And so.. without further ado, let me introduce you the three caves that we explored, their character, looks and beauty. Sounds pageant, Huh.
Upon entering the cave, I noticed a different look of a cave that I normally see on TV or books. It was already cemented and developed like you are in the park or at the terrace of your house. The cave should look natural but not this one and all the caves that we went to. I told my kids that the natural formation of cave doesn't look like this and what they saw was not the original cave because the mystery and the natural charm was already ripped off.
There's a part of the cave where the owner told us not to go to because it's quite deep and advised us to be very careful with the electrical lights with the ceiling that's too low. He shared us a few information, rules inside the cave and reminded us to take care of our belongings just in case other visitors come in.
Nevertheless even without splashing and playing inside the cave, the kids enjoyed the cool water a lot, while we kept an eye to them and reminded to just swim in shallow water.
I asked the owner about the distance of the cave leading to the open sea and he said that "Born to be Wild" travel show already explored the cave in the episode, "Cave Diving," but the passageway was quite narrow to squeeze themselves and so they did not continue the exploration. If people could explore some unimaginable space to be reached, outer space or some areas of the cave, there is certain part of the world that is yet to be included in the map and the nature simply wants this part to be left unexplored.
The high tide that night washed away the old water and that turned the water in the cave new and clear in time of our visit. .
There is a public CR and a water pump for shower outside the cave.
Of the three caves, this is where we stayed longer where our kids got to swim in fresh water
Entrance fee to the cave is P50/pax if not swimming and P70/pax if swimming good for two hours. They have spacious parking area and you'll pass by a little trekking, I mean a pathway about a few steps away.
Marian-like smile. My model for the whole cave trip. :) I was behind her all the way and that results.. my cave photos are now watermarked with her charming face. Now, this is natural. Untouched. Unexploited.
Ooops.. be careful of the rocky ceiling..
Like the other caves, this one is developed too. The stairs at Wonderful Cave are quite steep. There were some tourists when we arrived. When we asked the tour guide who own the cave, he said that it's a family owned property like the Cindy's and Enchanted Caves, wherein they just discovered the caves in their own backyard.
Entrance fee to Wonderful Cave is P50/pax. They only limit a number of person for 30 minutes during summer to accommodate other visitors.
Of all the three caves, Enchanted Cave is the most developed. As soon as we entered, we heard some people screaming, I mean singing with videoke machine at the picnic hut.. Oh.. in a place like this? That scene I've witnessed made me think the place less enchanting.
Oops, careful again.. low beam..
There were some tourists swimming inside the cave. The water could reach up to 14ft during high tide in some parts of the cave.
Enchanted Cave has man made pool with the water coming from the cave too but it is strongly sanitized with chlorine as I could even smell it even from afar.
What makes me curious about the enchanted cave are the rocks that surround the place. I asked the tour guide how these corals went up the hill.and he said that it wasn't actually rock but dead corals. The whole Bolinao was believed to be underwater million years ago. Now, that is enchanting!
See more corals...
I mean dead corals..
and dead corals..
and a proof other than dead corals that the province was once under water is the giant clams found on top of the coral hill.
Giant Clams Fossils from coral mountain up 2KMS away
Estimated age: 2-3 million years
carbon date: (not yet available)
The cave is enchanting as the name implies. If not developed, it could have been more enchanting.
Just a little note. It is best to bring aqua shoes, because the cave's floor is not sandy but rocky.
Entrance Fee is P90/pax if not swimming, P120/pax if swimming.
There are tables available for rent outside the cave. There are hammocks too, I am not sure though if they are also for rent. Above parking fees apply.
Of the three caves, Wonderful Cave is the most appealing to me. I based my opinion only on one criteria, clear water. All the caves were already developed into tourist attractions that look like man made cave now, thus they lost their natural beauty and charm. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in this cave trip seeing these natural wonders in manicured path, cemented and exploited.
Location: Brgy. Patar Bolinao, Pangasinan