Labuan Bajo’s Snake Palace
Attention to adventure seekers and snake lovers! Snake Palace, or also called Istana Ular, is the ultimate way to see snakes from up-close in their natural habitat. The cave is also the habitat for several species of bats. The fact that there are so many bats explains the reason why snakes gather in this cave.
Snake Palace is actually a really long cave that stretches hundreds of metres to the back. Before entering the cave, prayers are offered to the snakes by the local guides as a request for permission to enter. When entering the cave, be careful since the floor is full of bat faeces. Since you won’t see where you are going and what you are standing on, you will move quite slowly. But all of this is worth it once you see with your own eyes the numerous snakes and bats, which will give you an absolute rush of adrenaline. If you are not a zoo-lover and like to see animals in their natural habitat, this is the perfect place for you! Snake Palace is an absolute thrill for those who don’t mind dark places and getting dirty. It is a unique experience, which makes for a good story to tell to everyone back home. Visiting this cave is surely a way to earn some bragging rights.
During the months November to March, there is heavy rain, which makes the cave impossible to visit.
The Snake Palace is located in Daleng, which is about 70 kilometres from Labuan Bajo. It will take approximately 2 hours to get here. The main entrance is located near a village in East Daleng. You still have to travel about 3 kilometres from the village to the entrance. Because the road is quite rough, you may have to walk part of the way.
- Snake Palace is not for the faint hearted.
- Make sure to bring your own torches.
- It can get quite wet, so bring good boots that can stand this situation.
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