Togo Chasm

One of my favourite memories from the island, our little adventure out to Togo was unbelievable. To reach the chasm, it’s a little over a 1km hike through bushland that is dense with trees, nothing but a small forest path leading the way. As you reach the opening at the other end the wind whips about your body and the fresh sea air rushes up to greet you. It’s a slightly treacherous walk down the other side, with steep stairs, uneven paths and at times nothing but a rope to hang on to for support. The contrasting landscape of coral and rocks that fall off into a medley of deep ocean blues is something that no photos can do justice. It absolutely takes your breath away! As you approach the raging sea crashing against the shore below you, the path takes you to the right and around a corner.

Lost in amongst high rocky walls, you’re lead through to an opening at the bottom of a massive drop only accessible via a tall, wooden step ladder. As you make it down onto the sand, you feel like the smallest person alive. While down here we had a little look around, Christian had a go at knocking coconuts from the trees and then I found some small openings into a cave. We couldn’t help but push ahead and see what was at the other end! It was a somewhat tricky climb, having to navigate up and over masses of sharp coral, which inside the cave grew slippery and wet. The temperature dropped noticeably and the ocean roared as waves crashed in and out of the cave opening. We’d made it there just in time, and didn’t stay long, as the tide began to rise higher. My heart was pumping hard and fast but you couldn’t wipe the smile off my face if you tried. Mother nature really is something, huh…

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