Hinagdanan Cave in Bohol is a popular tourist attraction that’s definitely not to be missed during your visit. It’s famed for not only its unique beauty but also the interesting story of how it came to be.
It’s said that the cave was discovered by a local farmer who was clearing his land and stumbled across two holes in the ground. I am guessing no flashlights were invented way back when and so he dropped a rock down the hole and heard a big splash. Curious, he constructed a ladder and descended into the hole to discover an enormous underground cave and freshwater lagoon!
This unique cave also played its role during World War II as a hideout for the Filipinos to escape the Japanese Army, though, unfortunately, they were still found hiding underground.
I have put together this complete guide to Hinagdanan Cave including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS HINAGDANAN CAVE BOHOL?
Hinagdanan Cave is located on the northern coastline of Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines.
From the main tourist area of Alona Beach in Panglao, it’s a short 15-minute drive to reach this Bohol tourist spot.
HINAGDANAN CAVE TOUR
A great way to see all of the best Panglao tourist spots is to book a Panglao Island Tour Package.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Panglao with great reviews and hundreds of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Panglao.
The Panglao Island Tour includes a visit to the following locations:
- Dauis Church
- Panglao Watchtower
- Bohol Bee Farm
- Alona Beach
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to get to reach Hinagdanan Cave Panglao is to rent a scooter from one of the many scooter rental stores dotted around Alona Beach. Scooter rentals are around 300-350 pesos per day.
Alternatively, you can jump in the back of a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you over to the cave. For a 15-minute drive in a tricycle, you can expect to pay around 100-150 pesos. Put your bartering skills to the test!
Exploring Panglao by scooter
HINAGDANAN CAVE ENTRANCE FEE
Entrance Fee: The Hinagdanan Cave entrance fee is 50 pesos.
Parking Fee: There is also an additional parking fee of 20 pesos.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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The ticket office
The entrance to the cave
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I headed over to this side of Panglao Island to visit this unique cave pool.
Having just come from Anda in East Bohol to explore the tourist area of Panglao, I thought the cave pools here would be similar to the ones in Anda. I was wrong…
Well in a way, the Hinagdanan had similar features as the Anda Cave Pools such as stalagmite pinnacles, turquoise pools, and a staircase entrance. Though Hinagdanan is on a much more grand scale in both size and epicness!
I handed over my ticket to the young lady at the entrance gate who then pointed the way to the staircase that leads into the cave and she advised me to mind my head on the way down.
I felt as though I had stepped down into a wormhole and emerged in a completely different world. The cave is incredibly impressive and otherworldly, to say the least.
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Turquoise water inside the cave
WHAT TO EXPECT INSIDE THE CAVE
Inside the cavern, you’ll find a large freshwater pool that glows a fluorescent turquoise color and large stalagmite pinnacles hang from the ceiling.
The natural pool is around 3 to 4 meters deep and there is plenty of space for swimming and rock jumping.
You won’t need a flashlight inside as there is natural light from the holes in the ceiling and also light bulbs in the staircase and at the back of the cave.
Around the edges of the natural pool is quite dry and you can set down your belongings here while you go for a dip.
Do note that the ground gets quite slippery especially if there are wet kids running around, so please watch your step. I recommend bringing a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes with you for extra grip.
The cave pool
WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL
Panglao Island 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 in Panglao to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
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.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, 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 & Panglao Highlights Tour.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings.
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The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills Bohol
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- 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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