Creepy? Not in Tabon Caves!

Tabon Caves

Palawan is not just a haven for sea foods and water sports. Once you visit the province, you would be amazed on how beautiful it is for its natural attractions that are continuously making Palawan one of the most wonderful places to spend your time with.

One of the most attractive destinations in the province is the Tabon Cave located in Lipuun Point, Quezon, Palawan, 155 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa. It is popularly known as the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization” because i is believed that the ancient tribes of Tabon men dwelt in this cave wherein their remains, along with their artifacts, were found decades ago. It consists of a series of chambers, a 138-hectare rugged cliffs and deep slopes for the matter.

The Discovery of the Tabon Caves

Dr. Robert Fox and his co-archaeologists from the National Museum discovered the Tabon Caves in 1962. Their discovery led to one of the most important discoveries in the world of archaeology – that is the one mentioned above, the Tabon men fossils and remains

the place can be reached by taking a bus or jeepney ride from the provincial capital to Quezon. It is followed by a pumpboat ride from Quezon wharf to the caves. Travel time is 3-4 hours by bus or jeepney to Quezon and 20-30 minutes’ boat ride from Quezon pier to the caves.

The Tabon cave complex is located on Lipuun Point, Quezon, Palawan . It is a 138-hectares, of rugged cliffs and deep slopes. Discovered by an American, the late Dr. Robert B. Fox and his team of Archaeologist from the National Museum in 1962. The discovery of the caves have yielded an important Archaeological find – Fossil human bones tentatively dated from 22,000 to 24,000 years ago. Excavations were done from 1962 to 1970. Of the 200 caves found in Lipuun Point only 29 caves were fully explored, including Tabon Cave, which were found to been used for habitation and / or burial sites by ancient people.

Because of its importance to Philippine History and heritage, the site was declared a Museum Reservation Site by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 996 in 1972 by the Philippine Government. Out of the 29 explored caves, only three caves are available or open for the visitors. The Tabon cave complex is currently being maintained and managed by the National Museum.

Tabon cave complex is a 30-minute banca ride from the town of Quezon, a Southern municipality of Palawan. It is 155 kilometers away from Puerto Princesa City.

Sources:

http://www.lakbaypilipinas.com/travel_philippines/palawan/palawan_things_to_do.html

http://www.pcsd.ph/photo_gallery/wonders/Tabon%20Cave%20%20profile.htm

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