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Information about Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is one of the most visited town in Marinduque because of Maniwaya Island. But Santa Cruz is more than just that. It also has its own set of caves that are worthy to explore and locations with exciting activities.

 

History Preserved

In the town proper, a lot of sites can already be visited. There's Bitik Baluarte which was initially used as a look-out point during the Moro raids during the Spanish colonial period. Sta. Cruz Church, one of the oldest churches in Marinduque, is a must-visit for its beautiful retablo altar, pulpit and original ceilings.

 

Family Time in Santa Cruz

Aside from Maniwaya Island, another water body that's popular for relax and leisure time is Kawa Kawa Falls. It got its name from "kawali" (pan in English) because the base of the waterfalls looks like a big pan. Locals often go here to unwind, have picnic with their family and have a refreshing swimming time. For a more peaceful and quiet time, a visit to the ecotourism site called Carmen Eco-Adventure Park is right for you. Amenities here include kayaking along a mangrove forest, zip lining, fishing, bird and firefly watching and monkey trail experience. This eco park now offers laid-back accommodations inspired by "bahay kubo" and banquets for special occasions.

 

Cave Network

If you're into more adventurous nature trips, a visit to Bathala Caves is recommended. Bathala Caves is a network of caves but only few have been explored so far. Simbahan Cave is one of the biggest caves in the network and has a natural rock formation that resembles a church. Stalagmites inside form an altar-like structure while the stalactites has a bell shape. The Python Cave is a series of caves with rock pythons living in its walls and giants bats on its ceilings. Secret Cave looks more like a passage than a cave and houses unique wall sculptures and formations at the entrance.