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Spelunking in Mabinay: A Thrilling Adventure Inside 400 Caves

Negros Oriental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Jun 04, 2015

Mabinay is known as the “Cave Town” of Negros Oriental because more than 400 caves exist in this town. Here are some of the caves in Mabinay that you can visit and tour around: 

Bulwang Cave

Bulwang Cave; photo from Negros Tourism FB page

The cave is about 155-159 meters long. A walkway was installed in the cave for easy access.

Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave; photo from Negros Tourism FB page

The cave is found in Bulwang, Mabinay. It is 157 meters long and 12 meters deep. It has an abundant karsts formation and beautifully shaped stalactites and stalagmites.

Odloman Cave

Odloman Cave; photo from Negros Tourism FB page

Odloman cave is considered as the longest cave in the Philippines that measures 8,870 meters long and has a vertical range of 82 meters. The cave can be accessed by rappelling down through a big hole or swimming about 20 meters across its underground river.

Mambajo Cave

Mambajo Cave; photo from Negros Tourism FB page

The cave is 326 meters long and 35 meters deep. It is located 2.5 kilometers Northeast of Brgy. Panjabonan. To get inside the cave, you can rappel from the ceiling which is about 18.5 meters deep at the mid portion of the cave. There’s also a receiving area where you can go down the ladder. The first dwellers of the caves are bats thus the cave has unpleasant smell. The locals call it “Mambajo” from the word “baho” that means “bad smell.”

Panligawan Cave

Panligawan Cave; photo from Negros Tourism FB page

It’s just a short cave, only 143 meters long and 22 meters deep, but has a beautiful skylight in the middle. It is located in Brgy. Bulwang, Mabinay and is only about 100 meters away from another cave called Pandanihan which is 282 meters long. The dome-shaped Panlawigan cave is ideal for in-cave camping because of its wide flat ground.

Cave Tour Packages are available. Fees (subject to change without prior notice) are as follows:

  • Beginners: Php50 per head per cave
  • Hard: Php150 per head per cave
  • Guide’s Fee: Php400 for every 5-7 visitors except for educational tours.

For more information, contact Negros Oriental Tourism Office at (+63) (35) 225-1825 or 422-0675.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes). You can ride a tricycle (around the city, minimum of Php9 per passenger per destination) and ask to be dropped off at the bus terminal.

From Dumaguete, you can ride a bus going to Mabinay. It is about 87 kilometers away from Dumaguete City.

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