The Kei Islands of Maluku not only presents the beauty of the beach and the beautiful scenery of the sea, it also saves the natural beauty of a charming cave. Goa in Letyuan Village, Southeast Maluku Regency, the location is only 15 km from Tual City. Local people call Goa Hawang.
Goa is surrounded by very thick forests. Also a clear freshwater pool. The bottom of the pool with natural stones can be seen naked eye. Clear water is so charming when exposed to sunlight. An amazing view. This water pool has two holes connected with Evu spring from an underground river.
So that tourists can dive and enter the holes that penetrate each other. The beauty of Goa Hawang is like a hidden paradise, coupled with stalactites so unique. Also, there are stones with myths that up to now have been trusted by the surrounding community.
But the myth has kept a mystery, which has not yet been solved. Indeed, no one knows when this cave was found. However, according to local stories, this cave was discovered by elders for a long time. There is a separate legend about Goa Hawang. Inside the cave there is a stone symbolizing a male hunter who holds a spear and two dogs go hunting wild boar.
When chased by a boar it suddenly disappears when it enters a cave. Because he was tired and thirsty chasing wild boar, the man drank the water of the cave was very bitter at that time. Angry and disappointed with the taste of water, the hunter throws dirty words, profanity, and causes him and his two dogs to be cursed to turn to stone. Stone people with dogs are still eternal today.
The Hawang name is interpreted in Indonesian meaning spirit. Most of the local people still believe that in the cave which has the beauty of a pool of very clear water along with beautiful stalactites, there are still many inhabited by spirits. Therefore, tourists who come are prohibited from cursing profanity, committing evil or other dishonorable actions. In addition to Hawang Cave, Evu’s natural bath is also a complement when traveling.
This Evu bath is a fun recreation place with beautiful natural scenery. No need to spend deeply, because the entry rate is only charged for vehicles not per head. On weekends, nature is crowded with local and outside tourists.
Not much different from Goa Hawang, it is said that Evu bathing is prohibited for women who are “dirty”. According to local residents’ beliefs, if women who are “dirty” or menstruating, they will lose their minds. Evu Village is also a village whose livelihood is catching crabs. Usually residents catch crabs in mangrove forests. Crab in Evu Village is different from Desa Debut which is also a livelihood for catching crabs. The difference is that crabs in Evu Village are twice the size. The method of arrest is also still using bubu. The captured crabs were exported to China, Japan and Hong Kong.
- Access to the Hawang Cave is very easy. Tourists can use air lines to save time and distance. If the trip starts from Jakarta, you can get from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Dumatubun Airport in Tual City. The fare to go with the two airlines is only around Rp. 2 million.
- After landing at Dumatubun Airport, the trip continues using public transport or rental vehicles. The distance from the airport to Gua Hawang is around 15 km or 30 minutes.
- Tourists can stay in a cottage close to Pasir Panjang Beach, Tual, Kei Island. His name is Coaster Cottage, a guest house with traditional buildings overlooking the beach. The inn also provides fairly complete facilities and cleanliness that is always maintained.