A short visit to a cave used by Japanese during WW II

by Noor Fithriya July. 04, 2012 3685 views

Got a few hours just after landed in Biak island, Papua. Decided to rent a car and visited a cave ±30 minutes ride from the airport and end up spending more time at the cave which were used by Japanese during WW II. Many historical sites related to WW II could be found in Biak, as Japanese and the US both once were using this island as their base during WW II.
Funny thing is, I never met anyone when I visited any kind of places in Papua on workdays. I always feels like that I visit a private place, as I could explore the place by myself and sometimes could meet children who lives nearby.

Green surrounding the path to the cave, actually some of the path is above the cave (see those little wooden bridge, its leading to the big hole so we could see the cave below, well not the whole cave, only some walls of the cave)

after walking down the path for a while, I saw a big tree and fences surrounding the areas around the big tree and when I walk closely, I realized that the fences were protecting people from falling to a big hole. When I try to see through the hole, I couldn't see the ground… so here is the wall of the cave saw from above

inside the cave from the entrance, I push the iso to 6400 to take this picture as the cave is very dark and I was feeling sorry for myself that I didn't think to bring flash light (this is always my case as my trip usually spur the moment decision to maximize the time I have). I was alone for a short time then suddenly I heard children talking, then they just appeared in front of me, they said that they took another entrance to the cave. Lucky children, to have a cave for their playground and giving them a sense of adventure by seeking every possible entrance to the cave, they then show me that there is a hole on the other side of the cave. On the left above on the picture, we could see that there is a hole up on the cave ceiling.

the hole from inside the cave, the same hole with #2

many can be found around the cave, including this broken plane

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Antonio Gil 8 years, 9 months ago

Great piece of history. I love the WWII theme since i was a child.

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David Cardona 8 years, 9 months ago

Nicely done! Great views and interesting location. Thanks for sharing!

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Rachel Mvm 8 years, 9 months ago

thanks for the walk through! phenomenal place!

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Photography By Nature 8 years, 9 months ago

Beautiful work!!!!

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