Batu Cermin Cave is a natural attraction such as caves or tunnels whose walls are formed of stalactites and stalagmites.
However, not all parts of the wall cave made of stalactites and stalagmites.There is also a section of the wall of the cave formed of rocks.
This cave is located in the stone hills of Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara. As the name suggests, the cave called the local community with the name of Batu Cermin Cave because the cave walls can reflect sunlight which enters from the sidelines of the cave, similar to when the rays of the sun reflected from the mirror.
When backlit by the sun coming from the sidelines of the cave and the flashlight makes the stalactites and stalagmites look beautiful shimmering.
The sparkle of reflected light is caused by the salt content in the water flowing when it rains.
Batu Cermin Cave: A Brief History
Batu Cermin Cave discovered by an archaeologist named Theodore Verhoven in 1951. According to him, a long time ago this cave was under the sea before lifted to the surface millions of years later.
It is based on the discovery of coral and the fossils of sea creatures that stick to the walls of the cave. Many tourists who are curious about the story that the cave is really able to reflect light like a mirror.
The extensive cave is about 19 hectares with a height of 75 meters.
Interesting sights in the Cave
During down the narrow cave as deep as 200 meters, tourists will be guided by a professional guide.
A guide will tell the history of the discovery Batu Cermin Cave during browsing. In addition to stalactites and stalagmites, there are also several fossils of marine animals such as turtles and turtle sticks on the wall.
So while traveling, tourists can also learn about marine animals that lived in ancient times. The conditions in the cave also feel cool.
The layout of the cave is located on the hill of the stones make the surrounding conditions still look natural.
There is a view of the forest-a lush forest gives a sense of cool. While exploring the cave, tourists will find the hallway so low that it requires the running of the squat before it gets to the main room of the cave.
The right time to travel is during the morning or during the day when the sun is rising.
At that time tourists can see how the walls of the cave reflect the light of the sun that appears sparkling.
Tourists can take in the experience for down the cave.
Location, Access and Price of Admission
Location Batu Cermin Cave is located in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara Province.
Access to the location from the city center, Labuan Bajo by land-use of two-wheeled vehicles or four-wheeled by a distance of about 4 km.
Because the position of the cave is located at hill, then tourists will find the streets steep before getting to the entrance.
To facilitate the tourists, they already made the stairs at the entrance of the cave.
One trip tourists will be charged the entry fee is relatively cheap, namely Rp.20,000 for local tourists and Rp. 50,000 for foreign tourists.
Facilities provided the manager in the form of a helmet and a flashlight. During his stay in the cave, visitors must use a helmet for the sake of security and safety.
The function of the helmet itself is to protect your head from rocks stalactite in the cave is low. The flashlight itself serves to illuminate the journey because of the condition of the cave in complete darkness.
Still, a lot of natural attractions must be visited during your next trip to East Nusa Tenggara. One of them Batu Cermin Cave that has uniqueness and its own history.
Hopefully the above information useful. You can also visit the attractions on this one with a series of the package tour Komodo 2D1N.