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Jomblang Cave
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US$151.60*
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Semanu
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the whole experience - you get lowered down to the cave, walk thru it and then after all that, you get a great view and can get some great photos. Definitely a must do.

Come early! You want to be the first few to head in, as the crowds built up, and if not you'll end up waiting quite a bit.

Tips - bring extra socks (they have boots for you to use), a headband (if you're fussy about sharing helmets), and maybe a change of clothes as it can get quite muddy. Especially if you fall. You can also buy socks or a shower cap there, so if you forget, they have you covered.

Thank Ezzat A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Different from the other caves we visited, we had to rappel down this vertical cave to reach the entrance, and it was slippery in the muddy cave leading to the famous “heavenly light”.

My advice is to go early as they limit the number of people into the cave each day, and bring spare clothes as you can get wet and dirty. Appropriate footwear will be provided but sizes are limited so you can consider bringing your own rain boots.

The full cave tour takes half a day.

1  Thank YN27
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reached the place at 7am and was second in line. Walk all the way in and take the number tag if you're early. There aren't any staff manning the table. This number is the sequence you would be abseiled down. It cost 450k idr. The activity started a little past 10 and in the meantime, coffee/tea was provided and you could choose your boots. I didn't manage to get boots of the same size but it was alright. I saw the staff cleaning the boots in the morning so there were no mud or sorts in the boots like what others have experienced.

The abseil down was fun and felt really safe. The only scary part was taking the first step and sitting down on the harness. Once we got down, we had to wait for a bunch of others to get down as well before starting relatively short but tedious trek.

The steps were muddy and slippery as we descended. There were poles and ropes to hold onto. Despite how precarious they looked, they still provided much support. Don't worry about getting down on all fours if it makes the descend easier and safer for you. There were some parts where i felt like i was going to roll down the steps.

Once we reached the opening of the cave, we had to step on stone slabs. Some of them were submerged which made it really hard to get across. It is really slippery and hard to walk on in the cave so do take extra caution. We didn't manage to climb onto the limestones as many did on their instagram photos. Nonetheless, the light shining into the cave is otherworldly and breathtaking. Don't just take photos, appreciate the view.

A simple lunch of rice, chicken and tempeh was provided along with water. There were toilets and showers to clean up after the activity. The toilets and showers are very basic.

The 10/15mins drive on the unpaved road, into and out of the place, is extremely bumpy.

Tips:
- Bring a shower cap. The helmets are reek.
- Bring extra clothing and socks. You'd not only sweat a whole lot, you'd get mud on your tops and bottoms as well. It is recommended to wear socks with your boots but they would get soaked after.
- Bring a waterproof pouch for your phone. It is muddy and there is water dripping everywhere.
- Bring a torchlight. Torchlight are not provided and the cave is extremely dark. You'd definitely need want to make your way safely. Or maybe take better pictures.
- Don't bring your bag or camera because honestly, there is nothing you can do or use in the cave. Your hands would be dirty from the all the mud.

All in all, this is a once in a lifetime activity which i have no regrets doing.

2  Thank eldrv
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This caving experience is really a fun activity in Jogja. The trek was relatively bearable for a first timer. It should be noted though that you will be lowered by a man-powered pulley beneath a 70ft cliff to arrive at the mouth of the cave. The path is also very muddy. There are boots provided but a lot of 'em have holes so there are already mud inside. I threw away my socks after. It is also better if you wear high socks because I had mud up my lower leg after the trek. The helmets are also smelly. There are people selling plastic shower caps as hair covers but i dont think it's effective. Nonetheless, despite the long walk, the short climbs, and the muddy path, the view at the end of the trek is breathless.

Thank Kathleen D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible experience, felt a bit scared when we find out the way we gonna go down, but it turned out to be safe and fun. Muddy path we needed to walk very carefully, bring your long socks for the boot they provided, bring your own torch that you definitely need it, the light in the cave is amazing that you would never forget it.

Thank Kylierain
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