The Hinagdanan Cave is one of the many wondrous karst caves in the Province of Bohol. This cave was accidentally discovered by a farmer while clearing his land. Stumbling on a hole in the ground, curious, he dropped a stone and heard a splash. He built a ladder “hagdan” and went down to find the cave’s hidden beauty, hence the origin of its name Hinagdanan. Its boasts of several stalactite and stalagmite formations and a clear, freshwater lagoon that is about 10 to 20 meters deep. Aside from its awe-inspiring natural beauty, Hinagdanan also played a significant role in the history of Bohol. The cave was used during Second World War as a hideout by locals to escape from Japanese Imperial Army.
Bingag, Dauis, Bohol
27 minutes travel
One of the important geosites identified for the geopark is the Hinagdanan Cave. It is a popular tourist destination located in Dauis, within the island of Panglao, Bohol, about 12 km from Tagbilaran City. “Hinagdanan” means “laddered” in the local language, which pertains to the ladder built to access the cave.
The cave was originally a site where locals gather and swim in its clear pool. For local adventure seekers and guests scientists, it is also a place for research and cave exploration activities. According to local elders, the cave was also used as a hideout of residents from the Japanese soldiers during the war in early 1940s. Presently, it is one of the main tourist spots the Boholanos take pride of.
The entrance and exit is through a single opening installed with a vertical staircase towards the interior of the cave.
The descent to the cave is followed by a wide passage connecting the entrance to the main cavity of the cave.
The interior of the cave measures about 12m high and 54m long by 20 m wide. The ceiling and floor of the cave are adorned with sharp, pointed stalactites and stalagmites. These structures are formed as the water running through the limestone, which forms the caves, evaporate, leaving behind a deposit that gets build up through time. Sometimes, these stalactites and stalagmites join together to form a complete pillar known as the column. At the main cavity, a pool of brackish water several feet deep serves as the center of interest.
Tourists who came to visit can have a quick dip into the water. The main pool is also believed to be connected to the open sea. Sunlight seeping in through the two openings at the cave ceiling provides natural light that provides dramatic shadows into the cave.