Jomblang Cave

Attraction Desa Pacarejo, Kec. Semanu, Gunungkidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia Published on: 21-05-2016

4 hours
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
10:00 AM
02:00 PM
First-time visit
34.00 USD

Jomblang Cave is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior No
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Goa Jomblang Cave is one of the natural highlights of Yogyakarta. The caves are located in Semanu, Gunung Kidul Regency.

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Why Jomblang Cave is special ?

Goa Jomblang isn’t really a cave, it’s part of a cave system that covers the whole of Gunung Kidul. The caves were formed over thousands were formed by rainwater and underground rivers that eroded the karst rock (a bit like the famous underground caves in the Yucatan, Mexico).

The actual cave (or the bit that the tourists see) is made up of three parts. The first is a large huge sinkhole that was formed by the roof of the cave collapsing. The second part of the cave is a long tunnel and the final part is Goa Grubog, the central cave.

Goa Grubug

The word amazing is used a lot. As you turn the final corner of the tunnel you start to see the rays of sunlight pouring through the roof of Grubug cave. The view is amazing (trust me, ‘amazing’ is the right word)!

After you taking in the view, the second thing you notice is just how large Grubug cave is. You could probably easily fit a cathedral, large mosque or the first five floors of a skyscraper in the cave. The space is just that big.


What to explore at Jomblang Cave?

Entering Goa Jomblang

It’s hard to put into words just how big the sinkhole is. The hole is easily 25 meters in diameter and drops 50 meters straight down. It must have been formed hundreds of years ago, because there’s a forest at the bottom of the sinkhole.

You need to be lowered on a rope to get to the bottom of the sinkhole. It’s perfectly safe. You have to get strapped up in all the proper safety equipment before they even let you near the edge of the sinkhole.

The Tunnel

Once you have reached the forest at the bottom of the sinkhole you need to wait around for the rest of the group to join you (remember, there’s a maximum of 25 people per group and only one group per day). As soon as everybody is at the bottom you follow the trail to the tunnel.

The entrance to the main tunnel linking Goa Jomblang and Grubug cave is at least 7 meters wide and 4 meters high. The tunnel itself is 250 meters long. At the start you don’t need the torch, but in the middle it becomes pitch black. It’s also muddy and the rocks are slippery.


How to get to Jomblang Cave?

If you want to go to Goa Jomblang you need to set off early from Yogyakarta. The best way to get there is by renting a private car. You need to leave Yogyakarta at around 7:30 in the morning, because you need to be at Goa Jomblang by 10:00 (and it’s good to get there early because only 25 people a day are allowed to visit).

It’s super easy to get to Goa Jomblang. The roads all the way to Goa Jomblang are really good. Well, most of the way… The last part of the journey is a bit bumpy. The last 200 meters is literally dirt with rock and no tarmac. You wouldn’t believe that there would be something called “Jomblang Resort” at the end of the road. If you need them, here are the GPS coordinates for Goa Jomblang.


Selling points

  • Wonderful experience
  • Impressive Cave
  • Light from heaven in Jomblang Cave
  • Great adventure but good to go in the right weather
  • Cool experience and great photos!
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Desa Pacarejo, Kec. Semanu, Gunungkidul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Tips for you

  • You can contact Mr. Cahyo Alkantara (0811117010) the coordinator of Jomblang cave trip.
    Things to do
  • You should bring a camera and clothes you don't mind to get dirty and enjoy fabulous views and sounds of pure nature
    What to bring
  • Remember to wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long socks so the rubber boots don't rub.
    What to wear
  • If you wonder if it is safe during rainy season - yes it is. The path way down is a bit muddy and slippery but it's not dangerous, they give you rubber boots before you go down to the cave.
  • At the end of trekking you will see a hole at top of the cave, the hole will shine if there is a sun light. This light will make a beautiful view from the cave, but you have to be patient until the sunlight throught it.
  • If you go early enough you have big chance of avoiding rain and seeing the famous "ray of light"
  • There are clean bathrooms where you can change your clothes
    What to know
  • The cost is a bit expensive because it need a human power to make you down and up from the cave
  • You will cost around Rp 450.000 for local tourist, but for foreign tourist could be charge higher.

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