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Hinagdanan cave is probably one of the most interesting places in Panglao Island. It's a small grotto with beautiful rock formations. Stalactites and stalagmites surround a purest underground lake.
Have a breathtaking experience at Hinagdanan Cave
Get your Hinagdanan Cave tickets to enjoy your Fresh Water Lagoon and Limestones. Once inside the Hinagdanan Cave you will be surprised to see a fresh water lagoon, you may even see some local children swimming here, although the water at times does test positive for pollutants, the locals still find this lagoon as a refreshing place to cool off from the summer heat. Hinagdanan is a karst cave which means it is made of limestones. Boasting several stalactite and stalagmite formations parallel to each other and a fresh water lagoon that is about 10 to 12 meters deep. There is a couple interesting features of the cave. Firstly, it has a natural light. The light gets inside through numerous holes, creating interesting optical effects. Secondly, the cave is a place of nesting swallows. They fly inside so swiftly that the entrance door with a mesh is closed for visitors' safety.
Get your Hinagdanan Cave tickets to enjoy some nice shops and restaurants around the cave. Since there are a lot of tourists visiting the cave every day, several souvenir shops and local vendors have convened outside the natural attraction to sell their merchandise. Aside from printed shirts and native handicrafts, several other souvenirs are also available such as authentic pearl necklaces, summer hats, beaded accessories, and even snacks and assorted fruit refreshments. Restaurants near Hinagdanan Cave include Castle Barbecue, Personal Che'f, Mosia Cafe, and the Buzz Cafe.
During the 16th century, early settlers of Panglao had begun removing thick vegetation around the island to make way for their homes. In Bingag, one of the locals was clearing his land of old trunks of trees and decaying branches when he discovered two holes on the ground situated right next to each other. He was curious about the holes in his land so he dropped a few rocks on it and heard a water splash. The locals eventually explored the unknown area below the ground using a ladder, discovering a cavern with a deep catch basin at the center. The cave became popular all over the island and the owner started to develop the place. It quickly became a bathing area and main source of fresh water for locals. The name of the cave was derived from the local word 'hagdan” or ladder, because a ladder was used to explore the cave without slipping through the wet limestones. Studying the history of the cave is important because we have understanding of the past and therefore would make the Hinagdanan Cave tour more interesting.
How to Get Tickets?
You can get the Hinagdanan Cave tickets starts from 7:30 a.m up to 6:00 pm (include the day, e.g Monday – Friday or Weekends only, 8:00AM -5:00 Pm). The entrance fee is 25 pesos and the bathing fee is 100 pesos. The entrance fee includes exploring the cave with a volunteer tourguide.
How To Get Around?
You can do Hinagdanan Cave tour by walking. Enjoy the moment and take your time to embrace the beauty and history of this cave. Find accommodation in nearby hotels and inns such as Villa de Gloria, Bohol Tropics Resort, Belian Hotel, Arabelle Suites, and Metrocenter Hotel. The rates range from USD 28 to USD 150.
What Should I Wear?
The floor of the cave is slippery so to be safe in your Hinagdanan tour you need to wear a practical footwear such as flat shoes or slippers (although there are rope railings to hold onto).
Best Time to Visit
The best time to do Hinagdanan Cave will be at 8 a.m. In that way, you can take photos of the scenery before the cave gets crowded.
Will I Need a Guide?
You would need a guide to do Hinagdanan Cave tour. There is no additional fee for a guide. A guide for individual or group is included in the entrance fee.
How To Get There?
The Hinagdanan Cave is located on Panglao Island, a few miles from Alona Beach. It can be easily reached via motorbike, bicycle, or via an organized tour. If you're coming from Tagbilaran (Bohol's capital), going there is easy. You can reach the cave in around five to ten minutes. If you're commuting, you can get there by a tricycle or a rented motorcycle. But if you're in an organized tour, going there won't be a problem because you'll have a designated driver and a tour guide.
You would need to bring extra clothes if you're planning to go swimming. And if the weather is humid, you might want to change clothes. Bring a bottle of water, sometimes it's hot inside the cave. So to avoid dehydration, you need to drink water. Bring Camera. There are 17 souvenir shops in the area. There is no booking for eco-tour.