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Hinagdanan Cave: A Natural Wonder in Panglao Bohol

Hinagdanan Cave is a naturally lit cavern located on Panglao Island Bohol, Philippines. This stunning geological formation is renowned for its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, as well as its large, clear lagoon. The cave is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, offering a glimpse into the natural beauty and geological complexity of the region.

inside a cave with stalactites and stalagmites with a clear lagoon in the middle

Key Details

  • Location: Bingag, Dauis, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines.
  • Best Time to Visit: The ideal months to visit are from November to April, during the dry season when the cave is most accessible.
  • Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
  • Entry Fee: Approximately PHP 50($1) per person for the entrance, Php 75($1.5) for swimming.

History

Hinagdanan Cave was accidentally discovered by a local farmer while clearing his land. The entrance was originally a hole in the ground, which was expanded to allow people to enter and explore the cave. The name “Hinagdanan” means “laddered” in Cebuano, derived from the handmade ladder that was initially used to access the cave.

What to See and Do

  • Marvel at the stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  • Take a refreshing dip in the underground freshwater lagoon.
  • Capture stunning photography with natural light filtering through the cave openings.
  • Learn about the cave’s ecosystem and geological history through guided tours.
  • Watch other people swimming, because you can’t swim.

Tips for Visitors

  • Wear comfortable and non-slip footwear as surfaces can be slippery.
  • Bring a waterproof camera for photography.
  • Be mindful of the natural environment, do not touch or damage the formations.
  • Check local weather conditions before visiting, as the cave can be less accessible during the rainy season.

Amenities

  • Restrooms are available at the entrance of the cave.
  • Parking space is provided for visitors.
  • Dining options are available within a short drive from the cave.

How to Get There

Hinagdanan Cave is accessible by car or public transport. From Tagbilaran City, it’s about a 15-minute drive. Public buses and tricycles also frequent the route from Tagbilaran to Dauis.

Nearby Attractions

  • Panglao Church: Explore the historic and architecturally significant church located in the heart of Panglao Island. Click here for more information.
  • Dauis Church: Visit this iconic church known for its blend of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture and a miraculous well inside.
  • Doljo Beach: Known for its pristine and less crowded shores, Doljo Beach offers a peaceful alternative for relaxation and swimming.

Accommodations

  • Panglao Regents Park Resort: Offers comfortable stays and is well-regarded for its proximity to Hinagdanan Cave as well as its excellent facilities.
  • Amorita Resort: Known for its excellent service and sea views.
  • The Bellevue Resort: Provides high-end accommodations and facilities.

Personal Experience

Last time I went here I went on a bicycle trip from Alona Beach to Hinagdanan Cave. It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was very lucky because I arrived there an hour before their closing time at 5PM. Because of this, it was not very crowded inside. It was actually very tranquil, I can even hear the squeaking of the bats. I stayed there for a while to rest my tired bones, I was surprised it was much cooler inside the cave than the outside. This place is very memorable because I saw my daughter was become very happy the first time she visited this place. Visit our Blog page to read more Bohol travel stories.

3 women wearing outdoor clothes, and a small girl all inside a cave with the background of a pool of water
here’s my family NOT wearing a swimwear in Hinagdanan Cave

FAQs

  • Q: Is swimming allowed in the lagoon? A: Yes, swimming is allowed, and it is one of the main attractions of Hinagdanan Cave.
  • Q: Are there guided tours available? A: Yes, guided tours are available and highly recommended to fully appreciate the history and features of the cave.
  • Q: Is the cave suitable for children? A: Yes, you may refer to my pretty daughter’s image above. However, close supervision is necessary due to the slippery and uneven surfaces.

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