Exploring a Jungle Coral Reef

Located in the peaceful and sleepy barangay of Malixi, Hinatuan- Surigao del Sur, Katinuan Spring was initially explored and lined by FCD Jake Miranda on Sept. 2016. The spring is fed with water from the Tagbina Watershed and adjacent to it is the meandering river of Hinatuan. The June 19, 2017 exploration by Miranda and … Continue reading Exploring a Jungle Coral Reef

REPORT: Search and Recovery in an Underwater Cave in Siargao Island

SIARGAO ISLAND- In the late afternoon of April 29, 2017, the body of a 40 year old male was found deep inside an underwater cave of a spring in Brgy Esperanza, Del Carmen municipality of Siargao island. The deceased, Mr. Jose Borja, a local farmer, was believed to have suffered a seizure while doing laundry … Continue reading REPORT: Search and Recovery in an Underwater Cave in Siargao Island

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

Rapid Source Assessment: Bababu Lake of Dinagat Islands

On April 17-20, 2015, the FCD-USC-DENR-GIZ will conduct the last leg of the Rapid Assessment of Terrestrial and Aquatic Biodiversity Survey on Lake Bababu, Dinagat Islands. Bababu Lake, 10.074197°N, 125.509106°E, is in Barangay Basilisa, Dinagat Island- Province of Dinagat Islands. It is accessible from Surigao City via a 1.5 hour boat ride. The lake is … Continue reading Rapid Source Assessment: Bababu Lake of Dinagat Islands

Hinatuan Enchanted River Underwater Cave System (HERUCS) Rapid Source Assessment

The Hinatuan Enchanted River,  8.458886°N, 126.354667°E is in Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan Municipality, Surigao del Sur, Caraga Region (Region XIII). It is accessible from both Butuan City (2.5 hour vehicle ride) and Surigao City (4 hour vehicle ride). This particular river starts from the underwater cave entrance at 30 meters depth, forms into a spring pool, … Continue reading Hinatuan Enchanted River Underwater Cave System (HERUCS) Rapid Source Assessment

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