A Day Trip In Tanay : The Calinawan Cave

We took our lunch in a restaurant nearby and the weather was really not cooperating with us. (Check : Day Trip To Tanay : Regina RICA) We actually thought that the rain finally stopped but no. We already know that the next destination is the Calinawan Cave but we’re not really sure if the plan to enter the cave will push through because if the rain will continue to fall, it will not be safe to enter the cave at all. It also saddened me because I will not be able to appreciate the beauty of Daranak Falls as well. Luckily, the rain stopped and we headed to our next destination, the Calinawan Cave of Tanay.IMG_0558tI actually don’t know what to expect when we get there. I have never tried exploring any cave before (well not unless we are talking about Minecraft). This however, is a real thing! I am finally entering a real cave for the first time and I just can’t hide my excitement and fear at the same time.IMG_0580tCalinawan Cave is situated in Barangay Tandyang Kutyo in Tanay and I can tell you that it is going to be a rough journey going there. Expect to encounter a rocky or worst, muddy terrain. We saw houses along the way as well. I was informed that you can also reach the site by riding a Tricycle which can cost you more or less Php30-50 per head.IMG_0563tWhen you reached the site, you will find a couple of houses and a sari-sari store nearby. Here, you have to coordinate first with the people who are in charge with the cave. You have to pay for an entrance fee of Php20 (yes, the cave can also be explored by kids) and also a Tour Guide fee of Php200 (good for ten pax).IMG_0560tThe fee comes up with a free usage of their safety helmet. It is very important to equip yourself with this to prevent any injury while exploring the cave. It is also advisable to bring flashlights because there are parts in the cave where visibility are limited.IMG_0583tSeveral rock formation can be seen outside the cave. IMG_0569tIMG_0577tThis small passage is actually one of the entrances to the cave. I actually thought that we will just go inside and take a quick peek to whenever it has within but little did I know, we actually have a route to follow. I was shocked that this small passage will lead us to an enormous cave system inside. The Calinawan cave is actually composed of numerous chambers and there are five layers to be explored. The first and second layers were easy and good for beginners but the third to fifth is quite a challenge as it requires passing through small holes and requires crawling as well.IMG_0587tAside from being an art of nature, Calinawan Cave actually has a huge historical significance. The cave has become a stronghold of the Filipinos in the Revolution against Spain and in the Filipino-American War in April–May 1900. It also housed the towns people during the Second World War, beginning the Invasion of Tanay in March, 1945 from the Filipino soldiers and recognized guerrillas against the Japanese Imperial forces. With that, you can tell that this cave have witnessed so many events in history and don’t you think it makes the place a little creepy too? I have heard of many paranormal activities in this place too! Yikes! Anyway, you’re probably wondering where did the term “Calinawan” came from.  According to our tour guide, this cave has become a hideout of some Filipinos especially during the Japanese invasion. This is where their sense of nationalism were ignited and made them realized that they should start fighting for our freedom, hence the name “Kalinawan” which eventually became known as “Calinawan”.IMG_0592tIMG_0595tIMG_0601tThis is the first scenic view that welcomed us upon entering the cave. This huge hole is providing a natural light inside the cave. The first layer is actually very easy. The trail is merely visible even without the flash light.IMG_0613tThe rock formation and the stalagmites inside the cave are truly magnificent and stunning. IMG_0616tIMG_0618t It’s funny to note that they have given terms in some spots in the cave based on how they looked like.IMG_0619tIMG_0621tIMG_0630tIMG_0631tThe rock formation inside the cave are truly something marvel but I discovered something that really upset me. IMG_0632tNot everything you can find in this cave are natural. The cave has become a popular shooting site for movies and tv series. So some areas were now artificially created. The photo above for an instance shows a cemented rock formation with some paint stains too. It was really depressing indeed!IMG_0637tHere, we have reached the area that is called “The Column” simply because of this magnificent stalactite formation. The stalactite from the ground has merged with the descending stalactites, thus forming a column-like formation.IMG_0642tThe ColumnIMG_0644tIMG_0651tAnother notable spot in the cave is the so-called “Grotto“. As you can see on the right side, it resembles an image of a lady in veil kneeling and seemingly praying. On the left side, you’ll also find a rock formation that resembles an image of a T-rex.IMG_0653tAnother stunning stalactite formation that naturally glittersIMG_0662tThe Way towards the Level 2 which is considered the longest trail in the cave. It is also dark so we were advised to turn our flash lights on.IMG_0666tThe entrance to the second layer , however is not really that easy and we need to be flexible most of the time. IMG_0669tA very stiff path of Layer 2IMG_0671tAs I said, wearing safety helmets is really important. I bumped into these sharp rock many times during our exploration hahaIMG_0674tIMG_0675tIn this part, we were asked if we want to take the harder levels. There are two possible ways to get out of this cave from level 2. First is the long yet easy path and the other one is a quick yet hard path. If we picked the hard part, we must crawl down this small hole. Since not all of us are physically fit for the challenge, we chose the easy and long path instead. IMG_0678tThis area is called the “Heart” and i guess the picture above explains why.IMG_0684tWe were also asked to refrain ourselves from touching any rock formation inside the cave. The acid produced by our body through set may leave damage to their structure (at least that’s what our tour guide told us)IMG_0686tIMG_0695tThey said that it takes hundred years for a stalactite to grow and build such stunning formation.IMG_0698tIMG_0700tFunny but this area is called “Arthritis“because we really have to bend our body and express the best of our flexibility in order to pass through.IMG_0703tIMG_0708tWe spotted another stunning stalactite formation that naturally glitters. What a wonderful work of nature indeed!IMG_0702tIMG_0713tIMG_0717tIMG_0718tIMG_0721tAnother artificial props spotted in the cave. Sigh!IMG_0727tThis area is called “Sexy” because it features a small and stiff passage and we were challenged to pass through it without touching the walls. Whoever made it without touching the wall is considered sexy. Just the tour guide’s way to entertain us.IMG_0728tFinally, we saw the way out!IMG_0739tIMG_0745tIMG_0746tIMG_0726tIt was really an awesome experience for me. It was my first caving experience and I promise myself that this will not be the last. It’s just sad that the cave is no longer 100% natural because of those stupid people who ruined the cave by placing their artificial props inside. Did you know that we didn’t spot any bats inside? Yes, the cave used to be their habitat but according to the tour guide, the bats abandoned the place as it is now being exposed to many explorers.

