A visit to Albay’s historical cave: Hoyop-hoyopan Cave
If you’re looking for a natural attraction that does not require too much physical activity, head on to Hoyop-hoyopan cave in Camalig, Albay.
Entrance to the cave
Hoyop-Hoyopan cave is one of Albay’s famous attractions because of its historic legacy. For one, it has been around for a long time at about 3,000 B.C. to 4,000 B.C. The 280 square meter-cave was called Hoyop-hoyopan, a Bicolano term for “blow of the wind.” This huge and windy cave is filled with various shapes of rock formations, where you can use your imagination to formulate different figures inside the cave.
Bats at the ceiling
The cave has stood strong amidst all calamities that hit the town, making people consider it as a safe spot and using it as a make-shift evacuation center for the townspeople. Before that, it has become a refugee camp by Filipinos during the Japanese occupation in World War II as it was used as a hospital and orphanage at that time.
Hoyop-Hoyopan cave also served as a place where partygoers stayed at when the curfew was strictly imposed nationwide. More than a shelter, Hoyop-Hoyopan cave has also become a place to visit for its scientific contribution where researchers traversed the inner layers of the cave that lasts up to 11 hours long to trek.
What’s inside the Hoyop-hoyopan cave
Going inside, the place can be wet because of the stalactite and stalagmite that emit water in the cave. It’s better to wear comfortable shoes and clothes as the cave may need you to crawl or squeeze yourself inside to see more of what the cave offers. Included in the entrance fee that you will have to pay for is a tour guide, who will be there to share funny anecdotes about the cave and valuable information. The whole cave experience will only take about 15 to 30 minutes to see the first phase of the whole Hoyop-Hoyopan cave.
Want to have a fantastic cave experience? Go to Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave now!
Address: Brgy. Cotmon, Camalig, Albay
Entrance Fee: P150 per person
*Price may change without prior notice