Discovering MonFort Bat Cave
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It was not my intention to visit this place when I boarded a ferry from Km.11 Sasa, Davao City to Babak, Samal Island. Not until my cousin-in-law informed me that my ever-dearest crush TV host/sportsman Marc Nelson visited the place and that a representative from Guinness Book of World Records checked out the place recently. That and a beautiful beach grabbed my attention, then, off I took a 'habal-habal' (single motorcycle) ride to Monfort-Bat Cave in Babak, Island Garden City of Samal.
The fare will cost you only 11Php/pax from Sasa, Davao City to Babak, Samal Island. From the pier, several tricycles are waiting for your beak and call.
I learned that these bats are called Geoffroy's Rousette Fruit Bats also known Rousettus Amplexicautus.
There are around seven (7) caves according to our local guide but only one remained inhabited due to the irresponsible hunting and inhabits destruction of other people in the area.
Just outside the cave is a resort where you can rent a cottage or bring your own tent or perhaps, your picnic blanket. If you are planning to have a picnic, you must bring your own food. The next available store is 30minutes away from the cave. No corkage fee and cottage fee ranges from 100Php-200Php. The ride going back to the pier is a not so easy for there's no awaiting tricycle or motorcycle outside the premises. Either you ask the driver to wait for you or you will need to walk back to the terminal.