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 to visiting Cabagnow Cave Pool including where to find it, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
Cabagnow Cave Pool is located in Anda on Bohol Island in the Philippines. Click here to see the location on Google maps.
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.
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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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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 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.
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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 explored 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.
WHERE TO TO STAY IN ANDA
Anda is located in east Bohol and has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from.
I have narrowed it down to a few of the best 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
Parklane Resort & Spa is a great location in Anda just 10 minutes drive from town and 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, an outdoor swimming pool, and beautiful gardens.
Choose from a double room or deluxe double room which is spacious with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, free wifi, and a seating area with a desk.
For More Options, See My Complete Guide On Where To Stay In Bohol
BOOK A BOHOL TOUR
Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside Tour.
This particular tour is the top-rated tour in Bohol with great reviews.
I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!
The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills Bohol
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Baclayon Church
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