DIY Travel Guide to Jovellar Underground River and Cave in Albay

Saturday, December 03, 2016

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About 30 minutes from the Green Hills is the underground river in Jovellar. This pristine subterranean waterway may not be as long as that of Puerto Prinsesa but is as majestic nevertheless. A bamboo raft will take you through the length of the cavern, glimmering stalactites jutting from the darkness and an occasional bat zipping out of sight. At the other end is an underground falls where you can bathe. The water is raging, but cool, and extremely invigorating! You can also (very carefully) explore upstream where the water is less vehement but as refreshing. 

Related Adventure: DIY Travel Guide to Paguriran Island, Sorsogon
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SIDETRIPS
Sidetrips to the Cagsawa RuinsSumlang Lake, and Quitinday Green Hills are highly recommended. 

Related Adventure: Albay Day Tour


SAMPLE ITINERARY
Day Tour (from Sorsogon City)
06:10 to 07:15 - Sorsogon Town Proper to Legazpi, Albay via van
07:15 to 07:30 - Legazpi to Bañag via tricycle
07:30 to 08:10 - Bañag to Quitinday Intersection via jeepney
08:10 to 08:40 - Quitinday Junction to Quitinday Green Hills via rented tricycle
08:40 to 09:15 - Register, pay fees, trek, picture-taking
09:15 to 09:50 - Quitinday Green Hills to Jovellar Underground River and Cave via rented tricycle
09:50 to 12:10 - Register, explore underground river and cave
12:10 to 12:45 - Wash up
12:45 to 13:10 - to Rayben's for lunch via rented tricycle
13:10 to 14:00 - Lunch
14:20 to 14:50 - Rayben's to Sumlang Lake via rented tricycle
14:50 to 16:00 - Balsa ride across Sumlang Lake, picture-taking
16:00 to 16:10 - Sumlang Lake to Highway via rented tricycle
16:10 to 16:30 - Sumlang to Legazpi via jeepney
16:30 to 17:45 - Legazpi to Sorsogon town proper via bus

BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES
(Per pax unless otherwise stated)
Entrance Fee (Underground River and Cave) - Php20
Parking Fee (Tricycle) - Php15
Bamboo Raft Fare (two-way)- Php100
Tour guide fee (no standard fee) - Php200
CR (with shower) - Php10

For expenses for Quitinday Green Hills, click here. For Sumlang Lake, go here. For the complete Albay Day Tour, check this out, or see this Facebook photo album.
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HOW TO GET THERE
From Sorsogon town proper, take a tricycle or walk to the municipal hall where there is a UV van terminal. Get on a van bound to Daraga or Legazpi. Once in Legazpi City, take a jeepney. Once there, ride a jeepney with “Polangui” signage and alight at the Quitinday junction. Then, rent a tricycle for the round trip to Jovellar Underground River and Cave. 


OTHER CONCERNS AND REMINDERS
- Practice the LNT Principles at all times (Read: 8 Basic Etiquette Rules Every Modern Traveler Should Know)
- Wear appropriate clothing to avoid injury and wounds, put on some sunscreen too
- - Mobile Reception (all networks) is stable
- Make sure to waterproof your belongings
- There is ample parking space (pay-parking) in the registration area
- There are plenty of shower rooms in the registration area too

CONTACT DETAILS
Lourdes Boreta
Jovellar Tourism Officer
+63 998 552 5715

Eddie Pedrajeta
Brgy. Captain
+63 907 025 0211 or +63 926 476 2092

Ma. Aileen Morales
In-charge of Collection, Cashier
+63 975 356 3211 or +63 950 440 6626

Aubert Iglesia
Assistant Tourism Officer / Tourist Area Supervisor
+63 929 216 7422 or +63 926 356 6809 or +63 905 630 6703

Jemar Moral
Tricycle Driver/Tour Guide
+ 63 930 086 7210

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