It was swift as a bird. It’s like we were transported into a warp zone. That’s how the boat ride entered the small opening to the Sohoton Cove National Park.
Our guide was pointing to this and that and was uttering something. But my eyes were in awe that I barely heard everything that he said. There’s something magical in this serene cove that made me feel blessed and grateful.
An imposing rock formation resembling a horse shoe cannot be missed while sailing the calm emerald waters of the Sohoton Cove National Park.
The HAGUKAN CAVE
The first cave that we went to was the Hagukan Cave or snoring cave. To get inside the cave, our guide told us to jump out of the water. Thank God for the lifevest. :)
The entrance to the cave has a small opening. One cannot enter this cave if the water level is high. The water level during that morning allowed us to enter the cave.
Our guide took this shot. There I was wearing my graded mask to get a clearer vision. It was dark inside. The small light coming from the flashlight of our guide didn’t help. It was eerie. My imagination gave me creeps that something in the water will pull my legs or maybe, there’s a sea snake.
After hearing the snoring sound, I told our guide that I don’t want to stay any longer. We were there for only a minute or two. I didn’t know why but the imagination was really powerful that made me scared at Hagukan Cave.
The Mangkukuob Cave
After the brief visit at Hagukan Cave, our little boat sailed on to the most exciting part of the trip, the Mangkukuob Cave also known as the diving cave at the Sohoton National Park.
The entrance of the Mangkukuob Cave showed evidence that the whole cove was once underwater centuries ago. Numerous shells were attached on the rock formation.
When I swam inside the cave, I saw another rock formation covered with shells.
Mangkukuob Cave has a different exit. The water become shallower as our guide led us to the exit. Whew! I felt solid ground. I looked up and was amazed with the formations that I saw. I asked, “Dito talaga ang daan, kuya?” (Is this really the way out?)
Oh yes, instant rock climbing! My knees were shaking but I went on until I reached the top. Our guide led us outside and this was what welcomed me.
Wow! Crystal Clear waters! But the only way to get there was to jump from the platform from where we were standing.
It does not look high from the point of view of those in our boat. But from where I was, it was a bit high. J was cheering for me as well as our guides. But my heart was pounding fast. The camera was ready to capture the jump. But J wasn’t able to capture the jump because I just counted in my mind. I looked up. Suddenly, I felt the pull of gravity.
I just jumped without notice. I saw bubbles of emerald green water. There was a vast space until I got back to my senses. Our friendly guide saved me. LOL.
Long shot of the save
Look at that face. Did I look drowning? haha. I was happy. I was free. The jump was liberating. It was indeed a must-experience in the Sohoton National Park.
Aside from the two caves, we went to two more caves: the Crystal cave and the Bolitas Cave.
The Crystal cave has beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. However, there were areas destroyed by dynamite. Our guide told us that before, the residents believe that there was gold in the cave. But they found none. Good thing that they are now preserving the cave.
Bolitas cave, on the other hand, is a more challenging cave with its small opening. Our guide told us that we needed to lie on our belly and crawl on our knees. Just by looking at the opening, I shook my head and told our guide to skip it. Cave overload or maybe, claustrophobia attack? hehe.
He then related that the cave was named “bolitas” because of the pebbles inside it. Our guide then joked, “Sayang ma’am. Hindi nyo nakita ‘yung *** <laughs hard>,” (Too bad, you didn’t see the——).
I knew what he was talking about. He was referring to stalagmite formations that resembled the male organ.
The best cave for me was still the Mangkukuob cave for the unique experience that it has given.
Fear is created by the mind. When we let go of fear, we become free. Conquering fear was indeed liberating! Indeed, traveling is one of the great teachers in life.