TAYANGBAN CAVE POOL ON SIARGAO ISLAND
Tayangban Cave Pool was one of the highlights of my many adventures throughout Siargao. It was one of the best caving experiences I have had in Asia. For 15 minutes you swim and float in darkness, only aided by torches. Bats fly around you until you finally emerge to the open cave pool where you can cliff jump from seven meters.
How to get to Tayangban Cave Pool
Tayangban Cave Pool is a 30-minute moped drive from General Luna, which is the main tourist area. The drive is scenic and worth the journey in itself. You will pass by farm fields, cruise through small towns and even have sweeping views of thousands of coconut palms. We combined the Tayangban Cave Pool with Magpupungko Tide pools, which are only another 10 minutes of driving.
Tayangban Cave Pool Cost
When we arrived at the Tayangban Cave Pool it was a small family setup. A few guys sat in a hut waiting for the next cavers to arrive. They told us the fee was 70 pesos (1.50 USD) but that we would need a guide. You do actually need a guide it isn’t just a money-making scheme as you will be navigating caves in the dark. Our guide was a funny guy and we ended up tipping him 100 pesos each ($2 USD). All up including the tip and the entrance fee we spend 170 pesos each or $3.50 USD. They looked after our bags with all of our camera gear and valuables in their house while we were in the caves.
Tayangban Cave Pool experience
We didn’t know what to expect as we headed inside the small opening. It seemed as if we were just in a backyard or a mangrove swamp. Caving in Asia is often hit and miss but we ended up having a blast in what is the best Siargao cave.
Immediately after descending through the opening, we were chest deep in water. We swam through the dark caves, guided by a solitary torch. From time to time bats swooped down on us and eerie noises shot out from the distance. The water was mostly chest height so you could walk through in most sections if you prefer.
The cave opened up after fifteen minutes with a huge archway that helped to breach the darkness and welcome us back to the sunlight. It was then just a short swim to the open pool, which is the end of the tour. Many people call it a day here but there is a cliff jump spot into the 18ft deep water. That was a big bonus for us!
We spent the next half hour flipping and jumping through the vines into the emerald water below. Check the water first for any debris but it was a relatively safe jump into a big open hole. I’ve posted my friend @danandmoore Instagram video from our jump session at Tayangban Cave Pool below.