Finally, this is my last stop of Misompuru Homestay. We came to Terongkongan Beach to see the Tindakon cave created by sea erosion. Personally I am very interested in any kind of hole, so I couldn’t wait to explore it. Under the rain, we moved slowly, painfully on 1KM of sandy beach to the end of the beach. The lady inside the photo is Mona, one of the local guides. I used her as a free model so many things that she wanted to poke me with her umbrella. Just kidding.
Though the cave is our target. The view along the shore is wonderful. I saw some weird rock cut by the wind. The best thing was there was no other people around. We walked freely as if this is our private beach. The guide told me that someone would camp here during the nesting session of sea turtles. They will collect the turtle eggs then kill the mother for her shell and meat as well. It is so depressing to imagine this bloody scene taking place in beautiful beach here.
Just like the old day of Kuala Penyu, there were so many turtles there. Now we find no more penyu (turtle) In Kuala Penyu. If the turtles are still around there to attract tourists today, Kuala Penyu would be more developed and won’t be just a small town. Their leaders are thinking really hard to create tourism products now.
There are some spiky odd plants grow there too. Their leaves are sharp. Quite hurt to walk among them.
To let you have an idea, below is the diagram of the cave. Actually the cave is a deep hole created by the sea, after many years of “digging” by the sea water. The hole got bigger and deeper and became a cave. At the end, it even digs a “tunnel” and connects to the other side of the hill. There is a big opening above the cave. I’m not sure how the opening was formed. I guess it is because the cave under the hill kept on washing soil away from its bottom. At last it collapsed and became a big hole?
Before I went there, I told the guides that I wanted to go inside the cave. Immediately I saw the expression of reluctant written on their faces. Then they came out all sort of scary reasons why I should not do it. One said there was fierce animals living inside, another said it was dangerous and slippery… Actually the more they tried to stop me, the more I wanted to try..
Anyway, we went and checked out the big opening behind the hill first (see below). It is quite steep and about 30 feet deep, very hard to go down with a camera with me.
The cave is about 30 feet away from us. I used the camera zoom to take the photo below. We could see wave movement in the cave and with a bit of light behind. Obviously, this cave connects to the sea at other side of the hill. I saw fear in the eyes of a guide who mumbled, “so creepy… like there is a ghost inside..” The cave is not really big but can fit one person. I didn’t go inside coz the cave was filled with sea water.
Then we walked to the other side to see the cave entrance facing the sea. If you look at the photo below, the cave is under the “drain” at the right side. I decided to walk nearer to take a look, hoping that I could see the entrance of the cave.
After I moved closer, I understood why the guides were so concern. The cave was flooded by sea water. I would be drown if I went inside. But someone did manage to walk through the cave during low tide. It was really not my day.
The wave was quite strong and the rock was slippery. I had to keep an eye on the sea when I walked to the cave. The height of waves seemed to have timing, 1 feet, 1 feet… then 3 feet. About every 15 minutes, there would be a super big wave nearly 5 feet high. It took me by surprise. When mass volume of water rushed to me, I was freak out and thought I would fall.
They told me there was a whale stuck inside the cave and died in the past. According to the guides, sometimes the waves were so strong that they created loud noise when they hit the cave opening. They even can see the sea water splash at other end. The villages can hear the sound from a far distance and they will know that the sea is rough.
There are so many beautiful beaches in Sabah. Unfortunately, there are always some developers dripping about their beauty and try to own them. They make the beach private, build resort on it, then charge people who want to enjoy it. See what happen to Tanjung Aru Beach, Police Beach, Kelambu Beach, etc. Now is the turn of Mabul Island. In future, there would be no “free” beach for our next generation to enjoy. Even if there is any left, there would be many hawkers very keen to build their food stalls there to pollute the sea.
Photos taken in Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo