Gomantong Cave Sandakan, Sandakan

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To explore the vast limestone chamber of Gomantong Cave Sandakan, visitors brave the pungent reek of bat guano, the sight of millions of creepy crawlies, and the constant drip of moisture from the ceiling far above. Circumnavigate the cave on a raised walkway, which carries you over the steaming bat droppings and masses of cockroaches, scorpions, centipedes, and crabs. Shafts of sunlight pierce the cavern, providing enough light to make out the twittering bats and swiftlets, small birds known for making edible nests, a highly prized ingredient of bird's nest soup. Bring a hat to protect your head and step carefully across the slick boardwalk. In the rainforest outside the cave you can spot rare birds and monkeys, as well as an occasional orangutan. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sandakan fast, fun, and easy.
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  • Smelly, creepy and not for open toed sandals but I found it fascinating, faeces everywhere and floor crawling in cockroaches.  more »
  • Real interesting place to visit, but also the most disgusting place i visited ever. If you are afraid of cockroaches, you might dont want to go in that far. Eventually this cave will be filled up to t...  more »
  • We visited these caves while in transit from Lahad Datu to Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Having seen old footage of David Attenborough in the caves (as well as more recent footage) we were keen to hav...  more »
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On the main road leading into Sandakan simple hotels offer comfortable rooms, providing easy access to the area's natural attractions. In the town itself, the most popular accommodations cluster around the harbor and surrounding districts. Close to the water, you can find everything from backpacker hostels to popular chain hotels. Have a look at Jalan Leila, running west of the harbor--here, well-placed hotels ensure ease of travel to surrounding areas.
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