Bukilat Cave

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Location: Brgy, MacArthur (Tudela), Camotes Island.
Open: All year.
Fee: Adults PHP 20.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:  
Photography: Allowed
Accessibility: Various stairs, not wheelchair accessible
Address: Bukilat Cave, Tel: +63-, Fax: +63-,
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Bukilat Cave was named after the a local chieftain Bukilat who once sought refuge in the cave with his people. It was also used as a shelter from the Japanese during World War II by the inhabitants of Tudela. The cave was developed as a picknick spot by a local priest, who planned to protect it this way. Father Jose was a missionary from Holland named Joseph Weirtz. During the 1970s and 1980s he held masses at the cave to ensure that it would be well maintained.

The cave has a path but no light, as the ceiling has many windows allowing the sun to shine in. Inside it has various pools of fresh water, which are obviously used for bathing by the loacals. The minerals of the limestone rich dripping water are believed to have curative properties for a variety of illnesses. However, the water is very cold. 200 m from the cave on a foot trail are the Guin-awitan Falls.