That Hidden Cave
I believe that this cave is quite impossible to reach without any assistance from the locals. Well, even only a few locals which know this cave whereabouts. Sukur is located deep inside the forest without any traceable path. Hopefully a development will take place and this cave becomes easier for access.
I went there with a group of 4 local teens. Initially, I had a chat with the homestay owner and he was then introduced me to his son - Dandi - who agreed to bring me around the island for this land trip. And for this one, he even brought more friend - which ended up for 4 of them - because he also didn’t know it well were the exact location of this Sukur Cave. Basically, more eyes mean more opportunities to get to the correct way.
Even though we have 8 local eyes already, still we got lost during our way there to Sukur Cave.
We parked our vehicle on the sideway before the jungle - not far away from Teluk Harapan village. Then we blindly take about 20 minutes walk going through Maratua Karst Jungle. After that, the group was dispersed & they asked me to wait there for awhile. In other words, we were lost.
I spent about 15 minutes awaiting for them to get a good news whether we found the cave or we need to return back to the village. Then someone yelled from afar, claiming that he made to get to the cave. Directed by his voice, we were heading there together for another 15 minutes walk and voila, we finally get to Sukur Cave!
How on earth they could detect this kind of cave inside a green tropical forest when the cave is just looked like as a hole. It is not a huge hole from the surface and there is no single alley or path that lead to this hidden cave. I really amazed the boys. Afterwards, we turned on our torches and we were slowly going under. It was totally dark there but I spotted another blue lagoon available on its base. The cave is short, only about 20 meters with a beautiful stalagmite crafted on its walls. Then, 2 of my new Maratua friends started to take out their T-Shirts and do another jump.
My guides, as well as my friends, during the whole land exploration in Maratua.
What an outstanding scenic view. The pond boasted its clear blue water even though it was only lit by a minor sunlight that could breach in through a small rock gaps on its ceiling. It is a happiness when I know that the earth can be this beautiful. Later that day, we walked back to our motorbikes were and then continue our way to Maratua Port which is located north of Tanjung Harapan Village, where we spent for another 30 minutes for sunset celebration. Such a sweet day !