Mother Nature has carved over twenty major cave pools in Anda, and Cabagnow Cave Pool is arguably the biggest, the best, and the most beautiful out of them all. I highly recommend adding this awesome natural attraction to your list of things to do in Bohol.
I have put together this complete guide of Cabagnow Cave Pool including where to find it, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
Cabagnow Cave Pool is located in Anda on Bohol Island in the Philippines.
From the main town in Anda, it’s a short 5-minute drive to reach this cave pool.
If you are staying in the main tourist area of Panglao, it’s a 115km drive that takes approximately 2.5 hours.
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to reach this awesome cave pool is by scooter.
There are limited scooter rental stores located in Anda but I know of one place where you can get your hands on some wheels for around 500 pesos per day with a full tank of gas. His name is Joey and he can be contacted by phone on +639123982873 or Facebook Bernaldez Joey.
CABAGNOW CAVE POOL ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee for Cabagnow Cave Pool is 20 pesos.
There is also a parking fee which is an additional 20 pesos.
On the trail
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TIBAW CAVE POOL
When I arrived, I parked my scooter in the parking lot and headed down the dirt trail which is clearly marked.
About 2 minutes in, I came across an intersection and a sign that read ‘Tibaw Cave Pool’ with an arrow pointing to the left which leads down to another epic cave pool. I decided to check this one out first before heading over to Cabagnow Cave Pool.
The walk to Tibaw Cave Pool is around 5 minutes and I was welcomed by some friendly locals who were hanging out down by the pools.
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The way to Tibaw Cave Pool
Rock jumping into the pool
This unique cave pool is surrounded by coral rock and filled with fresh water which is fed from the nearby mountains.
Around the edges of the Tibaw Cave Pool are some seating areas, tables, and shaded spots to set down your belongings while you go for a swim.
To enter the deep blue colored pool you can either walk across the rocks and slip in on the shallow side or if you’re keen on a jump there is a 2-meter cliff jump on the opposite side of the pool.
There were some young kids sending jumps and flips off the top of the rocks into the natural pool below and I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. I wish I had a natural playground like this when I was growing up!
The depth of the water is around 3 meters deep so you won’t have to worry about hitting the bottom if you decide to do some cliff jumping. However, it’s always best to check the landing yourself beforehand and make sure there are no large rocks or debris in the water.
As I mentioned earlier, the pool is surrounded by coral rock which is very jagged and sharp in some areas so I recommend wearing a pair of old shoes or sandals to avoid getting cut up feet.
Down in the pool, there is a cave that stretches back underneath the rock for about 2 meters and it’s possible to swim into it for another cool perspective of Tibaw Cave Pool.
Drone shot of Tibaw Cave Pool
Chilling with the locals
CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
As I went to leave, I asked one of the local lads if the Cabagnow Cave Pool was close by and he said yes it’s only another 5 minutes walk from here but unfortunately there is no ladder access anymore and it’s not possible to enter the cave pool.
I made it back to the intersection of the same trail, turned left and Cabagnow is only a 2-minute walk from here.
It’s much larger than Tibaw Cave Pool and I could now see why the local lad said it wasn’t possible to enter the pool without the ladder. It’s a 5-meter drop into the sinkhole so there is no way of getting out once you’re down in the water.
It’s a shame there was no ladder in place because I would have loved to have jumped into the clear blue waters and explore the enormous caves underneath. I do hope they make this cave pool in Anda accessible again by the time you read this blog post as it really is one of the best Bohol attractions.
Overall, if you’re looking for what to do in Bohol, a visit to these cave pools is definitely worth it as they are both very unique locations that you don’t see every day.
Blue water inside the pool
An aerial perspective
WHERE TO STAY IN ANDA
Anda 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 to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa
Amun Ini Beach Resort is the best 5-star accommodation nestled amongst palm trees in Anda. Featuring a private beach, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, and ocean views! The rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen tv, sitting area, mini-bar, en suite bathroom, and balconies with sea views. Amun Ini offers free snorkeling and kayaking equipment and breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Parklane Bohol Resort & Spa
I personally stayed at Parklane Resort & Spa and can’t recommend this place enough! The staff are overly friendly with a lot of useful information about Anda and Bohol, the hospitality was great, the food was excellent and the rooms were cozy. Great location in Anda just 10 minutes drive from town, this property offers beachfront accommodation, a private beach, 3 swimming pools, a restaurant and bar, and a wellness spa. There are double rooms, family rooms, and deluxe suites available, each with a flat-screen tv, air conditioning, private bathroom, balcony with ocean views, and coffee/tea making facilities. Best place to stay for families, couples, and friends.
Budget: Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort
The cheapest accommodation in Anda, perfect for solo travelers and friends. Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort features an in-house restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool, and beautiful gardens. You can choose from a double room or a deluxe double room which is spacious with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, free wifi, and a seating area with a desk. Continental breakfast is included for all guests.
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WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation 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 organize scuba diving, snorkeling, and other activities. 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 tourist 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 are included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities. Great place to stay for families, friends, and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other tourist spots. 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 Bohol
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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