- NORTH NIAS
- THINGS TO SEE
- THINGS TO DO
- GETTING HERE
- WHERE TO STAY
Description: This cave offers an amazing Indiana Jones experience for adventurous travellers who are prepared to get wet and dirty. The cave entrance resembles a sinkhole but as you descend the entrance appears at the bottom of the pit. The first section of the cave is a large room where it’s possible to walk upright. The roof is full of stalactites and other interesting formations. Some 25 meters into the cave you reach a tunnel with water in it. It is possible to wade and swim several hundred meters through the tunnel until reaching the other side of the hill. The exit is a waterhole used by local women for washing clothes. The water level in the cave varies depending on rain. Do not enter the tunnel during heavy rains as the whole tunnel can get filled with water.
Access: This cave is located some 44 kilometers from Gunung Sitoli. If you are in Alasa it is easily reached from Ombolata village, which is the center of Alasa sub-district. In Ombolata go to the upper intersection and turn right. Drive northward for 2 kilometers. The road is quite small and rough but passable with a car. At Hilinie’vori sub-village ask locals for directions to the main cave. From the road follow a narrow track a few hundred meters up the hill to the cave entrance. Alternatively enter the cave through a smaller entrance located 100 meters down the road. Look for the waterhole where locals do their washing.
Indonesian name & location: Tögi Banua Cave (atau Gua Hilinie’vori), Dusun Hilinie’vori, Desa Ombolata village, Kecamatan Alasa, Kabupaten Nias Utara.