Thursday, January 24, 2008

11TH SPELUNKING IN CALBIGA CAVES 2013

SAMAR ISLAND GUIDE: EXPLORER JONI A. BONIFACIO TEL: 055-2512301
CELL:09192943865 / 09159903553

WEBSITE: www.bonifaciojoni.blogspot.com

LONELY PLANET (Travel Book) Published June 2006 9TH EDITION
SAMAR..Catbalogan & Around page 351

The Calbiga Cave, the Philippines’ biggest karst formation and at 2970 hectares, one of the largest in Asia, is an adventurer’s playground. It was only first systematically explored in 1987 by an eight-person team of Italian speleologists, and the main cave, Langun, has a chamber the size of three football fields. All these attraction are between one and two hours’ drive, plus between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes’ walk, from the Calbiga proper.

Watch DILIM CALBIGA CAVES By: Documentary ni Howie Severino

PART 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axOf5w5qulc

PART 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSnC5jx4iP8&feature=related

PART 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GJ-rkblRlY&feature=related

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http://samad.samarnews.net/calbiga.htm

LANGUN-GOBINGOB CAVES
Calbiga,Samar

CAVING PACKAGE & CAVING INFORMATION

A.) 1 DAY CAVING TRIP (Discovery) Price: PHP 3,500 pesos / $ 80 dollar per person

- Trekking and Caving adventure
- A minimum of 2 persons are necessary to organize caving trip
- All year round except Bad weather
- From 8 years old and above.
- INCLUSION: Permits, Caving gear, Transportation, Food (Breakfasr & Lunch).
Local porters, Trexplore Cave Guide, Photo Documentations, Caving Certificates

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
-Small packs,
-Water Container / Mineral water
-Strong climbing shoe or Trekking shoe
-Extra clothing
-Camera / Video Cam

B.) 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT INSIDE THE CAVE (Adventure) Price: PHP 7,000 pesos
/ $ 167 dollar per person

- Trekking ,Caving, Boldering and Rock Climbing adventure
- A minimum of 2 persons are necessary to organize caving trip
- All year round except Bad weather
- From 8 years old and above.
- Overnight at Gobingob or Langun cave campsite
- INCLUSION: Permits, Caving gear, Camping equipments, Transportation, Food for 2 days, Local porters and Trexplore Cave Guide, Photo Documentations, Caving Certificates.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
-Back packs / Day packs
-Water Container / Mineral water
-Strong climbing shoe or Trekking shoe and Sandals
-Extra dry clothing for sleeping
-Camera / Video Cam

C.) 3 DAYS 2 NIGHT INSIDE THE CAVE (Extreme) Price: PHP 10,000 pesos
/ $ 223 dollar per person

- Trekking ,Caving, Boldering and Rock Climbing, Rappelling, River trekking,
Mud trekking, Mud climbing, Potholing, Swimming, Bat’s Watching and Mountain climbing
- Face to Face with Blind Fish and Blind Crabs
- A minimum of 2 persons are necessary to organize caving trip
- All year round except Bad weather
- From 8 years old and above.
- Overnight at Gobingob and Langun cave campsite
- INCLUSION: Permits, Caving gear, Camping equipments, Transportation, Food for 3 days, Local porters and Trexplore Cave Guide, Photo Documentations, Caving Certificates.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
-Back packs / Day Packs
-Water Container / Mineral water
-Strong climbing shoe or Trekking shoe and Sandals
-Extra dry clothing for sleeping
-Camera / Video Cam

Note: -The rates are subject to change witout prior notice.
- A caving tour is organized for a minimum of two (2) persons
- People don’t want a Package Caving Tour (Caving Guiding Fee: PHP 3,000 pesos / $ 67 Dollar Per Day Per Group maximum of five (5) persons) Additional Person PHP 500


LARGEST KARST CAVE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (CALBIGA,SAMAR)











































11TH SPELUNKING IN CALBIGA CAVES 2013

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Caving Date:
OCTOBER  25-27, 2013 

Days:
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY

3 DAYS CAVE EXPLORATION
2 NIGHTS INSIDE THE CAVE


The Caves:
THE LANGUN-GOBINGOB CAVES

Place:
CALBIGA, SAMAR PHILIPPINES

Dear fellow cavers,

Are you the type of person who wouldn’t dream of littering, exploiting endangered species, offending your environment and natural heritage, or the type of person who simply enjoy the breathtaking sceneries and take pictures of the different extra-ordinary rock formations, or just enjoy being in the wilderness that will momentarily take you away from the buzz ling life of the city?

Why not join the 
11TH SPELUNKING IN CALBIGA CAVES 2013 organized by the Trexplore Adventure Club featuring the country’s biggest cave, the Langun – Gobingob in Calbiga, Samar to be held on OCTOBER  25-27, 2013(FRIDAY-SUNDAY).

Our goal is to promote the great potential of Samar caves in the eco-tourism industry and at the same time, boost awareness in our drive to conserve and protect its archaeological importance.

Maximum of 30 participants will be accepted nationwide on a first come, first served basis of discipline mountaineers, cavers, and environmentalist which will include young professionals, nature lovers, teachers and government employees.

