Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

JOMBLANG CAVE (Goa Jomblang) + ANCIENT FOREST + HEAVEN LIGHT

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS CAVE?

VERTICAL CAVE
You should trying rappelling to the cave. This “crazy & dangerous” rappelling is very deep vertical cliff, about 30 meter to the bottom of the cave. Trying rappelling at Jomblang cave can lift up your adrenaline and be best experience in whole your life.

ANCIENT FOREST
You can see two different vegetation between the land above it and the bottom of the cave.
Very interesting, you feel like live in the jungle thousand years ago when you reach bottom of the cave. Can you imagine?

HEAVEN LIGHT
You can see the most beautiful light inside the cave, The Heaven Light.
The most wanted thing by people who visit this cave.
The best time to see Heaven Light at 11.30 am – 12.30 pm.

EXOTIC PLACE
You visiting exotic place with nice view. Quiet and peaceful.
You also can hear the sound of the flow water, birds and the sound of echo.
Not much water in the surface, but so many water inside the cave.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If you like outdoor exercise, you might love this place.
You need climb down the cave by rappelling, then doing caving.
You need a lot of energy, courage and concentration to climb down this cave.

THE LIGHT FROM HEAVEN:

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DESCRIPTION:

Jomblang is a vertical cave with thick ancient forest inside there. A forest with different vegetation from the land above it. The cave was formed by geological process when the soil and all vegetations on it crumbled some thousands years ago. The vegetations still exist cause of water from Kalisuci river at the bottom of the cave. A 300 meter street with its attractive all-natural accessory will certainly bring you to the edge of Gua Grubug (Grubug Cave), an area where you can see light from paradise.

Just a big hole:

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The way to the cave:

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Jetis, Pacarejo
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Semanu
Regency (Kabupaten): Gunung Kidul
Province (Provinsi): Yogyakarta

MAP:

DISTANCE:
About 60km or 1.5 hours to east from downtown Yogyakarta.

HOW TO GET TO THE CAVE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
You can use Trans Jogja to Giwangan bus station (Terminal bis Giwangan), ticket about IDR3500. Then change bus, from Giwangan bus station to  Wonosari city, and then you have to change to small bus to Semanu. Then you ask to “kernet” (The man whom you will pay the bus ticket) that you will stop on Suci river bridge (Jembatan Kali Suci). and then continue taxi motor to the cave. Better you rent a car or motorcycle for cheap one. Invite local person as guide (Couchsurfer) for good reason.

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop at Wonosari bus station
Then, take a small bus to Semanu – Stop at Kalisuci bridge
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Jomblang cave
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop at Wonosari bus station
Then, take a small bus to Semanu – Stop at Kalisuci bridge
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Jomblang cave
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Tungkak shelter/halte.
Then, take Route 4A – Stop in Giwangan Bus station (Terminal Bis Giwangan)
please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop at Wonosari bus station
Then, take a small bus to Semanu – Stop at Kalisuci bridge
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Jomblang cave
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take a bus to Wonosari city – Stop at Wonosari bus station.
Then, take a small bus to Semanu – Stop at Kalisuci bridge
Then, take a taxi motor – Stop at Jomblang cave

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm.

**) It’s tiring and wasting time if you use public transport because you have to change the bus again and again, also the bus sometime waiting for passenger until full loaded . Better you rent a car or motorcycle for cheap one.  It will take 1.5 -2 hours to reach the site.

***) 500 meters to the cave the road so rocky and slippery in wet season. Don’t use scooter cause it just small tire, choose the big one or take a car for better.

The way to the cave from Grubug cave:

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HOW MUCH IT COST?

ENTRY TICKET:
IDR 450,000/person (All in, include insurance). Need 5 person at least.

*)The price include boots, helmet, headlamp, life jacket, harness, guide, lunch & insurance.

