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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Worth a visit

The depressing thing about visiting places like this is that you realise just how little of this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James H
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Smelly but fascinating

Smelly, creepy and not for open toed sandals but I found it fascinating, faeces everywhere and... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
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  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
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“birds nests” (39 reviews)
“creepy crawlies” (16 reviews)
“bat guano” (12 reviews)
Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The depressing thing about visiting places like this is that you realise just how little of this nature is left. And let's face it this place has only been left alone because it makes money. That being said it's an amazing place. Wonderful cave in...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Smelly, creepy and not for open toed sandals but I found it fascinating, faeces everywhere and floor crawling in cockroaches.

Thank Kacer99
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Real interesting place to visit, but also the most disgusting place i visited ever. If you are afraid of cockroaches, you might dont want to go in that far. Eventually this cave will be filled up to the top with guano and it will be...More

Thank VincentR1984
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We visited these caves while in transit from Lahad Datu to Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge. Having seen old footage of David Attenborough in the caves (as well as more recent footage) we were keen to have a look. The number of swiftlets, bats, millipedes, cockroaches and...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Worth a visit, super interesting ecosystem in action within this cave of Bats, Swifts, Cockroaches, Crabs, and many, many more critters.

Thank Claire L
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Really interesting place to visit and a huge cave! Millions of bats, swiftlets, dung beetles and cockroaches! All part of the experience but wear closed shoes and brace yourself. Worth the visit!

Thank Moonbears
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Such an interesting place - the wildlife in the caves is fascinating (especially the centipedes). Be prepared with good walking shoes/boots and wet wipes - there are bird and bat droppings everywhere, which makes the floor slippy and the handrails unusable, but it's easy to...More

Thank G W
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Watching the bats and the birds nests is a sight to see. We were well warned about the smell and the cockroaches so it wasnt as bad as we had expected. The highlight of the trip here was seeing a wild orangutan and her baby...More

Thank loopysilvette
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Visited the Gomantong Cave as parts of our eco tour of SE Asia. The cave is famous for it being the major source of birds nests for the Chinese food market. Each year, Swiftlets build their nests onto the limestone walls of the cave. They...More

Thank Paleflier
Reviewed 10 October 2017

It is the place to be for thousands of swiftlets (famous for he birdnestsoup), there are thousands of cockroaches and bats and in the late afternoon the spectacular awakening of the bats.

Thank Roy H
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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