Caves, Bridges, and Primates
Loboc Cave Travel Blog› entry 8 of 11 › view all entries
We had to climb up 160 meters to reach the mouth of Loboc Cave. Php25 was charged per person, the kid was free of charge. This cave had three chambers - the Grotto, the UnderPass and the Cathedral which was the largest. We saw different kinds of formations, whatever the stalactites and the stalagmites would look like. Could be animal inspired - the Sleeping Elephant or the Crocodile, basically because of the resemblance. But we really did see a spider and a bat inside the cave. There were also what they called the Chandelier. Hmm I wonder if that was what the cave men used to decorate their ceilings, just kidding. We also saw a Praying Angels formation. That was kind of creepy, because unlike the other formations that you literally pass by as you tour the cave, if you'd like to see the angels you had to peek through this small hole to see them inside a secluded hollow area.
I can't say if the cave was awesome, because I haven't been to any yet and I have no basis for comparison. I just felt cold and creepy inside, nothing really special. But I added this entry because I wanna share the pics of my first cave encounter.
We then headed to this Hanging Bridge. It was amusing because we saw this group of young Caucasian adventure tourists who were getting ready to jump off the bridge all at the same time. I missed taking a video, could have been amazing to watch. It must have been a thrill! I'm not sure if I could ever do it, they did not have a harness or something. In fact, I did not even dare to cross the bridge, I could feel my kness shaking already!
Next off was the much awaited Tarsier Viewing. The Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary is in Corella, Bohol and is off the tourist path.
The Philippine Tarsier is an endangered tarsier species endemic to the Philippines. It's tiny, fits well in my hand. Their eyes are large, unproportionate to their body, and said to be the largest eyes on a mammal. And tarsiers are nocturnal so it's just perfect for night vision. They are also so sensitive to sound. We had to be quiet while admiring them, and made sure we had to turn the camera flash off because their eyes are sensitive too. Their eyes are fixed and so their necks had these special abilities to rotate 180 degrees when they look around. Obviously I could not take a tarsier home so I just bought this cute little ref magnet of a tarsier. Seems good enough. I could have this primate hanging from my refrigerator door every single day.