East Nusa Tenggara is a good place to spend your vacation. There are many holiday destinations, such as Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and many others. Nearby Labuan Bajo is Rangko Village. It is also a place worth visiting. The most famous place is Rangko Cave. This amazing cave is located on Gusung Island. The best time to travel is when low tide. Visitors can access the caves by boat from the village. So what’s inside? What makes it so special?
Visually, there is a small cave entrance. It’s no problem. Anyone can enter easily. When you enter the cave, you can see many stalactites. There is a natural pond below. The water is clear and cold. In fact, it’s very attractive. Almost all visitors are allowed to play in the water. This is a rare opportunity, so please give it a try. It’s child’s play. Because it gets dark inside the cave in the evening.
What to Expect
Locals call it Goa Rangko. Goa means “cave”. Tourists visit Rangko Cave for a variety of reasons. Besides being beautiful, it is also an adventure. You have to cross a bridge to get to the cave. Seawater flows under this wooden bridge. Not to mention the colorful corals. You may find a villa when you reach the coast. Built for visitors, so that everyone can take a rest before visiting the cave.
According to locals, the best time to visit Rangko Cave is around noon. Sunlight provides natural lighting. In fact, tourists can also swim there. Throwing garbage is prohibited. Please be considerate of the environment. That means you can’t pee in the pool. Once you’ve explored the cave, it’s time for your next adventure. Don’t spend too much time indoors. The cave gets darker as time goes on.
Another highlight is Gusung Island. It’s actually sand dunes. No plants or trees at all. A unique island that only appears at low tide. The optimal visitting time is in the morning. Visitors usually take pictures of beautiful Gusung Island. Snorkeling is also good. However, you should do this before visiting Rangko Cave. Next, explore Rangko Village. Locals are friendly. You can also learn some culture from them.
Another something special near Rangko Cave, there is a small sandbar called Pasir Timbul just a five-minute boat ride away. At low tide, the sandbar takes on a crescent shape. At high tide, it becomes just a small disk of sand. This location is easily combined with the Rangko Cave and is perfect for drone photography.
How to Get There
The travel time from Labuan Bajo is approximately 45 minutes. You can use it by car or bike. Do not come during the rainy season to avoid bumpy roads. After arriving at Rangko village, you can take a boat to the beach. Alternatively, you can take the bridge on foot. However, it requires a lot of energy and also time. Please make sure you arrive by noon. When it comes to accommodation, Labuan Bajo has a wide variety of hotel options. Alternatively, you can talk to the villagers. Some of them even have free rooms.
Optimal Travel Time
In our experience, it started to light up inside the cave at 2 p.m., but the brightest was between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. By 3:30 p.m., it was already dark, so I didn’t have much time to take pictures. We first arrived at the cave at 12:00 p.m. (according to our friend), and it was still dark. Please note that there may be slight variations depending on the season. It was early March.
Your best bet is to find someone who has been there recently or ask the guy at the ticket office. Clouds sometimes block the light, but fortunately, Labuan Bajo’s climate is very sunny, so that’s usually not a problem.
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