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The island of Panglao in the Bohol province is pretty small. Except for the beautiful beaches there are also some other places of interest. One of them is Hinagdanan Cave.

In the 16th century, Bingag was covered by thick vegitation, the people came to live and developed the land. One day, while the owner of this land was clearing the area for a farm, he discovered two adjacent holes, noticable only when some decayed trunks were removed. He tried to determine the depth of the hole by throwing a stone down and was surprised when he heard a splash.
Later on, a ladder was improvised. Ladder in the dialect is 'hagdan', so the cave came to be known as hinagdanan cave because one can get inside by using a ladder.
The present entrance was discovered much later when a big tree died and decayed showing the connecting hole.
Meanwhile, the early inhabitants used this cave as a source for drinking, washing, and bathing.

I found this cave on simple a local map over the Bohol province which I bought in Cebu City. I used a tricycle which I had rented for a day (including driver) to get around the island. Renting a tricycle is a very nice, interesting and flexible mode of transport to get around.

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