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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  • Nature is amazing, but can be disgusting! That's what our guide Sonny told us! I found the long houses and the guys out front sorting the birds nest as interesting as the cave. Stop and talk to them i...  more »
  • The way to the cave is by itself a very interesting experience. The cave is full of insects (cockroaches and others), which makes the visit a:) the great adventure culmination was the opportunity to see the exodus of bats at dusk. A real show!
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  • This is truly amazing, the size of this cave is immense. Be prepared though, its smelly, slippery and dirty! Its a cave full of bats at the end of the day so expect to be walking in bat poo, and seein...  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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