Located just 4km from Labuan Bajo, a visit to Batu Cermin cave, or Mirror Rock as it is also known, is an easy and worthwhile outing.
Donning the helmet provided with the Rp. 10.000 entry fee and shining your torch into the dark recesses of this limestone cave, one can’t help but feel a bit like a real explorer as you venture inside. The helmets are a nice to have rather than a necessity as there is some low ceilings to negotiate in places before you break out into the main chamber, blinking under the sudden glare of sunlight shining through a hole in the cavern roof.
Translated, Batu Cermin means ‘mirror rock’ and if you time your visit between 9 and 10am you’ll understand just how apt the name is. At this hour, a single shaft of sunlight penetrates the hole, hitting the smooth limestone wall and reflecting it to other surfaces around the chamber.
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