Calabidongan Caves


by Kheem Caparas on June 22, 2012

The name really means “Caves of the Bats.” It is found in Camalig. The trek takes around 30 minutes inside Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave. Explorers have to hike, cross over brooks and rivers before reaching the cave's mouth, and swim across a seven-foot lagoon called lizard’s gate; then, you will enter an overwhelming cathedral with a streak of light pouring in from its ceiling. The cave requires heavy spelunking.

How to get there

Deep in the heart of Bicol is the Province of Albay. Take a bus, plane, or train from Manila. The choice is yours.

By Air

Albay can be reached by plane through the Legazpi Airport. It is served by Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, and Cebu Pacific flying daily to Legazpi from Manila and vice versa. The approach to Legazpi Airport commands a bird's eye view of the majestic Mayon Volcano - Albay's pride. Take the seat nearest the window on the forward section of the aircraft; the wings can get in the way of your view.

By Land

Several buses leave Manila daily going to Legazpi, like Cagsawa Travel and Tours, Inc., Philtranco, Peñafrancia, Amihan (AM) Travel and Tours, Isarog, St. Jude Transit, and Goldline Tours, Inc. The terminals are located at the Araneta Center in Cubao and in Ermita, Manila, near the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Travel during the day is cool. The lush green scenery is magnificent. Drop by the clean rest areas at the forest reserves of Atimonan in Quezon Province or at the Bicol National Park. The trip is as good as the destination itself.

Getting around

Buses and jeepneys are generally the main mode of transportation in getting around Albay. Pedicabs and tricycles are also available for short distance travels. Taxis and rent-a-cars are also available.

Accommodations

Accommodations near the town of Camalig which can be found in the town of Daraga and in the city of Legazpi and Tabaco.

•    Neuhaus Inn - Magayon Drive, Daraga, Legazpi - Albay, Bicol
•    Avia Inn - Brgy. Banag, Daraga - Albay
•    Balay De La Rama Hotel - 1542 Banag, Daraga, Daraga - Albay
•    Villa Amada Hotel - Rizal Street Sagpon, Daraga – Albay
•    HCG Residence Mansion - Formerly : Residence Mansion - Ziga Avenue, Tabaco City, Tabaco City – Albay
•    Mayon View Apartelle and Restaurant Sa Bukid - Formerly : Tropical Garden Apartelle - Narra Drive, Pagasa Rawis, Legazpi - Albay, Bicol , Philippines
•    Corner Place Hometel - Barriada, Legazpi – Alba
•    Magayon Hotel - Penaranda Street, Legazpi - Albay
•    Hotel Rex - Aguinaldo Street, Legazpi - Albay
•    Salvador Manor de Legazpi - 153 Washington Drive, Legazpi - Albay

 

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