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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

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A huge cave with bats and birds nest high on the ceiling...dark and damp in places so care needs to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris A
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Smelly but awesome

With the numbers of swiftlets and bats that live in these caves there is no surprise that the smell... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Seeing people hundreds of feet up in a cave supported only on ladders and ropes was mind boggling. Collecting these tiny birds nests every day just so we can have them in soup, no wonder they're expensive! Great and worthwhile experience

Thank Gill1961
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived c5pm en route to Sukau. The main cave is huge and has a board walk all around it. It does smell and there are a few rats running around. Around 1745 (dusk) bats and swiftlets emerge from various exits at c50-100 per second....More

3  Thank Hugh_Risebrow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had seen these caves on a David Attenborough doco and it was great to go and experience it for myself, different to any caves I have been before a think it was fascinating if your in the area go and check it out

Thank Michele Ann W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your travel company misses this out, think again. What an incredible place. More bats and swallows than you imagine, a literal mountain of guano (don't touch anything), cockroaches of horror movie proportions...and just mind-blowingly massive. And the smell!!! It's also a great place to...More

Thank Colin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A huge cave with bats and birds nest high on the ceiling...dark and damp in places so care needs to be taken when walking through...they have a boardwalk round inside the cave...the workers were harvesting the birds nest when we visited...we were given masks as...More

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I won't tell you much about the purpose of the cave itself:which is clearly amazing !!! But just be prepared: - You need to have proper shoes to walk through that suspended pach in the cave (bird's poo make it OVER slippery) - You need...More

Thank Adel N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the numbers of swiftlets and bats that live in these caves there is no surprise that the smell from their droppings is powerful. What we weren't expecting was the sheer size of the cave. It is massive, there are openings at the back of...More

Thank LizL1487
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oh my word!! Not one for the faint hearted. Apart from the bat poo (obviously), I hadn’t quite prepared myself for the cockroaches, rats and other creepy crawlies. It was amazing though. And it’s unbelievable the way the guys who work there operate- clearly some...More

1  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting place to go and see the type of bird nests you so often see getting confiscated by customs on Australian Border Force tv shows. People try and often sneak these bird nests into Australia and so it was interesting to see what these...More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the cave was defenitely something else from the rest of tipical cave visits you can do. I had the luck to see wild Orang Utans while walking to the entrance, all sort of wild reptiles, colorful insects and how the bird nest collectors worked...More

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Lorraine C
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Response from Mikael K | Reviewed this property |
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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