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Have you seen a swimming pool inside a cave? There's a unique spot in the quite town of Carmen in Agusan del Norte that features a man...

The Cave Pool in Vinapor Blue Water Resort

Have you seen a swimming pool inside a cave? There's a unique spot in the quite town of Carmen in Agusan del Norte that features a man-made pool inside a cave. Let me introduce the Vinapor Cave Pool.

The cave pool is inside the Blue Water Beach Resort or more known locally as Jurassic Beach Resort. It is nestled along the coastal cliffs of Barangay Vinapor, less than two hours drive from Butuan City and three hours and thirty minutes drive from Cagayan de Oro City. The landmark going to the resort is Tagcatong Elementary School where you can ride habal-habal or tricycle. No need for a reservation, walk-in and day tour are allowed.

The Vinapor Cave Pool is the main attraction of the resort. There's an entrance fee of Php100 aside from the Php35 fee to enter the resort. The cave is small which can accommodate around 10 pax. The water is chlorinated and it is about 3 feet deep. There are available cemented chairs where you can put your belongings. Shower area and comfort room are outside the cave pool. Be careful walking on floors because tiles are a bit slippery.

I'm very lucky because I'm the only guest that day. I spent an hour and took a lot of pictures and videos. The whole area is glowing with vibrant blue because of the blue roof covering cave. The place is truly instagrammable. It's advisable to go here during weekdays and off season. Expect a crowd and long lines during weekends and summer season.

Aside from the cave pool, the resort also features an outdoor swimming pool and room cottages with a magnificent view of the open sea. You can also find several figures of dinosaurs and other animals scattered all over its area. The waters on the shores are crystal clear perfect for swimming, snorkeling and cliff diving. You would surely enjoy the serenity of the place.

Entrance to Vinapor Blue Water Resort: Php 35/pax
Entrance to Vinapor Cave Pool: Php 100/pax
Room rates- Starts at P1500

How to get to Vinapor Blue Water  Resort

From Butuan City, you need to ride a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to the terminal (Near Butuan Puregold). At the terminal, ride a jeepney or multicab bound for Carmen or Vinapor. Regular fare is Php30 to Php40. I paid the jeepney driver Php70 to bring me directly to the resort. Travel time is 2 to 2.5 hours.

Other option, you can take a bus going to Cagayan De Oro and tell the driver to drop you off at the highway in front of Tagcatong Elementary School. Fare is around Php50-Php70. From there, you can take a habal-habal or tricycle. Fare is Php50. 

Going back to Butuan City

There are available habal-habal in the resort that you can hire going back to the Butuan. Fare is Php150-P200 ( depending on the time of departure). The driver will bring to Carmen terminal where you can ride a bus going to Butuan City. 

Where to Stay in Butuan City

1.Almont Inland Resort- 085) 342 7414 / fo.inlandresort@almont.com.ph
2. Ocean Bloom- Boutique Beach Resort - Ligaya: 0918-4490932

If you are in Butuan, you can include these tourist spots on your itinerary: Macapagal Bridge (also known as the Butuan Bypass Road), Butuan National Museum, Bequibel Shell Midden, Magellan's Anchorage, Butuan Churh Ruins. 

Vinapor Cave Pool
Blue Water Beach Resort Blue Water Beach Resort 
Vinapor,Carmen,Agusan del Norte, Philippines