**) Here i provide the whole entrance fee of the sights in and around Yogyakarta. So, you can calculate your budget and planning your visit.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

OPEN HOURS:
9 A.M – 1.30 P.M

*) Actually the operator only receive visitors who want go down before 10 am. Otherwise, you can not go down. It’s just only once time per day. Make sure that you arrived before 10 am. So, you won’t missed to go down.

**) The best time: The time to go inside into cave is designed to get best angle of heaven light (11.30 – 12.00). Don’t worry you will get the best angle of heaven light as long not rain or cloudy.

The way to the cave & Ancient forest:

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*) Even it looks so scary cause so deep, it’s safe actually. The manager, Mr. Cahyo Alkantana is a speleologist and work for National Geographic for many years. He training the worker and the operator very well. You don’t have to worry about the safety. Beside, there will be safety talk before climb down the cave. Anyway, it’s insurance included actually.

DRESS:
shorts and a T-shirt or even change into swimming apparel.

*) The manager of Jomblang caving suggest to the traveler to bring extra clothes.

**) My suggestion is bring your towel. After clean up your body from mud/dirty, take a shower, you will need towel, right? So, you need extra clothes and towel.

TOOLS:
Trekking sandals or beach shoes, waterproof pocket for camera/cell phone.

*) They will provide boots, helmet, headlamp, life jacket, harness & guide.

**) Please check the inside of the boots before you wearing. Make sure there is no animals/creature inside of the boots. Such as insects, snail, centipede, scorpion or maybe snake. This place is far away from resident, so wild animal can go inside of your boots looking for warm (comfort) place.

Inside cave + Ancient forest:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
There are weak signal for your cell phone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There is only one recommended cafe.

*) They will provide free lunch.

BATHROOM/TOILET:
Some bathroom and toilet

GET A BIG PICTURE ABOUT THE CAVE FROM VIDEO:

*) If you like quiet sensation, better you do not visit on weekend. They will only receive 25 persons per day. Just to keep/save the cave from exploitation (local wisdom).

**) Update info: 25 persons is 2 years ago. Today they will receive 75 persons per day.  For booking / reservation you can text me via Whatsapp on +6281 2277 0029. No need deposit for booking and you pay on the site.

SOME  ATTRACTIONS NEAR JOMBLANG CAVE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Jomblang cave:

1. Kalisuci cave tubing (10 minutes from Jomblang).
2. Pindul cave tubing (30 minutes from Jomblang).
3. Beaches (1 hour from Jomblang).
4. Pari Gogo restaurant (red rice restaurant), 15 minutes from Jomblang.
5. Lamb satay (skewers & grill) restaurant at Munggi market (15 minutes from Jomblang).

YOGYAKARTA CAVE TOURS:
JOMBLANG CAVE, KALISUCI CAVE & BINTANG HILL SUNSET

(JOMBLANG CAVE EXPLORATION, KALISUCI CAVE TUBING AND THEN WATCH SUNSET AT BINTANG HILL )

Cost         :  IDR 185K per person
Pick up      :  07.00 AM - 07.30 AM (Hotel or meeting point)
Drop off     :  07.00 PM - 07.30 PM (Hotel)
Duration     :  12 hours
Includes     :  Pick up and drop off (Hotel or meeting point)
                Car, gasoline, driver
                Jomblang cave:
                Welcome drink (coffee/tea) 
                Lunch + mineral water 
                Gears & tools, Guide, Insurance
                Kalisuci cave:
                Noodles + Hot tea
                Gears & tools, Guide, Insurance
Excludes     :  Jomblang cave entrance fee (IDR 450K)
                Kalisuci cave entrance fee (IDR 70K)
                Drink or meals at Bintang hill
Tour code    :  K88

Please send these data to me via Whatsapp (+6281 2277 0029) for booking the tours:

Date of visit                             :
Name                                        :
Number of traveler                  :
Hotel/hostel + room number  :
Tour code                                : K88

*) Your name should match with booking name in your hotel/hostel because the driver will ask to the receptionist to call you.

