Cabagnow Cave Pool in Bohol, Philippines: Complete Guide

Cabagnow Cave Pool is the largest and deepest water-filled cave in Anda, making it an awesome place to swim and cool off.

Cabagnow Cave Pool

Just outside Anda on the island of Bohol in the Philippines, Cabagnow Cave Pool sits underground with deep blue, crystal clear water.

The cave pool offers a retreat away from the hot dry landscape of Bohol, and it is the perfect place to cool off and escape the Philippine sun.

Whether you want to jump into the water, explore the cave, or just relax in its refreshing waters, the Cabagnow Cave Pool is an unforgettable destination for any adventurer.

Floating on water inside of Cabagnow Cave Pool

Complete Guide to Cabagnow Cave Pool

Cabagnow Cave Pool is located in Anda on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. It’s one of a few limestone caves in the Anda area and is similar to the cenotes found in Mexico.

Cabagnow Cave Pool was made when the limestone bedrock dissolved and collapsed by erosion from water. The water in the limestone cave is a mixture of freshwater from the mountains and saltwater from the ocean.

Today, the cave pool is a place for locals and tourists to cool off by swimming and jumping into its clear waters.

In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know about your adventure to Cabagnow Cave Pool.

Cabagnow Cave Pool

How to Get to Cabagnow Cave Pool

While staying in Anda we decided to start our day with a nice plunge into a cave pool.

To give you a bit of backstory, we looked up the cave pools in the Anda area – there are 3 of them and Cabagnow seems to be the best one. We already visited Combento Cave which was beautiful but too shallow for swimming.

Our first attempt at going to Cabagnow Cave Pool failed. We tried to go on a Monday, but it’s closed for swimming on Mondays and Fridays. So we went back on Tuesday.

The road to Cabagnow is in good shape. Sometimes you’re driving on dirt but it’s mostly pavement until you reach the turn-off point.

Along the road, we were stopped by an environmental fee collector. We had already paid our environmental fee when visiting Quinale Beach, so we showed the fee collector our receipt and they let us pass through.

We parked on the side of the road, paid our entrance fee at the booth, and started walking to the cave. They were in the final stages of paving the road to the cave when we visited, so by the time you visit it, you may be able to drive straight to the cave without walking.

Road to Cabagnow Cave Pool

Cabagnow Cave Pool: Our Review

The walk to the actual cave pool only took 3 or 4 minutes, and then suddenly we reached a giant hole in the ground with the bluest, clearest water.

We were welcomed by a group of friendly locals all taking turns jumping into the cave.

We put our stuff down in the cabana area and then made the leap into the cave.

I would be lying if I didn’t say it was hesitant, but I’m glad I jumped in. The water felt amazing!

Chloe jumping inside of Cabagnow Cave Pool
Woman inside of Cabagnow Cave Pool

Once I started swimming around the cave, I realized that the cave was a lot bigger than it looked! The cave below extends far beyond the diameter of the hole in the ground. We swam to the far side of the cave and could barely see outside.

Trey and I spent nearly two hours jumping in the cave and swimming around. There are a few spots that you can jump from on the top of the cave, but they are all more or less the same height.

If you can bring goggles, I recommend it! The water is clear, and it would be cool to take a look at the rocks below the surface. There’s also a rope you can hold onto and the sides of the cave if you get tired of swimming.

Swimming underwater in Cabagnow Cave Pool
Rope inside of Cabagnow Cave Pool

The water inside the cave pool is deep. You need to jump or climb down a long ladder to get in. And there is no way to climb out of the cave pool, except by using the ladder.

Climbing ladder in Cabagnow Cave Pool
If it wasn’t for the ladder, there’s no escape from the cave pool!

When we were there more families arrived and I can honestly say the Philippines is better when there are more people because it just turns into a big party.

Even with all the people swimming and jumping in the water, this place felt pretty safe. 3 lifeguards were working and they provided life jackets for those who couldn’t swim. The lifeguards also helped make sure people moved out of the way to make room for people who were jumping in.

Trey jumping into Cabagnow Cave Pool with lifeguard watching

Surprisingly, there is a stand here that sells iced coffee. Most places we’ve come by in this town sell instant coffee so a legit coffee stand was nice to come by.

We told ourselves we would come back in the evening for one last swim but of course, like all our days in Bohol, we arrived back in Anda far after sundown.

Cabagnow Cave Pool Details

  • Hours: 8 AM – 3:30 PM Daily (no swimming in the cave on Mondays and Fridays)
  • Entrance Fee: 50 pesos entrance fee, 30 pesos environmental fee*

If you have already paid your environmental fee in Anda, keep your receipt to show the guard so you don’t need to pay it again.

Man jumping inside of Cabagnow Cave Pool

Cabagnow Cave Pool: What You Need to Know

  • To get into Cabagnow Cave Pool, you need to jump in or climb down the ladder.
  • The jump into Cabagnow Cave Pool is about 4 to 5 meters high.
  • The only way to get out of Cabagnow Cave Pool is by climbing the ladder. There is no other way out!
  • The water in the cave pool is deep, but there is a rope that spans the length of the cave that you can hold onto.
Trey balancing on rope inside Cabagnow Cave Pool

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Hi! I'm Chloe, a traveler who loves going on adventures through lesser-known places. I travel the world in search of the best hikes, beaches, and waterfalls. And of course, food!

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