Bonbon Caves – Why Spelunking is A-Must Experience

Spelunking is one of the most dangerous and SCARY types of adventure. Why? Simply because you get to walk and crawl through shallow and wide, DARK passageways with unique and harmful stalactite and stalagmite courses. Sometimes the passage is either muddy, slimy or rocky but one thing’s for sure, you’ll get dirty, wet and exhausted. Sometimes you need to swim and even jump to get through the next walkable path. This is why spelunking requires brave soul and proper equipment to keep you safe. But! How can you be proud of yourself conquering those death-defying and daredevil adventure? That’s beyond fulfilling and fun that you were able to triumph over yourself!

The #AdventureGrammers (@vivomigsgee (check out his blog too!), @roycats, @iamjumper, @count_gabz, @neverbeendan and myself) had our fearless 3-hour spelunking at Cebu City’s Cave Connection in Bonbon. This consists of three linking caves namely – Binuthan, Satuhan and Pangasag Cave. What I love about these caves is that they are not commercialized thus it possesses the raw beauty of nature. Since it is not commercialized, guides are the locals and no proper safety gears are available. It’s surely an extreme adventure. Satuhan Cave by the way, has a chapel inside the cave.

AT LEAST once in your life, you got to try spelunking and here’s why:

  1. Appreciate and See the Beauty of Caves

Take me to church 📷 : @vivomigsgee

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Spelunking is defined as the general term for exploration of caves. Therefore, we can see and appreciate from our naked eyes the beautiful and stunning formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The unique and jaw-dropping exquisiteness of the limestones, rocks, and the cold spring water. You can say that even though caves get impressions of being creepy and dangerous because of its dark and its shallow passage, nature has its own way that turns that fear to gratitude.

  1. Experience something that tests your brave soul

Into the abyss of Satuhan Cave. 😱

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Swimming, crawling and hiking through different types of dark passageways with a single headlamp as your source of light is something that really tests yourself. The gloomy and the feeling of isolation gets through your bones that you want to stop. But there’s no turning back! You have to be courageous to push through. In this times, your friends really are (or should be) supportive because they can cheer you up to endure and go on. Claustrophobic? Well, that’s another topic to discuss or let’s call for a Psychologist to cheer you up 🙂

  1. Get stinky and get dirty

Who would have not get stinky and get dirty when you have to walk through the knee-high mud just to push through? Or hike and swim for hours and sweat the heck out? But amidst of getting stinky and getting dirty, what is most important is you had fun! Didn’t you?

  1. Adrenaline pumping adventure

There’s this one part of Pangasag Cave where you have to jump in a shallow area but the waters are deep. I could not forget this death-defying experience. Haha! My adrenaline was like pumping and rushing throughout my terrified veins and urged saying in my brain – “Oh c’mon! Can’t the exit just be few meters away so we can finish this?” but we were still half-way! Ironically, I like the sensation of adrenaline forcing throughout my body and gets thrilled to the outside. Do you feel the same way too?

  1. Different sense of achievement

We left the caves, but the cave is still in us. -Anonymous #FUPAT_5MINS2016Feb29 #fotografiaunited 📷 : @iamjumper

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Conquering yourself through this kind of adventure is exceptional. It differs with what you feel from attaining summits or even snorkeling and having sardines run. Trekking could be easy and slow pacing that you can have longer rests amidst trails. Snorkeling could be tranquil because the gears are there to aid you. But, spelunking could be a combination of hiking and swimming (of course without snorkeling gears HAHA) that you have to add up spices of courage and attention with flavors of amusement and exhilarating scenery amidst gloomy and creepy surroundings. You can’t also rest for too long inside the cave because it feels isolating and the air is thinner. It’s a fatal challenge that when you defeat it comes to an unexplainable triumph!

