Islas De Gigantes, Iloilo 🇵🇭Philippines
I Captured:Pawikan Cave, Comparable to the Great Caves of Phong Nha, Vietnam
On the second day of our Islas De Gigantes Sur tour, we hike our way to Pawikan Cave. I didn't do any research. I don't have any expectation.
Climbing our way, you'll see some spectacular views. This is a very chill 30 to 40 minutes of hiking. Recommended for beginners.
Pawikan Cave got its name from the large egg-shaped rock formations (resembling giant turtle eggs) positioned at one of the deep chambers of the cave.
According to our guides, the “pawikan eggs” were actually devised by the Japanese Imperial Army as a marker to denote the location where they buried gold bars (locally termed as “bulawan”), which were believed to be part of the Yamashita Treasure.
Today, the “pawikan eggs” are gone with extensive dug up holes at the site.
The locals speculate that treasure hunters have already looted the Pawikan Cave of all its “bulawan.” There is even a story about a local taho vendor who was rumoured to found some golds here because of sudden change in his lifestyle.
One of our guide told me not to wander alone because there is a "bantay" hanging out in this cave. In fact, one of his picture of me has this human like shape! If you already been to several caves in Phong Nha, Vietnam like the Paradise Cave, you'll appreciate the beauty of Pawikan Cave.
It's uncommercialized and has natural lighting.
Very easy to navigate and very instagrammable. It became the highlight of my Islas De Gigantes 2 days one night trip.
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