My Borneo Adventure part 3

20 03 2010

Tasik Biru and The Fairy Cave.

On the way to Sematan , Tzy Wen and Woon Hwan had planned to stop and show me Tasik Biru (Blue Lake) and the Fairy cave. We arrived at the Lake at about 2.30 p.m but it was far from hot. The skies were overcast and would remain this way until the last day of my trip to Sarawak. Tasik Biru is not a natural lake but a result of open cast gold mine that was flooded.

The lake got it’s name from it’s very colour. I am not sure if my pictures do it justice but the lake was actually blue in colour with probably a tinge of green. Tzy Wen and Woon Hwan told me that it is prohibited to drink from or bathe in the lake as the water is poisonous. I wondered why. Then I came by a signboard that was erected at the top of a viewing platform.

The lake owes it’s colour to a very toxic and poisonous element called Arsenic. But it seems that a nearby village has been using the water from this lake for their drinking water since 1997 when their water supply was cut off. (read the article by The Star 2008). I noticed that there were no fishes in the lake that I can see.

We left lake and made our way to the Fairy Cave nearby. We were unsure if the cave would be open during the Chinese new year celebrations but we took a chance and headed for the cave. We arrived and found the cave entrance open. This cave has a rather unique entrance. Nothing like the those found in West Malaysia.

That Tzy Wen going up the first set of stairs leading to the cave. The actualy entrance to the cave is situated about 100 feet above the ground level. The tower you see in the picture was erected to provide easier access to the mouth of the Fairy Cave. The remnants of the original staircase leading up the the cave can still be seen to the right of this tower. Believe me, you would not want to try climbing up those stairs. They looked very steep and treacherous. A groundskeeper who was sitting at the top of the first set of stairs (you can see Woon Hwan with his back to the camera talking to him) said a few people have actually hurt themselves badly falling from the original set of steps.

During the Second World War, the Fairy and Wind caves became a refuge for those trying to escape the Japanese Army. It was said the Japanese threw hand grenades into the cave killing a number of people. I have yet to read the history of these caves but I will surely visit this place again on my next visit.

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