Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mabinay Crystal Cave - Spelunking for the first time

Mabinay is a 1st class municipalities situated in the central part of province of Negros Oriental. From Dumaguete City, the capital of the province, it would take 1.5 hours drive. Another means of getting there is by bus. From Ceres Terminal (Vallacar transportation company), the bus bound for Bacolod City via Mabinay would take you for only Php 60.00 to Mabinay, Negros Oriental. The estimated travel by bus is only 2 hours.
Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave at Bulwang, Mabinay
One of the best tourist attractions in the place is spelunking or caving. Locals reported that there are more than 100 caves they have discovered in the place. This gives the name of Mabinay as "Cave Town of Negros Oriental." The second longest cave in the entire country is named Odlomon (8,870 meters), and it can be found in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Philippines.

The cold weather and the frequent typhoons coming into the place did not keep us from visiting Mabinay, Negros Oriental.
Bulwang, Mabinay
Bulwang, Mabinay Information Center.
We ask for a tourist assistance in the Information Center of Bulwang, Mabinay. The decors in the lobby attracted me. Our guide - Kuya Rodel - provided us with a brief orientation about the beginners' cave before we started to hike.
Bulwang Information Center lobby
Rodel - our guide with Vonaliza and Ors
We're so ready!
Cave tour packages are available HERE. It's usually paid per group with one tour guide. Crystal Cave is one of the caves for beginners.
The hiking started here. It was a quick hike, not even an exciting and adventurous trek. But then again, beginners like us find it amazing.
Our friend Randy (the one wearing in blue in the above photo) find it easy to walk. He had a meningitis when he was young, so he has difficulty in walking. He's so brave to try spelunking and hiking. 
Crystal Cave opening
The cave looked so dark, and we were really wondering how could we see the crystal-like stones. 
Stalactites in Crystal Cave
If only I have a beautiful camera, I could have captured the glistening crystals on both stalactites and stalagmites.
Stalagmites in Crystal Cave
The photo above captures some of the glistening crystals. Our guide offered us to bring a head lamp, but we declined. We thought light would not be a problem, but we should have listened.
Inside Crystal Cave
Chandelier formation in Crystal Cave
Chandelier formation
Coral Formation
Bacon Formation
Teeth Formation
Temple of Zeus Formation
Lover Formation
Breast Formation
Dirty Finger formation
guess what formation this is?!
Crystal Cave is a living cave. Living because it is an active type of caverns. According to Kuya Rodel, our guide, it would take thousand years for a stalagmite or stalactite grows an inch.
Disrupted stalagmites
The photo above shows what damage a tourist coulddo to a growing stalagmite. A cavern is considered dead when it's stalagmites and stalactites are no longer growing. If the formations on stalagmites and stalactites still have water, they would likely to grow. The rainwater coming from the surface would seep to the ground. Along with the calcium carbonate, the mixture drips from ceiling and hardens - forming stalactites, and those that sprout-like formations are stalagmites.
New formation of Stalactites in Crystal Cave
When a Stalactite and a Stalagmite meet, they formed Column. If there is an earthquake, and you happen to be on a cave, just look for the nearest column, and you'll be safe. It's the most strongest solid structure inside the cave.
A column found in Crystal Cave
The local government of Mabinay, Negros Oriental has develop the area for tourist attraction. They set up a walkway for a easy passage.
walkway inside Crystal Cave
Bat inside Crystal Cave
My first spelunking adventure was truly memorable. Crystal Cave may be for beginners, but it was beautiful. If you guys happen to visit Negros Oriental, never miss Mabinay the Cave Town in your itinerary. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.

Just me,


  1. wow... i typed a long comment na pero nawala yata...tsk...

    hindi ko na napigilan at tumambay muna ako dito...

    maganda ang mga rock formations... after the dirty finger, dirty ulit un diba?

    tnx for touring us...

  2. Awesome rock formations!
    Sabi ko na nga parang ikaw yung nasa pic nung blog na naunang dinaanan ko... kay Chicturista : )

  3. Parang ansaya saya niyo.. tas gropu pa kayo.. maganda niyan magtakutan tas sa sagada may maganda ding cave..may water pa..katakot talaga

  4. at nag update talaga hehehe sabi ko nga hindi pa ako nakapasok sa kahit na anong cave haaamppp...

    at mag anon ako dahil tinatamad akong maglog in, hulaan at hulaan mo ako kung sino ako kung kilala mo ako talaga sige go bonggang sagot sa tanong kong sino ako hehehe alam na yan alam na lol


  5. makakatuwa yung mga rock formations :) it really rocks!

  6. aliw naman ang formations! medyo creepy ang teeth at lovers formation pero ung last formation - ang saya saya haha :)

  7. Ang maganda sa mga rock formations sa kweba eh yung nakakapag-imagine ka ng kahalintulad ng hugis nito. :P

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  9. trip ko din mag explore sa cave haha
    gaganda ng rock formation kaso ung isa ee ewan ko lang hhahaha

    kulit naman ng mga pictures nu
    katakot ang paniki
    lakas ng rabies nyan

  10. Amazing tour . I love hiking and this place is worth seeing :) I bet this place looks more beautiful than it's looking in pictures :)
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  11. For beginners lang yung pinuntahan ninyo? I wonder kung gaano kahirap yung pang expert. Baka kailangan nang mag mountain climbing at rappelling.

    1. Uu. U will need headlamp and its zero visibility. Baka may ahas din. I cnt do that

  12. Salamat sa pag share neto. Di man ako makapunta dyan ay nakita ko na:)

  13. Isa 'to sa gusto kong maranasan habang nagha-hike! Ganda sigurong makita ang mga crystal formations sa personal.

  14. as i remember isang beses lang ako nakapasok sa cave at ayaw ko ng umulit pa huhuhuhu takot much me

    1. Pag bad yung first experience nko im not gonna do it again

  15. wow as in wow! super na amazed ako dun sa stalagmites at stalactites. ganda ng mga formations nila. lalo na yung ano.... ahaha :D

  16. those caves look amazing!!! i'm in awe!

  17. Omigosh, that looks cool in there! I'm claustrophobiac, but i sorta would like to see that cave :)
    x, Lara

  18. Very informative ang post mo, sis.. parang nag-aaral lang ulet ako ng earth science, hehe! Natatakot akong pumasok ng caves talaga, kaya hanga ako sa inyo. Ang galing nun formations, yung lovers yun fav ko, galing e.. Natawa ako sa dirty finger at sa... taray! :D

  19. napaisp nako tuloy kung sino sino ang yayayain ko gumala sa kweba.

  20. wow the caves look amazing! Would love to go here someday! x

  21. Thank you so much for the tour Ms. Phioxee. Nakakatuwa naman sa cave at yung mga formation. Yung mga stalactites and stalagmites. Yun ba yun? hehe

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  29. interesting rock formations. tama lang naman ang design ng information center since cave town pala 'yan. i have not tried spelunking. good for you.

  30. im from mabinay,ang ganda ng photos na kuha mo.

    1. i just love my Mabinay getaway, Bugart. thanx for droppin by ;-)

  31. promising ang cave na to ha. nice one phioxee!:)

  32. oh, something for me to do in my next visit, thanks for sharing Phioxee :)


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