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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Decent cave--yet the critters ruin the experience

This is just a giant cave that you can walk around through a path. Nothing really much to see... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
AR010101
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Anaheim, California
Tourist trap- go to deer park in mulu instead!

30ringit for just the camera! thats how much it cost for entry!! was not impressed. cave looked... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
awaywiththefae
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England, United Kingdom
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“birds nests” (41 reviews)
“creepy crawlies” (16 reviews)
“bat guano” (12 reviews)
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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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"birds nests"
in 41 reviews
"creepy crawlies"
in 16 reviews
"bat guano"
in 12 reviews
"bird poo"
in 9 reviews
"red leaf monkeys"
in 13 reviews
"million bats"
in 8 reviews
"wear a hat"
in 7 reviews
"bit smelly"
in 6 reviews
"chinese market"
in 4 reviews
"wooden walkway"
in 7 reviews
"fascinating place"
in 5 reviews
"board walk"
in 10 reviews
"wild orang utans"
in 7 reviews
"kinabatangan river"
in 15 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 20 reviews
"clams"
in 11 reviews
"camera fee"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is just a giant cave that you can walk around through a path. Nothing really much to see, except cockroaches :/ My friend and I are scared of cockroaches so we literally ran around most of the way. The walk getting there and seeing...More

Thank AR010101
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

30ringit for just the camera! thats how much it cost for entry!! was not impressed. cave looked pretty cool - was horrendously smelly from the guano. bug lovers paradise - the floor and walls literally crawl with hundreds of cockroaches, centipedes and millipedes, even my...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All over Malaysia there is a bad habit of charging foreigners more than locals, but here it is particularly bad. Local 5 RM and Foreigners 30 RM. Sabah forestry ie the government run this place, but the boardwalks are rotting away and Little is done...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In order to get to Gomantong cave, you walk through such a beautiful forest filled with birds, insects and at times Orang-utans (I'm told, but sadly did not see). The cave is absolutely beautiful but simply stinks to high heaven. It's also sulphuric so doesn't...More

Thank SJGillett
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

The Gomantong cave is a vast cave system reached by a short walk on a nature trail. We were lucky enough to have a great guide who brought us there near the end of the day and were the only group there. We stumbled upon...More

Thank TravelingJ2014
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Oh my gosh what a smell but the cave is great we even saw 2 wild orangutangs at the entrance to the cave as well as 4 types of centipede. Worth the trip.

1  Thank Billy W
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

What an amazing place! The evening bat show (attended by Bat Hawk and other raptors) is worth the price of admission, but to tour the cave itself was otherworldly. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of cockroaches, but when seen in their proper...More

Thank Ned B
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Nature is amazing, but can be disgusting! That's what our guide Sonny told us! I found the long houses and the guys out front sorting the birds nest as interesting as the cave. Stop and talk to them if they're there. You'll see the ropes...More

Thank theotherbart111
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

This is truly amazing, the size of this cave is immense. Be prepared though, its smelly, slippery and dirty! Its a cave full of bats at the end of the day so expect to be walking in bat poo, and seeing cockroaches scurrying around, but...More

1  Thank SJColeman1
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

Me and my best pal visited Gomantong as the final touch to our Kinabatangan River cruise. We both saw the rare Golugo and red langurs on our way. Yes the stench is there and there is a lot of ammonia in the air, so camera...More

2  Thank Mikael K
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Lorraine C
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Response from Mikael K | Reviewed this property |
No there isn’t
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Steven_Teo
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!!
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allany
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
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