Monday, June 8, 2015

4: Unusual Cave in El Nido

I almost forgot an important part of our Island Hopping Tour in El Nido, Palawan. It was actually part of the islands we early visited in the morning. It was actually the 3rd island we anchored in, the Cudugnon Island, and we came here for the Cudugnon Cave. It is one of the farthest island in Tour B.

Caves normally have very mysterious appeal to me. Somehow i always wonder if there will be something unusual hidden in there, that could be obvious to many or i might be the only one to see!

 The entrance to the cave is at the right side of these boulders, excitement could have enveloped me that i forgot to take a photo of the entrance while still outside. So sorry about that! These outside landscape is so mesmerizing that had me staring for several minutes, what a lovely rock garden, nature made!

I was so fascinated when we were lined up to that very small hole (below right at the above photo), assisted by our guide. Vests were removed and put on that small bottom opening as pads, so we will not scratch our back going in. It was a difficult entry because we made contortions so our body can fit in there. The guides already mastered the strategy, so he gave instructions step by step; e.g. put your right arm first, push your upper body on the ledge, then pull your legs up, etc, etc.

Some of us are already inside, others are still coming in. Inner chamber is wide, lighted only by two holes from the side and from the top. It is impossible to reach those openings from inside, i have the feeling that maybe the entry we came in paved the discovery of this cave.

openings at the top serve as light source

 This is another area we went through a small slit on the wall. The guide went up there to take our group photos while on the ground. I am amazed at the different colors on the walls, made from mineral deposits.


 This looks shiny and metallic with the light. I wonder what minerals line these walls, it is also interesting. The passage of water is visible on those walls.

 This is another unusual structure of a wall surface. The minerals here can be more porous leading to these texture when mixed with water.



At the top are also interesting structures from by water through time. At left looks like two fairies in translucent gowns, can you visualize what i mean? At the right even shows roots from plants outside that eventually creeped in here through the crevices. This will eventually weaken these boulders as the roots and plants grow.


 Some of us take turns in having photos on the rock ledges. This is their first time to be in places like this.


  The boulders touching the sea outside the cave

Vegetation on the boulders outside the cave



28 comments:

  1. I love the last image, it's the perfect image when you think of "holiday". I'm not much of a cave lover. I've been to one as far as I can remember, no make that 2, but on both occasions, the feeling of being suffocated wash all over me. Gee, add that to my many phobias :)

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    1. Photo Cache Maria, i am glad caves and claustrophobia is not one of mine. But water especially depths or heights are mine, so you can imagine how my heart beats during these water trips, haha. But it doesnt' deter me from riding on boats. It was swimming in deeper waters that make me feel like drowning, so i shun from it.

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  2. Nice to see photos from my home country in the "Our World Tuesday" linky party. Thanks for sharing. I've never been to El Nido. I hope I could visit very soon.

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    1. You should come over at once Maria, you will definitely like it. It is amusing for us, you and me, that we reached lots of foreign places, yet not have explored most of our own. I have long been linking many places already to Our World Tueday, maybe you haven't chanced on them yet.

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  3. What an adventure! The rock formations are beautiful.

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  4. Oh my gosh....this was incredible!! Thank you for sharing such a fun and educational journey.

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    1. And thanks also for the appreciation Hootin Anni.

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  5. What a cool place to visit, my hubby would love to see the inside of this cave. Your photos are wonderful. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thanks so much Eileen, come and visit trust me the Island Hopping Tours in El Nido are really spectacular. And you will also see lots of birds there, i just don't have the time and the lens for them .

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  6. I very much like the texture of the rock! Great series of photos, Andrea!

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    1. Thanks EG, i am also very much amazed by those textures!

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  7. What a beautiful and exciting adventure! I would love to see this cave!

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    1. Oh fredamans, you should come over soon. A lot of foreigner-tourists are there to enjoy the sun, beaches and quiet splendor! Thanks for dropping by my blogpost.

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  8. Wow, how exciting it was to visit that cave! I want to,say too that the color of the water is lovely.

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    1. Yes Linda, if you can come i will join you and Bob, and be your personal tourist guide, haha! And you will teach me how to take more beautiful photos.

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  9. That's an awesome cave to see and explore - wonderful photos!

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    1. Hi Al, do you have caves also in your rockies on top of the world?

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  10. What an exciting adventure this must have been. The rocks are beautiful colours. And love the setting in the last photo.

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  11. Beautiful place and amazing walls of rock!

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  12. Amazing adventure in a cave and see those walls of rock!
    JM, IL

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  13. What an unusual place! I'm sure it was quite breathtaking there. Thanks for sharing this great place.

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  14. Hello Andrea I come from OYGIF.... It's an adventure finding such a cave. Great captures!

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  15. I have always been fascinated by caves since I was a child. Beautiful area to visit. But I am not sure I would like the squeeze through as I have become claustrophobic since I was trapped in an elevator some years back. But it was certainly worth the squeeze Andrea... Michelle

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  16. correction . . . more than a couple of these images would make gorgeous large painting like images.

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  17. Andrea, I wrote a longer comment but not sure what happened to it. Inspiring post of a fabulous place.

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    1. Thank you so much Carol, i also didnt see the longer comment but i appreciate your visit.

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