Cave Diving Philippines

Bruce Konefe with Ronald Serrano, Xabi Mendiola Garay and Jake Miranda.

Lake Bababu Underwater Cave in Brgy. Melgar, Province of Dinagat Island (1.5 hour boat ride from Hotel Hotel-Tavern Surigao) which is approximately 700-750 meters long is the Philippines’ longest underwater cave to date.  Benjie Lim and Ronald Serrano, both based in Manila, are Filipinos who are part of a growing number of divers in the Philippines’ cave diving community. My visit to the caves was the first time a group of divers outside of the Surigao Dive-Club visited Surigao and Dinagat for its cave diving adventures.

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Bruce with Ronald Serrano.

Thanks to the team at Surigao Dive Club for spending the time to research and explore these caves…. and for hosting my visit so efficiently!

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Equipment Preparation

Lake Bababu is already confirmed as the longest underwater cave in the Philippines; with aprox 2200 feet / 650 meters of exploration line laid…

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Hand sketched map (with overlay) of the Bababu system (as known)

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En-route to the Lake Bababu cave system – an extensive salt-water system accessed via boat.

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Slight ‘jungle trek’ from the boat drop-off to the system entrance on Lake Bababu

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Access map to Lake Bababu cave system. Surigao Dive Club are the guys who’ve made this possible.

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Surigao Dive Club have begun the process of putting dive-support facilities at Lake Bababu – making life easier for cave divers to access the unique caves there.

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Lake Bababu… entrance to an extensive and exciting cave system

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Jake Miranda’s exploration of the Lake Bababu caves..

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Entrance to the system

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Photo courtesy of Jake Miranda – one of the pioneers of Surigao Cave Diving and project activist on the development of the Lake Bababu cave system.

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Mixed teams – backmount and sidemount

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Photo courtesy of Xabi Mendiola Garay – one of Surigao Dive Club’s pioneers of cave explorarion in Lake Bababu

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Some discussions on potential technical wreck projects in the area also…

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Gearing up for the dive (photo courtesy of Xabi Mendiola Garay)

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OMS Tesseract Sidemount for the dive (photo courtesy of Xabi Mendiola Garay)

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Pre-dive… more Philippines caves! (photo courtesy of Xabi Mendiola Garay)

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Setting off… (photo courtesy of Xabi Mendiola Garay)

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Return trek to the boat… thanks to Surigao Dive Club!

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