Bukilat Cave is located in the MacArthur (yes named for the US General) barangay of Poro Island, in the Camotes Island group of the Philippines. To get there you must travel first to Cebu City, on the island of Cebu, then travel NNE about 2 hours by fast ferry to the port of Poro Town on Port Island. From there you can rent a car or more likely a motorcycle and driver to take you there. Once there, there is a fee to enter the cave.
The cave is has skylights that allow the light to stream in and light the pools, even back into the recesses. It also has native birds nesting there and can be very tranquil when empty. The cave was used as a cache location by rebels during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during WWII.
Composition is primarily of compressed and lifted rock corals, like much of the stratum in this area. There are a couple sizable formations but most are small.
Extra bonus, swim back in the large recess behind the stone dias in the center of the case. First of all the overhead of the room is dark but the water remain lit in florescent green from refraction. Secondly, the cave water lapping into the tubes in this part of the cave makes a deep drumming noise you will likely hear almost no where else.
Bukilat Cave is one of the main tourist attractions in the Camotes group of Islands in Cebu, Philippines. It is one of the 8 natural caves in Camotes and is the most prominent. It is believed to be named after the founder’s name, Bukilat. A long time ago, Bukilat Cave used to be the shelter for the people living in the island from the Japanese invaders during World War II. It has been rumored to have hidden treasures scattered throughout this area.
Located Northeast of Camotes, in the island of Poro, Bukilat Cave boasts its icy-cool water coming from an unknown source. Many believed that the water came from an underground spring and the droplets from the stalactites. Some of the water flows out to the nearby sea. It is situated in McArthur, Tudela, Poro Island, Camotes, Cebu.
Once you get to Camotes in Cebu, there are several places that you should not miss – the Bukilat Cave, the Danao Lake, the Guadalupe (Timobo Cave), the Mangodlong Rock Resort, and the Santiago Bay Garden Resort.