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“Mind Blowing place”

Gomantong Cave Sandakan
Ranked #7 of 30 things to do in Sandakan
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you are doing a river safari - then this is just 30 minutes before you reach the jetty for your safari. Its a huge cave with great rock formations and thousands and thousands of swiftlets flying in and out from their nests. But watch your step as the place is swarming with cockroaches, centipedes and scorpions. Also the walkway can tend to be slippery from all the water and mud. Its an experience not to miss. If you can make it for the nest collection times - which is feb and july you will be able to see the men at work with their ropes and ladders.

Thank devasar
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

It is without a doubt an amazing natural wonder. Gigantic cave, with spectacular rock formation and natural openings that create effective shades of light and dark. BUT!!!!!! The bat, cockroach and rat poop is every where. you are literally walking very tentatively the whole way trying not to slip on it. AND please don't look up in case the new dropping land in your eyes! I think with this 'wonder' I would have preferred to have stuck with my vicarious experience.

Thank JennyHales
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

This is what I said, an experience. The walk into the jungle got hotter and hotter and the smell got stronger and stronger. Not my favourite trip but one that just had to be done. The caves themselves are huge, remember to wear a hat and do not touch the hand rails. It's interesting to know that men actually sleep in these caves to protect the nests but the smell is awful. Depending on your guide depends on how long you stay. Ours was very chatty and described it in detail so took a while. Something I am glad that I have seen though, don't let me put you off.

Thank Tracey_n_Allan
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Great place to visit and saw wild orangutans on the way to the cave. Well marked paths to guide you and when inside we saw giant centipedes, swiftlets and nest and two snakes. A few bats also.
Did not like the 30 ringitt charge to take a camera, felt a rip off and i think it should be included in the entrance fee.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Gomantong is a large cave (just the one, unlike Mulu) with a million resident bats and swifts. They are accompanied by cockroaches, rats and snakes - this is not a visit to a clean and sanitised park! Watch where you walk, take a torch, and wear closed shoes - and a disposable hooded raincoat might be a good idea too, to avoid unwanted deposits in your hair! Interesting to see the swifts' nest collectors living inside, playing cards with each other in their bamboo shacks, seemingly undisturbed by the noise and smell. Ask them to show you their collecting equipment.

It's closed on Thursdays. The best time to go is around 5:30 p.m., as that gives you time to walk around and then watch the mass exodus of the bats, and the sunset return of the swifts. Watch out for the bat hawks picking up their dinner - take a pair of binoculars if you have. The exodus is most impressive on sunny days, when the column is thick and black, and you can hear the beating wings.

1  Thank nyenyedzi
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