There’s something magical about exploring a natural wonder that’s so tucked away that not even the locals know about it. This was exactly how I felt when I came across Locso-on Cave.
Located in the humble town of Salcedo in Eastern Samar, Locso-on Cave offers a cool and calming respite against the jagged and rough rock formations carved out by waves and high tides.
The naturally formed pools allow you to enjoy the clear, blue sea water away from the harsh sun and under the cool shade of the cave.
Not many public vehicles are familiar with the route to Locso-on Cave, which is why this gem has remained fairly hidden. With that being said, if you aren’t familiar with the way – it may be best to book a private van via the local tourism office.
The cave is a three-hour drive away from Tacloban City. Upon reaching the town of Salcedo, you will pass by a waiting shed with a “Barangay Jagnaya” signboard. Take a left turn at this point.
After a few minutes of driving along a road lined with trees, you will come across a wooden fence and a house with a sari-sari store, this is the entrance leading to Jagnaya Beach and Locso-on Cave.
You may also ride a Duptour van going to Guiuan. Instruct the driver to drop you off at the spot in Salcedo going to Jagnaya. A van leaves every 30 minutes, from 5:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
You may rent a tricycle from Guiuan, Samar. Make sure that the driver knows the place so you don’t end up spending much of your time in unknown forests and roadways.
Total travel time is about 30 minutes and the average tricycle rental fee round-trip is P700.
After paying the P10 entrance fee, go down the cemented staircase where you will be greeted by the breathtaking azure colors of the Pacific Ocean – the perfect backdrop for an IG post.
Welcome to Jagnaya Beach. If you’re into blank and quiet landscapes, you’ll absolutely love this Eastern Samar jewel.
Before you head over to Locso-on Cave, you’ll have to take a quick five-minute stroll along Jagnaya Beach which may not have the fine, white powdery sand that Boracay has – but is still gorgeous on its own, with calming waves crashing ashore.
Devoid of commercial establishments, cottages and other establishments, Jagnaya Beach is home to a rich underwater ecosystem full of fish, crabs and other sea creatures that make use of camouflage to blend in with the rocks. From afar, egrets swoop in from time to time to prey on either snails or fish to eat.
The best time to visit Jagnaya Beach is during the low-tide season so that you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful rock formations reminiscent of moon craters.
Be sure to wear the proper footwear though, as to protect your feet from getting cuts or bruises.
After a quick stroll along Jagnaya Beach, you will finally come across the entrance of Locso-on cave which pretty much looks like it has two eyes looking at you.
There isn’t much to explore, but you will find yourself happy and content with the natural saltwater pools that you can jump into and float around in.
The pool is five-feet deep and has water that’s so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom.
There are no nearby washrooms, so make sure that you’re already changed into your swimwear and be a responsible traveler by ensuring that you leave the place as clean as you entered it.
Be a strong independent traveler!