BaguioPH: Spelunking at Aran Cave

From the mountains, to the land, and to the body of water, Benguet has a lot to offer. Wanna try something different this summer? If you are perfectly physically fit, how about spelunking, rappelling, and diving? Aran Cave is a perfect spot for spelunking and is only 40 minutes away from Baguio. Located in Camp 3 (Tukang) Tuba, Benguet, it is indeed a great summer experience.

As early as 7AM, we headed to Baguio City to take out food from Good Taste –the Igorot Brand. ^_^ My group reached Camp 3 at 9AM. We waited for other members of the group to arrive for a couple of hours. After the orientation, we headed to the cave by 11AM. Praise God, we came out ALIVE at 3PM. 🙂


WHAT TO BRING

1.Cash

2. Extra clothes, footwear (preferably crocs or something similar)
You will get wet. Rocks are sharp. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing.

3. Footwear. Crocs-type of footwear can be rented on site (sizes vary).

4. Food. After the 3 or 4-hour activity, you will surely be craving for food 🙂

5. Water/water bottle. There is water safe for drinking inside the cave.

5. Camera (bring your camera inside the cave AT YOUR OWN RISK).


HOW TO GET THERE

Option 1:
Ride a jeepney (Camp 3) in front of Shopper’s Lane along Magsaysay Avenue. The terminal is just several meters away from Jollibee Magsaysay. Fare: P35 (1st trip: around 7-9AM)
Option 2:
Ride a bus that passes through Kennon Road. Just make sure to tell the conductor that you will be alighting in Camp 3/Twin Peaks near the entrance of the cave. Fare: P50-60
Option 3:
Take private vehicle going to Camp 3 (boundary of Camp 2 and Twin Peaks). There is a small green sign board ‘ARAN CAVE’ on the right (if you are coming from Baguio City).

QUICK TIPS

1. Go early. The cave can only accommodate a few groups at a time. This means that you and your group will have to wait for your turn.
2. Bring underwater gadget protector. This is if you plan on bringing gadgets like phones and cameras inside the cave. You will be passing through a lot of water and muddy rocks inside the cave.

3. Listen to your guide. Before you enter the cave, you will be oriented on what to expect inside the cave, what to do and not to do inside the cave, and other important matters. For your safety, pay attention to what the man in charge of the orientation has to say.

4. Bring your courage. Once you get inside, there’s no turning back. Have fun! 🙂


EXPENSES 

Entrance Fee: P125 per person (as of May 2016)
Tour Guide Fee: P120-150 per 5pax (inclusive of the entrance fee if in group)
Swimming Pool: P70 per person
Shower (without bath soap or anything 😦 ) : P35 per person
Cottage (Communal): P150 per group (:()

*The tourism in the area is still under development so do not expect a ‘Sumaging Cave’-type.
Aran Cave is beautiful on its own. Wait and see.

Happy Summer,

 👣 The Official Traveler

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