It was a perfect day for kayak thru the serene river lined with amazing rock and limestone formations of Sohoton Cave in Basey, Samar in the visayas region of the Philippines. The midday sun wasn’t that hot and our 1 hour ride from Tacloban City to Basey, Samar was in fact too comfortable.
The enchanting Sohoton Cave is tucked in the mountainous area of Basey, Samar and form part of the protected Sohoton Natural Bridge Natural Park (SNBNP). The SNBNP is complete with cathedral-shaped caves that form part of a natural bridge, lush green forests, amazing rock and limestone formations, and a cold-water river that passes through a natural rock bridge.
The park is easier to get to if you drive from Tacloban City and past the San Juanico Bridge, the longest bridge in the Philippines. A bit of warning though, the park is usually closed during heavy rains on the months of October to December.
Trips and guides should be arranged through the Basey Municipal Tourism Information Office, where staff will organise the round trip, which takes between four and five hours – an hour each way by boat, and then a couple of hours in the park. Take note that boats do not leave Basey after 1pm. Our group contacted Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours to take care of our transporation and tour arrangements.
Much has been written about travel guides on how to reach this magical place so for this post, I will let my photos and video do the talking. As they say, a picture can paint a thousand words, so here it goes.
Our group tour started off with a warm welcome and a cup of herbal tea. The only way to start an exciting adventure!
Sohoton Cave and Natural Bridge Park where the boat ride heading to the kayak station where you kayak to head to the natural bridge and Sohoton Cave for a festive lunch or photo ops. We put on our life vest and got on to a couple of pump boats for a short cruise down the river to the kayak station.
We parked our kayaks on the bank and explored the rest of the cave on foot. You can go for a swim at the river or for a more adventurous experience, jump off from one of the cliffs and do cannonball jump into the clear and cool water.
I spent hours admiring and playing with my camera to capture the high cathedral dome-like structures in one frame. My efforts proved to be an epic failure but nevertheless I thought it would be difficult to give justice to the enormous natural wonder in front of me now.
To cap my entire jaw dropping experience at SNBNP with a video,
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