Adventure

Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter

My visit to the Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter is my baptism of fire in Tawi Tawi. On my first day, I told Alvin (my tricycle driver cum tour guide) to bring me to somewhere where I could feel a little tension – say, a Muslim flooded far-flung area, rough roads, or anywhere provided it’s not the usual tourist stuff.  Foremost to my request is to see a waterfalls.  He smiled and thought I was joking. I told him I am not provided I wont die there.

Wish granted. He took me to a place called Barangay Lakit-Lakit which is an hour away from Bongao Proper.  The way going there is a real adventure. Rough, far-flung, barely uninhabited and uncultivated, garbage dumping area of the province, Muslim cemetery along the route and yes, it was raining that time.  I got what I wished for.  I secretly smiled that I wish I am not in this place!

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Then we reached a road where he has to park his tricycle and we walked from there. The trek is about 3 kilometers in the “nothingness”  or should I say “fullness” of far-flung Tawi Tawi.

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

My first sight of the circular rock arch which serves as the entrance going down the cove is impressive. A boardwalk has been previously built here but has been destroyed in the passing of time.  So we needed to struggle ourselves finding the safest way down.

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

There is really nothing extremely special or beautiful in this place except for the adrenaline thrill it gave me.  The cove has crystal clear blue water but the off white sand has many small rocks/stones and was dirty at that time because of the heavy rains.  The Balobok Cave, of archeological significance, has been the site where archeologist found some artifacts dating back more than 5,000 years ago.  The Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock shelter has been previously developed as a potential tourist destination but eventually not carried through. I maybe wrong but I know the obvious reason.

Tawi Tawi | Balobok Cave, Cove and Rock Shelter | What to See in Tawi Tawi | Photo Essay

HOW TO GET TO BALOBOK CAVE, COVE AND ROCK SHELTER

Honestly, I do not know of any other means except to hire a tricycle or a 4×4 with a driver and a guide willing to accompany you. There are no vehicles going here. Hiking or walking? Think again.

PINOY ON THE ROAD STYLE OF TRAVELING

I got a willing tricycle driver cum tour guide who can, by my standards and instinct, protect me.

MY PERSONAL BIAS

Visit the place for an adventure of a lifetime!

Advertisements

3 replies »

  1. Avila during their engeeamgnt shoot. These two will be married this spring at the Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach. Nick and Kelly have a very romantic, goofball way about them that made my job capturing images

  2. I see a lot of interesting content on your page. You have to spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of work, there is a tool
    that creates unique, SEO friendly articles in couple of minutes, just type in google – laranita’s free content source

  3. I read a lot of interesting posts here. Probably you spend a lot of time
    writing, i know how to save you a lot of work, there
    is an online tool that creates unique, SEO friendly posts in seconds,
    just type in google – k2seotips unlimited content

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s