Anda Cave Pool

The cool cave pools of Anda in Bohol

The beautiful Combento Cave Pool

The beautiful Combento Cave Pool

Entrance to the Combento Cave Pool

Entrance to the Combento Cave Pool

Anda in Bohol is famous for its long white sand beach but for the traveler, there are other options, like the beautiful and cool cave pools. These are refreshing alternatives to sun worshiping.

The southeast part of Bohol, where Anda is located is mostly made of limestone and developed during the early and middle Miocene era (20-11 million years ago), thus it is called Anda Limestone.

Because of the soft nature of the rock, over time, the action of water and other geologic activities has led to the formations of caves across, not just in the municipality but in many parts of Bohol.

But one thing that this geologic action has brought to Anda is the formation of several mini caves (it has actually 30 major and minor caves) near the sea. With the porous nature of limestone, water from the mountain seeps in these caves as it journey to the sea. And, voila! you have cave pools. Seven are known of which four are accessible. Below are the cave pools I’ve been to.

Dome like formation

Dome like formation

Combento Cave Pool

This is the best, so far, that I’ve been to and I like the most! Just around a hundred meters or less from Bitoon White Beach in Barangay Birhen. Combento Cave Pool is one of two, the other a smaller one and is just a few meters from each other. Actually, there are three caves here of which one is dry.

From the entrance is just a few short steps down to the pristine body of water below. As the height of the water depends on the tides, the deepest portion is around 6 ft. I just like swimming here.

It’s not that deep actually. Mostly, the pool area is shallow due to some rocks on some portions that one can stand on. Look up and the dome like formation above is just so awesome that it heightens the experience of being in a cave. Unfortunately, some bathers leave shampoo sachets and other plastic items.

Entrance fee to this cave pool is just P10 for adults and is collected at the gate.

Pool near Combento Cave Pool

Pool near Combento Cave Pool

Mouth of the cave pool.

Mouth of the cave pool. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Kaligoon Cave Pool

A few meters before Combento Cave Pool, and the first one that visitors will pass is a smaller cave pool. The water is shallower compared to Combento and the ceiling is lower but still enough room to swim around.

I didn’t bother swimming here as its bigger brother is better. But its less spooky compared to Combento and can be a good place for solo dips.

Kabagno Cave Pool is the deepest with portions said to be 25 feet deep

Kabagno Cave Pool is the deepest with portions said to be 25 feet deep

This cave pool is more like a hole in the ground

This cave pool is more like a hole in the ground

Cabagnow or Kabagno Cave Pool

This is the deepest cave pool in Anda with portions said to be 25 feet deep. It was also a scene in one local movie. Kabagno Cave Pool is a bit challenging. Because its practically a hole in the ground, one has to bring a ladder (a nearby house rents one) so that it would be possible to get out!

The water is cool and during high tide, and, the same with the rest of the cave pools, saline water mixes with the fresh. Several townsfolk visit this pool and is quite popular for weekenders as one can just jump from the edges.

There are no signs leading to this cave pool although tricycle and habalhabal drivers know where to alight and start a short walk.

Cave pool at East Coast resort

Cave pool at East Coast resort

East Coast Cave Pool

The Cave Pool within the compounds of East Coast White Sand Resort and Recreation in Barangay Candabong is smaller than Combento Cave Pool. Its deeper but nonetheless interesting too. There’s a series of steps carved out of the rocks and electric lighting is available, upon request.

I opted not to swim here as its just small and since its within the resort, they collect a P100 fee. It’s free when you’re a guest here.

Entrance to the cave pool

Entrance to the cave pool

Entrance to the cave pool with steep steps

Entrance to the cave pool with steep steps

While locals are familiar with these cave pools, it is always better to visit the LGU Tourism office at the municipal hall near the church.

My great thanx to Mayor Angelina Simacio for hosting me in Anda, Bohol and to Kathy Pitlo for guiding me around the municipality.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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11 Comments

  1. Lakbay Diva
    May 24, 2013 @ 21:10

    ha! another reason to go to anda. will stop by here on a hopefully epic round bohol trip on my bike that keeps on getting postponed ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. estancabigas
    May 25, 2013 @ 5:47

    You should bai! Refreshing kaayo ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. estancabigas
    May 25, 2013 @ 5:51

    You should bai! Refreshing kaayo ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    June 1, 2013 @ 22:36

    The Kabagno Cave pool looks scary! haha but it think its a good experience!

  5. estancabigas
    June 2, 2013 @ 12:42

    Micole, I really like Kabagno compared to the rest ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lakbay Diva
    October 20, 2013 @ 22:13

    we finally did! and made one crazy video of our dive in kabagno cave ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. estancabigas
    October 20, 2013 @ 22:14

    that’s great bai! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Anna
    November 29, 2014 @ 9:18

    Please, tell me how to find these pools!

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