Some Cavern might be dark and mysterious, but there are caves that hide—and reveal—magical, underground oases for swimmers and adventurous spelunkers looking to explore a new frontier. Anda’s true jewels, however, are the natural pools hidden in its numerous caves. One of the stunning cave pools is the Cabagnow Cave pool. The water is so clear that swimming in it is like floating in space.
Anda, Bohol is known for its powdery white sand beaches with crystal clean waters and caverns with stunning and inviting cave pools. And just before I visit Anda, Bohol, I knew that leaving Anda, Bohol without visiting the famous Cabagnow Cave is like committing a weighty sin that would be real hard to forgive. Hence, after truly enjoying the sunrise scene on Quinale beach, we went to the eatery near the public market to have our breakfast and immediately got back to our Hostel to check out.
I knew that time that it was too early to check out of our hostel, but we need to go to the Cabagnow Cave Pool as early as we can to elude the possible crowds. Hence, we immediately settle our bill and went to Anda’s Public market to look for a Motorela or locally known as Rela. Right after we agree with the driver’s price, we immediately went to the Cabagnow Cave Pool.
Cabagnow Cave Pool or locally known as Kabagno Cave Pool is blessed to own a refreshing crystal-clear waters that have been slowly filtering through the limestone and forming the Pond’s features over thousands of years. It is situated in the southeast part of Bohol, where Anda is located, which is mostly formed of limestone. And because of the innate nature of the rock, which is soft. The consistent movement of water and other geologic activities, this has led to the formations of caves, not merely in the municipality of Anda, but in many parts of Bohol.
The Cabagnow Cave Pool has an estimated of 20-25 feet deep, which is enough to swim and enjoy its clear water. And leaping out from the cliff has an estimated height of about 15-18 feet, which is enough to make your knees shaking in fear. It is peacefully located at Sitio Fatima, Bacong Anda, Bohol. When you get close to its beauty, it appears like a normal hole, but it hides an enchanting cave with natural pool that a visitor can dive into.
True enough, in less than 20 minutes from the Public Market, we reached the jump off area of Cabagnow Cave Pool. The road from the Highway is bumpy, but very manageable. Then, we trek like around 10 minutes to get to the Cabagnow Cave Pool. Trekking in a footpath where there were green grass on the side, and not much presence of trees could be really hot, but since we were very early that time, the direct heat of the sun is really manageable. Shortly enough, we made it at the stunning and inviting innate beauty of Cabagnow Cave.
As we arrived, there were nearly 4 people who seemed to have started enjoying the Cave Pool a few minutes before we arrived. Two of them were truly enjoying the cliff jumping, which seemed to be really exciting. I immediately called for my friends to jump in the inviting Cabagnow Cave Pool. Marv was the first to Jump, followed by Aloysius. Juliet was busy capturing photos, so am I. Honestly, I actually wanted to take off my shirt that time and jump, but I was busy taking photos of my friends while they were jumping, since it takes a lot of courage to do cliff jumping. As soon as I had captured a good photo of Marv and Aloysius, Juliet then has no choice but to jump or else, no one would take a photo of her if I Jump in the enticing cold water of Cabagnow Cave Pool first.
Shortly enough, it was my turn, my knees were shaking. I remember that I was next to the girl who’s shuddering on her knees, I really understood how the fear made her. But she was fearless enough to jump. Hence, I was next, I was in fear, but I couldn’t run away from my fear, so I breathe deeply and started leaping out from the cliff and fallen off to the bluish cold water while yowling to death.
I was drifting on the bluish cold water, yelling at my friends to take a photo of me. Truly, the water is refreshing and cold enough to beat the summer heat. While I was drifting on a turquoise water, I witness how the sun rays radiate blue waters, making a spectacle of rare beauty. I really wish I had waterproof Camera that time to capture such innate beauty while I was inside the Cave Pool.
What I also love about the place is that, it gives you choices that you can nonetheless enjoy the Cabagnow Cave Pool without doing cliff jumping. They have installed a mighty iron ladder that tourists can use to move down and douse in the enticing cave pool. There’s also an available ring buoy, which I guess is truly a big help, especially if you don’t know how to swim, just ask the caretaker of the place.
And just before we were about to leave the place, a flock of tourist and travelers began to arrive. We were lucky enough that we went to the Cave earlier or else we would not exclusively own the cave pool during our visit. After truly enjoying the innate beauty of Cabagnow Cave Pool, we decided to depart for our next cave pool destination, which is the stunning tiny cave pool of Combento Cave.
