Pagat Cave and Marbo Cave

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Visiting some limestone caves is always a fun idea. Neither Pagat Cave or Marbo Cave are seeping, so you won’t see a lot of cool stalagmites and stalactites. However, you will see beautiful fresh water pools for swimming.

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Let’s start with Marbo Cave (see link for directions):

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It’s a short hike so you don’t need much more than a liter of water and a bathing suit. We brought snacks because we wanted to have a picnic in the cave, but if you’re just going to see it you don’t need to bring much.
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Follow the trail down, and the cave is right there at the bottom. You don’t need a flashlight because it is well lit from the surface (the opening is large.) There’s two swimming spots, one easy to get to and one that you climb over slippery rocks to get to. Both are cool, fresh water.

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Warning: There are two places where you can swim under rock into a tunnel. Don’t do this! Several people have drowned in the cave after trying to do this.

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After you enjoy the cave, turn back if you like. Or, continue on the trail until you get to the cliffs. The view is very nice. Make sure you bring sunscreen if you want to walk out to the cliffs. It’s not a long walk, but it’s hot and sunny.

Next up: Pagat Cave (follow the link for directions):

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This is a much more difficult hike. You will need at least two liters of water and a snack. In addition, you need: Water shoes, a bathing suit, a flashlight, bug spray, sunscreen, and gloves. I recommend a waterproof camera as well, because you don’t want to lose your footing and get you camera wet unless it’s meant to be in water.

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The trail is flat in some places, but mostly it is very steep. There are ropes in places to hold while you descend, so keep your gloves on.

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At the bottom, you’ll see a hole in the rock to your left. It doesn’t look like much, but that’s the way in.

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Hold the rope and walk carefully down. When you get to the bottom, change into your bathing suit and water shoes, and store your pack along the side of the trail.

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Walk through the first pool, which is only ankle deep, and proceed through the small hole into the large cavern beyond.

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If you wear glasses, you might get used to hiking with your prescription sunglasses on and leaving your regular pair in the car.

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However, once you enter the second cavern it is completely dark and you will need a flashlight and glasses to see anything.

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I was completely unprepared, as I thought it was a little cave like Marbo. Now I know better, and can go back dressed properly and with the right glasses.

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There are no tunnels or side caverns so you won’t get lost. The only danger is if there is a flash flood, so check the weather and don’t go on a day when there is a lot of rain expected.

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And don’t forget to reapply sunscreen and bug spray before you start the long trek back to your car.

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Inarajan Falls

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The town of Inarajan is most famous for a set of pools fed by ocean water that are good for swimming, and also some nice views.

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Malojoj Falls is more of a hidden gem. You drive up to the middle school, and park outside the fence. There’s a road into the jungle, and you follow it out of the trees and into the open plains.

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The red dirt is pretty and the tall grass is full of ground orchids.

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You can even find passion flowers at the right time of year.

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If you follow the trail, it will take you over a stream and into a bamboo forest.

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Keep going down hill, and you’ll come to the falls. I recommend bringing gloves, because there are ropes you need to hold to get down the steep parts.

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The falls are bigger after the rainy season, but they are nice any time of year.

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There is a set of smaller waterfalls when you first come down the slope, and then if you go upstream, you’ll see a taller waterfall.

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There’s a nice little spot to sit and listen to the water, and there is even a hammock (above you can see my husband laying in it.)

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The owner of the land is fine with people visiting, as long as they clean up their trash. Make sure you pick up after yourself. If you sit and relax for awhile, you will see butterflies come up to drink from the lower falls, and to eat from the flowers that are planted all around. It’s a really nice place to spend an afternoon.

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Again, make sure to bring lots of sunscreen and water! Wear plants because some of the plants have thorns, and definitely A hat for crossing the sunny plains.

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