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“Quite a Surprise. Some Wonderful Geo-Freaks of Nature.”
Review of Mulu Caves

Mulu Caves
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Miri
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

There might be no other "mega" caves system in the world that can compare to the grandness and the diversity that Gunung Mulu can offer. Surprisingly, my 3-day visit there turned out to be just too short.

I arrived in Mulu through a plane from Kota Kinabalu, passing through Miri. Prior to the visit, I had to arrange everything from accommodation to tours as there are times when everything is just full (consider forewarned)! I managed to do the walking trails, visit the indigenous Penan settlements, see the four show caves, the canopy walk, the waterfalls, and the tree top tower. The real highlight, of course, are the mega caves.

I enjoyed a lot the visits to the Winds Cave and Langs Cave - the two being the smallest of the four show caves. The Winds Cave's King's Chamber will probably hold a special place to my heart indefinitely, together with the small but really highly decorative Langs Cave. Aside from the two personal favorites, the visit to Clearwater Cave and Deer Cave are just as memorable (taking a dip at the Clearwater river was probably one of the craziest ideas I've done there as the water was freeeeezzzing that time!). The other trails I easily did on my own (Paku waterwalls, tree tops, some forest walks, etc.).

Tours are clear and definite, one set in the morning (Wind and Clearwater Caves, cruising through the Melinau River and passing by the Penan tribe settlement), and another one in the afternoon (Deer and Langs Cave, together with the flights of the bat viewing). I, however, felt that the Deer Cave might be more interesting earlier in the day when the first morning lights seep into the interior.

It was always raining in the afternoon of my visit, and I never got to see the bats leaving the Deer Cave, despite patiently waiting for 3 hours everyday and always getting heavily soaked in the rain. It is only during my visit that I realized that it rains all the time in rain forests - there is no joke about it.

I have to agree to the previous reviews commending - despite the remoteness - the management of the park. Tours are only handled by certified heritage site guides, information posters everywhere, trails are all signposted properly, and the sites are well and strictly kept --- all these efforts are very sensitive to nature. After visiting three UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites (Kinabalu National Park and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, being the other two) and several other national parks this year, I probably have to admit that Gunung Mulu is one of the most well-managed sites I've seen.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

The Mulu Caves are simply fantastic. I strongly recommend travels to go there for a look. However, you need to by physically strong to walk to the limestone caves. The water there are so cool..so clean and beautiful. The caves are marvellous. Really beautiful to behold...

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Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

The caves are a true wonder. The scale of them has to be seen to be beleived and the wildlife is unlike anything I have seen anywhere in the world.

The caves are easily reached by a wide path and are suprisingly wheel chair friendly.

Photography wise a wide angle lens is a must - maybe even a fish eye if you have one - to capture the sense if scale. Also a tripod to play with long exposures would also be useful.

Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

If you love nature and are reasonably fit, try it. Come experience the delicate cafe formations, the flying bats at dusk, the clear and cool river water, and the lush tropical jungle. Be prepared to walk. Bring along good walking shoes, rain coat or umbrella, torch light and at least drinking water. Go to the caves, take a boat ride and go up Pinnacale if you can. Bring supplies.

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

These caves really are impressive. All four caves gives you experiences you will never forget. Just amazing.

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