Explorations & Travel

flag Over the short time FCD has been around, a lifetime of Explorations are rapidly accumulating. This section chronicles the group’s Explorations..into places nobody’s cave light has shone before. FCD shares with everyone the awe and excitement in the process. Often, the Travel matches the wonder of discovery.

Mindanao Region 

At Expedition 3, the team of FCD’s Bernil and Doc and guest, Lou discovered the blockage of all accesses to Mayor’s Chamber by what is now determined as mounds of coarsely granular limestone. A cave-in deep in the area of Mayor’s Chamber was suspectedRead more...

MAD Cavers had the grand design of intensive exploration of Hinatuan’s Enchanted River Underwater Cave System (HERUC) at Expedition 3 on June 11-14, 2011. However, the team met an unpleasant surprise – all entrances to Mayor’s Chamber were blocked by mounds of either sand or limestoneRead more..

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 a glimpse of this new attractionRead more…

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 shoalsRead more…

Hinatuan Enchanted River begins as an underwater spring that spouts freshwater from a deep source in the ground. The source of the water may be from aquifers surrounding the area that collect the water from heavy rainfall common in HinatuanRead more…

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, PhilippinesRead more…

One of the most exciting things you can do in your life is go cave diving in Lake Bababu. Traverse the whole length by entering a cave from the sea, and after an hour of swimming underwater and passing through  prehistoric chambers, emerge in a hidden lake of beautyRead more…

Our article on Lake Bababu is featured in the latest issue of M magazine, Life & Living in Mindanao. It gets front-billing on the coverRead more…

Hinatuan’s Enchanted River is a favourite tourism destination in the island of Mindanao. People as far away as Davao, a 6-hour bus ride away, take day trip excursions just to enjoy this natural wonder – a spring with cool crystal clear water, flowing out to sea some 600 meters awayRead more…

A base for cave diving exploration in Southern Philippines is Punta Bilar Dive Center, Surigao CityRead more…

Central Visayas Region

Millions of years old dao-dao from Doc’s Chamber of Pawod Underwater Cave. I wonder if those homo erectus Oponganons then were smart enough to knock the tip of the shell off and suck the meat out?…View photo…

At the Photo Documentation Project on May 31, 2013 we (FCD divers Bernil and Doc Amores) managed to collect specimens for our resident scientistsRead more…

The staged comprehensive documentation project of Pawod Underwater Cave System (PUWCS) is underway. Phase 1 was done on May 31, 2013View photos…

The Pawod Underwater Cave System (PUWCS) is one of Lapu-Lapu City’s most precious natural resources. It is a dissolution cave formed over thousands, maybe millions of yearsRead more…

“Holy Mother!!” — I cringed, turned my head away and shut my eyes as a snake-like form lunged from the dark mouth of the Casili Spring and slithered towards me. “If this thing decides to bite me, I’m just darn out of luck!”, I thoughtRead more…

The first comprehensive freshwater cave survey in Bohol was conducted on July 2007Read more…

 

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