Things You should know and consider before going to Calinawan Cave
►The Calinawan Cave can be accessed through Daranak Fall.
►The entrance fee to Calinawan Cave is only Php20 per head
►Tour Guide fee for Calinawan Cave is Php200 which is good for Ten Pax
►A Safety helmet is included in the package
►Bring a bottle of water with you as some trails can be very exhausting
►It is very ideal to wear rubber shoes or trekking shoes as some trails are muddy and sleepery
►Never forget to bring your flashlight because most areas are dark and visibility are limited.
►Never leave trash or litter and do not ever attempt to vandalize.
►A Sari Sari Store can be found nearby.

How To Get to Calinawan Cave via Public transport
►From Starmall, you can ride a van that is bound to Tanay. They will drop you off to Tanay Market. From there, you can ride a Trike going to Calinawan Cave. Like in Regina RICA, it would be ideal to deal with the trike driver so they can pick you up afterwards. Or better yet, you can walk all the way to Daranak Falls for a side trip.

After that awesome spelunking adventure in Calinawan Cave, we headed to our last destination in Tanay, the Daranak Falls!

By the way guys, In case you are planning to stay in Rizal for a day or two, you can check the list of affordable and “budgetarian” Hotels in the link below!

If you have time , feel free to follow me at my accounts for more updates:

Facebook : It’s Me Bluedreamer!
Instagram :  @bluedreamer1227
Twitter : @bluedreamer_27

Here are the links to the rest of my Tanay escapade: Feel free to visit the links below
Pililla Wind Farm
Tanay Church (San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish)
The Parola of Tanay
Regina RICA
The Calinawan Cave
The Daranak Falls
► The Batlag Falls

6 thoughts on “A Day Trip In Tanay : The Calinawan Cave

  • December 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Hey, I enjoyed reading and looking at photos. It tells me one thing. I am interested in trying this too, going inside a cave. Previously, the only caves I have been to is one in Taiwan, one in Northern Philippines, and … yeah, underwater caves too.

    And I can feel you on your impression of anything artificial inside the cave. I don’t like it too.

  • December 4, 2016 at 2:42 am

    First of all, before anything else, I found this amusing, “I have never tried exploring any cave before (well not unless we are talking about Minecraft). ” It seems a pretty interesting thing to do when in Tanay despite the disappointing artificial props left. I’ll have to take note of this as an activity to do in the summer of 2017. By the way, how long did it take you to finish the spelunking?

  • December 5, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Great to see your explorations outside of Cavite! Tanay truly has a lot of geological wonders to speak of. I’ve heard of Calinawan but never gone to it. It’s awesome that it’s your first caving/spelunking activity! Well done!

  • March 26, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Can I bring a 4 year old in here?

    • March 26, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Well you can but you have to be extra cautious.. there are areas here with sharp stones and the ground could be muddy and slippery

  • March 27, 2021 at 2:27 am

    This is very helpful. Thanks for sharing. Very informative and your pictures, stunning! ❤️


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *