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Address: Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia

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Worth a visit late in the day!

Cave itself was pretty nice with small waterfalls in places which I liked - it had been raining though so not sure. I had a private guide which I'm sure made it more interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sid S
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Cave itself was pretty nice with small waterfalls in places which I liked - it had been raining though so not sure. I had a private guide which I'm sure made it more interesting as he could tell us about historical bird nesters and current day policy. You definitely don't need a guide but it was interesting to learn about... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The caves is easily accessible and easy to find . It is set in forest access by a good walkway. The cave is very large and beautiful as are the swiftlets and bats flying overhead . The smell of guano is powerful .t walkway and are handrail are slippery from the water and the guano . Tthe cockroaches and spiders... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited during harvest season, amazing to see locals collect bird nests from enormous heights. Cave stunning views. Walk in along the boardwalk gave opportunity to see orangatan in the wild.

Thank Jo K
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading so many reviews on TA about the smell, poop and bugs i was dreading this trip, but it was my birthday and i was up for the challenge. However, i did go to the local pharmacy first and bought a plastic poncho and a pack of face masks! The walk up to the caves from the ticket office... More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Never been so happy in my life! After 3 days in kinabatangan river trying to spot a wild orang utan, least expected We saw a mom and a child up the tree right before the cave entrance! Workers there seem be not as excited as us. Is so near me one meter away! Nearly want to hug it out but... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared for the cockroaches, bat droppings, bird droppings and the foul smell. Oh what about centipedes. Oh I forgot. This is a cave where million of birds reside and where the bird nests are harvested - for their saliva. An expensive delicacy very much fancy by most Asians. The guano used as fertilizer is also harvested. Do come prepared... More 

Thank ITravel0ne
Grantham, United Kingdom
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264 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cave is easly to get to by car or minivan. We went with our guide from Sukau Lodge. It was great. An easy walk from the carpark to Simud Putin cave with information boards at the centre. We saw the long metal ladders under the homes of the workers who climb them twice a year to collect the nests... More 

2 Thank donnison44
Munich, Germany
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off, this experience is probably not for everybody. It is definitely an olfactory challenge, but that's part of the charm. Most people do this on a tour or with their own transportation, since public transportation only deposits you at the turn-off from the main road, from where it's another 5 km to the ticket office. Once there, you'll have... More 

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Superior, Colorado
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30 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bat cave is smelly. Cocker roaches all over floor of cave. Bat do all over. A mask is a must and wear old closed shoes and clothes. Recommend watching the bats exit the top of the cave all 2 million in a stream that take 1.5 hours while eagles swoop in their stream in the air to eat them. 5:35pm.

2 Thank Pam1Dec
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Didn't actually go inside the cave but I've never heard a bad thing about it. We walked around the area of jungle for animals with a guide, very chilled and relaxed with loads to see

Thank Sylv R

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