Bukilat Cave in Poro Island, Camotes


Bukilat Cave is one of the main tourist attractions in the Camotes group of Islands in Cebu, Philippines. It is one of the 8 natural caves in Camotes and is the most prominent. It is believed to be named after the founder’s name, Bukilat. A long time ago, Bukilat Cave used to be the shelter for the people living in the island from the Japanese invaders during World War II. It has been rumored to have hidden treasures scattered throughout this area.

Located Northeast of Camotes, in the island of Poro, Bukilat Cave boasts its icy-cool water coming from an unknown source. Many believed that the water came from an underground spring and the droplets from the stalactites. Some of the water flows out to the nearby sea. It is situated in McArthur, Tudela, Poro Island, Camotes, Cebu.

Bukilat Cave

Bukilat Cave

The Grand Opening

The Grand Opening

Entrance of the Cave

Entrance of the Cave

Lisa dipping on the waters inside Bukilat

Lisa dipping on the waters inside Bukilat

Eating of packed provisions, drinking liquor and vandalism is strictly prohibited inside Bukilat Cave. Failure to obey these rules will be penalized P500.00 for each offense. The entrance fee is P10.00 for adults while P5.00 for children.

Natural light sources of the Cave

Natural light sources of the Cave

Preservation of the natural stalactites and stalagmites of Bukilat Cave is one of the main concerns of the local government. The recent development of concrete stairs going to the watery area is very beneficial for those who want to swim and relax in the natural waters of Bukilat Cave which is said to contain minerals that can help cure some illness fast. Unlike Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao, the development in the area near Bukilat Cave is very sluggish.

Big Stalactite

Big Stalactite

Natural Stalagmites

Natural Stalagmites

Going to Bukilat Cave is easy if you ask a local with a motorbike to bring you there. Minimum fare within the island of Poro is P50.00 but for those who are travelling from Pacijan Island, where Santiago Bay Garden and Resort is located, the fare depends on the starting location. If you are driving your own vehicle, just travel the coastal road in the South Side of Poro Island. When you reach the town of Tudela, just ask the locals for direction on the correct street because there are a lot of intersections near the sea port of Poro. Once you get back on track, there will be a very visible marker in the corner going to Bukilat Cave.

Mark and Lisa at Bukilat

Mark and Lisa at Bukilat

Bukilat pool

Bukilat pool

Man-made rock formation near the entrance

Man-made rock formation near the entrance

The wonders of Bukilat Cave

The wonders of Bukilat Cave


This page is last updated on Jun 16, 2011 @ 2:53 pm
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  1. Pao says:

    What time is the best time to see the sunrays hitting the water inside the cave?

  2. connie says:

    hi!
    can we go swimming to this cave?

  3. bryan alingaro says:

    hi..im bryan i was there and its absolutely amazing!!!!

  4. Ygie says:

    Sir, ask tko kung pwede ba mka-photoshoot sa cave? thanks!

  5. janeth says:

    h! alfred i;m Janeth from Iloilo..how much i spend from cebu city going to camotes island?anytime or anyday?how much we spend when we hire 1 van?

  6. ALFRED says:

    hi im ALFRED. im a driver here in camotes island. for your transportation you can contact me at 0905-155-0325. i have multicab and motorbikes. thank you very much…

    • zenschzui says:

      hello, alfred!

      how much is a day tour around camotes islands? multicab or motorbikes (is this the habal-habal)? 4 adults, 1 (6yrs old).. here’s my number 09156381433 thanks!

  7. Samuel Huete says:

    hello my friends! i’m glad and honored you find your way to bukilat cave, thank you for the visit and may you come with more… friends. i was born and raised there in mcarthur, tudela: have my relatives and friends living on that magical island. presently, i resided in moalboal, but soon we will live there permanently with my wife. see you.

  8. peach says:

    Hi, would like to ask the cost of the camotes island tour? We are 5 pax, and we want to avail the most cheapest tour as possible. Should we take the habal-habal or the tour package of the resort? How much is it? TIA! 🙂

    • Mark Maranga says:

      Peach,

      The cheapest is choosing the habal-habal. The best thing about the resort’s package tour is that most of them use a car/van which means you don’t have to suffer from the heat of the sun a lot. I don’t know how much is the resort’s package tour. Contacting them directly may be your best choice.

    • ALFRED says:

      the tour here in camotes for all destination is 500 and 100 for gasonline. total of 600 per motorbike. thank you.

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