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- Cadapdapan Rice Terraces: Discovering And Embracing Its Innate Beauty
- Can-Umantad Falls: Visiting The Iconic Natural Scenery Of Candijay, Bohol
- Canawa Cold Spring: Mysteriously Hiding In The Beautiful Lush Green Forest
- Kims Garden Inn: Anda’s Affordable Place To Stay
- Anda’s Quinale Beach: Traipsing On The Powdery White Sand Beach While Enjoying The Sunrise
- Combento Cave Pool: Anda’s Enticing Tiny Cave Pool
HOW TO GET TO CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
From Tagbilaran City
Once you arrive at Tagbilaran City Sea Port or Tagbilaran City airport, just hail a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal. From Dao Terminal ride a Bus or Van bound for Anda, Bohol. Travel time is roughly 2.5 to 3 hours and the fare is around PHP 100.00. At the Brgy. Poblacion in Anda, Bohol, you can take Motorela or locally known as Rela to Cabagnow Cave Pool, fare is around PHP 50.00 and the travel time is approximately 15 minutes. They mostly charge bigger once the driver has to wait, and you can as well ask the driver to take you to the Combento Cave Pool, which is located close to the Cabagnow Cave Pool.
In our case, we paid PHP 480.00, and four of us that time, so, we only paid PHP 120.00 for each of us. That’s our fare from Anda, Public Market to Cabagnow Cave Pool and Combento Cave Pool, including the waiting time. You can always haggle, if you think that the fare is expensive.
Apart from fare is cheaper from Cebu to Tubigon, travel time is only more than an hour via Fast Cat or other Fast Craft bound for Tubigon. From Tubigon, ride a Bus bound for Guindulman. The travel time is less than 3 hours. The fare is less than PHP 200.00. From Guindulman, take a Bus/Van, travel time is approximately 30 minutes and the fare is around PHP 30.00.
You can also take Motorela or locally known as Rela, fare is around PHP 50.00 and the travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
At the Brgy. Poblacion in Anda, Bohol, you can take Motorela or locally known as Real to Cabagnow Cave Pool, fare is around PHP 50.00 and the travel time is approximately 15 minutes. They mostly charge bigger once the driver has to wait, and you can as well ask the driver to take you to the Combento Cave Pool, which is located close to the Cabagnow Cave Pool. In our case, we paid PHP 480.00, and four of us that time, so, we only paid PHP 120.00 for each of us. That’s our fare from Anda, Public Market to Cabagnow Cave Pool and Combento Cave Pool, including the waiting time. You can always haggle, if you think that the fare is expensive.
- Cabagnow Cave Pool Entrance Fee is Php 50.00 per head.
- Make sure to visit the Cave Pool around 8 AM to 10 AM because it’s not that crowded.
- The motorcycle is such a great means of transportation in Anda, Bohol. Hence, I advise you to rent a Motorcycle if you know how to drive and visit all the hidden gem of Anda, especially Quinale beach and the Cave Pools.
- You can spend many activities on Quinale beach such as walking on the shoreline, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
- Wake up early in the morning and experience the stunning view of sunrise on Quinale Beach.
- Affordable and home cook food, is located near the Market just a few meters away from the beach.
- Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.
WHERE TO STAY IN ANDA, BOHOL?
I’ve strolled around the beach side of Anda, and the cheapest accommodation I’ve found was in the Kims Garden Inn. It is located very near to Anda’s long white sand beach or commonly known as Quinale beach. Their room rates are ranging from Php 499.00, P599.00 to P699.00, and Good for 2 people. For my complete review of this hostel, kindly read it here.
