Busay Cave and Spring is a hidden gem, and is one of the fun things to do in Moalboal. Regarded as one of the secrets of Cebu, this off the beaten track tourist destination is well known by locals. The underground spring supplies the nearby town with its water supply, but is also a fabulous cave in which you can swim.
The rock pool at the cave entrance has a cold water spring with crystal clear water, and it's just inviting you to jump in for a refreshing dip on a hot day.
Located in Barangay Busay, Moalboal, Busay Cave and Spring is easy to reach, and is an excellent addition to your Cebu itinerary. Due to its location, you can twin this adventure with Lambug Beach, Montpeller Falls, Cambais Falls etc if you are chasing waterfalls in the south.
In a series of articles showing day trips from Moalboal, if finding hidden gems and sharing local experiences is on your agenda, Moalboal Eco Lodge share all you need to know about Busay Cave and Spring .
Tip: Take a torch/flashlight if you want to walk into the cave and not just swim
Entrance Fee: FREE (this could change at any time)
Parking Fee: FREE
Toilets on site: No
Difficulty level: Easy
Footwear: Flip-flops are fine
Note: Take only photos, leave only footprints; there are no bins here so take your trash away with you. Be a responsible tourist, and don’t litter this lovely slice of nature.
From Moalboal, Busay Spring and Cave are located in Barangay Busay, about 20 minutes away from our Eco Lodge (directions at the bottom of this post).
The drive was easy and very pretty in places. We knew we were heading in the right direction when we saw a stone indicating we were in the Barangay/town of “Busay”.
There are some twists and turns in the road, some of it is uphill but just enjoy the ride and the views.
All around us were mountain range views, beautiful lush green plants, rice fields etc, so don’t be in too much of a hurry to read your destination, as the journey is equally as rewarding.
We kept on driving for a few minutes, saw a sign indicating “Busay Cave”, parked our bike, then walked for a couple of minutes down a path towards the cave and spring.
Arriving at the cave, there was a bench for us to place our bags and admire nature all around. There is no changing room so either come prepared and wear your swimwear underneath your clothes, or wear quick-dry clothes that you can swim in, it’s what the locals do anyway.
When we visited, it was someone’s birthday and as Busay Cave is a hangout for people in the village, they brought a BBQ, cooked rice, beers and even a cake. You will undoubtedly meet friendly locals when visiting, so take a moment to talk with them if they start a conversation.
We couldn’t wait to jump in, but dipping a toe into the crystal clear waters showed us we wouldn’t be jumping in! The water was freezing, so we had to ease ourselves in slowly to allow our bodies to become accustomed to the cold temperature.
After a few minutes of inching ourselves in (and a few shivers), it was time for a swim. On a hot day, this would be wonderfully refreshing. The water isn’t deep, so you don’t have to swim if you don’t want to, and you can easily stand up and walk around. The cave pool isn’t large, but the waters are stunning, and we could easily see the bottom.
We braved swimming into the cave a little so we could turn around and look out, it’s definitely worth it. Views of the lush green trees contrasting beautifully with the stone, and all of this nature reflecting into the clear pool.
At the back of the entrance we could see the pipe from the spring which provides fresh water. It's possible to swim over/under this pipe to go further into the cave.
If you are feeling adventurous and brought your torch, keep walking into the cave where you will see a 650 feet long tunnel. It’s pitch black but with your torch you will see the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Many bats call this cave home, so don’t be alarmed if they fly overhead when you shine your torch.
When you walk through further, there is an opening to look up at the trees surrounding you.
It’s worth mentioning that Busay Cave waters and nearby Kawasan Falls are more beautiful than ever right now. On 16 December 2021, the eye of super typhoon Odette (internationally known as Rai) passed straight over Moalboal, Badian, Alegria and all of Cebu. It was so powerful and the waters were so high it washed away all the limestone deposits which used to give the cave a milky colour.
The area surrounding the cave is stunning. The mountains can be seen, waters from the cave flow into a small stream with colourful plants all around. Take time to sit for 10 minutes on the bench to soak everything up. Watch locals laughing and enjoying themselves, admire the natural beauty, and just don’t be in too much of a rush to head to your next destination. It’s in these slow moments that you truly appreciate your surroundings and the Country you are visiting.
What is the best time to visit Busay Cave and Spring
You can visit Busay Cave at any time, but Sunday’s will probably be busier. It’s a place where locals hang out so you will undoubtedly be greeted by friendly Filipinos whatever time of day or week.
How to get to Busay Cave and Spring
From Moalboal, travel South on the main highway for about 4km to Barangay Balabagon. Turn left after Balabagon Elementary School (signposted Bible Baptist Church) and drive up the hill for about 20 minutes into Barangay Busay. You will see a sign for Busay Cave on the right, park at the top and walk a few minutes.
The majority of the drive is on flat concrete, but some areas are a little steep. Drive slowly and carefully and you will be fine.
Tip: Download Google Offline Map for the area, and type in Busay Cave and Spring which will navigate you to your destination.
Where to stay in Moalboal
When visiting Moalboal, Moalboal Eco Lodge is the perfect place to stay. Located in the middle of a peaceful field with no traffic noise, it’s close enough to amenities, but far away so you can have a good night’s sleep. There is plenty of space to observe physical distancing at the Eco Lodge.
Nestled in amongst palm trees, bamboo and coconut trees, Moalboal Eco Lodge have beautiful Bamboo Cottages suitable for solo travellers, couples and friends. We have two private rooms and a spacious 4-6 bed family room, a breakfast area, kitchen, and a stunning hammock/yoga/sunset deck. Take a look at our rooms! If you have concerns about your safety following the pandemic, please read our COVID-19 Care page.
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(*10% from every purchase is donated to help street dogs in Moalboal)
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