Monday, January 24, 2011

Underground Adventure at its Best in the Sweet City of Passi

Aside from beautiful white sand beaches and scenic waterfalls, the Province of Iloilo is also endowed with wonderful caves. There are hundreds of caves all over the province with the most number found in the central portion.

CPU junior tourism students for Tumandok 2008-Passi City group

The adventurous tourists might find the idea of caving very inviting. Although there are plenty of caves in Iloilo, only a handful of them have been explored. This is due to the reluctance of some to venture into the unknown depths of the earth.

The city of Passi has its share of providing its tourists vast caving and cave diving experiences. The city boasts its 16 caves. Spelunkers and non-spelunkers, here is a complete list of the caves in Passi that can give you thrill and excitement. You will surely love and enjoy them: Cueva ni Musyo Cave in Barangay Bayan; Cuadrado Cave in Barangay Agtambo; Suhoton Cave in Barangay Agtambo, Tinay Cave in Barangay Imbang Grande; Bitas Cave in Barangay Imbang Grande; Erimnat Maya Cave in Barangay Agtambo; Irimnan It Maya Spring Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Santos Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Baboy-baboy and Amorotik Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Tubigon Cave in Barangay Magdungao; Ninfa Cave in Barangay Aglalana; Kweba ni Wening in Barangay Aglalana; Ibajay Cave in Barangay Bacuranan; Bita-ogan Cave in Barangay Bita-ogan; and Cabugon Cave in Barangay Imbang Grande.


Most interesting is the Bita-ogan Cave situated 800 meters southeast from Barangay Bita-ogan Proper. The cave can be reached passing through a river on an improvised rail bridge suspended approximately 20 feet high. With the cave’s length measuring more or less a kilometer, spelunkers considered it most challenging since one needs to submerge himself waist high of cool water upon entering its small passage way. Sparkling stalactites and stalagmites are its added attraction.


Another popular cave is the Cabugon located three kilometers from Barangay Imbang Grande Proper. It is 196 meters above sea level and is home to thousands of bats. Its interior is rich of phosphate mineral.

Irimnan It Maya Spring Cave in Barangay Magdungao is a historic place during the Philippine Revolution being the mountain hideout of refugees during the Japanese regime.

For those who are brave enough to endure the intense stench from mounds of bat droppings, you may visit Baboy-baboy and Amoritik Caves in the company of local guides in Barangay Magdungao. Environmentalists, however, do not recommend the disturbance of these bats during their daytime sleep and can only be observed at twilight.

The sport of exploring various caves, known as caving, can also be referred to as spelunking. Every caving experience can vary drastically depending on the type of cave being visited. It can involve highly technical maneuvering, crawling, climbing, and wriggling. But before deciding on a caving trip, you must understand the sport and make sure you understand all of the risks and potential dangers which can range from flash flooding, falling and injury, hypothermia, disorientation and exhaustion. And most importantly, know everything about your caving destination.

But before deciding on a caving trip, you must understand the sport and make sure you understand all of the risks and potential dangers which can range from flash flooding, falling and injury, hypothermia, disorientation and exhaustion.

Visitors hardly experience a dull moment in Passi. The area offers plenty of activities to do, from trekking to zip-lining. But never forget to explore and enjoy their amazing underground wonders of Passi City. Whatever it is, these activities are guaranteed to lift up the spirit and make every visitor's stay delightful and definitely unforgettable.

Passi City is located along the Iloilo-Capiz National Highway. It is an hour ride from Tagbak Bus Terminal in Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information, please contact Miss Mae Pojol-Buenaflor, City Tourism Officer at 09213543537.

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