Caving and cold spring in Dumalag

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Journeying James dwarfed at the Lahab Cave entrance
Journeying James dwarfed at the Lahab Cave entrance

The interior of Capiz is quite interesting. Not only are there several waterfalls like Kalikasan and Malinamon Falls but there are also beautiful caves. I’ve visited two in the landlocked municipality of Dumalag: Lahab and Suhot Caves within a natural spring resort compound.

Lahab is stunning and creepy. It’s mouth dark with several stalactites visible from the entrance, giving it a menacing look. Devilish. A probable portal to the underworld of which Capiz is rumored to be the haven of such creatures? But those are just rumors and this cave is really a beauty.

Our guide lead the way into the rather dark chamber with us armed with flashlights and cameras. The occasional firing of the flash briefly lit the interior and creepy but momentary shadows of rock formations spooked us a while.

What was supposed to be the trail was muddy and slippery at first, only to bring you to shallow puddles of water, a climb up some stone steps, holding on to some rocks, or almost crawling on the ground because of the low overhang or to evade low lying stalactites. But it was pure adventure and fun, adrenaline rushing into exploring the bowels of the earth into who knows what lies out there.

After the challenge of Lahab Cave, we went back to the spring resort to explore another, Suhot Cave which was said to be much easier. But the trail back was scenic and wonderful as the canopy of tall trees and greens were a welcome change from the drab underground.

Instead of going into Suhot, we just opted to enter the cave to look and the others went for a swim at the cool spring fed pools. It’s an interesting area from the geological and leisure point of view and many locals do frequently visit the place.

Stalactites at the ceiling of Lahab Cave
Stalactites at the ceiling of Lahab Cave
At the mouth of Lahab Cave with our group of bloggers
At the mouth of Lahab Cave with our group of bloggers
A view from deeper into Lahab Cave
A view from deeper into Lahab Cave
Suhot Cave entrance
Suhot Cave entrance
Inside Suhot Cave
Inside Suhot Cave
Pathway to Suhot Cave. The water below is cool and where visitors swim. It is spring fed.
Pathway to Suhot Cave. The water below is cool and where visitors swim. It is spring fed.
Suhot Cave and the natural spring in Dumalag, Capiz
Suhot Cave and the natural spring in Dumalag, Capiz

GETTING THERE: Hire a tricycle from Dumalag town proper going to Suhot CAve and Natural Spring REsort in Barangay Dolores.

My thanx to the Capiz Provincial Tourism for this opportunity.

Suhot Cave and Natural Spring Resort
Brgy. Dolores, Dumalag, Capiz

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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