Holiday Escape at White Cave

A non-working holiday is a perfect time for relaxing, the stay-at-home-and-sleep-all-day kind of break. Instead, we went on a whole day  trek to White Cave.

White cave is located at Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu. The place is quite far to actually think it is a part of the town. The first time I knew about this cave was just a month ago as I scrolled down my feed on Facebook. I had no idea that Minglanilla was hiding something precious in its farthest corners – many of you thought of the same too, I guess. So, I immediately added White Cave in my bucket.

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This was one of my favorite sites during the trip

How to get there?

Camp 7, Minglanilla can be accessed through jump-off at Tabunok, Talisay or the Toledo route. As of our itinerary, we chose the Tabunok route since we are all from Minglanilla – just a minimum fare away. Well, if you’re from Cebu City, ride a jeepney routing Tabunok-Cebu City at Taboan (fare is 10). You will be dropped at the busy intersection below the Tabunok flyover. Basically, the area is a marketplace so you can buy food and supplies around – just in case you’ll forget your packed food cos of excitement haha. Your next ride is a motorcycle. Take a walk to the common place where the motorcycles routing Camp 7 are parked, the landmark is a nearby bakeshop –Ahl Ritchie and Ahl Rose bakeshop. But if you’re unsure, you can always ask the people around. The fare is 40 per head, one way. I suggest you’d be early because at 9 a.m. there is a possibility of closing a section of the road due to its widening – as of the time of writing, at least. It was roughly a thirty-minute motorcycle ride. The road is accessible and concrete. As of our trip, we experienced a slight problem. Some parts of the road were too muddy because it rained the day before and of course due to road widening. One should be really cautious of eroding rocks (public officials did not fail in this category because of visible warning signs along the curb). Well, if you’re being extra cautious and avoiding the possible case of landslide and all, you can always take the Toledo route.

How was it?

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I can spend the day sitting here.
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(From left to right) Sweety, I, Aeryka, Drake, Jemaima, Stiffany, and Janiro

They said it was a man-made forest. Whether it is true or not, the fact remains that it’s like you’re in Bohol. I just wanna share how wowed I was. Somehow, the Twihard in me was awakened and all I could ever imagine was that I was in a Twilight scene, waiting for the Cullens and the Uley Pack to show up. Ha ha. The man-made forest is a great starter for the bunch of amazing adventures ahead.

The DENR-ERDB Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center – Clonal Nursery is the jump off point. We started our hike around 9:50 am. The trail features rocky terrains, clayey slopes, river crossings, and of course, caves. I would highly recommend wearing good-soled all-weather shoes for the whole activity. Also, headlights/flashlights and head gears for the caves.

We reached the first cave at 10:05 am. Our guide, Mark, said that prior to entering the cave, especially if it’s your first time, you have to somehow kindly ask permission and pay respect to the cave. If you’re not the superstitious type, there’s actually nothing wrong doing what they believe to be true. The first cave was no challenge. It took us a little more than five minutes to finish Cave 1.

After Cave 1 👌 (Photo by Dioliez Sweetzl)

Cave 2 was more challenging than the first cave. We arrived in its opening around 10:30 a.m. It also took us more than five minutes to finish route.

Cave 2 opening (Photo by Dioliez Sweetzl)
Taking a pause at Cave 2. All smiles pa, kay wala pay kamang-kamang haha. (Photo by Dioliez Sweetzl)

Cave 3 was the longest and the most challenging of the three. It featured two narrow openings that you really have to crawl your way out. Good that our team were all skinny (or maybe not all haha). We have to wrap our bags in plastics to prevent it from getting too much dirty and wet. It also has deep excavations, which were man-made according to our guide (crossing fingers for Yamashita’s maybe?). The dug holes made the route extra challenging. It took us more or less an hour to reach the other side of the cave. All were covered with clay. Cave 3 experience was one of the highlights of the day.

Creepyyyy. (Photo by Dioliez Sweetzl)
Tired but the view took it all awayyy

It was 1 pm when we reached the White Cave. The facade of the cave was really distinct than the first three. It seemed like a cathedral made of limestone. We took our lunch upon arriving and spent an entire hour cooling down, picture taking, and wandering inside the cave.

We descended at 2:30 pm and arrived in the Clonal Nursery at 4:15.

Cannot resist the cold water!

BUDGET

  • Jeepney Fare Two-Way (Minglanilla-Tabunok) – 14.00/person
  • Motorcycle Fare Two-Way (Tabunok-Camp 7) – 80.00/person
  • Lunch – we brought our own packs
  • Guide fee – 100.00/person

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

  • 7:30 am – Meet-up at Tabunok
  • 8:30 am – Start trek, jump off at Clonal Nursery, Camp 7
  • 8:50 am – Cave 1
  • 9:20 am – Cave 2
  • 9:50 am – Cave 3
  • 11:50 am – White Cave
  • 1:30 pm – Descend
  • 3:30 pm – Clonal Nursery at Camp 7 (Wash up and cooling down)
  • 4:00 pm -Camp 7 to Tabunok

Above all the great things we experienced that day, one of the bests is still the great company. Lucky that my high school friends agreed to go. We’ve been separated by busy schedules as we are taking different paths in life. Aeryka Jurienne Dimaclid, Dioliez Sweetzl Sellote, Jemaima Rose Castellano, Drake Ehurangco, Stiffany Caballes and her boyfriend, Janiro Basnillo — Thank you guys!

Allow me to congratulate Dioliez Sweetzl Sellote for passing the September 2016 Licensure Examination for Teachers and Jemaima Rose Castellano for passing the Customs Broker Licensure Examination.

If you plan to go on an adventure, you can contact our guide, Mark Dave Prajes on Facebook or at 0935 925 3208.

Share this to your friends and enjoy on your adventure! -M

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