The Island Cave – Pulo Cave, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental

Caves have been natural attractions since prehistoric times, whether it is a man made cave or  a God made cave. When we speak about caves, it is a natural opening in the ground which extends beyond the zone of light and it can permit the entry of man. One type of cave that is well known to man are the solution caves. They are formed in carbonate and sulfate rocks by the action of slowly moving ground water that dissolves the rock to form tunnels and irregular passages.

One of the sites we discovered during our Sipalay trip was the Pulo Cave. I was searching why it is called Pulo Cave but there were only two articles I found in Google. None of them talked about its history. So, I made up my own theory. Pulo is a tagalog word which means island or a land surrounded by body of water. And this cave is the only cave or formation that is seated on the island.

This little cunning cave is one of the sites you’ll stop by if you go island hopping in the Campanones Bay. Before reaching the island, you’ll see it so little from afar and you’ll think that it would just be like a walk in the park. But don’t be deceived because you’ll get to taste a bit spelunking. It was pretty rocky and slippery on the outside and inside.

The white material on the walls are calcites, deposited by water percolating through the rock. And the ceiling of this cave is housed by bats. It was said that this cave was carved by the ocean waves over million years ago. Well, isn’t that amazing?

Well, here are some facts I read about sea caves. They are formed by the power of ocean attacking zones of weakness in coastal cliffs. These weak zones can be a fault or fractured zone or those formed where dissimilar types of rocks are interbed. The cave may start as a narrow crack into which waves can penetrate and exert tremendous force, cracking the rock from within by water ad by air.

Once you passed through the tiny passage of the cave, you’re already a vast scenery of Sulu Sea and other islets situated from afar.

My first impression on this cave was bland because it was little and not the caves that I expected. But if you dig down on how it was formed and the fact it is a Pulo Cave then you’ll get ti appreciate this cunning little cave. I hope people don’t just come here to just take pictures but to appreciate this God made beauty and know its history.


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Marica, a 20-something lady who loves to explore new things in the world while juggling her life in the medical field.

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