Boracay Island Hopping: The Bat Caves' Tour
As the sun sets over Boracay, prepare yourself for a sight beyond compare. Nature formed the bat caves over hundreds of years, and mankind has not changed them. At sunset, hundreds or thousands of bats launch from the bat caves and blacken the sky.
Before you even go into the caves, you may see giant bats hanging from trees. These extra large fruit bats (flying foxes) have 1.2-meter (4-foot) wingspans. They feast on fruit, flower nectar, and insects.
You may see some underwater light coming in from the sea, but the caves are dark. Bring your best flashlight to see the bats and stalactites!
Adventuring into the Boracay Bat Caves
You can enter the caves by sea, via boat rental, or by dirt roads through cliff-side, scenic forests. From land, you enter at the mouth of the cave and climb down large boulders. Look up to see stalactites and walls 30-60 meters (100-200 feet) high.
Outside ocean water feeds the pool at the bottom. The depth is 6 meters (20 feet) with visibility of 5 meters (16 feet) to 15 meters (50 feet). Even if you know how to swim or how to snorkel, the water currents make it very challenging and dangerous. An underwater camera may not be necessary.
Tour packages can take you to the bat caves all year round, from morning to evening. And, you can go snorkeling or swimming nearby.
Snorkeling around the Boracay Bat Cave
Bats. Hundreds of bats! Thousands of bats? Inside, outside, and nearby, you can also find these aquatic animals:
- banded sea snake (banded sea krait, colubrine sea krait, or yellow-lipped sea krait)
- grey reef shark
- hammerhead shark
- lionfish (lion fish, lion-fish, turkey fish, fire-fish)
- manta ray (devil ray)
- moray (eel)
- whitetip reef shark
You may also wish to photograph the cave walls and the stalactites above. Be sure to include the Bat Caves on your Boracay Island package tour.