Background At the onset of summer 2013, website designer and videographer JM Libarnes, accompanied by Siargao’s tourism officer Donna Tiu, visited a little known spring in Siargao. Libarnes published a video of the spring on YouTube , and from then on, curious visitors started to make a detour on their way to Siargao and take … Continue reading Exploration of Katipunan Spring in Siargao
Our article on Lake Bababu is featured in the latest issue of M magazine, Life & Living in Mindanao. It gets front-billing on the cover. This may be the first time that a national magazine has featured cave diving. We appreciate the big boost Mr. Editor. Thank you! Get your copies now!
Most caves are formed in limestone rock. Calcite (calcium carbonate) is the main mineral of limestone.1. Throughout time, rainwater seeps into the cracks and pores of the ground. This rainwater which absorbs carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, (and takes more carbon dioxide as it drains through soil and decaying vegetation), becomes a weak carbonic acid … Continue reading How are underwater caves formed?
Hinatuan Enchanted River Expedition 2013 By Jake Miranda, TDI Dive Team 1. Jake Miranda, TDI Full Cave Diver #495188 2. Ivar Almhjell, TDI Full Cave Diver #488306 3. Michael Allen, PADI Divemaster 4. Johm Rey Pingkian, SDI Divemaster The Cave Hinatuan Enchanted River begins as an underwater spring that spouts freshwater from a deep … Continue reading Hinatuan Enchanted River Expedition 2013
Being unfamiliar with scuba diving does not really prevent you from admiring all that Caraga has to offer under the water if one looks at all its endless coastlines, countless islands, islets and shoals. Surfing in Siargao became such a phenomenon that there is one more product that perhaps we did not seriously take a … Continue reading Siargao’s Blue Cathedral
A base for cave diving exploration in Southern Philippines is Punta Bilar Dive Center, Surigao City. PBDC has technical and cave dive equipment and several well-built survey and exploration boats. It has supported the expeditions in Hinatuan Enchanted River, Lake Bababu and other notable underwater discoveries.
According to the Cave Classification Manual by the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Department of Environment and Natural Resources Republic of the Philippines 2008, such caves after assessment may be classified as follows: Class I. Caves with delicate and fragile geological formations, threatened species, archeological and paleontological values, and extremely hazardous conditions. Allowable use may include … Continue reading Cave Classification according to PAWB- DENR
By Jake Miranda|April 22, 2013, (Doro the Explorer) One of the more popular tourist spots in Mindanao this summer is Sohoton Cove. This hidden lagoon of limestone rocks is the well-advertised attraction of Bucas Grande island in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. Its popularity is second only to nearby Siargao island. However, there … Continue reading Lake Tiktikan
The 6th Lake Bababu Underwater Cave Expedition By Jake Miranda, TDI This article is dedicated to my dear cousin, Dr. Edgar Vincent “Gagay” T. Miranda, who passed away last January 21, 2013. One of the most exciting things you can do in your life is go cave diving in Lake Bababu. Traverse the whole length … Continue reading A Dive From The Sea and Out To The Lake (Exploring Lake Bababu)