Located in the hearts of Gomantong Rainforest Reserve, Gomantong Cave is referred by WWF as 'the best-managed edible birds' nest cave in the world', making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia.
Besides being well known for its birds' nest industry, Gomantong Cave is an intricate limestone cave system of Gomantong Hill. There are 9 caves which fall within this forest reserve for your Sabah adventure.
However, only the 2 main caves system are accessible: the Simud Hitam (Black Cave) and the Simud Putih (White Cave). The Simud Hitam soars up to 90 meters high and is more accessible because Simud Putih is where most of the valuable nests are found and would need climbing experience to explore this cave.
Inside the caves, you will be greeted by the resident creatures such as the swiftlets and bats among the others. Be prepared to find various creepy crawlers on the cave floors as well.
There are 2 cave complexes:
The Simud Hitam is just a 5 minute walk from the Registration Center.
Be amazed during your Sabah adventure when you are greeted by the size of the cave entrance which reaches up to 300 feet.
If you wish to explore Simud Putih, you will need to make prior arrangements for it is the source of pricier nests. The entrance for Simud Putih is a 30 minute climb up steep rocks, almost 90 meters above the entrance of Simud Hitam.
Visit this tourist attractions in Malaysia between February and August and you might be lucky enough to witness the birds' nest harvest. The first harvest would be between February and April while the second harvest would be between July and September.
You will get a minor heart attack when you observe how the collectors climb to the roof of these caves using only rattan ladders, ropes and poles unsteadily attached together.
Other than exploring within the cave, you can also enjoy the gorgeous surrounding picnicking area while waiting for the fantastic aerial show around 5pm every evening.
Watch how millions of bats pour out of the cave, foraging for food. While the bats fly out, the swiftlets will be returning into the cave. At this moment, you will be able to spot the serpent eagles swooping around as well. Keep your eyes open for the rare proboscis monkey too!
After this astonishing highlight of the day, you can continue on to experience the night life here. Simply place a reservation to stay at the Gomantong Rainforest Chalet which can accommodate up to 30 people per night.
*Additional charges are made on use of photographic equipment.
You can take a 90 minutes bus ride from Sandakan to Sukau for MYR 17.00 one way.
However, there are several tours from Sandakan to the Gamantong Cave which would be less stressful. Do make sure if the tour includes the entrance fee at the caves.
Come witness and be surprised by all these exclusive experiences only Gamantong Cave can offer.
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