Tabon Cave Tour

Attraction Tabon Caves Quezon, Palawan, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

5 hours
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
09:00 AM
02:00 PM
First-time visit
0.50 USD

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Tabon Caves are a set of caves located on Lipuun Point, north of Quezon municipality, in the south western part of Palawan province on Palawan Island, in the Philippines.

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Why Tabon Cave Tour is special ?

The Tabon Caves, dubbed as the Philippines' Cradle of Civilization, are a set of caves located on Lipuun Point, north of Quezon municipality, in the south western part of the province of Palawan on Palawan Island, in the Philippines. The caves are named after the Tabon scrubfowl. It is bordered on the south by the town proper of Quezon, Bgy. Panitian on the west, and the South China Sea on the north and east. Out of 215 known caves, 29 have been explored and seven of these are open to the public. The seven include Tabon, Diwata, Igang and Liyang Caves. One of the oldest human bones found in the Philippines, the Tabon Man, was found here in 1962. Other excavated, unexamined remains are stored onsite.


What to explore at Tabon Cave Tour?

With around 200 caves known to exist here, 29 have been explored while only two are open to public. The remains of the Tabon Man, approximately 22,000-24,000 years old, were discovered in the caves by Dr. Robert B. Fox and his team from the National Museum of the Philippines in 1962. The team also found burial jars, earthenware, jade ornaments and other jewelry, stone tools, animal bones, and human fossils dating back to 47,000 years ago.

They are maintained by the National Museum, and Diwata Cave and Liyang Cave are open to the public. The Tabon Man was discovered in the caves, one of the oldest remnants of human inhabitants found in the Philippines.


How to get to Tabon Cave Tour?

Tabon Caves Complex is a 30-minute ride by pump boat from Quezon proper. Visitors, however, are advised to stop at the National Museum branch at Poblacion, Quezon for orientation and briefing. Below are instructions or a travel guide on how you can visit and go around the Tabon Caves Complex of Quezon, Palawan.

- Ride a van from San Jose Terminal at Puerto Princesa to Quezon, Palawan. Fare is 200 Pesos per person, Estimated Travel Time is 2.5 to 3 hours.

- Ride a tricycle from Quezon Transport Terminal and tell the driver to drop you off at the National Museum. Fare is 10 Pesos per person. Estimated Travel Time is 5 minutes.

- Walk to the National Highway and ride a Tricycle to the Pier of Quezon. Fare is 9 Pesos per person. Estimated Travel Time is 5 minutes.

- Register at the Coastguard Office at Quezon Port.

- Ride the pre-arranged boat to Lipuun Point where the Tabon Caves Complex is located. Fare is 800 Pesos per 6 persons. Estimated Travel Time is 30-40 minutes in good weather.


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  • A scenic tour of the islands and pristine waters
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  • Great exploring and stunning views
  • A nice mixture of nature and history
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Tabon Caves Quezon, Palawan, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • From National Museum to Pier of Quezon, the tricycle will be passing by the Public Market of Quezon, you may want to buy some drinks and snacks as there are no stores in the Tabon Caves Complex.
  • Since you’re already at the museum, go inside and check what history lies within the Tabon Caves.
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  • There are islands near the Tabon Caves Complex. You can visit these islands with an additional fee of 200 Pesos/island/boat. Just ask your boatman to take you there.
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  • The Tabon Caves Complex has a nice beach in the front where you can swim. If you plan to swim bring extra clothes.
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  • It's best to bring a flashlight. You’ll be needing it at the many dark halls of the Tabon Cave Complex.
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  • All passengers are required to wear a life jacket provided or else the coastguard will not let the boat leave.
  • The tour will last about an hour and 40 minutes if your group is physically fit and up to 3 hours if not.
  • The National Musem is open daily from 8AM to 5PM. They’re even open during holidays.
  • The tour around the Tabon Caves Complex is a hiking tour with lots and lots of stairs. Either you maintain a certain physical strength or have lots of will power to endure the whole hiking tour.
  • You can leave your stuff at the registration area of the Tabon Caves Complex at Lipuun Point while you do the hiking tour. Your exit point will still be at the registration area.
  • As this is a remote place, do not expect any electricity or stores or even toilets here; so be ready with your supplies before going here.
  • You should note that the permit can be taken only on the day when you will visit the Tabon Caves. Permit can only be applied only up to 2PM.
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  • If you’re traveling solo you may want to wait for other travelers in the National Museum so the payment for boat will be divided.
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  • Payment for the boat must be paid after the tour, when you are back at the Port of Quezon. It costs 800PHP per 6 pax.
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