Why you should not try spelunking at Sumaguing Cave

If you ask me out for an extreme adventure right now, I’ll probably put a brave face on and gladly accept your invite. However, what you don’t know (and probably wouldn’t know) is that few seconds after, I’m already cursing myself at the back of my mind for impulsively accepting the offer. Let’s face it! I’m not one of those brave souls. So whenever I am invited for an adrenaline activity, I have to think over a hundred times billion times whether I am ready to risk my life too soon. How I came up with this mindset? Blame the extreme scenarios and heavy twists in most television dramas and movies! Those scenes where the sun is high up in the sky, the weather is fine and the day seems perfect then suddenly, the main character accidentally slips of a rock leading to his death.

Sounds so exaggerated but you’ll rather be safe than sorry whenever fear eats you up, right?

This exact scenario kept bugging me during the spelunking activity in my Sagada trip this year. Since it was my first spelunking activity, it gave me goosebumps and a few more different feelings. It is because of this experience that I came up with the reasons why you should not try spelunking at Sumaguing Cave.

1. It requires proper spelunking attire

When I went there, there was one girl who wore a lace crop top, high-waist shorts and a cute pair of sandals. To pull everything together, she even brought along a pair of sunglasses down to the cave! I evaluated her look and deemed unfit for the certain activity. You can even notice that she had a hard time descending/ascending the slippery cave and handling the cold water.

For this activity, you need to invest in comfortable clothes that are not too loose. You don’t want it to get caught in sharp edges, right? For the footwear, I am not sure if aqua shoes are very convenient to use. We were asked to go barefoot in the middle of the activity so that we can get a better grip on the slippery rocks.

2. It requires presence of mind

We were asked to crawl through small holes, slide down on rocks, climb a rope and most of the time, step on slippery rocks. The first part of the activity was the toughest one for me. It’s where you descend to the darkness. That time, we didn’t bring extra flashlight for the group so we only relied on our guide’s kerosene lantern. “What if the light won’t last long?” (Here I go again)

Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave

Climbing up through a DIY stairs that’s made up of tires

I always made sure that I was stepping on a steady rock– feeling it before I take a full step on it so that I won’t slip off. If I had been absent minded the whole time, I don’t know if I can make it out of the cave and blog about this experience right now.

3. It requires to get your game face on

And by that I mean “being determined and doing whatever it takes”.

I was very hesitant at first because there were a lot of bat poops everywhere! I don’t even want to smell it. How much more if I touch it? I was not able to properly hold the rocks and support myself because I was really conscious of the bat poops but later on, I realized that I just have to do whatever it takes to keep myself alive and of course, have fun. If I continued with the drama, I think I already fell and decomposed with the bat poops right now.

Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave

Doing whatever it takes even if it includes holding your breath and smiling for a quick photo?

4. It requires you to have fun

Despite the danger it possess, Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave is a fun activity. If you’re not an adrenaline-junkie like me, your knees will be shaky during the first few minutes but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to appreciate the activity.

I was in awe when we reached the rock formations at the heart of the cave. It was the highlight of the activity and I must say that it was worth conquering my fears. I was more amused when I saw (what looked like) seashell fossils on the cave walls! Just wow!

Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave

It’s more fun with the squad.

So why you should not try spelunking at Sumaguing Cave?

First, if you won’t consider proper spelunking attires as your OOTDs, this is not for you. Second, if you’d rather let your mind wander around, this is not for you. Lastly, if you won’t quit the drama and keep on whining about it, this is definitely not for you. However, if you’re not any of those, suit up and get ready to explore Sumaguing Cave on your next adventure! I promise that it is really worth it.

If you want an extra challenge, you can go for the Lumiang-Sumaguing Cave Connection. Me? Let me think a hundred times more whether I should go for another round of spelunking. hehe!

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I am a 20-something Software Engineer who loves to travel, explore places, experience different culture and chase dreams. Apart from my 6 to 9 job, I dance ballet as a hobby. Born, raised and currently living in the beautiful Philippines but will soon travel the world.. one baby step at a time.


  1. hahaha! Nagkatawa ko literally sa nag-crop top ug nag sandals hahaha. Maigad, na-inform sya na mag spelunking or abi nyag mag-beach sya? hahaha!

    Spelunking is not for the faint heart but should be with a brave soul! These reasons should really be read by people who wish to spelunk but don’t know what to expect.

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