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4R36+MR Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines
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Balobok Cave


Located in Lakit-Lakit, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, in the Philippines, the Balobok Cave, also known as the Balobok Rock Shelter, is an archaeological site and cave. It’s one of the must-visit caves in the Philippines.

It was home to one of the oldest human settlements in Southeast Asia, with a history dating back to 8,000 to 5,000 years ago. In the 1970s, it was utilized as a refuge by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). 

In 2016, it was officially recognized as an Important Cultural Property. Recently, a bill was submitted to the Bangsamoro Parliament aiming to declare the area as a heritage zone under the Bangsamoro regional government in 2022.

Past diggings in the cave have revealed a plethora of historical objects such as polished stones, flake tools, bones, and even animal remains, estimated to originate from 8,800 years ago.

Best time to visit

You can visit this attraction during the summer season in the Philippines for a great experience. Book Tawi-Tawi tours for a more organized trip.


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