Tayangban Cave Pool is one of the best inland experiences I had during my visit to Siargao Island. Discover the unique twin cenotes, bat caves and emerald rock pools on a canyoneering adventure at Tayangban Cave.
WHERE IS TAYANGBAN CAVE
Tayangban Cave is located in Pilar, a small village in the centre of Siargao Island. To get to Tayangban Cave Pool from the popular Siargao tourist spot, General Luna, it is approximately a 30-minute drive, in the same direction as Magpupungko Rock Pools.
SIARGAO TRANSPORTATION – GETTING AROUND
The best way to get around Siargao island is on a scooter. The cost for a scooter rental is around 300-400 pesos per day or for a monthly rental you’ll get a cheaper rate of 200-300 pesos per day. Most accommodations will be more than happy to help you to organise a scooter rental for your time spent on Siargao island.
Petrol can be found on the side of the road out the front of small local houses/businesses in the majority of the main villages on Siargao. Petrol is sold in 1-litre glass bottles for 60 pesos per bottle.
Tayangban Cave Pool in Siargao
The entrance sign at Tayangban Cave
ARRIVING AT TAYANGBAN CAVE POOL
When you arrive at Tayangban Cave Pool you will clearly see the entrance sign, as shown in the image above, on the right-hand side of the road. Park your scooter in the shade and you’ll see a simple hut at the entrance which acts as the ticket office. Tayangban Cave is managed by the property owners who charge a small fee of 70 pesos to explore Tayangban Cave Pool and this includes a must-have guide.
My friends and I left our bags in the hut under the supervision of the Tayangban Cave staff and we followed our guide down the steps to the entrance of the cave. If you have a dry bag it is possible to take your phone and camera equipment with you, if you don’t have one be prepared for it to get wet. We decided to just take our GoPro Hero waterproof camera with us to capture the adventures at Tayangban Cave Pool.
Exploring Tayangban Cave Pool
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TAYANGBAN CAVE
We followed our local guide through a tiny crack in the rock and down into the freshwater pools running through the Tayangban Cave. The water was about waist deep and we were aided by our guide who led the way through the darkness with his single torch.
There are anchored ropes and some bamboo structures to help you through some of the deeper sections of the Tayangban Cave Pool. Inside the cave, we could hear the echoing sounds of bats that hung from the ceiling and we spotted ancient stalactites in the shape of ice pinnacles.
After about 15 -minutes canyoneering through the Tayangban Cave, we reached the light at the end of the tunnel which opened up into a unique cenote.
The end of the Tayangban Cave
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TAYANGBAN CAVE – CONTINUED…
Once we reached the end of Tayangban Cave we followed the way through a small canyon to an incredible emerald green rock pool surrounded by vines and lush trees. There are 2 cliff jumping spots to choose from at the rock pool, one is from a 2-meter high rock and the second is from the cliff edge which is 5-meters high. Check the water first before you jump and ask your guide where you should aim for. The depth of the rock pool is 3-4 meters so the chances of hitting the bottom are slim.
My friends and I spent the next hour cliff jumping into the emerald green rock pools at Tayangban Cave before heading up the dirt trail to the road exit. To our surprise we ended up on the other side of the road from where we had entered, meaning the Tayangban Cave is situated directly beneath the highway, what a spin out!
The 3-meter cliff jump at Tayangban Cave Siargao
A small rockpool at Tayangban Cave Siargao
General Luna is the place to be when it comes to visiting Siargao. This week I based myself at the Secret Spot Siargao Hostel, a 40-minute drive to Tayangban Cave Pool.
Adi, the owner of the hostel, is a yoga teacher and seasoned traveller who has set up this eco-friendly accommodation that welcomes anyone and everyone to stay during their visit to the beautiful Siargao Philippines.
The Secret Spot Siargao Hostel features an upstairs dormitory with 20 comfortable beds, downstairs bathrooms, spacious living area, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor chill zone, free wifi and hanging hammocks in the garden.
For all other Siargao accommodation options, you can browse Booking.com to find something else that best suits you.
PINPOINT OF TAYANGBAN CAVE POOL ON THE SIARGAO MAP
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR TAYANGBAN CAVE
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Tayangban Cave Pool please leave me a comment below!
Happy Adventuring 🙂