Last updated on March 9th, 2020 at 11:17 am
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada is one of the most popular tourist spots in Mountain province. We will tell you step by step how to spelunking Sumaguing Cave in Sagada. How long it takes to explore and about the rules in Sagada. Sumaguing Cave also knowing like the Big Cave. It’s the deepest cave in the Philippines. Read here where to eat in Sagada.
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada
Best Time to Visit Sagada
Avoid going to Sagada from June to October because that is the rainy season in the Philippines. Although random rains could fall from any month, it’s better to go from December to February for the cold unrivalled breeze with seas of cloud atop. You’ll surely love the views!
How to get to Sumaguing Cave
If you want to get to Sumaguing Cave is almost 3 kilometers far from city center. You can go walking or you can go by private shuttle. The price of a private shuttle two ways is 400 PHP is good enough for 10 people it would be 40 PHP each for two ways. Prices for transportation in Sagada are fixed from the Tourism Office.
So if you join to a group you will save money. You can also get to Sumaguing Cave Sagada from the town. It will take you around 30-40 minutes to reach there.
Sumaguing Cave in Sagada Entrance Fee And Rules
Once in Sumaguing Cave you have to show your Official Registration from the Tourism Office 50 PHP that you have to pay in Sagada town. Before entering Sumaguing Cave you have to hire a guide 600 PHP until 10 people.
The Spelunking at Sumaguing Cave will take you around 1hours and a half to 2 hours. We advise you visiting Sumaguing Cave early morning or during lunch time. Since after lunch is full and it can take 3-4 hours visiting the cave.
Spelunking at Sumaguing Cave Sagada
After you hire the guide. You will go down between the rock formations. The guide will be guiding with a torch. Make sure you don’t touch them. And you attend to the guide stories about the rock formations. They will tell you where to take pictures and which way you have to follow.
You will have to wait for people going up before going down and vice versa. So if there are a few groups will make you longer to finish the spelunking at Sumaguing Cave.
The guide will be guiding you with a torch and there are parts that they are slippery. So you have to be careful and wear proper shoes for the activity. Make sure you bring a Dry Bag just in case you are bringing devices. You don’t have to swim but there are parts in Sumaguing Cave where the water will get until your knees.
The way following the guide is easy and fine. You will have to climb and rappelling inside the cave. It’s 750 meters long and it will take you less than 2 hours unless you have to wait a line for climbing or rappelling when there is only one point of access.
Is Sumaguing Cave Dangerous?
There are a few questions to answer. Sumaguing Cave isn’t dangerous if you follow the guide and pay attention. You have to bring proper shoes wince it can be slippery.
A few parts spelunking Sumaguing Cave will require skills to climb and to go down. But now worries about this since the guide will help you and make things easy for you,
Sumaguing Cave for Kids?
We went with our little one 7 years old kid and we didn’t have any problem. Of course you have to watch him carefully and pay attention all the time. But he loved and enjoyed the experience so much.
We skipped a part because the guide said that can be dangerous with a kid. Totally fine for us in these places always follow the guide recommendations and advise.
You can go a check our highlights in Instagram Stories @gamintraveler to see how was our spelunking at Sumaguing cave.
Bringing the Camera to Sumaguing Cave?
We were bringing our camera to the caves. And we would recommend you not to bring if you have the option (obviously a big one too heavy for the activity). If you are bringing small adventure/waterproof camera for sure go for it.
With the phone or a Go Pro or similar small camera will be enough since there is no so much light inside. If you bring it make sure you bring a dry bag to keep it safe.
Where To Stay in Sagada
SHAMROCK TAVERN EXTENSION
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Our choice was Shamrock Tavern Extension is a very humble place yet clean. It is a simple accommodation with the necessities. Shamrock Tavern is homey because of its simplicity. The staff is also very pleasing and friendly, they know how to make their guests happy.
A Basic Triple Room costs $32 USD per night, $71 USD for Standard Double Room, and $71 USD for a family room with a mountain view.
Shamrock Tavern Extension is located at South Road, Shamrock Tavern Extension Building, Makingking, Barangay Demang, Sagada Mountain Province, 2619 Sagada, Philippines.
KANIP AW PINES VIEW LODGE
The location might have been a little bit far to the town central, but the place is differently beautiful than others. The ambiance is so serene and peaceful. Sumaguing Cave is only 1.31km away from this place.
A Standard 2 Pax costs $14 USD per night, $20 USD for Standard 3 Pax, and $22 USD for a Standard 4 Pax.
Kanip Aw Pines View Lodge is located at Atey, Dao-angan, Sagada, Sagada, Philippines.
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Probably the cheapest option here for groups is Alicia’s Homestay. It’s far from other options but it gives the most return. The whole house has 1 double bed & 1 single bed & 1 single bed & 1 single bed and 1 double bed & 1 single bed. There are also trekking experiences nearby.
A night costs about $10 USD.
Alicia’s Homestay is located at Bontoc, Bontoc, Philippines.
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Kenlibed Inn is a popular pick for travellers. Located only from the city center, guests are well located to feel and enjoy Sagada more. Some of Kenlibed Inn’s facilities include kitchen, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, car hire, car park onsite. Also, the views from the veranda are amazing
A Couple Deluxe room costs $30 USD per night, $40 USD for Twin – Non-Smoking for 3 people, and $60 USD for a Twin – 2 double beds, $70 USD for a Group Room for 6 people.
Kenlibed Inn is located at South Rd. Sagada Kinlibed,brgy. dagdag, Sagada, Sagada, Philippines, 2619.
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