Just a 15-minute trek from the highway, there lies a cave system that is unique of its kind. It’s called Blue Water Cave. The name is so appropriate as the waters flow from within – from a source that, up until now, still a mystery to many.
Varying legends surround the flowing waters that appear blue under the canopy of rugged chambers. Adding to its wonders are the complex passages and limestone features, which make visiting to the place even more exciting.
While the trek going to the Blue Water Cave is short, you might find the trail pretty challenging (as we did). You will be passing on a foot trail along the mighty Pulangi River. And with no instructional signs that can point to the correct direction, the trail becomes more challenging specifically for first-timers. It is important that you listen to the prior orientation carefully so that you get it right.
As you continue with your trek, pay close attention particularly to the right portion (the cliff side) of the trail. Extra caution is necessary particularly when you pass beside a deep ravine, which is covered with shrubs. You probably won’t notice the edge at once, most especially if you are not keen in details (my buddy almost fell in that ravine…had he not recovered his balance, he would have ended in a grim). It is crucial that you exercise your presence of mind and even more when the trail is wet and slippery from the previous rain.
During your final descent, you will pass on a trail that requires you to hold the rope that is put in place to aid you as you climb down a steep trail. It takes concentration and a firm grip on that rope to be able to pass this part of the trail safe and sound.
Below, as you pass by the Pulangi River, along some boulders and taller-than-human shrubs, you need to use your sense of hearing more in order to not get lost from the trail. As I said, as of this writing, there is no directional signs in the area; you have to activate your senses (and your instinct) more to stay on track.
As you move along in your trek by the river, this time, you should notice human-made noise (and I mean, laughing and shouting). That is from other tourists enjoying the Blue Water Cave ahead of you. Draw closer to that noise as that will lead you to the said attraction.
Please note that not all areas inside the Blue Water Cave are recommended for swimming. Avoid the portion where the water current is too strong for human to bear. Give primacy to your own safety. 🙂
How to get to Blue Water Cave
Whether you are coming from the north or south, there is only one landmark you should pay close attention to – the Pulangi Bridge.
If you are coming from Davao, hop on a bus at Ecoland Terminal bound for Cagayan de Oro (Rural Bus), alight in Quezon, Bukidnon. Just tell the bus conductor to drop you off just before the Pulangi Bridge as you are going to the Blue Water Cave.
From the Pulangi Bridge drop off point, you can already see the Kiokong Tourism Project kiosk, where you need to register your visit.
The person manning the registrations will then give you some sort of orientation before starting the trek – the dos and don’ts, prohibited items, direction. Once done, you are off to go.
The staring point of the trail is just beside the registration kiosk. Just follow that trail; that will lead you all the way to the Blue Water Cave.
Lunch, snacks, water (I suggest you buy food already before taking a bus) = PHP 150
Bus Fare (Davao-Quezon and back) = PHP 400 x 2 = 800
Registration Fee = none
TOTAL = PHP 950