Batu cermin Cave is unique with natural forms that are artistic and very beautiful. This cave is one of the favorite destinations in Labuan Bajo. Batu Cermin Cave is one of thirty destinations and tourist villages in Flores, Lembata, Alor, and Bima (Floratama). It is in the Travel Map of the Implementing Agency for the Labuan Bajo Flores Authority (BPOLBF).
Administratively, Batu Cermin Cave is located in Batu Cermin Village, Komodo District, West Manggarai Regency. It is relatively close to the Waekesambi traditional market. And, only 15-20 minutes away by motorbike or car from downtown Labuan Bajo. Therefore, it is not difficult to reach Batu cermin cave. In addition to being quite close, the road conditions are also very good. Almost all public transportation routes go to Waekesambi Market and pass through Batu Cermin Cave when they want to turn back to the city.
History of Batu cermin cave
The tourist destination of Batu Cermin Cave has a very strong appeal and is rich in historical narratives. Certainly, its structure is limestone. This cave is located in an area of 19 hectares with a height of 75 meters and a width of about 300 square meters. In 1985, Batu Cermin Cave began to be opened and used as a tourist area. Initially for the local community, then developed for domestic and foreign tourists.
If you go deeper, you can find a number of marine animal fossils attached to the cave walls. Theodore Verhoven, an archaeologist from the Netherlands is the person who first discovered this place in 1951. He did archaeological research on the cave and then came to a conclusion that the city on the western tip of Flores Island was once under the sea. The shifting of the earth’s plates causes some of the land to sink and some to rise to the surface.