Spelunking in the Cavinti Caves Complex

“Go where the road takes us.”

What to do on a non-working holiday squeezed in the middle of a working week? Waste no holiday! Go on a roadtrip adventure, explore, and do spelunking in the Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex in Cavinti, Laguna. :)

As we were looking and planning for a different kind of summer trip (Kapurpurawan stone formations in Ilocos, Pico de Loro climb, Tanay caving, Mt. Pinatubo hike were some initial ideas), this place got featured on late night news on TV. As my friends watched, I was the one searching the net for more information about it but there were not much results that came up. I only relied on their Facebook page: Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex (with little info yet that at that time).

How to go to Cavinti Caves Complex

  • Before we went to Cavinti, I made an advanced booking through email at lgucavinti@gmail.com. Priority will be for those who book in advance.
  • NO PERMIT, NO ENTRY policy. As of April 3, 2013, The LGU-Cavinti Tourism Office imposes NO PERMIT, NO ENTRY policy. This is to prevent unauthorized entry and regulate the rush of visitors with regards to the caves carrying capacity. Update: Effective April 16, 2013, LGU-Cavinti is limiting visitors (Non-Cavintinians)to 50 tourists per day to avoid overcrowding inside the caves and within its vicinity. All reservations are only allowed to have 10 persons per group per permit.
  • Where to get a VISITORS ENTRY PERMITAll weekday visitors (Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM) are required to register in person at the Tourism Office located inside the Municipal Building of Cavinti. All weekend / holiday visitors are required to register at Bumbungan Ecopark, Brgy. Tibatib, Cavinti, Laguna. Valid ID is required for verification. 
  • Below is a Map going to Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex.
  • After securing your Visitors Entry Permit in the Cavinti Municipal Bldg (on weekdays) or Bumbungan Ecopark (on weekends and holidays). 
  • Go to the Entry point to Cavinti Caves. You can hire a jeepney for 2500 or 100/pax roundtrip. If you’re bringing your own vehicle, it is recommended to bringa  4-wheel drive or big-engine vehicle because you will pass through the dirt road going to the Caves Complex for approx. 18 kilometers. Our Honda City a.k.a. Amanda was able to make it and it took us an hour to get to the Caves from the entry point.
  • Expect to trek for about 2kms to the campsite entrance to the Caves.
  • Surrender your permit to the personnel assigned at the Caves Entrance, sign again for registration, and you will be assigned a tour guide who will brief you before entering the caves.

Map to Cavinti Caves Complex

Exploring and Caving!

Here are some travel photos to tell you more about our caves exploration. :)

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Cavinti Caves Complex

The dirt road to the Caves. We had no idea it was this hard to go there.

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A short trek to the entrance. Resting in one of the “telephone wires” of nature.

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Clear waters in the entrance.

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Cavinti Caves Complex

A bamboo raft and a tour guide took us to the mouth of the cave.

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Pitch dark inside if you turn of the flash lights. Oh, don’t forget to bring one with enough batteries!

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Bring the right foot gear as well. Honestly, I was expecting that the caves would be something like the Puerto Princesa Underground River, so I had the wrong shoes. :P

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Cavinti Caves Complex

Cavinti Caves Complex

Cavinti Caves Complex

Rock formations!

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The cave explorers!

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Stalactites and stalagmites

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Cavinti Caves Complex

Cavinti Caves Complex

The Giant Pawikan

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Hmmm… Nature’s scandal?!

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The Fountain of Youth. You can drink from this.

Cavinti Caves Complex

Cavinti Caves Complex

A glimmer of light.

Cavinti Dam

At the end of the day, here’s where we celebrated our victory!

It was another day to unleash the adventurers in us. It’s always a great experience to confront the unknown as we went out there to find our paths, went through the dirt road, go deep down the caverns, and navigate the dark spaces of the caves complex. I definitely recommend — or dare you — to put this on your summer destination list. ;)

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16 thoughts on “Spelunking in the Cavinti Caves Complex

  1. hi… would you recommend this activity to parents (50 yrs old)? i sooo love spelunking… dayo pa ko sa sagada just to experience it… and it isn’t just once my parents asked me why i keep coming back in the mountain :D…
    so… i want them to have a glimpse of what i do in the “mountain” as they say…
    eto pa lang ung cave na nkikita qng “close” sa caves sa sagada…
    thanks nga pala for posting this… hindi q alam tong place na to. to think na halos kapitbahay q lng ang bayan na yan! (shame on me :D)

  2. hi… would you recommend this activity to parents (50 yrs old)? i sooo love spelunking… dayo pa ko sa sagada just to experience it… and it wasn’t just once my parents asked me why i keep coming back in the mountain :D…
    so… i want them to have a glimpse of what i do in the “mountain” as they say…
    eto pa lang ung cave na nkikita qng “close” sa caves sa sagada…
    thanks nga pala for posting this… hindi q alam tong place na to. to think na halos kapitbahay q lng ang bayan na yan! (shame on me :D)

    • Hi Joanne, thanks for reading my blog. I think kaya naman ng parents, as long as they bring or wear the right gear, clothing, and footwear. This is for beginners and just orient them nalang so they wouldn’t be surprised.

      • i’m having a hard time reserving slot for this trip >_<
        hindi pa sila nagrereply sa email… sana keri lang pag nag walk-in… pag hindi, hintay hintay… :D

      • Just be patient, Joanne. :) I could imagine the influx of tourists in that place since it’s already been featured on TV several times.

  3. Hi
    We are planning to go there and its my first time to do this kind of adventure. What are the right gear’ clothing and footwear to wear? I’m just planning to wear a tribu sandals. Thanks in advance!

    • That’s a good one. Don’t forget to bring flashlight and extra batteries and comfortable clothing for hiking / trekking. This is a good place to start especially if it’s your first time. :)

  4. Hi, a very nice and informative blog you got ;)))

    Me and my husband is scheduled to go there nxt week..is aqua shoes just right to use?
    And also we are coming from paranaque going to sta cruZ and we will have to get the permit first from the tibatib eco park then going back to the entry point right? Is that trip from sta cruz to eco park yhen back to entry point then finally to cave complex included in 2500 jeepney fare?tjank you so much!:)

    • Aqua shoes is fine, if it has a good grip. There are some parts na muddy and slippery. Get the permit first in the ecopark (if weekend or holiday) or municipal hall (if weekday), then present that in the entry point. Not sure about the jeepney fare, ’cause we brought a car. Have fun!

  5. Hi very nice blog, i used to go to sagada for 5 years consecutive since 2008 just to experience the cave, i just saw today in television about this cave so amazed that there’s a place like this near my place in marikina.. I just want to ask, how much will cost per head if we bring our own vehicle going to cavinti laguna underground river and cave complex (from registration o cave)? Approximately were 4-6 person, do they allow not more than 10 person.. Hope to hear your response soon.. Thank you..:-)

    • Hi john, you would only have to pay for the environmental fee then, which is like P20. But do check out their FB page ’cause as far as i know, they stopped accepting visitors while they’re doing a dialogue with DENR.

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