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Cathedral Caves, El Nido

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#7 of 16 in Nature in El Nido
Cave Nature / Park
Take a boat ride to explore Cathedral Caves. You can choose to stay on the boat and simply enjoy the view, or, if you're experienced and the tides are right, jump in the water and dive inside the cave. See the inside created naturally from the lava flow, with the entrance so magnificent that it resembles the architecture of a cathedral. Inside you'll find thousands of spiky stalactites hanging from the roof. Arrange your visit to Cathedral Caves and discover more family-friendly attractions in El Nido using our El Nido trip itinerary planner.
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  • The cathedral caves are shallow caves which are shaped like cathedral spires. Good for picture taking but not much else.  more »
  • Mark, from the El Nido Resort, escorted my family into the caves. Extremely dark, scary at first but so cool. Would recommend to wear water shoes not sandals.  more »
  • We went here just to take photos. The boat is unable to enter the cave and we were not allowed to swim inside because there are a lot of sea snakes. The story behind it was also interesting!  more »
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  • Our boat could only get up to the entrance of the cave so there's not much to see really other than a few meters into the cave.
  • So fantastic
  • The islet that houses this cave is an otherwise unassuming rock in the middle of this vast, clear ocean. Once you sail around the back, though, you're greeted with the gaping maw of nature. The outrigger will not take you inside, however they will not stop you from swimming in to explore on your own. I highly suggest doing so, with life vests if necessary, as this is one of the few places left on earth where you can truly escape.
  • Small area limited by water tides
  • The entrance to the cave is really narrow, so you might come here without being able to enter if the waves are high.

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Where to stay in El Nido

Long since established as a domestic tourist destination, El Nido's growing international reputation has led to a number of eco-tourism and resort-style options popping up in recent years. The main town on the west coast offers the greatest choice, with sprawling luxury resorts, hotels, and guesthouses all enjoying convenient access to the surrounding islands. Staying on one of the islands presents an exciting alternative, although you'll find the choice largely limited to luxury hotels.
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