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

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

The 1st FCD Convention

Last Sept. 25-28, 2014 the FCD conducted its first convention. Members from Luzon and Mindanao joined the Visayas members on Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City for the activities scheduled during the 3-day meeting. The group engaged in discussions on mixed team protocols, held a UTD Advanced Buoyancy and Propulsion Workshop, and conducted an extensive survey (photo, video, directional and distances) of … Continue reading The 1st FCD Convention

The 2007 Bohol Underwater Cave Explorations

This article originally appeared in the “Chronicles of a Filipino Cave Diver” blog. ----------------------------- Written by: The project was under close cooperation with the Bohol Provincial Government – Hon. Erico B. Aumentado, Provincial Governor; Atty. Tomas B. Abapo, Jr., Provincial Administrator; and Mr. Guido Valleser, a senior officer at the Bureau of Fisheries, Provincial Agriculture … Continue reading The 2007 Bohol Underwater Cave Explorations

Balamban’s Casili Underwater Cave System

The Casili Underwater Cave System (CUCS) is located in Barangay Arpili- Balamban [10.441806°N, 123.711667°E]. It was initially explored by FCD members Bernil, Doc Amores and Alec Toting on Aug. 23, 2011. Subsequent explorations by the 2-man team of Gastardo and Amores have determined the underwater cave’s deepest point at 40 meters/ 130 feet. The present cave … Continue reading Balamban’s Casili Underwater Cave System

Docboy’s Cave aka the Pawod Underwater Cave System

Pawod Underwater Cave System (PUCS), 10.280254°N, 123.989112°E, is the only known freshwater underwater cave system in an urban setting (within 25 kilometers of more than 1 million population). Littered inside the cave system are fossils (cast) of marine animals ranging from small corals to giant clams. Inside the main chamber are boulder formations that may … Continue reading Docboy’s Cave aka the Pawod Underwater Cave System

Doc Amores- An Explorer

Dr. Alfonso "Docboy" Amores was a micro-surgeon and reconstructive surgery specialist when he came back to his home country to retire after more than 20 years of living and working in the U.S.A. But he was not the kind of man who would be happy to whittle away his years in a rocking chair while watching the seasons pass. He … Continue reading Doc Amores- An Explorer