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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
SANDAKAN : Gomantong Cave
 
 

GOMANTONG CAVE

 

PRECIOUS DELICACIES AT DIZZYING HEIGHTS

 

 

Described by WWF as ?the best managed edible birds? nest cave in the world?, Gomantong Caves has been the focus for birds? nests for centuries. Historical records have traced it as a source of this precious delicacy to the Chinese Emperor centuries ago. Birds' nest collecting is done usually between February and August.

 

Sandakan District

 

Two cave complexes are found in this intricate cave system. Simud Hitam is a five-minute walk from the Registration Centre and a picnic area. It is a more accessible cave with its roof soaring up to 90 meters high. A well-maintained boardwalk makes it easy to explore this dramatic cave with its specialised ecology.

 

Don?t be surprised if the magical sight of colourful butterflies suddenly surrounds you!

 
 

Simud Puteh is where the more valuable ?white? saliva nests of the swiflets are found.  Twice a year, licensed collectors risk their lives climbing to the roof of these cave complexes in a dangerous operation that involves only rattan ladders ropes and poles precariously attached together. These caves are protected by the Wildlife Department, which only allows the collection twice yearly. Catch the collectors in action between February and April, when the nests are first harvested just after the birds have built them. The next harvest is between July and September, when the new rebuilt nests, are abandoned after eggs have been laid and hatched.

 

The Gomantong Caves is home to a rich range of birds with crested serpent eagle, kingfishers, Asian fairy bluebirds and leaf birds.

 

You might even spot an orangutan or two. You will need to make prior arrangements for exploring the more challenging Simud Putih which calls for more serious caving.

 
 

FACILITIES

Facilities include a picnic area as well as the Gomantong Rainforest Chalet which can accommodate up to 30 people a night.

 
 

VISITING HOURS

Daily from 8.00am till 6.00pm

 
 

ADMISSION FEE

MyKad holders: RM5.00 /adult

MyKad holders Below 18 years old : RM2.00

 

Non-MyKad holders: RM30.00 /adult

Non-MyKad holders Below 18 years old : RM15.00

 

There will be charges made on use of photographic equipment.

 
 

GETTING THERE

A 1 hour bus ride leaves from Sandakan to Sukau for the 95km trip. Fares are about RM17.00 each way. You can arrange your visit through local tour operators or the Forestry Department. Check our Directory for listings.

 
 
 
SANDAKAN : Gomantong Cave
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA