Friday, October 10, 2008

Spelunking Silop Cave

Equipped with a paraffin lamp commonly known as petromax, one of the barangay councilor accompanied us in our spelunking (FYI, for only Php150 for his service since they have not organized their Tour Guiding Team yet). The beginning of our hike from the barangay proper was adventure-filled. The weather was rainy so we have to traverse the muddy and sticky path going to the cave, trek the slippery woods and stepped on sharp limestone rocks barefooted.

Along the way huge limestone rocks greeted us; signifying that we have approached the cave site consists of 4 chambers with 12 different entrances. We skipped the first cave which was inhabited by flocks of fruit bats and proceeded to the second one just in its nearby. The way down was so steep. Nevertheless, the harder the thing to do, the hyper it gets.


The cave retained its raw features that for me made it amazing. I found my expectations for a cave there. Not overdeveloped, no grafittis. And everything seems to progress the work of nature. Witness to it the presence of the non-attacking type of cave snakes around and feeling at home in the cave. While there were dead calcites around, there were also some that are about to grow. And though there was no fantastic formations that developed, looking at what appears to be curtains of thin stalactites walling the chambers and some serving as chandeliers was an amazing sight.


From the chain of columns in the cave, we went next to the Bat Room. No, it wasn’t misspelled. It really is a bat room –a dome shaped hollow chamber with a cylindrical ceiling with fruit bats hanging on it and tons of its guano filling the ground. Adventure would not be complete if I didn’t do something crazy. So I stepped on the guano and I found out it was sticky. Tasting it would be the last craziest thing that I'm gonna do, though.

And of course, the photo ops isn't crazy... so there, strike!

Silop Cave is located and named after its host place, Barangay Silop, 9.7 kilometers from the City of Surigao (some 15 minutes ride). Their local mode of transportation is through a tricycle faring at P10.00. Habal-habal is also available at a negotiated rate.

29 comments:

dodong flores said...

One of the perfect adventure I'm dreaming about.
This place is just near from my hometown in Butuan so I should visit this place as well sometime later...

JoShMaRie said...

wow!!!! gusto ko rin ng ganyang adventure!

napadaan... :)

onatdonuts said...

ibang klase tong blog mo...taob ang anumang travel show sa TV.
Ang ganda ng Silop cave...sana makapunta rin ako diyan...balang araw. hehe astig ang ganyang adventure!

tsong nagtatrabaho kaba sa kagawaran ni Ace Durano? hehe maitanong ko lang :-) astig tong blog mo...nakakarelax bisitahin.

Asian Traveler said...

hm, I'm a bit intrigued about that "bat room". Does it discharge odorous smell?

the donG said...

medyo delikado puntahan ang mga ganyan pag umuulan. pero sulit naman ang makikita. ingat lang sa mga ganyang lakad.

salingPUSA said...

oh---there's that cave again----and what are those black things? creepy....labas na nga ako JP----

salingPUSA said...

The Islander---glad to see you again. san kaba galing? kasama na rin yun xmpre.

Kelan na uli punta nyo Manila? maybe we can meet ---kasama si Alex---retarded's notebook. ya know him ayt?

The Islander said...

@dodong.. yes sir, you should not miss the fun here. and i might reciprocate the visit in Butuan too. i go too often there but never had the chance of visiting the tourist attractions. i will have one someday.

The Islander said...

@joshmarie and onats.. friends pala kayo. hehe. salamat sa pagbisita nyong dalawa.

sir onat, di naman. hamak at kahamak hamak lang na blog to kumpara sa mga iniidolo kong travel blogs na nasa blogroll ko. you might want to check them out. i know you will have a good time reading their accounts too.

at self proclaimed tourism ambassador lang po ako at walang kinalaman sa kagawaran ni sec ace durano. haha! salamat sa comment.

The Islander said...

@asian traveler.. actually not. it has a bit of odor but not that foul. maybe because these excreted materials are the fruits that the bats have eaten.

The Islander said...

@dong.. ayaw nga sanang pumayag nung kapitan ng baranggay eh. kasi daw madulas at mabato yung lugar. pero andun na kami e so no turning back. as it turned out, ok naman. exciting din.

The Islander said...

@tonyo.. yung mga black things na yon, yun yong mga bats na nakalambitin sa ceiling. marami sila. nakakaaliw pag tinamaan ng ilaw at nagliliparan. sobrang ingay.

medyo busyng busy talaga sa work kaya offline mode muna. pero gumagawa pa rin ng paraan para makapagpost ng bagong entry.

yup, seen him around at yung pangretarded nyang posts na nakakaaliw. haha. very unique at focused. syet, mahiyain pa naman ako sa mga ganyang eb na yan (will be in manila 20-25 and plan to visit intramuros, ocean park, baywalk, moa, at tumambay sa mabini. haha)

.::. Vanny .:. said...

wwaaahh.. macho effect! hahahaha

awww. di ko yata kakayanin yang ganyang trip. i am so mareklamo eh. hahaha. beach na lang, pwde? haha

The Islander said...

@vanny.. baka magsawa ka rin pag puro beach eh. so mas maganda na yung may diversion ka. ayos lang yung magreklamo ka. basta ba once lang eh. haha

Lawstude said...

wow jp. pareho pala tayong kweba ang latest post. iba feeling ng nasa kweba no? madilim, basa at di mo alam kung ano makikita mo. pero sarap pa rin mag-explore sa mga ganitong lugar. great job parekoy.

alex said...

wow ang cool nung bats!!!

i haven't visited a cave in my entire existence i hope i can visit one this xmas

hey pupunta ka pala dito sa manila! enjoy the trip!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

yung picture sa last na naka-pogi post ka,may napansin ako sa bato..para syang molde ng mga rebulto.

the spool artist said...

grabe, parang andami ko yatang nadi-discover na mga places sa mindanao because of your blog... makabalik nga uli!

holidays in yorkshire dales said...

Wow! Amazing places!.By seeing the photos itself I came to know the beauty of the places.Thank you very much for sharing your momeries.

The Islander said...

@lawstude.. parang iba naiimagine ko sa description mo ng kweba. haha. may naughty implication ba yon? haha. pero totoo nga naman.. sarap mag explore ng cave. may halong thrill. lalo na pag iniisip kong baka magcollapse yung cave at matrap ako. wag sana.

The Islander said...

saan ka ba pupunta this christmas at parang ready ka nang magcaving? sorry if medyo late reply na to kasi sobrang busy eh. at dito na ko sa manila nakagawa ng replies sa mga comments nyo.

medyo nag ienjoy naman ako dito. so far. yun nga lang nakakabato pag ako nalang mag isa.

sana may mameet akong blogger kahit isa lang. haha.

The Islander said...

@ever.. haha pansin ko nga rin. mapuputing mga rebulto.



@spool artist.. haha. its time that youll go back to mindanao. and as i proudly say always.. youll love mindanao beside the bad impressions created by wrong publicity.



@holidays in yorkshire.. thank you for the wonderful comments. will feature some for your pleasure.

estan said...

wow, okay kaayo mga bats. sigahay ug mata :)

i just hope nga di ni mabastos ug mga graffitti kay sayang. nindot raba.

Dakilang Islander said...

bakit konti lang ang update dito! heheh kamusta na dong!

ang ganda sa loob pero may phobia talaga ako pagnasa loob ng kweba..

The Islander said...

@estan.. sa karon wala pa. wa man puy kasulatan kay wala kaayoy flat mga walling..



@dakilang islander.. busy eh. hehe. nasa manila ako ngayon.

sanayan lang yan. masaya magcaving. may thrill. try mo na habang may mga kweba pa. hehe.

ark said...

Mabaho ba ang tae ng bats bro? Mabuti nga at inapakan mo lang at di mo tinikman, hehe... It reminded me of an old joke. ;-)

veta said...

hi(piong ba?)
musta na?
nakapunta na rin ako sa silop cave. nice gajud pati iti nan bats nice hehehe..
keep it up!good work huh

The Islander said...

@ark.. haha i knew that joke. not yet insane to do it. hehe. pero hindi mabaho yung ipot ng bats. as ive said baka nga dahil from fruits yung mga decays.



@veta.. you quite know me ha. care to divulge the secretive secret of your identity? hehe. silop cave is really nice and fun.

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