HEAVENLY LIGHT: JOMBLANG CAVE, YOGYAKARTA

WHAT IS GOA JOMBLANG?

Goa Jomblang is part of a cave system that covers the whole of Gunung Kidul. The caves were formed over thousands of years by rainwater and underground rivers that eroded the karst rock.

It is made up of three parts. The first is a large huge sinkhole that was formed by the roof of the cave collapsing. The second part of the cave is a long tunnel and the final part is Goa Grubog, the central cave where the light pours in creating fabulous photo opportunities.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Jomblang Cave is around a 2hr drive from Yogyakarta. I was picked up at 7.30am and arrived just before half 9. I booked the tour from my hostel (Bunk, Bed & Breakfast) in Yogyakarta, which cost around £30-35 and included return transport, entry fee (which is £25 alone as requires the man power of many a men to lower you into and pull you out of the hole), equipment hire, lunch & drinking water, the use of a clean shower & a professional photo of you descending into the cave (available to purchase for a mere £1).

Most hostels, hotels and travel agents will offer this tour from Yogyakarta.

It is possible, but difficult to get there via public transport as the cave is pretty far from the main road – even my driver had to ask for directions and his job is to take people to this place! Also, there is a maximum quota of 25 visitors per day, so there’s a chance that all the spots will be booked up before you arrive anyway.

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WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO GO?

The best time to enjoy the beauty of Jomblang Cave is at 10a.m to 12a.m when the sun shines above our head, so that we can see the more beautiful heavenly light.

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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Long socks so the wellies don’t rub and something comfortable. I wore gym leggings and a tshirt and was perfectly comforable and warm enough in this.

WHAT SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME?

  • A camera to catch the beauty of your adventure
  • Headtorch/torch – it’s pretty dark inside!
  • A change of clothes and a towel/sarong to dry off (there are showers at the venue)
  • Water
  • Some cash for buying photos of your descent

HOW DO I GET INSIDE THE CAVE AND WHAT IS THERE TO DO ONCE I’M THERE?

Upon arrival you will be given a pair of wellies, a hard hat and a harness. The staff with safely attach you to your harness and you will begin the ascent two-by-two. Once at the bottom someone will unhook your harness and guide you to the entrance of the cave which lies at the bottom of a muddy staircase. There are ropes for your safety/piece of mind. You will continue to trek through the long dark tunnel until you SEE THE LIGHT and smell the fresh water and air. Here you have time to take some really cool silhouette photos and have a look around.

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HOW LONG IS THE TRIP?

When you have finished exploring the cave, you will be pulled up by a bunch of guys who look like they’re taking part in a tug of war competition. When you’re safely out of the sinkhole you will get given a fried rice lunch, bottle of water and the opportunity to view your professionally taken photo. Clean showers are available for your use before heading back to your hostel. We spent 3-4 hours at the cave and 4 travelling round-trip so you’re looking 7-8hrs in total. Our driver offered cave tube afterwards which looks awesome, but I was just starting to get ill so had to decline, so unfortunately don’t have a review on that to offer.

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