*) It’s group of tour, not private tour. Minimum 3 person in one car.

*) Jomblang cave exploration available to do if no heavy rain on the site. Kalisuci cave tubing available to do if the water level in the normal level (safety level). Catching the sunset at Bintang hill is available if the traffic not busy and the weather not cloudy.

*) The entrance fee of Kalisuci cave is IDR 70k per person with condition, the number of traveler must 5 person or more. Otherwise, they will charges IDR 350K as minimum price for less than 5 persons.

If you need private car transport, you can contact me.
My old brother is a driver, he drive so gently and can speak english very well.
All in package (car, driver & gasoline) to Jomblang cave = Rp550.000. Maximum 5 persons for one car. Departing from Yogya at 7.30 pm.

*) The tours not include entrance fee of Jomblang cave.
**) You can add cave tubing (Pindul or Kalisuci) after Jomblang cave exploration.
***) Add Timang beach will be any additional cost IDR50K

Check the schedule to get more cheap by join and share the tour with other traveler.
Or you can check it to see the itinerary from other travelers:

Schedule of Custom Yogya-Backpacker Tour 2017.xlsx

*) Click tabs of the month that you want to check. 
*) If the schedule did not show on your phone, you need to update your browser that compatible to Google spreadsheet or Google Docs.

GET MORE CHEAP BY JOIN  AND SHARE THE CUSTOM TOUR WITH OTHER TRAVELER!

HERE MY NUMBER: +6281 2277 0029 (WHATSAPP)

 

*) All tours not include entrance fee of the sights.
**) Please, be ready in 15 minutes before pick up time.

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN IN ‘CUSTOM & SHARED COST’ TOURS

DON’T BE SCAMMED BY CHEAP TOURS OFFER

*) The Jomblang cave management change their policy again and again. Seems they looking the best way to manage it since become popular and crowded in the peak season.

48 thoughts on “JOMBLANG CAVE (Goa Jomblang) + ANCIENT FOREST + HEAVEN LIGHT

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      The last time i visited Jomblang cave was 2 years ago with two my friends.
      They have policy that we should at least 5 persons to go inside.
      I don’t know if they have change their policy.
      Here phone number that you can contact them, yes ask to them first.
      Phone: +62 811 11x xxx (He don’t want his number is published, so he trust on me to receive the booking)

      Oh, i just got text reply from him.
      Rp 450.000/person. Include guide, vertical tools, lunch, IAG insurrance.
      Exclude transport.
      Pay cash on location.
      Departing from Yogya at 7.30 am, arrived Jomblang at 9.30 am.
      Preparation.
      Start caving at 10.30 am, finished 1.30 pm
      On weekend you will met another traveller with the same interest.

      If you need transport, you can contact me.
      Here my number: +6281 2277 0029 (Whatsapp)
      All in package (car, driver & gasoline) to Jomblang cave = Rp550.000. Maximum 5 persons for one car. Departing from Yogya at 7.30 am.

  1. naimkakijalan

    Berharap bangat bisa kemari during vising Yogyakarta. How about 2 person only ? Do we need awaiting another group to go inside cave? It may take time awaiting 🙁

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Today they can accepted even for 1 person only.
      As long you arrived there before 10 am.
      Otherwise, you can not to go inside of the cave.
      So, it just only one time in a day.
      Yes, it’s a must that you have to arrived before 10 am.

        1. kunzyogya Post author

          Thank you, Naim.
          The entry fee is 450K/pax actually.
          Include guide, vertical tools, lunch, IAG insurance.

  2. Levina

    Hi,

    May i know, roughly how long will the whole exploration takes if let’s save i’m able to reach and enter into the cave?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      It’s about 2 – 2.5 hours for whole cave exploration.
      Start on 10.00 am. Finish on 12.30 pm.

