Silop Cave is located and named after its host place, Barangay Silop, 9.7 kilometers from the City of Surigao (approximately 15 minutes ride). It is a massive cave system – 6 caves to be exact. The 6th cave has not even been explored. Cave 1 is not for tourists – it’s heavy on bat dung, deep with low oxygen levels and there is a healthy snake population. However, for advance cavers, arrangements can be made in advance.
Silop Caves is a spelunking destination. It has different cave entrances leading to four big chambers with impressive limestone formations, stalagmites and stalactites – some of them creating magnificent columns. The adventure to Silop Cave starts with a trek through the jungle. The path is slippery and muddy. Caving always involves a lot of mud, slippery woods and limestones, and sharp rocks. The cave site consists of 4 caves with 12 different entrances.
There are dozens of caves and other limestone karst bedrock in some areas in Surigao del Norte features, but none of these are regular destinations for recreational cavers. The Banbow and Tatol caves in Mindanao have recently been declared by Japanese cave explorers, and further expeditions are expected as more cave systems are discovered.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Surigao City Proper to Silop Cave Junction:
-Ride anything that is Arellano-bound
From Silop Cave Junction to Silop Barangay Center:
-You’ll be greeted with a lot of ride option, ask anyone to take you to Silop Barangay Center
SILOP CAVES FEES:
Entrance Fee: P50/head; inclusive of safety gears
Guide Fee: P200/2 pax; a must, no guide-no cave policy