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We keep the location of Thailand's most majestic tidal sea cave and Hong system a secret for two reasons - safety of the paddler and preservation of the cave and pristine Eco-system behind the cave.

Safety is simple. Check out "Kiss The Oysters" and ask yourself what happens if the tide is just a bit off and the current slightly too strong. This shot is the back window - at the wrong tide the front window simply takes your head off.

Conservation is also obvious. There aren't many spots left untouched by humans. All "decorated" caves are fragile, and usually succumb to souvenir hunters. We want this one to stay perfect.

The eco-system behind the cave is virtually perfect. A lead guide from our old company collects all the orchids he can reach, but other than that the only things touched is an occasional rock in a "tight squeeze" traverse (three small caves sit behind the big one) and when we lift a SOTAR over a fallen log. I was horrified when a Singapore-based school group company asked me to help then camp out in the back. Despite the educational benefits, a school-kid campout would wreak havoc in this perfect nature. We declined.

The cave is one kilometer long, built along a huge fault line. The first few hundred meters has a fairly low ceiling, but once you pass the first window, the ceiling rises and the decorations start - huge columns at first with curtain stalactites peppering the final few hundred meters.

There's usually macaques, king squirrels, pythons, water monitors and a variety of birds hanging out in the back. The monkeys call the alarm as soon as we enter the meandering Hong, but the animals remain calm and we always have good sightings in this tranquil Garden of Eden. After exploring until we get tired of traversing fallen logs, we return back through this beautiful cave.

We are happy to take small groups, but no GPS, please - for the sake of the few remaining spots of perfect nature.

Enjoy this remarkable show!

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