Translated as “laddered” in Cebuano, Hinagdanan Cave is a 100-meter-long cave that was accidentally discovered by the owner of the land who built a ladder to access its inside after seeing a strange hole in his property. Located in Bingag, Dauis, it was also once used as a hideout by locals during World War II to escape from the Japanese Imperial Army.
Currently, it is visited for its beautiful rock formations and underground lake that travelers can swim in. It is naturally lit by sunlight that filters through the holes in the ceiling, which also serves as a nesting place for swallows in the area.
How to get there
Hinagdanan Cave is situated about 12 KM from Tagbilaran City. Travelers can reach the cave by taking a car or taxi directly from Tagbilaran City. For a hassle-free trip, you can also avail of tour packages that include the cave in their itineraries.
Tickets and entry
Travelers are required to pay a certain fee before entering the cave. A separate amount is also charged if you wish to swim inside the cave's lagoon.
Best time to visit
For a more convenient trip, the best time to visit Hinagdanan Cave would be around November to April when there are fewer chances of rainfall. The cave is open to tourists all year round from 7:30 AM to 5 PM.