Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Bohol: Spelunking at Danao Adventure Park's Kamira Cave
E.A.T. Danao, the Eco, Educational, Extreme Adventure Tour of the Danao Adventure Park in Bohol also has interesting natural attractions. Two caves are open to visitors in fact, but on a limited capacity.
We got to visit Kamira Cave which is rated moderate for the spelunking/caving difficulty level. The other cave, Balijo Cave, is rated extreme. They used to have more caves open but due to safety concerns, they closed the others. Only ten visitors are allowed in each cave per shift, so that's about 30 guests a day per cave. So make sure you book beforehand.
From the Visitors' Center, it's a 15-minute trek down to the entrance of the cave. It's a bit complicated getting in the cave. But the well-trained guides are very helpful and will direct you step-by-step until you are safe inside.
As soon as we got in, we were already wading in ankle-deep water. Many of the cave formation are still intact that is why the guides are very strict about touching them since the oil from your hands damage the formations which take many years to form.
Just a few meters from the entrance, we got submerged under the crystal clear water as we crossed under one of the formations of the cave. So as much as possible, wear sandals and light clothing since you'll definitely swim and get wet from head to toe!
At the end of the cave is a pool of water where you could swim. Just be careful because some parts of the pool are over 5 feet deep. From here, we walked back the same route since there is only one entrance and exit. The Kamira Cave trek lasts about 2 hours.
Danao Adventure Park
Booking Office: Ma. Wiena Saguid (0921)7594403 / (0917) 3021700
Tourism Office: Ana Loinda Saluan (0917) 3021701 / (038) 5100033
Caving (minimum of 5 pax) - Php350/head
...more activities in the next post
Jose L. Gonzaga Farmers Foundation, Inc.
Ian Gonzaga (0917) 3252426
Php300/person per night
They also arrange airport and ferry terminal transfers to Danao and meals. Ask about their custom-made tour packages. And I highly-recommend that you have them arrange your visit to Danao.