New Places Explored in 2016

I have to admit it was all unexpected but 2016 proved to be a year of new travels for me 🙂 I was given the opportunity to travel 3 new places this year:

  • Bukidnon – my very first trip to the “Baguio City” of Mindanao, Philippines happened last May. I had the chance to experience the beauty of Dahilayan. More about it on a coming post. 
  • Kalibo – I discovered that this laid-back city is actually another cool gateway to the world-famous Boracay beach in the Visayas, Philippines aside from Caticlan. I will be writing more about this October trip to Kalibo soon. By the way, prior to this trip, the last time I went to Boracay was already about a decade ago! 
  • New Zealand – My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to explore both the North Island and South Island of this beautiful country very recently. In fact, we just arrived from this trip yesterday 🙂  And yes, you will be hearing more about our lovely time there right here in this blog.  

I am grateful to God for surprising me with these trips this year. While I had a desire and plan to travel to new places this year, I did not actually think at first that it would be possible 🙂  And so I am reminded of that saying: “be careful of what you wish for, you might actually get it.” Well, I am glad with what I got so far 🙂

Crystal Cave (Part 3 of 3)

The third cave we visited is aptly named Crystal Cave due to the glittering and shimmering stalactites and stalagmites all around us. The cave is 157 meters long by 12 meters. Our guide told us that this cave used to be difficult to explore but a metal walkway was installed which made exploring the cave so much easier.

Some of the display that nature has to offer

 

This cave has many formations and different minerals inside

 

These formations are called –couples corner, can you guess why?

 

A user friendly cave with a walkway installed which makes it easier to go deeper inside the cave

 

Some related post about Dumaguete:

3 Enchanting Caves in Mabinay, Negros Oriental (Part 1 of 3)
Panligawan and Pandalihan Caves (Part 2 of 3)
Crystal Cave (Part 3 of 3) —> You are here

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis

Panligawan and Pandalihan Caves (Part 2 of 3)

After sorting out how to get there and where to find the caves in the map which was part 1 of this series, let me tell you about the caves.

 

Panligawan Cave

This cave is a dead cave, meaning the stalactites and stalagmites are not growing anymore as the roof of the chamber collapsed, apparently in the 1960s. It’s an easy cave to get to. We just descended a few steps and we can see the huge chamber of the cave.

The descent to the chamber is easy enough with steps and a side railing with ropes to hold on to

 

A look at the huge chamber viewed from the entrance of the cave

 

The area where the roof collapse in the middle of the cavern left a huge gaping hole

 

The entrance of Panligawan cave viewed inside the chamber

 

Interestingly, the name Panligawan originates from the world “ligaw” meaning to court. Our guide told us that the locals bring the girls they are wooing in the cave hence the name.

 

Pandalihan Cave

As we again descended a few steps to the second cave, our guide pointed to big geckos on the side.

The entrance to the second cave

Similar to Panligawan, it is huge and the area exposed to the elements is dead. We were exploring what we thought was the end of the chamber when the guide pointed to an almost hidden opening. As we each entered one after the other as the opening only allows one person at a time, we were greeted with darkness except for the light that we have attached to our helmets. Inside we saw different formations and some stalactites that seemed to sparkle when we shine our light to it. This is due to the minerals in it.

The live cavern of Pandalihan cave

An unforgettable experience for me was when the guide asked all of us to turn off our lights while we were inside the live cavern. It was absolute darkness. As in I put my hand like an inch in front of my face and I can’t even see it. Even when I touched my face I still can’t see it, I only know that my hand is right in front because I can feel it. I am not afraid of the dark but it made me realized that I don’t like that feeling of being in total darkness.

 

Some related post about Dumaguete:

3 Enchanting Caves in Mabinay, Negros Oriental (Part 1 of 3)
Panligawan and Pandalihan Caves (Part 2 of 3) —> You are here
Crystal Cave (Part 3 of 3)

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis