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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Wild Rangas

We were treated to a family of wild Orangutans moving through the canopy above us on the walk to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Interesting caves, birds nests and we saw orangutan

Yes the caves smell- so what, they're caves. Yes there are loads of cockroaches around the place... read more

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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were treated to a family of wild Orangutans moving through the canopy above us on the walk to the cave, a very special moment. The track to the cave is well maintained and is along a boardwalk the entire way. We enjoyed this tour...More

Thank matchesbroome
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes the caves smell- so what, they're caves. Yes there are loads of cockroaches around the place but they mind their own business and are only under the boardwalk or on the handrail- just don't touch it (plus they actually are keeping the cave sanitary...More

Thank champkis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here as part of an organized trip to Kinabatangan and it was a smelly experience since the ground is covered in metres of guano! There is a lot of cockroaches and bats and spiders. Coming with a toddler is a never ending experience but...More

Thank Jessica N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

5stars as we were lucky enough to see a mother and baby orangutan Quite close up not far from the path through the forest. Our guide was very knowledgeable and this was a sight to see.

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 9 July 2017

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 20 June 2017

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
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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!!
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
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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