Caves are one of the most interesting destination for your vacation. Caves could be for those who seeks thrill or those who searches worthy photos for their blog. Indonesia has tons of, mostly stalagmite, blog-worthy and exciting caves that can give you unforgettable (or even noteworthy) memories in your life. These are some of Indonesia’s stunning caves that needed to be written on your vacation plan.
1. Hawang Cave, Kei Island, Maluku
Located 15 kilometers away from Toal City, Maluku, is a mystical yet charming cave with mesmerising vibrant blue freshwater surrounding within it. Although it has several stalagmites hanging on the roof of the cave, it is actually a stalactite cave which is based on a myth where a man and his dog is incarnated into stalactites. This is truly a paradise for divers as you can dive through holes and explore the exquisite shapes of stalactites in the freshwater without being afraid of getting hurt. No need to worry about accomodation because not too far from your location, Coaster Cottage is ready to aid you in your journey. Besides, you can also enjoy the sunrise and sunset at Pasir Tanjung Beach, which is located near by the cottages.
2. Jomblang Cave, Gunungkidul, DIY
This cave is where you can view the ray of light (Crepuscular ray) phenomenon in Indonesia, which is known as “Cahaya Surga” in Indonesian. What makes it special is that the cave’s depth causes the phenomenon to appear brighter, making an impression of what heaven looks like. The cave is exceptionally famous that America’s “The Amazing Race” filmed their show there in 2015. For those who also seeks thrill and excitement can include this cave as one of your destination, remembering the entrance of the cave is a challenge itself. With the right equipments and an experienced guide, you’ll have the time of your life while exploring the curves and edges of this cave.
3. Gong Cave, Pacitan, East Java
Declared as one of the most exotic caves in Southeast Asia, Gong Cave is also one of Pacitan’s best tourism objects. It has numerous of well-structured stalagmites and stalactites. It is known for making gong-alike sounds, which are produced from droplets of water falling onto the cave’s surface. The stalagmites and stalactites are accompanied by colorful and vibrant lightings which makes the cave appear oddly fantastic. The stalagmites and stalactites even have their own names such as Selo Giri, Selo Citro Cipto Agung, Selo Pakuan Bomo, etc. The cave’s caretakers have provided a path with fences surrounding it, but you still need to be careful when you walk along the path because of the cave’s humidity. If you want to explore the gaps, make sure to bring a flashlight or you can buy it for Rp 5,000 at a traditional market nearby the cave.
4. Kristal Cave, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara
A cave where the water would sparkle like crystals when sun reflected on the water’s surface. A little bit hidden, but it’ll be worth of your time since it only takes 40-45 minute ride from El Tari Airport, Kupang. Once you arrive on the parking lot, you’ll have to walk another 100 meters to get to the location. It may look normal before you enter the cave, but your eyes will instantly be directed to the clear coral blue water once you entered it. You can swim and snorkel in the water, since it isn’t too deep nor too shallow. The water may taste a little salty because nearby the cave’s location is a beach. It is best to be visited on a sunny day.
5. Surupan Cave, Kebumen, Central Java
This cave is highly recommended for those who wants to do caving in Indonesia. With an underground river connected to another cave which is Sawangan Cave, you will experience a 1,2 kilometers walk in the cave accompanied by a guide. Throughout the cave, you’ll see animals such as shrimps and frogs. Because of the underground river, you’ll constantly breath in refreshing oxygen. At the end of your caving journey, you will arrive at Sawangan Waterfall which came from the underground river itself. At the same time, you’ll be greeted by a view of the massive Indian Ocean and a few cliff which jutted out in the ocean.