Preserving a Dying Spring

The Filipino Cave Divers is proud to be part of a landmark move to preserve a dying spring. As of March 5, 2017, the blue lagoon area of Enchanted River is closed for swimming. The decision came after a series of scientific studies and multi-partite consultations with the Hinatuan LGU, local tourism stakeholders, Department of … Continue reading Preserving a Dying Spring

Biophysical Survey of the Enchanted River: A Scientific Report

Foreword by Ms. Ethel Wagas: This article is an output from FCD’s project entitled “Rapid Resource Assessment of Four Philippine Underwater Cave Systems”, funded by The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) under the PAME Project, in partnership with the Department of Biology of the University of San Carlos and the local government unit of … Continue reading Biophysical Survey of the Enchanted River: A Scientific Report

The Marigondon Cave of Mactan: A scientific study made in 1993

Foreword by Dr. Danilo T. Dy: The 1993 scientific article was USC's first contribution to the study of underwater caves. It was a collaborative effort between a marine geologist from the Univ. of Hamburg, Germany and researchers of the Marine Biology Section, USC. The article provided initial data on the dimension of the cave, the … Continue reading The Marigondon Cave of Mactan: A scientific study made in 1993

Thank you, PCSSD!

The Filipino Cave Divers (FCD) expresses its appreciation and acknowledgement for the efforts of the Philippine Commission on Sports SCUBA Diving (PCSSD) for its initiatives and its support for the advancement of divers' safety and in the exploration and sustainability of important ecosystems with high tourism potentials. The FCD is proud to have participated and … Continue reading Thank you, PCSSD!

4th Joint PAME and RCC Meeting

Seven underwater (anchialine) caves in Mindanao were formally submitted for classification marking the first time in the country's history that underwater caves will officially be included in the national list. This happened during the joint meeting of the Regional Cave Committee and PAME Group of Caraga Region, Philippines, held last Dec. 10, 2015 at Balanghai … Continue reading 4th Joint PAME and RCC Meeting

Freshwater cave system in Cebu yields an undescribed species of fish

The recent exploration (Dec.7-8, 2015) to Casili Underwater Cave System in Brgy. Arpili- Balamban, gave the team the opportunity to video document a previously unobserved denizen of the deeper portion of the site.  Captured on video is a  yet-to-be described fish that was spotted at a depth of 32 meters and around 600 meters away from the … Continue reading Freshwater cave system in Cebu yields an undescribed species of fish

FCD attends the 19th National Cave Committee meeting

The FCD, as resource speaker, attended the 19th National Cave Committee meeting on Nov. 24, 2015 at Brentwood Suites, Quezon City, Philippines. Representing FCD was Jake Miranda. FCD presented the results of the rapid assessment of four underwater caves (anchialine) in Cebu and Mindanao. FCD also showed the Hinatuan and Libwakan videos (personally seen by … Continue reading FCD attends the 19th National Cave Committee meeting

2014: A Year of Discoveries & Trial by Fire

The Filipino Cave Divers started the year 2014 with a series of epic discoveries. Mid-year, it suffered a devastating loss of a beloved co-founder. Forging ahead through such bitter challenge, the organization maintained its core values and expanded its membership, networks and partners. The future of the country’s underwater cave explorations, protection and management is … Continue reading 2014: A Year of Discoveries & Trial by Fire

The Silop Cave Complex

Silop Cave Complex (SCC) is in Barangay Silop, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Caraga, Philippines, which is accessible via daily flights from Manila and Cebu.  SCC is located at 9.740553°N, 125.515011°E. It is just 15 minutes from the Surigao City Airport.  It now has sixteen-cave entrances system (out of a possible 23) as of June … Continue reading The Silop Cave Complex

A Journey of Discovery

The Filipino Cave Divers (FCD) has been contracted to take the lead in an exciting and pioneering project called the "Assessment of Terrestrial and Aquatic Biological Diversity in Selected Aquatic Cave Systems"! This ground- breaking endeavor which will be undertaken with FCD's scientific partner, the University of San Carlos- Biology Department, is under the close … Continue reading A Journey of Discovery

FCD and USC: A Partnership for the Underwater Caves of the Philippines

Last November 28, 2014, the Filipino Cave Divers (FCD) and the University of San Carlos (USC) - Biology Department forged the country’s first-ever partnership between a team of underwater cave explorers and a team of university scientists. The relationship is officially sealed with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will strongly encourage collaborative research projects … Continue reading FCD and USC: A Partnership for the Underwater Caves of the Philippines

The Paglugaban Cave of El Nido, Palawan

If you have not yet been, I can only describe Paglugaban Cave as truly amazing! This part of Palawan’s geography and geology is estimated to have formed about 300 million years ago. As such, all of Paglugaban speleothem are very old. In fact, even the cave floor and all of its sediment had taken millions … Continue reading The Paglugaban Cave of El Nido, Palawan