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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Interesting but not great if you hate bugs!

Saw a wild orang just at the mouth of the cave. Cave itself was beautiful but seething with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Elizabeth B
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Just do it

Wasn't sure about this but went, the smell wasn't as bad as some make out . Very slippery, make... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
julie f
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“birds nests” (34 reviews)
“bat guano” (11 reviews)
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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Saw a wild orang just at the mouth of the cave. Cave itself was beautiful but seething with cockroaches, and didnt want to touch anything! Worth a visit to see the nest harvesting and the swifts

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wasn't sure about this but went, the smell wasn't as bad as some make out . Very slippery, make sure you have decent foot wear on . The cave itself is beautiful with different colours of lime stone . Bats and birds everywhere and even...More

Thank julie f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cave is the biggest one where they harvest swiftlet nests for birds' nest soup. It reeks because bird guano covers the ground in a black mass. The mass is writhing because there are roaches feeding on the guano (as well as roaches covering the...More

Thank Fecklesstraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can I say!? The smell of bat dung is putrid and burns the nostirls. Fortunately it's a quick walk through the cave (maybe ten minutes) which is an awe inspiring natural cathedral with a glorious view of the sky and jungle above. Tons of...More

Thank alia p
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited as an excursion from Sukau Lodge on the Kinabatangan River. The cavernous cave claims the highest concentration of cockroaches feasting on bat and swiftlet guano. Donning gloves, masks,hardhats,and headlamps, we joined our guide on the loop inside this dark cave on guano and...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here on the way back from the river. Only took 40min, was great, but it does smell and there are cockroaches, so if that's not your thing maybe reconsider. Boardwalk up to and through the caves.

Thank krissikat
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

First of all, yes the cave system will have a distinct smell due to the thousands of bats and swiftlets that call the cave home. However this is all part of the ecosystem that makes this a unique sight and something worth seeing. The expanse...More

1  Thank Kathryn T
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Not my cup of tea! Out of my comfort zone walking on a slippery wet wooden pathway covered in bat droppings in the dark.

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 2 June 2017

My wife and I visited the cave as part of a tour that we booked from our hotel in Sandakan. The tour company was Tropical Gateway Tours Sdn Bhd, their tour code : TGW-003. We were picked up from the hotel promptly at 9am by...More

3  Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Really one of the less cared for tourist attractions, toilets are disgusting with no running water, surrounding environs are stinky and filthy but... it is an incredible cave if you are interested in ecosystems, bats, insects and of course geology. It's teeming with millions of...More

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Steven_Teo
19 February 2017|
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Response from Niketa P | Reviewed this property |
Hi Steven. It was just before sunset, around 5.50 if I remember correctly. Hope that helps. It is an amazing view, I hope you get to see it!!
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allany
31 January 2016|
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Response from trish0678 | Reviewed this property |
I took this tour on our way to Bilit. It is a vast cave, interesting, however we did not witness the bats departing and the birds were not nesting. If you do go, be sure to wear long pants, hat (for droppings from above... More
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Chris D
29 March 2015|
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Response from granniesteph | Reviewed this property |
1. we were there around noon. I'm sorry, I can't help with guides, but there are rangers at the entrance who I assume you can book. For an incredible bat experience, go to Mulu National Park in Sarawak, 3 million bats... More
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