Inside Okbot Cave: A Newbie's Account
Ida Damo | Jun 22, 2015
I was reluctant to go inside the cave, as I was imagining darkness and slimy crevices with snakes.
True enough, it was dark but the stalagmite and stalactite formations would open your eyes to nature’s beauty and wonder.
Okbot Cave in Kapalong, Davao del Norte is named after Datu Okbot, a medicine man of the Dibabawon Tribe, who lived in this cave.
Out of the stark daylight, you go into darkness with only the light from your skull gear illuminating the way. Water flows at your feet and trickles over your head.
Getting wet is a given, which is why the Davao del Norte Provincial Tourism Office reminded us to bring extra set of clothes, bottled water, and a dry bag for our cameras and mobile phones.
The stalagmites and stalactites were shaped differently, ranging from huge columns, mushrooms to ripples on the ceilings.
I was tempted to stay in one big chamber rather than go on.
From time to time I was asking our guide Manong Jun, Olan, and Rhonson how deep the water was because I do not know how to swim. Fortunately, none of the “holes” went higher than my neck. I stand at 4 feet and 10 inches tall.
The water was cold and the bottom was slippery. I was ever mindful of the warning not to touch the crystal formations so I relied on holding on to Olan or Manong Jun.
At one point we had to crawl through the waters as we enter a slim passage. I was slithering on the wet and slippery bottom, while taking care not to rub my arms on the sharp walls, yet I was smiling and laughing through it. Why? Because it was new to me and I welcomed it. I also was assured that I was in good hands enough to have a pictorial right there.
Olan’s fear of snakes inside and outside the cave faded away with the experience. So did mine.
At the beginning I asked, where do I hold on? I held on to my companions, knowing that would keep me safe. I know that God, in his infinite wisdom created, this beauty not to be hidden forever; instead, it is meant to be seen.As for faith, there is a way out of it even if it meant the same passage.