Hundred Caves, one of the community-based sustainable tourism sites in Puerto Princesa, Palawan offers the first caving activity in the province. Perfect for those who love adventure Hundred Caves is located in Barangay Tagabinet. It is currently being managed and protected by the Tagabinet Neighborhood Tourism Association.
The Hundred Caves, which offers a spelunking adventure, is around a kilometer-wide with several multi-storied and interconnected passages. Its entrance is 80 meters above sea level. Inside, just a few meters away from the cave’s mouth, you will be welcomed by pristine mineral and rock formations in various shapes and sizes.
You can have a view of cave’s wonders such as are stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, speleothems, and cave pearls, among several others. Touching them is discouraged since they developed for a thousand and some even million years and are really delicate.
There are also curtains and draperies of rocks at the high ceiling of the cave. The guided tour will take you more than two hours, depending on your speed or the duration of your sightseeing.
You can try different public transport when going to Hundred Caves all bound to Sabang. Hundred Caves is located at Purok Maligaya, Barangay Tagabinet, still in Puerto Princesa. There are several jeepneys that pass by and the cave can be easily located as the highway has the signboard of “Hundred Caves.” It is approximately just a two-hour drive from the city proper. Meanwhile, it will take you around 10 to 15 minutes to reach the base camp on foot.
Hundred Caves is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To get to the entrance, tourists have to hike under the canopy of trees. Children aged below five years old are discouraged to join the tour as it has a lot of physical activities such as trekking and spelunking, among others.
Tourists will be given a trained cave guide who will give a briefing on the history of the cave as well as the rules while threading through the tour. Visitors are also required to use safety gear such as harness, gloves, helmet, and flashlight during the tour. Tourists are also encouraged to wear sturdy shoes or hiking sandals to ensure a safe trek at the cave trail.