Certainly, spelunking is deadly, adrenaline-pumping, exhausting, challenging, smudging and whatever-you-name-it! Nonetheless, it’s a type of adventure that is not that trendy, especially in Cebu City, and not all can go through. Mostly, people chose trekking over spelunking for the reason of the nature of its activity. One should be physically fit and brave enough to push through. But with proper headgear and guidance, I think everyone can enjoy this undertaking. You don’t have to be reckless (like us) to test your limits or conquer yourself because we don’t know what might happen. You also get to explore more and be gratified the amazing wonders of nature. Definitely, one of a kind and a must-try! What matters most is that you enjoyed it and you are more that proud of yourself of attaining that achievement!

 

How to Get There?

Bonbon Cave Connection is located at Bonbon, Cebu City. It’s a 30-minute drive from the city and it is near from Brgy. Busay and Brgy. Sirao.

You may contact Manong Philippe for Guiding and Transportation services at 0943-399-4386. He usually gets motorcycle taxis from JY Square Lahug to the drop off in Bonbon.

Expenses:

Motorcycle Taxi Fare – P75/pax

Guide Fee – P120/pax (Prices may vary depends on your negotiation)

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  • I have tried caving but not as extreme as others made out. I want to try the real experience of spelunking from what you have provided in your article. I know it won’t be easy, but the fulfillment and the experience you get is beyond compare and something you can treasure for the rest of your life. These reasons will certainly encourage others to try this one of a kind adventure. Happy reading and travels.

    • Absolutely! Haha! This Cave Connection isn’t established and commercialized so expect to be extreme. Thank you Sir!

      • hahahaha, I am ain’t a sir. I am a crazy girl who lives life to the fullest. ^_^ I want to try cliff jumping in Cebu when I return. I have seen it on youtube and I’m itching to go home.

        • Oh I’m sorry, Miss! 😀 Wow! Then you should try jumping from the towering 50 ft cliff in Kawasan Falls. I tried twice! and it’s amazingggg

    • If you want a really extreme caving experience- go to “crystal cave” in mountain province in Sagada. The tour guide told us that the minimum hours will stay inside the cave is 6 hours but because of its difficulty we stayed more than 8 hours. Tour guide ratio is 1:1, there, you’ll experience everything. From crawling in very slippery stone, rappelling, walking in the mud that is waistline deep, swimming and there was a part of the cave that the only option to pass that area is to crawl like a snake but it was a great fulfillment once you survive the crystal cave.

  • Karun pako kabalo nga naay spelunking sa Cebu. hahaha
    Murag dili man guro ko taga Cebu. lol

    • Hahaha! Dili man sya commercialized so gamay rajuy nakahibalo hehe

  • Beautiful cave! It seems very familiar, and we might have entered this cave long before we started a blog. Does it require climbing a waterfall and swimming into the entrance cavern?

  • Interesting! It seems to me that your posts and the post of other travel bloggers is urging me to shape up once again. I would love to join you guys in your adventures and I am actually inspired to do some exploring myself. I am pretty surprised that there is a good cave for the general public nearby our city. 😉

    • Me as well was surprised that there’s an awesome cave just nearby the city! Go for adventures! 🙂

  • Rea Alducente

    Hmmmm. I haven’t tried spelunking yet. I’d love to try once though. Once lang. Hehehe. I love adventures too but spelunking hasn’t been in my list so far. I can’t imagine the “deadliness” though. Haha

    • haha! It’s quite deadly because this cave connection is not commercialized. If you want to try at least once yet you don’t want it to be that hazardous, you can go to established caves. There’s one in Talisay, it’s called “Igutan Falls”, the cave is not the big but there’s a waterfall inside the cave. 🙂

  • I am never going to try this as I’m claustrophobic. 🙁 Needless to say, though, that it’s quite an adventure!

