotted around Alona Beach. Scooter rentals are around 300-350 pesos per day.
Alternatively, you can jump in the back of a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you over to the Hinagdanan Cave Pool. For a 15-minute drive in a tricycle, you can expect to pay around 100-150 pesos. Put your bartering skills to the test!
HINAGDANAN CAVE ENTRANCE FEE
Entrance Fee: The entrance fee at Hinagdanan Cave Bohol is 50 pesos.
Parking Fee: There is also an additional parking fee of 20 pesos, but if you just park down the road a bit you can avoid paying this.
Opening Hours: Hinagdanan Cave is open Monday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Hinagdanan Cave Bohol
The entrance to Hinagdanan Cave
MY EXPERIENCE AT HINAGDANAN CAVE
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I headed over to this side of Panglao island to explore the Hinagdanan Cave.
Having just come from Anda in East Bohol to explore the tourist area of Panglao, I thought the cave pools here at Hinagdanan Cave would be similar to the ones in Anda. I was wrong…
Well in a way, the Hinagdanan Cave had similar features as the Anda Cave Pools such as stalagmite pinnacles, turquoise pools and a staircase entrance. Though Hinagdanan Cave is on a much more grand scale in both size and epicness!
I handed over my ticket to the young lady at the entrance gate who then pointed the way to the staircase that leads into Hinagdanan Cave and she advised me to mind my head on the way down.
I felt as though I had stepped down into a wormhole and emerged in a completely different world. The Hinagdanan Cave is incredibly impressive and other-worldly, to say the least.
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Turquoise water inside the Hinagdanan Cave Bohol
WHAT TO EXPECT INSIDE HINAGDANAN CAVE
Inside the cavern, you’ll find a large freshwater pool that glows a fluorescent turquoise color and large stalagmite pinnacles hang from the ceiling inside the Hinagdanan Cave.
The natural pool is around 3 to 4 meters deep and there is plenty of space for swimming and rock jumping.
You won’t need a flashlight inside the Hinagdanan Cave Bohol as there is natural light from the holes in the ceiling and also light bulbs in the staircase and at the back of the cave.
Around the edges of the natural pool inside Hinagdanan Cave is quite dry and you can set down your belongings here while you go for a dip.
Do note that the ground gets quite slippery especially if there are wet kids running around, so please watch your step. I recommend bringing a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes with you for extra grip.
Inside the Hinagdanan Cave Bohol
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WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
Panglao Island 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 Panglao 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: 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 near Hinagdanan Cave is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Bohol.
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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.
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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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FINAL THOUGHTS OF HINAGDANAN CAVE
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