If you decided to stay in Labuan Bajo for a few days and have explored Loh Liang and Loh Buaya, is there anything left to see around here?
The answer is PLENTY!
This is one of the places that is worth to visit: the “Miror Cave“.
This cave is known as “Batu Cermin” (batu means stone, cermin means mirror). The locals called it the Mirror Cave because it consists of stones that, on certain times of the day, these stones reflect an amazing lighting. They shine beautifully l when the sun rays fall on them. To get here, you can rent a car, a motorbike or ask take an “ojek” – a motorbike that goes around the city with fixed price of Rp 3,000 during the day and Rp 5,000 at night time.
The cave is located about 20 minutes away from the city center. When you get to the location, you still have to walk a bit to get into the cave. It’s a beautiful walk with nice path. There are some big cliffs around, very pretty. It reminded me of some cliffs in Thailand :).
Sometimes, there are some locals who offer you a guided tour to go inside the cave. Take their offer, because they know the cave by heart. You don’t want to get lost in the cave, do you? The guides will also bring some torches for you, but just in case, always bring your own.
As soon as I stepped my feet on the mouth of the cave, I was stunned by the beauty of it and its surrounding. I never expected to see such a beautiful cave nearby Labuan Bajo! Flores is definitely full of surprises!! And I was glad that I decided to spare my time to visit this cave.
We entered the cave and soon I realized that it was very handy to have the local guide with me. I couldn’t imagine going inside the cave by my own, for sure, I wouldn’t be able to find a way out! The cave was pitched dark and I even saw a spider and a fruit bat hangin’ on one of the stalactites! Creepy, but exciting at the same time. It was my first time to get really close with a fruit bat and I noticed that its face looked like a pig!! 😀
At some point, we saw a light coming from above. Apparently, there’s a hole in the cave and the sunlight shines the stones, making the stones reflected the sun rays beautifully. Wow. I was mesmerized. “This is the famous light, that makes this cave called as the Mirror Cave“, Junaidi, my colleague, explained.
Another amazing thing for me was to see a fish fossil on one of the cliffs outside the cave. My local guide said that some people had tried to steal the fossil by trying to cut the cliffs, but fortunately their attempts were never succeeded. Fffiuh!!! The fish fossil looked very obvious and neat. At first, I wasn’t sure that it was real, but Junaidi convinced me that it was a real one. Nice, huh?
Am I making you curious now? If you happen to go to Labuan Bajo at some point, please spare some time to visit this “Batu Cermin” cave. Am sure you’ll love it! 😉