Monday, June 14, 2010

Culapnit Cave [My World]


Looking for some thrill and adventure while in Caramoan took me and my friends to Culapnit Cave on Good Friday. We walked for more than an hour (it felt like 3 hours) before reaching the cave at Sitio Bariw in Tabgon. Culapnit Cave got its name from "kulapnit" which means bat in the local dialect. Thousands of bats live inside the cave, good thing they were all asleep when we visited. I've always wanted to see thousands of bats flying out of the cave at dusk--unfortunately, it was in the middle of afternoon when we came out.


Various rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites are found inside the cave, marbleized patterns on the walls; a dried up cascading waterfall left a terraces-like formation. There was fresh, cool water from an underground stream. The cave is well-maintained---it's clean, no musky, damp odor and there were no graffiti on the walls. Some passages were too narrow we had to crawl on our stomachs to get to the other side.

that's me, crawling--my CAT instructor would be proud!:p
the mysterious cave-keeper
our guide/lightman
stalactites
a croc's mouth?
knee-deep in cold water
climbing to the exit
almost there!

My contribution to My World-Tuesday

30 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Great post for the day and I love your photos!! We have a similar cave here in the states that is home for thousands of bats that fly out at night. It is an awesome sight! Looks as though you had a wonderful time! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Photo Cache said...

Love this post. I too went caving once, similar to this, and I haven't posted that yet, tsk.

I wonder if its hot inside?

Luna Miranda said...

i almost forgot about this part of my Caramoan vacation. i thought i already posted it, sa Facebook pala.:p

it was cold inside the cave. i've been to a couple of caves and it's always cooler inside. in sumaguing cave in sagada, i saw smoke coming out of our shirts...our guide said our body temperature was warmer than the temperature inside the cave kaya umuusok kami. parang winter.:p

Heart of Rachel said...

Wow, that looks like a great adventure.

Regina said...

Wow cool adventure. Looks like the stalagmite are quite old.

ladyfi said...

Great pics! I've been caving too, but never did like crawling through all those dark tunnels.

Ann said...

reminded me of the Mulu caves in Borneo I went last July. After crawling that cave, you must feel invincible.

magiceye said...

that is amazing!

Indrani said...

Hats off to your adventurous spirits!
Great pics.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. Beautiful rock formations in the cave.

alicesg said...

Wow the caves looked so beautiful and mysterious.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Great pics - caves are wonderful with their stalactites and stalagmites. Although I usually get the two confused.
Cheers.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Wolynski said...

Ooh, you're very brave. Wild horses couldn't drag me into a cave full of bats. Wonderful photos, however.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Looks like a great adventure. Yeah, very brave too.

Gattina said...

I love these caves, they are so interesting. We have one here in Belgium too and you gave me the idea to visit it again, last time was certainly 25 years ago !

Lily Hydrangea said...

this looks like fun. reminds me of a trip I took to see Howe Caverns here in the U.S. I remember it being cool inside too.

the donG said...

wow! not bad for spelunking. in our dialect, we call bats as kulaknit. first to see this cave featured.

Ebie said...

In Bisaya, culaknit means bats. These are awesome caves, and I would have mixed emotions crawling inside. It would be fun to go caving for once!

EG Wow said...

What a fun place to explore, although a few of the tunnels look mighty tiny to squeeze through. :)

zeal4adventure said...

I don't really like spelunking all that much but through my adventures, I'd come across caves (since there are a lot in the Philippines). This cave especially he one where you have to crawl reminds me Sierra cave in Callao. But I left the crawling to my companions (too claustrophobic for me) so bravo to you for crawling inside. :-)

Carver said...

What a fascinating cave and I loved the photographs.

zeal4adventure said...

I don't really like spelunking all that much but through my adventures, I'd come across caves (since there are a lot in the Philippines). This cave especially he one where you have to crawl reminds me Sierra cave in Callao. But I left the crawling to my companions (too claustrophobic for me) so bravo to you for crawling inside. :-)

Mridula said...

What a fabulous post. Thanks for sharing this.

George said...

You had quite an adventure on your cave trip and saw some fantastic sights. Thanks for taking us along.

Gledwood said...

Bloody hell you are brave!
When I saw the pictures, I assumed at first you had paid for a guided tour!

Crawling on hands and knees to get to a place totally enclosed by thousands of tonnes of solid rock and no daylight!!!!

That would never be allowed here in Britain. In fact the caves would be shut off with huge signs. Only official guided tours would be allowed, unless you were members of a caving club. They would concrete the floor over in case anyone tripped. No tourist would ever go crawling through 6-inch gaps, perish the thought!

This is an amazing post.

When I was younger I so much wanted to do micorlight or ultralight flying... and caving... As well as scuba diving. These were what I considered by far the most exciting sports. I had hardly any idea they were also the most dangerous. Until my step mum, who sensed just a little too much enthusiasm told me what might happen if I fell in a cave. The image stuck with me, and when something came on TV about some anti-roads protesters who actually dug a tunnel to live in, about 100ft long and who knows how many feet deep, which eventually began to collapse with protesters still down there... I practically had a panic attack just listening to it. No no no! Get me out!!!

Gledwood said...

This is such an amazing post I put your link from mine ~ hope you dont't mind ;-}

Eden said...

What an adventure! It's a beautiful cave. Great photos. Thanks for sharing

Dave said...

this must be quite exciting adventure.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Truly amazing to find such a prized treasure in our country. I am so proud of this post.

I went to one of those places right here in Australia in the northwest from we used to live before.

Unfortunately, no photos allowed and besides I did not bring any camera.

That cave I went to is maintained by the local council for tourism. It was a self-guided tour with proper instructions posted on the board to be read prior to the underground adventure.

Yours however has more actions to undergo - with those crawlings and creeping and climbing because here, we were not allowed to do so - as the place is treated "sacred".

Kudos to the keeper and to your guide. And of course, your experience is far most laudable.

Marina Romero said...

ahh, i've done this... really hardcore caving!