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Albay: Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave

Located at Barangay Cotmon in Camalig, Albay, Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is probably one of the most popular caves in the province. 

The name Hoyop-Hoyopan came from the Bicolano word hoyop which means "to blow". This is due to the whistling sound made by the wind that passes through the opening points of the cave.
Turning right!

A few more meters


Aside from the occasional sound of blowing wind particularly during windy days, the cave is surprisingly quiet maybe because the bats that live here are not only blind but mute as well. However, you won't be surprised to hear people shouting inside to check if there would be echoes.
Welcome to Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave

Here's our guide naming the stalactite formations near the entrance

More unique looking stalactites this way

Getting deeper in the cave

There's a river inside the cave

What I like about Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is that it is well ventilated and its stalagmites and stalactites seem to have been preserved and protected. If you have an active imagination, you'd notice that many of these resemble objects and sometimes personalities. For those who can't see these, the more likely you'll discover them once your guide will point them out to you. 
Going out one of the cave entrances

Following the pathway going to another cave entrance


A little more...
A family picture before going in the cave again
Another picture...

As an outdoorsman, I also enjoyed squeezing through the labyrinth-like passageways, some measuring 2-10 diameters wide, to reach the different chambers of the cave. However, what concerns me are the man-made installations built inside the cave-like cemented pathways, the dance floor in one of its chambers, and the lighting system along its passageways because it "removes" the authenticity of one's spelunking experience and probably harm the natural ecosystem inside the cave. Regardless, it can't be denied that these installations help improve the cave experience of many making it a perfect tourist destination for all ages. 

Some known stalactite and stalagmite formations inside the cave... Ask your guide on what these resemble and you'd surely find it amusing. 

Besides being one of the top eco-tourism destinations of Camalig, Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is also a historical destination. Little do many know that there were jars discovered inside the cave that dates back around 200BC - 900 AD. Some of these jars are now housed in the National Museum in Manila while some are in Camalig Church. The cave was also used as a hideout of guerillas during the Second World War. It served the same purpose during the Martial Law years of the Marcos Regime, however, it wasn't guerillas who were using it but partygoers who wanted to escape the strict curfew during the time to dance their hearts out hence the dancefloor in one of the cave's chambers.
This part was said to be the meeting place of locals during the curfew hours of the Martial Law era

This is where they "party" during the said era...

Side entrance

The side exit going to the parking area

Walking back to the parking area

I got to visit the cave twice already. The first was a decade ago and the recent one was during the Bicol Roadtrip 2019 of my family. My second trip was equally memorable as the first as I was able to share my experiences with my daughter and my parents like the first visit with my siblings. 
Check out these souvenirs sold at the parking area of Hoyop-Hoypan cave
Gotta have that family picture in the cave

Overall, Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is a perfect destination to visit when you are in Camalig, Albay. However, if you have claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) or speluncaphobia (fear of caves) you may choose not to visit this cave.

Rates: 
Keep in mind that you have to shell out some cash when visiting. 
The entrance fee was 200 pesos per group. This includes the guide fee but nothing is stopping you from giving a tip. 
The parking fee, on the other hand, is 25 pesos.

Getting there:

From Manila, ride a bus bound to Legazpi City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Camalig town proper. Ask the tricycle drivers if they could bring you to Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave and wait for you while you explore it. They usually charge around P150 -200 pesos. 

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Comments

  1. Fantastically interesting and something my kids would love!

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  2. I love that their is a river in the cave...so cool! It looks beautiful!

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    1. That's true, however, the man made pathways seems to have ruined the "natural" beauty of the cave interior.

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  3. What great pictures! I don't get to travel as much as I would like, so I love seeing other people document their travels. Thank you!

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  4. This sounds like a great activity to do, especially if you love spelunking. The caves look huge inside. I love the enormous stalactites!

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    1. Although Callao Cave in Cagayan was way larger this one in Albay still has its own share of beauty. Come visit Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave.

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  5. this is so beautiful and also terrifying LOL I don't know if I would want to go to caves!

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    1. You should conquer your fears. The first time I went in a cave, it reminded me of the movie the Descent.

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  6. I go to Bicol a lot but I haven't been here yet. I will keep this place in mind, for next time. I love caves. They can be scary but I think they're beautiful.

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    1. I think it won't be that scary if you have your friends along with you for the trip. =) I'm sure you guys would love Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave.

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