Cave diving at the Pawod cave system, a fresh water cave.
The Pawod cave is an inland spring freshwater cave located in the Barangay Agus on Mactan island (Cebu region).
From the Scotty's Dive Center it take around 15 to 20 minutes by car (depending the traffic) to reach the pool hole of the entrance.
The Pawod cave is also known as the Agus cave because the cave system is located in the Agus Barangay on Mactan island.
The Pawod underwater cave is made of limestone formed by dissolution, this is why the Pawod cave is called a solutional cave.
The spring is at the far end of the cave at around 180 meters (600 feet) from the entrance. The average depth is only around 3 to 10 meters (10 to 35 feet), except the tube going to the spring which goes down to 18 meters (60 feet).
Locally known as the Pawod Underwater Cave System (PUWCS), the cave is not a big system at all, as a matter of fact it's quite tiny to be called a "system", as the cave do not have an area bigger than 2000 square meters (21530 square foot / 0.2 hectare), and those numbers might be optimistic.
But it's a nice cave to dive when it's not raining, and where a lot of cave divers had their training in it.
Diving at the Pawod cave system in Mactan.
When it's raining, we discourage you to dive in this cave as the visibility become null (less than a centimer / inch).
On the other hand, when the weather is good, we mean not raining, the visibility can be good to excellent with a distance of more than 20 meters (65 feet).
The entrance might be hard to find as the freshwater in the pool is always charged with silts, but once inside the visibility is good to excellent.
Because it's a dissolution cave and there is no current, the bed of the cave is covered of a thick layer of silt and sediments.
You should be extremely cautious when you fin to not pull up the sediments, because the visibility can become extremely bad in a matter of seconds.
Our thoughts about diving in the Pawod fresh water cave.
Scotty's Dive Center use this cave for training purpose during a cave course, but it's also a nice cave to dive, and a good place to maintain your training due to the great amount of silt and sediments to care of.