One of the must-visit places in Siquijor is the Cantabon Cave. Location is in Barangay Cantabon, it is a 20-30 minute continuous ascend up the mountains of Siquijor. Too many things to see inside and lots of beautiful natural creations are in showcase for you. Also prepare to get wet and dirty as this cave is 100% alive.
Cantabon Cave is a subterranean cave discovered in 1985 by foreign hunters in the area. Since then has become an attraction due to its tourism potential. Measuring about 300 meters long with an area going as wide as 10 meters, the cave has very impressive stalactites and stalagmites formation.
The highland region of the island is also reputed to be the place where a lot of healers can be found.
Cantabon Cave has not been commercially developed. The exploration of the cave takes around 2 hours back and forth. The cave's main features are those large terraced stalagmites so crystal white and their uber transparent natural pools.
The inside is a dark room that highlights a huge range of glittering icicle-like stalactites and stalagmites hanging from the cave's ceiling and formed by continuously dripping water that contains calcium carbonate. The cave also boasts of its perfectly undisturbed body of water running along the way that people dub as a "natural pool".
Aside from some areas where you have to stoop down there are large chambers which feels like you're climbing a hill. It's a fairly easy exploration just watch out for those slippery spots and make sure to wear a footing with very good traction.
Mountain climbing, in addition to trekking, is an excellent way to enjoy your trip. Another fascinating way to spend the day in Cantabon Cave would be to explore the various rock formations in the walls of the cave.
Registration and fees for the caving at Cantabon Cave
Registration is done at the Cantabon Barangay Hall. Here, you can also rent some gear that you can use as well as lockers to leave your things behind.
An entrance fee of 10 pesos will be charged and if you wish to have trekking guide with you, you'll need to pay an additional of 300 pesos which already covers the use of gear such as flashlights and helmets.
You may also add to rent non-slip shoes and cellphone pouch.
There is only one entrance and one exit so you'll be going back the way you came.