Caves and Canyoning

Liang Bua is a limestone cave situated in the Manggarai Regency on the island of Flores. The cave is about 50 meters long and was first discovered in the 1950s. The archaeological discovery of a new species of human in 2003, the Homo Floresiensis, was the reason the cave reached the international news. Thus far, Liang Bua is the only cave where such remains are found.

Batu Cermin, or Mirror Rock is a cave located a few kilometres from Labuan Bajo in the Manggarai regency. The cave earned it nickname due to the shape of the cave and the sunlight that shines through small peaks, making it look like a mirror. Another beautiful cave to explore is Goa Ringko which is located on Gusung Island near Labuan Bajo. In the cave, a natural pond is situated where you can take a relaxing swim as the water is cool. Near the island, beautiful corals can be found which makes it a trip worth for many tourists.

Canyoning is a new-found sport where people can go on an adventure exploring canyons. It requires navigational, route-finding, and other wilderness travel skills. Because many things on Flores are yet to be explored, you could be one of the firsts to do so! The potential to practise this sport on Flores is high but at the moment there are not many tour operators that offer this.

Photo courtesy:http://newsdesk.si.edu/photos/liang-bua-0

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