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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

To take a camera is 30 ringgit but phone camera free I have read a few reviews that state this place is dirty and smelly and that is true but look at what is housed in this cave The starling that makes the nest that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an interesting insight into the extent to which folks go to procure the nests of the swiftlets who make their nests in this huge cave as the basis for birds nest soup. Large, smelling of ammonia from the swift and bat droppings it...More

Thank I H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

WARNING: if you are in any way sensitive about cockroaches or other creepy crawlies then DO NOT enter the cave! The floor and walls of the cave and the walkway are carpeted in thousands of cockroaches. On the walk to the cave, many monkeys and...More

Thank HollysHollydays
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I have visited other caves in Borneo, and notably the wonderful Mulu park. This Gomantong cave is a joke. The entrance fee is a ripoff compared to other attractions, and it's absolutely filthy inside with no good scenery to look at. You'll be walking around...More

Thank Maxsm2014
Reviewed 12 October 2018

We visited the caves because we wanted to see how the locals harvested the birds nests from swiftlits, that are prized for birdsnest soup. It was good to learn about the manner it was governed to maintained the sustainability of the birds. The visuals within...More

Thank oznewbie
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We were not quite sure what to expect with this excursion, which was part of our trip with Borneo Eco Tours. The cave is home to hundreds of bats, as well as swifts, whose nests are a delicacy in Malaysia. They collect the nests to...More

1  Thank Munchkinkate
Reviewed 18 September 2018

They asked for 30 rm to use a camera, I refused, glad I did, there wasn’t even a bird nest in sight, that’s the reason to go there, if it’s not harvest time don’t bother, stinky , not even a cave

Thank cans4kd
Reviewed 16 September 2018

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 3 September 2018 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 September 2018

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

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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!!
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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