The litany of charges once we got there were a bit frustrating. We followed the signs from the main Anda road and were asked by a Barangay official for a fee for both the vehicle and occupants which is 25 pesos (receipt was issued). Driving on towards the cave, there was an area to park the car that was for the Cave itself. There was a man who wanted a parking fee of 10 pesos not only a parking but also a 2 pesos per passenger fee which I think is very very naughty.
So we left the vehicle and walked to the pool/cave area. We found that jumping into this lovely pool is free. However, to get out of the pool, you are charged 50 pesos to use the ladder. A quick look around the pool showed that this was the only way out… It is unfortunate that it seems that in my country is a no duty of care for the customers anywhere in the process, so there is a charge to exit the tourist attraction. When challenged, the organisers just said, it is what it is and laugh it off. We dived in, a few of us jumped in, and swam and enjoyed the pool with one of us worried about making such a large splash that they might have been charged extra for over zealous jumping!
Joking aside, and to put a balanced review forward, the 50 peso charge is a single charge for those that take the plunge and jump/dive into the pool. They do have staff there and it is fair to charge for these overheads, however, maybe could be done in a more diplomatic way. The guys were very open to making these changes and we will wait to see what the new sign will say in the future.
All in all a 50 pesos for the privilege of diving in with a guy swimming in the pool that can look after the non swimmers (with inner tubes for guest to relax and float with) is actually not too bad.
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A video of my non-biological sister, Paeng jumping into Cabagnow Pool, Anda, Bohol, Philippines.