Caving/Rock Climbing2018-05-29T04:07:43+00:00

Bukit Kandis

Bukit Kandis

If you are new to the sport or an experienced climber, we can connect you to some amazing locations. Our well-trained guides will provide all the gear and do all the work of setting up and belaying. Just check out the locations below!

Itinerary

If you are looking for a place to rock climb, then welcome to your new playground! Bukit Kandis is located about 1 hour from the city of Bengkulu. The majority of the journey contains paved roads, but the last 20 minutes will be bumpy as you approach the peak of Kandis jutting
out above landscape. This rock face contains routes graded from 5.3 – 5.9 (YDS) with relatively easy access to create top-rope anchors.

Even if rock climbing is not your forte, Bukit Kandis also serves as a great place for camping with some spectacular panoramas. From the base of the peak you can see Bengkulu city and the Indian Ocean on a clear day. You can also distinctly see Bukit Bungkuk as you look over the vast jungles below.

Further Details
Summary

Difficulty: Difficult

Activities: Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing

Terrain: Rockface, Mountains

Duration: Full day


Months of Operation: All year pending good weather Travel

Location: Bukit Kandis and Goa Kacamata

Nearest Town: Bengkulu or Muara Aman

Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost starting at: Rock Climbing Package: $150 USD for up to 4 people.
Larger group prices available upon request.

Conditions: Bukit Kandis is  best to climb in the early afternoon to avoid the hot sun.
Rock climbing package includes top quality gear, trained guide, and lunch. Transportation cost included for Bukit Kandis.

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Seluma Caves (Goa)

Seluma Caves

Goa Seluma offers an experience unique to any other trip we offer. Set in the lowlands of Seluma Regency, you will experience a mix of the bright light of day as you traverse coffee plantations and jungle, as well as the depths of the earth as your journey through the caves.

Day 1:

After arriving by car to the Puguk village, take a 4×4 truck to Lubuk Resam village. Take in the beautiful scenery with the rolling hills and view of the ocean.  Check in with the village chief at Lubuk Resam and begin the 4 hour hike to Goa Besar (the large cave).  Pass mainly through coffee plantations with occasional jungle.  Keep an eye out for animals along the way, like flying lizards, birds, monkeys, chameleons, and the occasional snake.  End by hiking through the side of the cave and setting up camp in the large mouth of the cave.  After a short swim in the river, relax with a cup of coffee and watch the monkeys play in the trees.

Day 2:


After a morning cup of Joe and breakfast, have our guides lead you through the Goa Besar cave exploring every nook and cranny. See bats and cave swallows as you take in the unique rock formations. Afterwards, take a quick dip in the river to wash off and freshen up.  Pack up and begin the hike back towards the Goa Kecil (“small cave”). After about 3 hours of hiking, take a break at the hot springs and soak your feet in the hot water. Take your time, as the Goa Kecil campsite is only an easy 30-minute hike from here. Set up camp and lounge in the river next to the campsite. After dinner, relax to the sounds of nature and get a good night sleep.

Day 3:


In the morning, you’ll head into the “small cave” to explore. Named for the size of the opening, the “small cave” is actually the large of the two inside.  Take your time going through the massive caverns keeping an eye out for cave crabs, bats, and other creatures.  After about an hour or so, emerge from the cave with a new appreciation for the light of day.  Wash off in the river and pack up ready to take the quick hour hike back to the village for the return car ride back to Bengkulu.


OPTIONAL Day 4:

Take an extra day to explore the caves and the surround areas.  Take another night at the Goa Besar and take a short hike up to more caves about 2 hours hike from the campsite.


Trail Conditions: The trail follows well-defined paths made by local farmers through coffee plantations and rice fields with occasional jungle. Leeches are not plentiful and are generally not a problem here. If you are really concerned with getting tagged, leech socks can help. We have some available for purchase for pretty cheap. In the caves, it is advisable to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Wear something you don’t mind getting mucked up as the minerals and dirt in the caves can often stain clothes. The weather is also a bit hotter here so hiking in shorts (or better yet zip-offs) is not a bad idea.

Price includes a local guide (limited English skills), porter, permits, food, gear, flashlights, and transport from Bengkulu to and from the trail head. Price per person reduced with more than two travelers.

Summary

Difficulty: Challenging

Activities: Caving, Hiking, Hot Springs

Terrain: Caves, Plantations, Jungles


Duration: 3 Days (Optional 4th day)


Months of Operation: Year Round Travel

Location: Seluma Regency

Nearest Town: Desa Lubuk Resam


Closest Airport: Bengkulu (BKS)

Total Cost: starting at $380 USD for 3D/2N — $450 USD for 4D/3N for 1-2 people

Payment Conditions: 25% non-refundable deposit to guarantee booking; balance paid upon arrival in Bengkulu; payment can be made via PayPal in USD or via Bank Transfer or Cash in Rupiah with the current exchange rate

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