    • Oh! Sayang! Hehe. Maybe sometime in the future, you’ll get over it and maybe try some spelunking! 🙂

  • Kat

    Wow, I just learned about spelunking! Nindot lage ni nga experience bahalag buwis buhay!! Hahaha. Thanks for the detailed post!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

    • That’s cool! Nindut jud sya bahalag ikapila ka mapakong. haha! You’re welcome 🙂

  • I’ve never heard of this cave before. I love spelunking too! I hope I can go to this cave one day. 🙂

    • Wow! That’s great that there’s someone who loves spelunking too! Contact Manong Philippe if you decide to go 🙂

  • Wow. Extreme caving diay ni! It looks scary but maybe with the right people kay kaya ni! 😀

  • Really want to try this soon! Hopefully jay and I can, it looks really fun 🙂

    • Glad you wanted to try this soon! Just enjoy and be extra-careful! 🙂

  • Always had a thing for diving into the dark abyss of caves but have only done it in Minecraft years ago. Haha! I had the chance to do it in Palawan, but there just wasn’t enough people in my tour party so I didn’t end up doing it. Anyway, if folks from the CBC somehow arrange an outing of sorts, I wouldn’t mind it if spelunking gets chosen. 🙂

  • Deadly yet really ecstatic experience for adrenaline junkies. Im afraid of swimming in dark potholes but I had tried caving already. I was about to call you caveman but I always had the misconception about spelunkers and cavers. Nonetheless, I could only guess you are a spelunker yourself. LOL. It really shows that you have the love of dark, damp spaces and headlamps. Guess I am just a caver HAHAHA. Agta Cave awaits in few weeks time 🙂

  • The only cave I’ve conquered was the one on Camotes. Haha! I would love to try this one out but I guess I will die if it needs swimming to pass through..i don’t know how to swim. haha! But I would still consider this, minus the swimming. 😀

  • I think I’ve only gone caving once…in Danao. The entrance was very small in that you will have to submerge yourself in the water because the visible hole will only allow your head in. Thinking about it, I’m not sure how I survived because I sometimes have bouts of claustrophobia (not extreme though). This one’s an awesome cave and the first time I heard about it as well. 😀

    • Wow! If you conquered that cave in Davao, you can too in Bonbon! Now I want to go to Davao 😀

      • Haha. It’s actually Danao…so it’s very close. It’s the one in Danasan Eco Adventure Park….Oh wait, maybe HIBsters can go there!

        • Aayyy hahaha sorry nalibat ko sa Danao bitaww wala pako kaadto ug Danasan ;( yeah maybe we shall go!

  • Nasuya na gyud ko ninyo. Dad.a nako ninyo next time. Huhu behave man ko. Hahaha

  • My mother tried spelunking in one of the caves in Siquijor and she told me that once you are in, you can’t go back. She told me that it is not recommended for me because I am asthmatic and claustrophobic but neeeh. I wanna try!

    • Oh, that would be difficult jud. Make sure you bring your meds jud ana doc

  • Dapat active lifestyle before trying this, uy! I’m interested to try this one out pero need training. Hahahaha. Get fit before anything else!

    • Not necessarily active lifestyle cguro. At least makalakaw ug makalangoy ug mka katkat, why not? 😀

  • Chris this is a great cave its kinda scary. I cant imagine myself taking a ootd shots on this cave. 🙂

  • Indeed, spelunking is an experience filled with excitement! I couldn’t forget my first one. It was in Danasan. Our tour guides turned all lights out then there was just darkness. Scary but fun. Yeah! We get very stinky and dirty after spelunking. Hahahaha! But I’d love to do it again! Wow! Malapit lang pala ang Bonbon. Ma-try nga!

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  • sooperelmoh88

    Makasuya lagi imong trips John! Waaaaah. I hope one day we can join you on your trips. 🙂 Count us in!

    I wanna try spelunking too!. I’ve been to two caves pa ever in my whole life, sa katong sa Initao na cave, if you are familiar with that, and sa Hinagdanan cave sa Bohol.. Hope to visit Bonbon Soon.

    • Hihi mga budget trips raman amo hihi

      Yeaahhh oo naay cave sa initao pero wla koy kuyog kalaag dri Iligan. 🙁

  • I did my spelunking in Sagada.. Yes, Iagree, its a must try! You get to see how your friends deal with stress haha

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