For 3 days cave exploration and 2 nights stay inside the cave, a fee of Php 2,000.00 per person will be collected by the Secretariat upon registration to cover expenses which will include id’s, certificate of exploration, t-shirt, souvenier kits, transportation within Calbiga, entrance fees, Mayor’s permit, Calbiga local tour guide and Trexplore guide.

We would like you to shoulder your own food for the duration of the trip. Bring also with you Caving equipments: like caving helmets, suits or clothes, headlights, flashlights, candles, dry bags,bouyancy aid ,sit harness, garbage bags extra batteries and bulbs, and Camping equipments: like tents, sleeping mat and sleeping bags, camping stoves and cook set, trekking shoes and trekking sandals, camera etc.,

For RESERVATION. Please inform the Secretariat by mail or by telephone for your confirmation. You can also call or text at (Smart)0919 2943 865 (Joni)or (Globe) 09159903553(For Rhine) or email us at trexplore@yahoo.com or trexplore2@yahoo.com. You can also visit at our office:

TREXPLORE THE ADVENTURES
Abesamis Store Allen Ave.
Catbalogan,Samar 6700
Tel: 055-2512301
Cel: (Smart) 0919-2943865
(Globe) 09159903553
Email: trexplore@yahoo.com
trexplore2@yahoo.com

REGISTRATION: 2,000 PER PERSON
INCLUSION:Certificate/Caving Kits,T-shirts
Transportations,Entrance Fee, Mayor's Permit, DENR Permit,
Local Guide and Trexplore Cave Guide,Photo Documentations, Caving Certificates

LEGEND / OPTIONS :

REGISTRATION FOR FILIPINO CITIZEN PHP 2,000.00
REGISTRATION FOR FOREIGNER PHP 2,500
RENT CAVING AND CAMPING EQUIPMENTS "3 DAYS USE" PHP 1,000.00
FOOD FOR 3 DAYS PHP 1,000.00
PORTER FOR 3 DAYS PHP 1,000.00

DEADLINE REGISTRATION : OCTOBER 15, 2013


NOTE:

PAYMENT NON-REFUNDABLE & NON-TRANSFERABLE
NO SMOKING AND DRINKING ALCOHOL DURING THE CAVING EVENT
NO BATH SOAP & NO LOUD MUSIC

For more information you can visit our website :

www.samarextremecaving.blogspot.com

www.freewebs.com/trexplore/

http://experiencecalbigacaves.blogspot.com/

http://3rdspelunking.blogspot.com/

http://gma7calbigacaves.blogspot.com/


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OCTOBER  25, 2013 (FRIDAY)

DAY 1
7:00 AM Registration (KAUNAN SA TULAY CALBIGA)
8:00 AM Arrival of Participants
9:00 AM Welcome Drinks
11:00 AM Lunch time (KAUNAN SA TULAY)
12:00 NN Orientation
1:30 PM Depart Calbiga to Brgy. Panayuran
2:00 PM Arrive Brgy. Panayuran
2:05 PM Start trekking to Langun Gobingob Caves
3:00 PM Arrival 1st Viewing deck (Overlooking
Entrance Langun Gobingob Caves)
3:30 PM Depart to Entrance Langun-Gobingob Cave
4:00 PM Arrival Entrance Gobingob Cave
* Preparing caving equipments
* Pm Snacks
* Safe caving tips
5:00 PM Depart entrance to Gobingob chamber
* Trekking inside Gobingob chambers
* Giant stalagmites formation
* Giant flowstone formation "THE STAGE"
6:30 PM Arrival IST GOBINGOB-CAMPSITE "The Football Chamber
inside Gobingob Cave"
* Set a camp
* Cooking for dinner
* The subterranean watercourses
* Blind Fish,Cave Crikets and Cave Spider
* Gobingob natural pool (Swimming Underground)
7:00 PM Dinner time
8:00 PM Preparing for Caving (Bring Daypack)
8:30 PM Start Caving (NOTE: Advance caver only)
* Explore Upper Gobingob Cave Chambers (DRY CAVE)
* Trekking and Climbing inside the cave
* Boldering and Rock Climbing
* The Bitong mahangin (Gobingob-Dead ends)
* Giants stalagmites formation
* Beautiful flowstone formation
11:30 PM Arrival "Dead end" Upper Gobingob chambers
12:00 MN Depart (Back to Gobingob-Campsite)
3:00 AM Arrival campsite area
3:30 AM Sleep zzzzzzzzzzz

OCTOBER  26, 2013 (SATURDAY)

DAY 2
7:30 AM Wake-up Call
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Break the Camp
9:00 AM Depart Gobingob Chamber to Langun Chamber
10:00 AM Decending in Vertical cliff (40m deep)
* Rappelling (Advance caver only)
12:00 NN Arrival at Tita Cave (Muddy Chamber)
* Giants Chandeliers
* Numerous Stalactites
1:00 PM Arrival Langun chamber (Muddy Chambers)
* The Mother of all Chambers
* Pothole 300 meter high "DAYLIGHT"
* Guano Mountain
1:30 PM Arrival 2ND CAMPSITE in Langun Chamber
* Set a camp / Cooking Lunch
* Lunch time / Relaxing
* Rappelling / SRT
* Bats and Birds watching
6:00 PM Preparing for Snacks and Prepare for
Extreme Caving in Lower Langun Chambers
(Advance Caver Only)
6:30 PM Dinner in 2nd Campsite
7:00 PM Safe caving tips
7:30 PM Depart campsite to lower Langun Chambers
* The Snake Room (THE SNAKE PIT)
* The Natural Water Terraces
* Mud Mountains (Mud Climbing)
* Blind Fish and White Crabs
* The Subterranean watercourses
* River Crossing
( River Trekking and Swimming)
* Water falls and Swimming Pools in langun
* Mud Trekking
8:00 PM Arrival at Langun Subterranean river
* River trekking * Swimming
9:30 PM Arrival Lagun Water Falls
10:00 PM Arrival Dead end lower Langun Cave
10:30 PM Arrival mud Mountain (Mud Climbing)
11:00 PM Arrival Cave pools (swimming)
11:30 PM Mud Tunnels (mud trekking)
12:30 AM Arrival DEAD ENDS langun chambers
1:00 AM Depart Dead end Upper Langun Chambers
2:30 AM Arrival at Subterranean river
* 200 meters swimming
3:30 AM Arrival 2nd Campsite
4:00 AM Sleep zzzzzzzzzz

OCTOBER  27, 2013 (SUNDAY)

DAY 3
7:00 AM Wake-up Call
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Break the Camp
9:00 AM Depart Langun Cave to Mapaso Springs
* Jungle trekking * Mountain Climbing
11:00 AM Arrival in Mapaso Springs / Swimming and Washing
12:00 NN Packing / Depart Mapaso Springs to (ANGELINA'S EATERY)
12:30 Arrival (ANGELINA'S EATERY) "LUNCH"
1:00 PM Depart to Lulugayan Falls in Brgy Literon
1:30 PM Arrive Brgy. Literon Trek to Lulugayan Falls
2:00 PM Arrive Lulugayan Falls / Swimming
4:00 Pm Depart Lulugayan Falls to Angelia's Eatery Calbiga
5:00 Pm Arrive Angelina's Eatery /Distribution of Souviner kits,Certificate and T-s
6:00 PM END OF "
11TH SPELUNKING IN CALBIGA CAVES 2013

HAPPY CAVING !!! HOME SWEET HOME....

WEBSITE:

http://www.dutchpickle.com/
http://www.bonifaciojoni.blogspot.com/
http://www.freewebs.com/trexplore/
http://experiencecalbigacaves.blogspot.com/
http://3rdspelunking.blogspot.com/
http://gma7calbigacaves.blogspot.com/



SEE YOU UNDERGROUND !!!!














DISCOVER CALBIGA,SAMAR PHILIPPINES




















































































































































































LONELY PLANET (Travel Book)
Published June 2006 9TH EDITION
SAMAR..Balcuartro Islands page 350
SWIMMING IN THE DARK

The Caecogobius cryptophthalmus - now say it five times fast – is further proof that necessity is the mother of invention. This 7cm-long fish, discovered in 1987 in the cave system around Calbiga ,appears to have no eyes. at least none that we can see. After all, what’s the point when you live in permanent darkness? This extremely rare type of fish ,the first found in the Philippines, has eyes embedded under its skin; this is evidence for some that evolution is still under way ,however in which direction is the question.








THE BLIND FISH
The extremely rare gobinee fish (Caecogobius cryptophtalmus) was found in a cave at Calbiga,Samar in 1987.

"CAECOGOBIUS CRYPTOPHTALMUS"

First hipogeans fish found in the Philippines, and
first gobinee known in the world, discovered in the karst of Calbiga,Samar, in 1987, by the Iltalian spelunker .The name originates from the total absence of any external traces of eyes.
The presence of some pigmentation, thin scales , and deeply embedded eyes indicate that the adaptive process to the cave habitat is still underway . Length is about 7 centimeters.




















MAP INSIDE LANGUN-GOBINGOB CAVES





DISCOVER CALBIGA SAMAR "THE LANGUN-GOBINGOB CAVES "

Location: Calbiga,Samar, 52 kms. from Tacloban, the cave is 6 kilometers away from the town proper,accessible by foot.The Philippines' biggest karst formation and one of the second largest in Southeast Asia,the 2,968-hectare cave system is composed of 12 caves with wide underground spaces, unique rock formations and sub-terreanean water course. The surface area of Calbiga Caves has a "mid-mountain forest" forest which is the habitat of some threatened wild species like bats, cave crickets, eyeless shell fishes. It was first scientifically exlored in 1987 by an eight-man team of Italian speleologists who belived there are still several hundred of kilometres of galleries waiting to be explored. The karst has an estimated total surface area of 900 sq. km. The main cave in Langun, has a chamber that could be easily fit in three football fields. The other big caves are Gobingob and Bitong Mahangin.


LULUGAYAN FALLS (CALBIGA,SAMAR)

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