San Carlos Cave

Penablanca, Cagayan

San Carlos Cave is one of the limestone caves located in the Municipality of Penablanca, Cagayan province, in the Philippines. The seven-chamber show cave is one of 300 caves that dot the area and the best known natural tourist attractions of the province.

San Carlos Cave is one of the toughest cave in the country to conquer as spelunkers require a lot of cave crawling. A chamber ca ...

lled Ice Cream Parlor contains cluster of white stalagmites that resemble scooped ice cream. The John the Baptist chamber has a sump where one has to take a deep breath and swim to the other side of the chamber. Sharp and rough stones could scratch skin and tear clothing. San Carlos requires a lot of swimming because more than half the cave is covered by cold running subterranean river.

San Carlos Cave and the other caves are situated in the western foothills of the Northern Sierra Madre Mountains of the Philippines. They are situated within the Penablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape, which stretches from the caves to the eastern shores of Penablanca town in the Pacific Ocean.

San Carlos Cave News

  • San Carlos Cave In Cagayan

    Cagayan, certainly, has lots of exciting things to offer. It is definitely a haven for the adventurous souls. If our Callao Cave adventure did not satisfy you, then this surely will. The exploration of San Carlos Cave unquestionably topped our list of must-do's in Cagayan.

    Like the Callao Cave, it is also located in the town of Penablanca. Travel time is around 40-45 minutes from Tuguegarao Airport. San Carlos Cave is only one of the 300+ caves in Penablanca and is definitely the most challenging. To conquer it, one must walk barefooted in knee-deep mud, crawl in narrow, muddy, and spiked c ...

  • San Carlos Cave a haven for the adventurous souls

    Cagayan, certainly, has lots of exciting things to offer. It is definitely a haven for the adventurous souls. If our Callao Cave adventure did not satisfy you, then this surely will. The exploration of San Carlos Cave unquestionably topped our list of must-do's in Cagayan.

    Like the Callao Cave, it is also located in the town of Penablanca. Travel time is around 40-45 minutes from Tuguegarao Airport. San Carlos Cave is only one of the 300+ caves in Penablanca and is definitely the most challenging. To conquer it, one must walk barefooted in knee-deep mud, crawl in narrow, muddy, and spiked c ...

  • San Carlos Caves

    The town of Peñablanca in the province of Cagayan has been called the "Caving Capital of the Philippines" for a good reason: it has more than 300 known caves that have been documented by the National Museum of the Philippines, and arguably one of the most fascinating but also the most challenging caves to explore are the San Carlos Caves. The town and its caves are situated to the south of Cagayan Province, near the provincial capital of Tuguegarao. Close to the famous Callao Cave National Park, the San Carlos Cave is located within the Callao Caves Tourist Zone, along with the Sierra, Roc, ...

  • San Carlos Cave Knee-deep Mud In Wilbur-Ness

    This was a Cave Day, indeed. After a hefty serving of batil-patong in a nearby barrio, we, Wilbur and Andoy, were set to visit San Carlos Cave.

    The batil-patong was the best ever, most "naimas" (delicious) pansit I have ever tasted. It came with a cup of soup which was sautéed from the pan where the batil-patong was cooked. The soup tasted rich. I put off on eating meat products some years ago. So I just know right away that the soup's base was meat or liver. It tasted good.

    Then finally, served on our table is the fully-loaded (with vegetables and liver) batil-patong. Just what we need ...

  • The Challenging San Carlos Cave

    Exploring San Carlos Cave is one of the best parts of our "wrong turn" adventure in Tuguegarao. Since we do not really have an idea of what things/places to explore in this place, located north of the Philippines, we relied on the brochure we got when our plane landed in Tuguegarao airport terminal.

    It is obvious from the brochures and flyers that caves are the primary attraction of Cagayan Province being Callao Cave as the most prominent. On the day that we visited Callao Cave, I wore my usual 'outdoor outfit' (rash guard, trekking shoes, leggings) expecting that I will get wet and dirty b ...

  • Negotiate the pitches in the Philippines

    Could you endure the adrenaline test
    If you think that the Philippines is just all about fine beaches, crystal-clear waters and a marine paradise that tickle your adrenaline for an active recreation or a one-of-a-kind adventure of surfing, swimming, diving and snorkeling, you better snatch your bag pack once more and head on to the countryside.

    The terrain of this archipelago has contoured varied and magnificent pitches for you to crawl and creep through, and to squeeze your body from an opening all the way through the end of the channel.

    Caves! A hundred caves are awaiting explorat ...