Calbiga Caves

Langun-Gobingob Caves


Useful Information

Location: Calbiga, Samar Province, 52km from Tacloban. 6km rough road from the national highway, by foot or 4x4.
Open: All year daily, after appointment.
[2009]
Fee: 1 Day Caving Trip: per person PHP 3,000 (USD 70).
2 Day Caving Trip: per person PHP 6,000 (USD 140).
3 Day Caving Trip: per person PHP 9,000 (USD 205).
[2009]
Classification:  Karst cave
Light: none
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Address: Trexplore, Abesamis Store, Allen Ave, Catbalogan City Samar 6700, Tel: +63-55-2512301, Cell: +63-919-2943865, Cell: +63-905-3233572. E-mail: contact
Last update:$Date: 2013/04/25 23:03:37 $

History


Description

Calbiga Caves is a system of 12 caves, covering an area of 2,968 hectare. This is probably the largest cave system in Southeast Asia, and most of it is still unexplored. The main cave is called Langun and is visited on spelunking trips. The main chamber is so huge, three football fields would easily fit in. Another cave visited is named Upper Gobingob Cave. Often the cave tours are termed Langun-Gobingob Caves which are actually two different caves.

The caves are famous for speleothems and a wide variety of cave life. There are numerous endangered species of bats living in the cave. True troglobionts are cave crickets and the eyeless fish Caecogobius cryptophthalmus. When the cave fish was discovered in 1987 by an Italian caver, it was the first known cave fish of the Philippines. Impressive are the huge cave spiders which include the well known tarantulas. And there are centipedes living on the bat guano. There are also thousands of bats which leave the cave at dusk and swifts building their nests on the walls of the entrance section. The bats and birds are prey of various snakes. And finally there are white and red crabs.

The caves are guided by the Samar Island Guide Joni A. Bonifacio, who is the owner of Trexplore. The small company also offers yearly events called Extreme Caving, where 30 international cavers are invited for a weekend to explore the cave system.


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