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Written By (sagada genuine guides association inc). on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 | 4:29 PM

The world's best selling Travel Guide Publication Lonely Planet listed Sumaging cave as one of the best Adventure Travel Destination in the World for 2009. The only Philippine entry.Before reading whats in: you might want to know what happens before entering..

From the writer’s point of view, this is possibly the easiest, most accessible, and most popular cave in SAGADA.
Easy as it may seem, it won’t be for first timers, as it will involve butt scratching, thigh aching, body freezing, two hours grueling and exhausting hours, and my personal favorite, Guano (tasting) “este” Guano smelling and touching J.
Behind all these, is an achievement you will never forget, its something to be proud of. This will be a whole new adventure for you tourists out there.

Entering the cave, you must have a guide. They have reasonable prices for each tour package so please do not bargain, every cent you pay is worth the experience and services you get from the tour guides.

Entering the Sumaging cave (spelunking)
There are Three (3) stages that you would be taking when completing the whole course of Sumaging Cave.
  • Stage One (1):
After the guides lit their lamps, you will be briefed for a moment, you will be starting your trip with a slippery trail, don’t complain why the trail is that slippery and hard, “hello” that is how it is, Welcome to Spelunking my friend.

You will be descending all your way going to stage two, passing through guano drop points, the pigpen, elephant heads and the Queen ( you’ll know why).
Stage 1: is all about effort and hard trails, not good viewing, but as they say, you won’t have the pleasure if you do not pass by hardships.
  • Stage Two (2)
Some tourists, realizing they would be walking the same way they came would decide not to continue and back out. I feel sorry for them for.......
This stage is the pleasure side; you will be required to take those shoes or slippers off. Better do what the guide says; walking barefooted is best for you. The flow stone is like a sand paper when in contact with your feet. From there on you will see the turtle head, the king (you’ll know why) the chocolate cake and the curtain formation. The trail is not that hard and guides would assist you all the way.
  • Stage three (3) (the tunnel)
Stage 1 is the hardships, stage 2 is pleasure, stage 3 is both.

You will be entering a small passage, have your selves soaked wet and passing through a horizontal slippery limestone rock assisted by a rope and the guide.

After the rope area, you will be submerged (chest level). Do not URINATE please……. Which I’m sure most of you readers who’ve been there already done it. Yeah! Yeah! SMILE J, I know its Quite tempting and that’s where the perfect opportunity was.
After the tunnel in the swimming pool, swim if you want and look around, you could find some fossilized sea shells embedded on rocks. Well, that is the end of the descent, going out would be all ascending. But don’t worry, you will not go through the tunnel passage again, there’s an easier way out.
From there on, back to stage two and one where the quano and slippery trail is found and do not PANIC if something dropped into your head. It might just be a dripping of water if not, it’s what you fear the most, you won’t turn into stone anyway! (ha!ha!ha!ha!). Besides, it might turn out to be a good luck. Imagine how many heads passed that area without guano hitting their head and its your head that got lucky. Hehehe
After you passed stage 1 going out, SPELUNKING is over, rejoice and be merry. But the hardship in not yet over for 245 ascending steps awaits you..
the last obstacle!
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July 8, 2007 at 1:35 AM

thank you john for that unforgettable trip to sumaguing. i am so honored that you've considered using my video and my pictures in your blog. mabuhay ang saggas.

September 9, 2007 at 11:05 PM

The website is quite impressive. How I wished our school's website will be completed the soonest possible time and be linked with yours.

-3 girls of cebu-
September 10, 2009 at 4:22 PM

The last photo was very memorable to me, the last obstacle of Sumaging Cave. We were literally crawling the steps, 2 hands and feet, in order to reach the top. We were gasping, panting and out of breath when we reached the road. Grabe! =)

January 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM

the video is so funny! very very good website! you helped a lot! thanks!

May 9, 2010 at 12:46 AM

Winner ang video, sir Gareth! (Sir na, hindi na Kuya, bilang presidente ka po pala). Thanks for making our Sagada experience AWE-SOOOOOME! -Faith, George, Phoebe, Jonel, Loren and Frances

May 24, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I've been to different countries and have seen many beautiful places but my... experiencing SAGADA is not just fun but an adventure of a lifetime for me. Sumaging cave is simply breathtaking. AWESOME. I had second thoughts of going there and my... it's good I did not else I will miss such an exciting moment..
So people out there if you want not just seeing beautiful sights but adventure visit SAGADA. And if you're looking for a place try KANIP-AW and meet the nice and kind owners....... Oscar and Epi and their 3 adorable kids esp Mayric...

Mayen Haungs
January 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM

wow we've meet this guy named gareth he was so cute...ehem not only that he was the best tourist guide i#ve ever met ....see you soon sir gareth....

February 6, 2011 at 12:13 PM

sumaging cave is an awesome experience!

February 13, 2011 at 7:56 PM

OMG talaga ang Sumaging cave experience..we never had such experience before but since we were all excited to see what's down there..we never complained for the very life risking adventure..parang suicidal ang dating but then we went through the challenge safe and sound!

April 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

the experience was so great! i never did spelunking before, including ascending and descending using a rope but i never felt fear. all i felt was excitement. i laughed when i read this:

After the rope area, you will be submerged (chest level). Do not URINATE please…….

lol! i'm guilty!!!!

July 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

i won't forget the cave connection challenge!! it's really awesome. It is the most nerve racking adventure I ever had.

August 16, 2011 at 6:50 AM

hello see my late blog post!
remember us kuya John! we are the 18 magpipinsan in Red... si Willy our team captain... salamat uli, sensya sa kulit... babalik daw kami!

November 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM

How much ang talent fee ng mga tour guide sa cave? Thanks!

December 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Hello~ will there be a lot of visitors next week? I plan to visit the place that's why? Also, could you recommend a place to stay for the night? Thanks~ Could you please send me through email?

April 7, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I would like to ask if my itinerary will be good enough for 2 days and 1 night.

My Itinerary as follows:
* Sumaguing Cave
* Bokong Falls
* Bomod-ok Falls
* Mt. Kiltepan Peak

And how much it will cost for one of SAGGAS Tour Guide?

you can send me an email at



January 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I have passed through this cave alone without guide! :) They said me that I had the one who went to cave and came back alive.

October 19, 2013 at 7:30 AM

What is the minimum age to do this cave ? I have a 9 year old son who’s a good sportsman

February 20, 2020 at 8:19 AM

This content is funny, very good website, thanks!

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