The eastern part of Visayas, surprisingly, has lots to offer too when it comes to natural tourist spots. From its sandy beaches, sparkling water falls, and towering mountain peaks, this part of Visayas too is also a haven for adventurous spirits. Two wonders are found in the humble city of Maasin: Guinsohotan Cavev and Cagnituan Falls.
First thing most tourists would probably notice upon reaching is the Guinsohotan Falls. Situated in Brgy. Cagnituan, this natural wonder is also known as Cagnituan Falls for its location but more popularly, Guinsohotan Falls. Just like most water falls in the Philippines, Guinsohotan Falls is refreshing and teaming with cold, fresh water. Taking a dip here is almost impossible to refuse.
Guinsohotan Falls also happens to be the mouth of another tourist spot: the Guinsohotan Cave. The cave is 276 meters above sea level (MASL) and also 14-15 kilometers away from the city. The unique rock formation of the cave is one of the main reasons why tourists are drawn to this cave.
Upon reaching the cave, Guinsohotan Cave is an inviting scene for brave adventurers. With its pitch-black passage and leg deep waters, the cave is both an exhilarating and magnificent destination. Cave visitors are encouraged to have flashlights handy as there are no direct source of light down the cave other than the sunlight.
For cave enthusiasts, some might compare it to the Sumaguing Cave of Sagada, where in almost all of its passages, water is endlessly flowing. Maneuvering down the boulders can be a challenge because of the running water and slippery tracks, so extra care is a must.
Descending deeper down the cave, visitors are rewarded with a beautiful sight of the cave as a home to hundreds of bats. At this part, the sound of bats squeaking can get louder than the water splashing and, the entire area gets darker and darker. Going further, reaching the other end of the cave will surprise tourists. A pure water basin, this is what lies at the other end of the cave and swimming and floating could be necessary.
- Entrance Fee –P10 as eco-fee
- Guide Fee – there is no standard guide fee in going down the cave thus it can be negotiated with available local guides.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact Location: Brgy. Maria Clara, Maasin City, Southern Leyte
BY BUS/VAN: Starting from Tacloban City, you can take vans or bus that are bound to Maasin, Southern Leyte. Inform the driver that you want to be dropped off at Brgy. Maria Clara. From there, you can take habal-habal or motorcycle taxis bound to Brgy. Maria Clara or specifically to Guinsohotan Cave or Cagnituan Falls.
BY CAR: Navigate with Waze or Google Maps and set “Guinsohotan Cave” or “Cagnituan Falls” as your destination. Both are located in Brgy. Maria Clara and upon arrival, ask the locals for further and exact directions. These tourist spots are popular among local residents so locating them would not be an issue.