Hidden in the baranggay of Jaclupan lies the Igotan or Igutan falls and cave. There are two waterfalls in Igotan, technically - one outside and also inside. Yes, a waterfalls inside the cave (photo above is the outside one). The Igutan waterfalls outside isn't that 'strong' but the tricky thing about smaller waterfalls is that they are most active during the rainy season.
I have visited twice already but it was only during the second time that I saw a small volume of water falling ('gamay or hinay og agas' - don't take a dip there unless it's the rainy season since it's murky or stagnant most of the time).
The falls inside seem to be the opposite of the one outside, it streams constantly during summer or rainy seasons.
|Mananga River in Jaclupan side|
|Take a photo of this fairly long foot/motorcycle bridge|
|Read and follow the rules of the place before entering the cave|
|Because there's a waterfalls inside, expect a very damp and wet cave unlike most|
|Prepare yourself for some crouching, maneuvering, spelunking but you won't need to crawl in navigating Igotan|
Tales about Igotan Cave and Waterfalls:
Locals have various superstition, stories or legends about this cave. Some say that during the Japanese presence in Cebu, many of these invaders used the cave as their hiding place during the Second World War.
|The stories of WW2 may be plausible since the Dead End - Atrium part where the inner Igotan Waterfalls is fairly large|
|Igotan Cave - Waterfalls - I wasn't able to take a photo inside the first time but I bough some more flashlights the second time and with many attempts to take a picture of this with my Xperia|
|Don't let that photo fool you, it still quite forceful for one's back|
|My alalays the second time around - admiring the Igotan cave walls, stalactites and stalagmites|
|Along the narrow way|
|In the atrium-like place near the Igotan inner waterfalls|
Serious Fact: Since I am not an expert, I am aware that caves have their own ecosystems and ideally be not developed into a tourist place (unless if it is already a dead-cave). We should also not touch every rock, shiny rocks, and other pointy formations inside a cave since once a human touches it, it may no longer grow and possibly "die" (this is due to the natural human oil found in our skins that blocks the natural water-enabled growth of formations inside the cave).
The cave isn't dead I believe since we did encounter some fresh water crabs lurking about (I think) in there as well as some insects too.