Caves are fascinating because of how they are formed and how it will vanish after few centuries.
In Albay, there are two caves that are well-known, one is the Hoyop-hoyopan cave and the Calabidongan Cave. If you want a harder course for your spelunking adventure, I suggest you go to Calabidongan as Hoyop-hoyopan is just walking inside a cave–it doesn’t have the swimming, climbing, and sliding which is expected for a spelunking adventure.
The cave that we went to is called as Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave. The cave has 3 main entrances and 3 floors, and what is fascinating is that it has its own ventilation. The wind passes through the openings of this cave which makes it cool inside and also, that is where its name came from. Hoyop, which means (ihip) blow.
The cave also doesn’t stink unlike other caves that I have visited
What is also interesting is the formation of stalagmites and stalactites–although you need a great imagination to enjoy the tour
Hoyop-Hoyopan cave is located in Camalig, Albay, about 30 minutes away from Legazpi City. As far as I know, there is no direct transportation which will take you in this cave. What you can do is hire a tricycle or a van in Daraga (instead of Legazpi, so that the price will be cheaper) to transport you in this destination.
When you arrive in the site, there are people who can assist you and tour you around the cave, but the service is not for free it is for a minimum fee of P300.00 or $7 USD. The price is per group, so it doesn’t matter how many people you are. And also, it include the entrance fee but excludes the parking fee. The parking fee is P25.00 or $0.55 USD.
I suggest that you hire a guide since they know where the beautiful stalagmites and stalactite formations are located, and also, they will warn you when to lower your head or not. Please be pretty careful while walking in the cave since you might bump your head in the stalagmites/stalactites.
The cave is not “au naturale” there are man-made structures inside the cave for visitors’ safety. There are stairs and bridges; and also there are lights hanging in some of the areas of this place. that is why you don’t need to bring some flashlights. The stairs are made because there’s a lot of visitors slipping when they go up to the higher level.
There is also a man-made dance floor where people of Camalig go and party during the Martial Law era. This is funny but this is real. They go there during the night and enjoy themselves although there was a curfew set by the Marcos’ government.
Even though there’s man made structures inside the cave, it doesn’t really affect how natural and beautiful the cave is. The man made structures are just to protect the tourists from any untoward accident.
Here, you can also see a nice view of the Mayon Volcano. However, when we got there, it was raining so Mayon is hiding from us.
You can also buy some crystals as souvenirs here. They cost at an average of P10.00 to P1000.00 ($ 0.23 – $23.25 USD).