  3. ghiraya

    hye dear, i have trip to yogyakarta from surabaya. so i travel from surabaya to there by train and reached about 00.30 a.m. So what do you think if i want start my travel to this place. How i can be there?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Refer to your message on whatsapp.
      I suggest you to visit Kalisuci cave tubing first, then Jomblang cave, then Timang beach (Gondola) and Bintang hill sunset.
      Departing from Yogya city at 5.30 am.

      Well, to save your money you can stay at railway station.
      But, don’t go out/exit of railway station.
      Once you go out, you can not go inside anymore.
      You can take a rest/sleep at chairs or floor or in the mosque.
      Also it’s free to use toilet. No charges.

      Cheers.

  4. seeker

    hi. im interested to book for the jomblang caving activities. i tried to whatsapp you but my whatsapp did not register your number. dont know why. anyhow, my plan for the day is for caving at Jomblang, cave tubing at kalisuci, visit sri gethuk waterfall and Timang Beach. we plan to do this on 28th Aug 2016. appreciate if you can contact me for details.

    thank you

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Hmm…it’s weird.
      Everyday i text message to the travelers around the world by Whatsapp.

      Your plan is not possible to do in one day.
      You have to remove Sri Gethuk waterfall from your list destination.

  5. Mo

    Hi I’m interested in the caving. I plan to ride motorbike to there. Do I have to book in advance in case the visitors over maximum number? Or can I just try to arrive there before 10 am and only pay the entry fee? Thank you.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      On the peak season booking in advance is totally not working.
      It’s very crowded, the operator just concern to the traveler who come first.
      They don’t care about booking in advance.
      Today, they will provide queue number for the traveler who already arrive, register and pay the entrance fee.
      So, i recommend you to arrive at Jomblang cave on 9 am.
      You will be the first who climb down the cave. No queue, not crowded. 🙂
      So, you have to leave/depart from Yogya (hotel) on 7 am.
      But, if you don’t know about the place,
      i recommend you to leave earlier.
      So, you won’t arrive more than 9 am.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Well, my old brother is a driver.
      He get used to bring the traveler to Jomblang cave.
      Also the owner of Jomblang cave trust on me to receive the booking.
      You can contact me on +628122770029 (Whatsapp).
      Send me the date of visit, your name, your nationality, number of traveler.
      Cheers.

  6. Tomo kobayashi

    I am in Kota tua now.
    And I will carry bicycle in train and go to Yogyakarta by train.
    And then I will cycle to wonosari from Yogyakarta to stay and next day I will go to jomblang cave .
    I want to explore in cave and go to deep cave . Can I do by myself?
    Or do I need guide people?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Tomo Kobayashi,

      It’s nice plan. I also love cycling.
      You should arrive at Jomblang before 10 am.
      Or on 9 am for better, to get first climbing without queuing other visitor.

      Well, to climb down the cave you need special tools and gears.
      You can not go down by your self, it’s vertical cave.
      You need other person to help you.
      That’s why the operator/management of Jomblang cave offer the tour.
      It’s include the tools and gears, guide, insurance, lunch, etc.

      Regards.

  7. rebecca

    Hello Sir,

    Firstly, thank you for the amazing writeup for Jomblang Cave.

    can i check the price of transport of your brother from Yogyakarta (hotel) to Jomblang to Parangritis Beach to Yogyakarta (hotel)?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hello,

      Well, Jomblang cave and Parangtritis beach is on different direction actually.
      Jomblang cave in the east side of Yogya, Parangtritis beach is in the south side of Yogya.

      You can asking me by text me via Whatsapp for the price.

      Regards.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      There are two scenario or option for you.
      1. Visit Jomblang cave first, then cave tubing at Kalisuci. Start from Yogya on 7.30 am. Arrived at your hotel in Yogya at 5 pm.
      2. Visit Kalisuci cave first, then Jomblang cave. Start from Yogya on 6 am. Arrived at your hotel in Yogya on 3 pm.

