Journey to the darkness

Last November, I visited Labuan Bajo, the main city of West Manggarai District in Flores. It needed more than 1 hour flight from Denpasar, Bali, to Labuan Bajo, Flores, since Flores is located far to the east of Bali.

The journey to the darkness happened when I went in a natural cave not too far from Labuan Bajo. The cave is known as Gua Batu Cermin or Batu Cermin Cave. Literally, the word ‘batu cermin’ can be translated into ‘mirror stone’, so Gua Batu Cermin can also means the cave of the mirror stone. It has its name since in a certain time, usually in the morning, the sun rays that penetrate the cave darkness through a small gap at the cave’s ceiling will be reflected to a certain wall inside the cave. The reflection is very bright so that the usually pitch-dark interior will be illuminated and people in the cave can see their surroundings without any torch or flashlight. It is like the rays are reflected by a sheet of mirror.

Gua Batu Cermin (Batu Cermin Cave) is a living cave. It means that its stalactites and stalagmites are still growing. Water is still dripping in some part of the cave which by the passing of time turns into beautiful stalactites and stalagmites formations.

the mouth of the cave

the mouth of the cave

For travellers who want to go into the cave, it is advised to wear a helmet and bring a flashlight as well. Inside the cave is always totally dark except at a certain times when the sun rays are reflected by the wall. In some part, ceilings are so low, travellers should squat or even crawl to enter a chamber behind a low ceilinged corridor. Roots of giant trees outside the cave penetrate through crevasses in the rock and hanging like ropes high above. Travellers can also find small animals that live in the cave, such as bats, spiders, and centipedes.

What is so interesting with the cave? Well, it is believed that the cave was a part of the sea bed in the past. Travellers can still find sea-corral fossils inside the cave, even there is a turtle fossil in one of its wall. The stones in the cave are also glittering with salt crystal when illuminated by the flashlight.

Gua Batu Cermin just founded in 1951 by Theodore Verhoeven, a priest who was also an archaeologist. In 1986, it was opened for public, and then in 1993, after the local government added a stone stair to help travellers who want to go in, the cave’s name started to attract tourists.

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53 thoughts on “Journey to the darkness

  1. Beautiful, simply beautiful!

  2. Che luogo incantevole….
    Bei scatti!

  3. Jadi ingat waktu mapala, susur gua.

  4. You Blog is a journey trail to me! The post remind me of King Kong movie!
    Thanks for sharing Chris! Have a great weekend!

    • Hey you’re right Sydney. The cave is like the lair of King Kong. Do you know that I also met Kong’s enemy, the giant lizard? I promise I’ll post the giant lizard picture soon 🙂
      Have a nice week-end . . .

  5. Supeeeeer! Guanya bagus sekali! Saya enggak pernah kepikiran untuk liburan ke gua atau tempat-tempat semacamnya. Mungkin suatu hari nanti saya bisa ke sini. ^^ #amin

    • Ini juga gak sengaja mau liburan kesini koq, makanya waktunya salah dan gak bisa lihat fenomena batu cerminnya 😦
      Aku doain deh suatu ketika Dicta bisa sampai ke Gua Batu Cermin juga.

  6. Uhhhh kerennnnn

    Dari dulu pingin ke sana.. fotone semakin muantab mas

    BTW – Met tahun baru yach.. tambah sukses

  7. Beautiful place and beautiful photos Krishna.

  8. Beautiful place and so unique…Thanks for the magical photos…

  9. What a great place! Did you find any sea-corral fossils? I wonder what they look like.

    • Yes I founded sea-corral fossils. They are attached on some stalactites, but unfortunately it was very dark in there, so my camera could not capture it 😦

  10. sedaaaaaap skaliiii menu foto2na … bravooooo

  11. petit4chocolatier

    So beautiful and interesting.

  12. Margaret Sullivan

    really Beautiful place & photo…

  13. Ely Meyer

    foto guanya cantik mas .. sepertinya tenang dan damai ya di sekitar sana

    • Terimakasih, Mbak.
      Di sekitar situ aku cenderung pakai istilah sepi, karena memang tempat ini belum banyak pengunjungnya.

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  15. antondewantoro

    Kebetulan NTT juga tempat piknik favorit saya. Sayangnya tiket ke sana mahal dan susah. Melihat foto-foto bapak rasanya sudah serasa ke sana. Terima Kasih

    • Terimakasih Mas Anton. Betul kata Mas Anton, ticket kesana mahal, makanya ini aku juga lagi cari teman untuk bikin rombongan kesana lagi biar bisa menekan biaya.

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  17. Wuaaaaaaa! Makin jauh aja nih perginya. Hiks!:D

  18. Preciosas tomas de Un lugar bello!

  19. Hauntingly beautiful. Thanks for taking me along on the journey (virtually).

  20. It looks really amazing and beautiful, except for the spider. 🙂

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