|Location:||Matapa track, 30mins walk over a rough path.|
|Open:||no restrictions. |
|Classification:||Natural Bridge Sea cave|
|Light:||none, bring torch|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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The Talava Arches are huge natural arches which are the remains of a very large sea cave. Starting at a grassy parking area the walking track leads first to the Matapa Chasm, a gorge which is favoured for its cool, safe swimming. An underground stream enters here with cool fresh water, but this cave is not accessible.
Close to the parking lot a trail to the Talava Arches branches off. This path is rather rough, and after following the trail from here for about 30 minutes, a small karst cave with nice speleothems is reached. It is lighted by a roof collapse in the middle, then it opens up wide to a long pool of blue water and two close arches and a far one. To reach the arches it is necessary to climb down halfway through the cave. Walking over the reef the far archway may be reached. A small cave with excellent stalagtites opposite the arch may be explored during low tide, a torch is needed.
This area offers numerous caves, chasm, crevices, arches and pool. It is really impressive, but also a cool place for swimming and snorkeling. Nevertheless the exploration of the wild caves and arches requires some fitness and appropriate equipment, e.g. sturdy shoes and a torch. With a litte common sense it is harmless, but a local guide is still recommended.