We reached Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao Island in Bohol after circling around the island on a motorbike and getting caught under a downpour along the way. The cave is about a 10-minute drive inland through an unpaved road, and as is typical with tourist spots, there are more souvenir shirts near the entrance than needed, although a good consolation is the yummy green mango shake for sale just in front.
The name hinagdanan came after locals discovered the cave and put manmade stairs on one side so people can go in (“hagdan” in Filipino means stairs; the word “hinagdanan” means to install/place steps on a platform). There’s a lagoon inside where visitors can swim, although this is only recommended during the day because, quite frankly, the place gets too eerie when dark (we got there around 4 PM so it was all dark except for the bright spot on the left–shown on the photo–where light was streaming in. The dark side on the lower right of the photo is the lagoon).
As our rather amiable guide would tell us, the cave is many times more beautiful in the morning because shafts of light would be coming in from holes and illuminating the cave and the lagoon.