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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

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A hot and smelly experience...not to be missed

Wear a hat...be amazed. Good shoes needed as it can be slippery. I always wondered what birds' nest... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Brisbane, Australia
Big and surprising cave

The cave is absolutely beautiful but simply stinks to high heaven. The cave is loaded with insects... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Peter P
Kosice, Slovakia
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Reviewed yesterday

Being afraid of bats and centipedes, and not especially fond of cockroaches, I was apprehensive about our planned trip to the Gomantong Caves. I had seen the caves in David Attenborough's "Planet Earth" documentary, however, which piqued my interest. Our guide thoughtfully handed out two...More

Thank billyhockey
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wear a hat...be amazed. Good shoes needed as it can be slippery. I always wondered what birds' nest looked like and came from. You need to be comfortable with cockroaches as you see them aplenty too. The cave is massive and spectacular.

Thank JulieJulie88
Reviewed 6 days ago

The cave is absolutely beautiful but simply stinks to high heaven. The cave is loaded with insects, mainly cockroaches so if you're scared of bugs, don't go in! I really enjoyed it there, so interesting.

Thank Peter P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd suggest that you take something over your nose because the smell isn't great. We did get to see a monkey near the opening, but the actual view of the birds'nests and walk along the slippery walkway was okay only. You know, sort of thing...More

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You feel like David Attenborough when you enter this cave. From seeing Red Monkeys in the forest outside to the birds nests, various insects, and bats inside, this is an amazing wildlife spot. If you can wait till the bats fly out in the late...More

Thank Bryan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with my wife as part of a small tour group. The boardwalk from the parking area to the cave is about half a mile and the ambient heat was intense. We were advised to wear clothing that covered us and were also given plastic...More

Thank Geoffers1817
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a 2nd visit to Gomangtong recently to see the bat exodus at dusk and it was fantastic. The mostly Wrinkle-lipped Bats come out in waves that you can actually hear if you listen closely. The whole think lasted almost an hour and was...More

Thank EDH_Traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to few cave-sites, though Gomantong are very different, unique and interesting. Be prepared to overcome any fears of crawlies, thousands of cockroaches around you. But be brave, for with valour only some amazing nature's secrets can be observed. To see the co-habitation...More

Thank JayenShah
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We as a group visited this cave on the way back from the Nature Lodge Kinabatangan Resort. It has a nice information/visitor centre with many photos and plans. The Gomantong cave system has two caves with the most accessible being Simud Hitam which is accessible...More

1  Thank JamesKMTan
Reviewed 10 June 2018

These caves are famous as a resource for "bird's nest". While there was no live display of the harvesting of the latter ,as a geographical feature it is still worth the visit. It is cavernous and quite impressive. While I respect the need to charge...More

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Lorraine C
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Response from Mikael K | Reviewed this property |
No there isn’t
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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!!
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