ITINERARY FOR THE WHOLE TRIP
(Birthday Backpacking: Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)
DAY 1 (Binabaje Hills, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls, Canawa Cold Spring & Anda Beach)
02:30 AM Depart for Tubigon from Cebu
05:00 AM ETA Tubigon
05:30 AM Depart for Carmen
06:30 AM ETA Carmen
07:00 AM Depart for Alicia
08:00 AM ETA Alicia
08:10 AM Breakfast & Registration for Binabaje Hills
08:40 AM Depart for Binabaje Jump Off Area
09:00 AM Assault Trek to Binabaje Hills Peak
09:50 AM ETA Binabaje Hills summit
10:00 AM Rest and Picture taking
10:45 AM Trek down to Jump Off area
11:20 AM ETA Jump off area
11:30 AM Depart for Alicia Proper
11:40 AM Depart for Lungsod-daan, Candijay
12:05 PM ETA Lungsod-daan Proper
12:10 PM Lunch
12:40 PM Depart for Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:10 PM Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:15 PM Depart for Can-umantad Falls
01:40 PM ETA Can-umantad Falls and Picture taking
02:10 PM Depart for Canawa Spring
02:30 PM ETA Canawa Spring (Swimming & Picture taking)
03:00 PM Depart For Highway
03:30 PM Depart for Guinhulman
03:55 PM ETA Guinhulman (Waiting for Van bound for Anda)
04:20 PM Depart for Anda
04:40 PM ETA Anda (Strolling around the white beach and look for cheap accommodation)
05:30 PM Check Inn at Kims Garden Inn
06:00 PM Early rest (Take a nap)
08:30 PM Dinner at the food place near the marker
09:30 PM Lights Off (Sleep)
DAY 2 (Anda Beach Sunrise, Cabagnow Cave Pool, Combento Cave Pool, Ingkumhan Falls, Pahangog Twin Falls)
05:30 AM Wake Up Call
05:45 AM Waiting for sunrise at the white beach
06:00 AM Sunrise viewing and Picture taking
07:00 AM Breakfast
07:30 AM Preparation for Cave Pool Adventure
08:00 AM Check Out in Kims Garden Inn
08:30 AM Depart for Cabagnow Cave Pool
08:40 AM ETA Jump Off Area and trek to Cabagnow
08:50 AM ETA Cabagnow
09:00 AM Swimming & Picture taking
10:20 AM Depart for Combento Cave Pool
10:30 AM ETA Combento Cave Pool (Swimming & Picture Taking)
11:30 AM Depart for Guindulman
11:40 AM ETA Guindulman
12:05 PM Lunch
12:20 PM Depart for Dimiao
01:30 PM ETA Dimiao
01:35 PM Depart for Ingkumhan Falls
02:00 PM ETA Ingkumhan Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
02:40 PM Depart for Pahangog Twin Falls
03:00 PM ETA Jump off area
03:05 PM Trek to Pahangog Twin Falls
03:30 PM ETA Pahangog Twin Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
04:30 PM Depart for Dimiao Proper
05:00 PM ETA Dimiao Proper
05:20 PM Depart for Tagbilaran
06:30 PM ETA Tagbilaran
07:30 PM Depart for Napo, Loon
08:20 PM ETA Napo, Loon
08:30 PM Dinner
11:30 PM Lights off (sleep)
DAY 3 (Napo Beach)
07:00 AM Wake up call
07:30 AM Coffe Time
09:00 AM Napo, Beach
09:30 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM Swimming & Picture taking
12:10 PM Sleep before heading back to Tubigon
02:00 PM Late Lunch
03:30 PM Depart for Tubigon
04:30 PM ETA Tubigon
05:30 PM Depart for Cebu
06:50 PM ETA Cebu
08:00 PM Going Home
10:00 PM Lights off (Sleep)
EXPENSES FOR THE WHOLE TRIP (Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)
- Cebu Tubigon Fast Cat – Php 300.00
- Terminal Fee – Php 25.00
- Tubigon to Carmen Motorcycle – Php 150.00
- Carmen to Alicia – Php 40.00
- Tour guide fee Binabaje hills – 300.00
- Fare motorcycle – Php 200.00
- Motorcycle (Can-umantad, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Canawa spring) – Php 300.00
- Can-umantad Entrance Fee – Php 20.00
- Canawa spring – Php 20.00
- Lungsod-Daan to Guindulman Jeepney – Php 15.00
- Guindulman to Anda – Php 30.00
- Accommodation (Kims Garden Inn) – Php 499.00
- Cabagnow Cave & Combento Cave Tricycle – Php 120.00
- Cabagnow Cave pool Entrance – Php 50.00
- Combento Cave pool Entrance – Php 20.00
- Anda to Guindulman – Php 25.00
- Guindulman to Dimiao – Php 160.00
- Pahangog Twin Falls & Ingkumhan Falls motorcycle – Php 300.00
- Dimiao to Tagbilaran – Php 80.00
- Tagbilaran to Napo Loon – Php 31.00
- Loon to Tubigon Php 28.00
- Tubigon to Cebu Weesam – Php 250.00
- Terminal fee & ticket – Php 25.00
- Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks) – Php 750.00