The spot where I’m standing in my last photo is at the spot of light coming in the entrance which you can see in the center of this photo.
We jumped into this water and swam the approximately 250m to the rock I’m standing on taking this shot.
I’m not a strong swimmer, and once you turn your headlamp on, your face is immediately surrounded by a million little flying critters drawn to the light, and then the bats, drawn to the million little flying critters, it’s a bit overwhelming. But, you’re required to wear a lifejacket and you have a guide and a porter with you, one in front, the other in back (read: with me) making sure everyone’s o.k.
And I was o.k.
We got out onto this rock and our guide talked to us a bit about when/how this particular cave was discovered and then he said ‘ok turn of your lights and you’ll see something’ Kong. For sure.
But we switched our lights off and everything was still, and quiet, and dark, and perfect. The flying critters retreated and the bats with them. And we were in this remarkable place where it felt like no one had ever been before. And it was beautiful.
Then we turned out lights back on and started taking pictures.