      If you in hurry, better take option number 2 and make sure your driver already call Kalisuci management to prepare the tools and the guide.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Well, you need read the comment above carefully because it will and already answer your question.
      Minimum age to go down the cave is 5 years old.
      It mean 10 years old able to do this. 🙂

  8. NZ

    Very useful and informative website.
    Is there any special price of Jomblang entrance fee for children age 8 and 9 years old?
    Thank you.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Thank you, NZ.
      For Jomblang cave entrance fee is IDR 450k per pax for adult.
      For children under 10 years is IDR 350k per pax.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      From Lempuyangan railway station take to the east direction to Wonosari city.
      If you ride a bike, better use Waze apps or Google maps as your guidance to the Jomblang cave.

  9. Jan

    Hi! Great website for Jomblang cave information.
    May I ask if it is possible to explore Jomblang cave and cave tubing for 2 days. I mean 2nd day will be departing back in the afternoon. Thanks! Im planning to travel there on the upcoming month. May I know the peak seasons?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      You can explore it for 2 days.
      But, you can explore those places in one day only actually.
      Make sure you arrive in the right time for visiting Jomblang cave.
      They just open on specific time only. Before 10 am.
      Otherwise, you can not climb down the cave.

      The peak seasons of Jomblang cave on July, August & September.

  10. Elise

    Pak, follow the tour code K88 stated IDR185K per person but from excel schedule is IDR550K total cost, may I know what is the difference?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      You need to read the note below the Jomblang transport offer.
      *) It’s group of tour, not private tour. Minimum 3 person in one car.
      IDR 550k divided by 3 person = IDR 185k per person.

  11. Judith

    Hello,
    Is it possible to visit the Jomblang Cave and Pantai Timang on one day from Yogyakarta? I’m a solo traveller.

  12. Yohan

    hi,

    i would like to have Jomblang Cave and then Timang Beach tour on 27/5/17, Saturday.
    Do you have a driver on that day?

    as I’m a solo traveller, i’d be happy to share the cost with other travellers to share the cost.

  13. June

    Hi,

    I and my friends in total of 6 people will be visiting to Yogjakarta this coming Oct. While we are still planing on our itinerary actually. But referring your recommendation on below:

    “I suggest you to visit Kalisuci cave tubing first, then Jomblang cave, then Timang beach (Gondola) and Bintang hill sunset.
    Departing from Yogya city at 5.30 am.”

    Is it possible to visit above activities in one day from Yogyakarta? And how is transport planning since we are 6 people on total?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi,

      Yes, possible visit above activities in one day from Yogyakarta.
      But, you have to start on 5.30 am and take sandwich or bread for breakfast in the car.
      Then, your driver should contact Kalisuci cave tubing operator first before arrive,
      So, when you arrive it will be ready to start the activity and not waste your time.

      The car can fit for 7 people actually, but for comfort reason is 5 people.
      If you and your friend has small body size like south east asian people,
      i think it doesn’t matter.
      It can fit for 7 persons.

      You’re welcome.

  14. Allison Klein

    Hi,
    I checked your schedule excel spreadsheet and I only confirmed for July 12th for the Jomblang Cave and Kelcici and I believe we are doing the silver neighborhood on am not sure yet what we are doing on July 11th so please put a question by july 11. Also can you send me the itinerary we have planned for July 12th. I was not able to add you to Whats app. message me via Facebook? Thanks
    Allison Light Klein

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Hi Allison,

      You’re correct.
      I already check our message in the previous mail,
      and i already remove July 11th in our schedule excel spreadsheet.
      Thank you for your active participation for checking our schedule.
      Regards
      Roni Kunz

  15. June

    Hi morning

    I would like to have private transportation on our iteniary from 4/10/17 to 8/10/17. Do you have a driver on these days?

    Can I email you personally to discuss more in details? Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

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