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Sohoton National Park description and photos - Philippines: Samar Island. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Sohoton National Park.
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Sokhoton National Park is located at the southern tip of Samar Island, the fourth largest island in the Philippine archipelago. The area of the park is about 840 hectares. You can get here from the town of Tacloban on Leyte Island - the road across the longest bridge in the country, San Juanico, will take only about half an hour. Then you can rent a boat in the town of Basie and in an hour get to the borders of the park.
Sokhoton National Park is a real paradise for lovers of virgin nature and breathtaking landscapes: many limestone caves are hidden among the lush rain forest, many of which are not inferior in size to the most real cathedrals! Inside the caves, tourists will find a stunning sight - dozens of rock formations of the most incredible shapes and sizes. One of the most famous and well-studied is the Sokhoton cave, the entrance to which has the shape of an arch up to 50 meters high. Immediately after the entrance, a gentle hall, about 20 meters wide and about 50 meters long, begins. Thorn-like stalactites hang from the ceiling, and stalagmites rush from the floor to meet them. At the farthest end of the cave there is an opening and a rock formation in the form of a balcony, from which a view of the reservoir lying below opens.
Other noteworthy caves in the park are Panhulugan I and Panhulugan II. The first one has an interesting H-shape with internal halls up to 15 meters high and many tunnels. The second cave, dotted with snow-white stalactites, is 50 meters long and 5 meters high. Not far from the caves is Panhulugan Rock, which the locals ambushed during the Philippine-American War.
The attraction of the park is the so-called "natural bridge" - a huge limestone arch connecting two mountain peaks on different banks of the Sokhoton River. The bridge is 7 meters high, the width of the bridge is 8 meters, and the length is about 40 meters. It is covered with forest from above, and giant stalactites hang from its lower part. The Sokhoton River itself is briskly running forward, breaking off with grandiose waterfalls.
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