A 20 minute trek through forest (with a couple of rest areas on the way to take a minute if you need it) the Talava Arches are yet another spot worth the sweat! As we walked through, counting all of the lizards we spotted, making sure to tread carefully over the uneven ground, we stopped at a rest area for some water (which I absolutely recommend taking with you). Just around the corner from here, I spotted a small opening and decided to take a peak – the trees opened up and down below were stunning ocean views. Sometimes it pays to go a little off track.
As you reach the entrance to the arches, mind your head. It’s not long before the cramped space soon opens up into a large cave, before you make a steep decent down the other side – there’s rope here to assist you, which definitely makes the climb back up much easier. On one side, you’re surrounded by high coral walls. On the other, bright blue waters and reef lead out to a large arch in the water. There’s almost an eerie feeling to this area (at least when we visited). Without another soul in sight, no noise other than the ocean crashing against the reef, behind us parts of the rocky façade almost resembled screaming faces, weathered and forever looking out to sea.
The arches really are a site to marvel! If you time your visit right, at low tide you can walk all the way out and underneath. We were there as the tide was coming in so admired (safely) from afar, wading in the reef spotting different sea life as waves ran in and the water rose a little higher.