Spelunking is not my kind of adventure but I still try it for the sake of exploring the wonders of the Philippines. It will be very uncomfortable for me to go inside a cave alone. I hate the idea of being alone in a cold, dark and deep environment. Mentally, it will kill me.
It was not a good idea but if I will in a group, I will survive the thoughts and just be mindful of what is happening around us. Bayubok Cave exploration became a side-trip after our successful Trilogy climb in San Miguel, Bulacan. After trekking up and down the mountains of Manalmon, Gola and Matinik. We still have that unlimited energy to finish the spelunking activity.
Since, we already ducked in the place. It was initially part of the itinerary, Gola and Matinik were just out of the blue decision. After camping out in Mt Manalmon, the next following day we trek the stretched all the to Mt Matinik. Then, decide to take a rest and pull out all those reserve energy to walk, climb, bend and rope down to the cave.
Reaching the main entrance challenged us to climb down using a rope. It was around 5-7 meters down, full house rocks and extremely dangerous spiky ground beneath us.
One at a time, we manage to go down. Going down is very difficult for me. I like to think that I am better when its an uphill climb. With head lamps on we enter the cold, damp and dark sanctuary. Most of the paths are narrow aisle, allowing one person at a time.
You need to be a on a average size to passed through the natural-made tunnel otherwise you wont fit some passage. There are several unique rock formation inside. It was the “MUSIC ROOM” that mesmerized me. If you tap the rock there will be different tunes you can create.
I am extremely exhausted and dirty from the 2-day activity. It was a tough day, slipping through the rocks, heavy breathing, numb leg muscles and my back is now killing me. My shoes were murdered in this trip. The sole were half ripped from the toe part and my clothes are sweaty. I can feel the running sweat all over my body.
It was an experience of a lifetime. The body language movement made me want to think about my current weight and go back to being a skinny human. I swear that if I am a kilo heavier I will not fit the damn rocks.
Oriented by our brave guide, after hugging and kissing those rocks we manage to find our way out. It was tedious, a bit short spelunking trip but it one of the best caving experience I had.
I envelope a tremendous self-respect after finishing all the activities without a broken bone but with several knee, elbow, hands and legs scratches. I know, it is more fun in the effin PHILIPPINES!!!
0500: ETD ES Bus Terminal in Cubao (Can take any bus from Cubao or Pasay to Cabanatuan. Traffic hazard any time so it will be easy to take the early tour than being stuck for hours of traffic jam in Bulacan exit)
0730: ETA Bus Stop-Over in San Miguel, Bulacan (Rent a tricycle for Php 70.00 / $2.00 per pax to Barangay Kamias Jump Off)
0815: ETA Barangay Kamias Jump Off (You can asked the driver to take you straight to the bridge passed through then arranged Guide and registration fee)
0830: Arranged Guide and Register (Guide fee is Php 400.00-500.00 / $9.00-11.00 per 5 pax)
0900: Hit the trail to the Bayukbok Cave
0915: Start Spelunking
1030: Hit back to the registration site (You can actually finish in less that 30 minutes but take as many pictures as you want.)
1100 Swim in Madlum River and try to cross the Wire Bridge made by locals
(Tables are Php 50.00 only. Convenient Stores are available and comfort rooms to clean up
1300: Pack and go home
Cubao to San Miguel Bulacan Fare: Php 90.00 – Php 120.00 / $2.00 – $3.00
Tricyle From Bus Stop-over to Barangay Kamias Jump Off: Php 70.00 per pax / $1.50
Registration Fee: Php 5.00 – 10.00 / $0.12 – $0.23 / $9.00 – $11.00
Guide Fee: Php 400-500.00 per 5 pax /
Table to Rent: Php 50.00 / $1.50
Comfort Room Fee: Php 5.00 / $0.12
Shower: Php 10.00 per pail of water / $0.23
This is a usual side trip after hiking Mt Manalmon which I will review later. I just want to highlight the beauty of this cave if your not into hiking stuff then you should try 2 more available cave in San Miguel Bulacan.
Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go.
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