Gomantong Cave Sandakan, Sandakan

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#4 of 8 in Parks in Sandakan
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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  • One of Sabah's premier tourist attractions, the Gomantong caves are a good example of working birds nest harvesting operations. Not well maintained and need a good guide to show you how to navigate th...  more »
  • I was lucky enough to be there when they were collecting the birds nests- this has to be the worse job ib the world. But the cave is incredible. It's not Mula Caves- there is only 1 cave you can enter...  more »
  • This was one of the highlights of Sabah. We were staying at Kinabintang, and our lodge connected us with a local driver to get there (20 minutes drive). We deliberately wanted to be there about sundow...  more »
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  • Eye-opening experience full of cockroaches! You'll be greeted with the cockroach smell even before you enter the cave. Good that cockroaches don't fly around. Wear a cap if you're afraid of guano droppings. Cave is pretty dark at some area.
  • Big and surprising cave
  • Interesting eh! bats
  • One of a kind!
  • A couple of million for the bat, pigeons and probably a billion torakkaa. A great experience even if the time short.
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