It Was A Fantastic Journey to Tomolol Cave

Filed in Boomer, Diving in Indonesia, Midlife, Travel by on April 9, 2017 16 Comments

misool, raja ampat, tomolol, caveMy trip to Indonesia, like most of my other trips, was solo travel. The great thing about traveling solo on dive trips is you meet all kinds of new friends! After diving the Watch Towers, we went on an expedition to Tomolol Cave, a sacred site. A Muslim shrine is located at the entrance. Tomolol Cave has a river with fantastic limestone and rock formations. Most people use a life jacket or ring to float through the caves, much of it in the dark. Many people had lights, of course, so we could see the inner walls of the cave. From the boat to the caves on small boats, there is a pearl farm on the way. Boats must stop and pick up local guards to go to Tomolol Cave. One cannot take anything out of the cave, and the guards make sure no one dives the pearl farm for pearls!

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The Pearl Farm worker’s residences.

 

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Heading to Tomolol

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The rivers of Misool are stunning.

 

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The blue was so intense!

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The area around Tomolol Cave was even more beautiful than I had imagined.

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Coming into the cave area.

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Coming into the cave was shallow and rocky…I wished I had brought my dive booties!

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Here we are, a group photo at the entrance to Tomolol Cave! I am on the front row, left.

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misool, raja ampat, tomolol, cave

The colors inside the cave were amazing!

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misool, raja ampat, tomolol, cave

Gold formation! Just incredible.

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There were openings here and there in the cave.

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misool, raja ampat, tomolol, cave

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Mother’s Milk.

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Playing in the sunlight

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I loved floating in the cave!

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misool, raja ampat, tomolol, cave

Our guards, and a fisherman and his house behind them.

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A cliffside burial site…though these human bones are not buried.

A little freaky, I’d say!

The cave itself is like a cathedral to stone, water, and nature. Carnivorous Pitcher Plants hang on its outer walls. Misool is jungly along the rivers leading to the cave, and there are even cliff burial sites! It is bizarre to see human remains on the side of the cliffs. The presence of the guards guarantees they are not disturbed. Floating through the monoliths was a surreal experience, and one I tried to soak into my very skin. I never want to forget the beauty of Raja Ampat.

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life!
Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. I’m constantly amazed by your adventures. I love the caves and the intensely blue water.
    Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski recently posted…Going in Style – 3 Retirees Take on the System and Hilarity Breaks Out – Movie OpeningMy Profile

  2. That water is so beautiful and so calming. I keep sharing your adventures with my son the diver!

  3. barbara free says:

    Another great adventure by my hero Tam. Loved the color of the water, and the interesting burial site.

  4. Lovely. I think you take some of the best diving trips in the world and am so glad you bring us along.
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  5. Your travels are amazing. These pictures are gorgeous! I feel like I was on the trip with you. Thank you for the mini vacation!

  6. PS I had to tweet this. Love love love the images.

  7. Wayne says:

    Wonderful post! I love, love all the pictures…beautiful.

  8. Another great adventure, I like the place and the Images shared by you. Waiting for more adventures trip share by you

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