Monday, June 10, 2013

Agta Cave, Argao

Agta Cave, Argao Cebu

Locally known as Balay sa Agta located in Brgy. Conalum, Argao which is said to be the biggest cave in Cebu, very huge that it can accommodate a whole church inside.

The famous hole which is said to be as high as Crown Regency tower here in Cebu.

Jump off point - Brgy. Usmad

Kuya Narding briefing us before we started the trek.

River trekking

I'm not leaving without a pose!

Almost there...  We have to wait for our turn to get inside the cave.  Our guides have to get us one by one. Why? See the picture below...

Our guides will have to set up ropes and harness for safety.

Safety is a must!! The slightest mistake will KILL you. 

and finally we're here... Phew!!

Right at the mouth of the cave.

Gettin' busy!!!  Picture time!

Been Toi meditating.  "Bantay lng jud ka Rans wa ka ni tunga"

You have to back trail to get out of the cave.

At my back is where the mouth of the cave is located.

Tired and sweaty?  Just a few minutes trek is Bugasok Falls

Please contact Argao's tourism office before going there so you can negotiate guide fee.
Look for Brian - 09323270067
Landline # - 032-4858063

Leonardo Amarillo (head guide) - 09093171870 (mention my name, Stephanie (Panie)) he might give you a discounted rate. :)

Guide Fee - 500 pesos for every 3-4 pax but negotiable.

Getting there/Expenses:
South Bus Terminal - Take any bus bound for Oslob/Alcoy/Lilo-an.  Fare is 83 pesos on AC Ceres bus.  Ask the driver to drop you off "the big brother", it's right across a gas station near the nature park.

Habal-habal ride to Usmad (Jump off point) should not cost you more than a 100 pesos for a round trip fare, haggle as much as possible. 

20 pesos will be collected at Brgy. Usmad as municipal fee.

Your contact person should be the one giving you further instructions.

To the risk takers - It's always better to be safe than sorry.  It is possible to go there without a guide but please be careful and make sure you have the right equipments at hand.  Two people already tripped and died.

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