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Gomantong Cave Sandakan

Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia
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Stopped here on the way back from the river. Only took 40min, was great, but it does smell and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
Worth braving the smell!

First of all, yes the cave system will have a distinct smell due to the thousands of bats and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kathryn T
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Gomantong Hill, Sandakan, Malaysia

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on the way back from the river. Only took 40min, was great, but it does smell and there are cockroaches, so if that's not your thing maybe reconsider. Boardwalk up to and through the caves.

Thank krissikat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, yes the cave system will have a distinct smell due to the thousands of bats and swiftlets that call the cave home. However this is all part of the ecosystem that makes this a unique sight and something worth seeing. The expanse...More

1  Thank Kathryn T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not my cup of tea! Out of my comfort zone walking on a slippery wet wooden pathway covered in bat droppings in the dark.

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the cave as part of a tour that we booked from our hotel in Sandakan. The tour company was Tropical Gateway Tours Sdn Bhd, their tour code : TGW-003. We were picked up from the hotel promptly at 9am by...More

2  Thank Nicholas H
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Really one of the less cared for tourist attractions, toilets are disgusting with no running water, surrounding environs are stinky and filthy but... it is an incredible cave if you are interested in ecosystems, bats, insects and of course geology. It's teeming with millions of...More

Thank Dubai_Spy
Reviewed 19 May 2017

This is our second visit toGomantong Caves. There didn't seem to be as many insects on the cave walls as there was 12 years ago, still as many cockroaches though! The smell hits you as you walk up,to the saves via a a path from...More

Thank Yorkshire49
Reviewed 18 May 2017

if you have a fear of cockroaches then this visit isn't for you the walls inside the cave are covered in them, it is also very smells strongly of immonia inside. The platform that you walk round on can be very slippy so take care....More

Thank SteveandPenny H
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Kinda glad I came here to see it but I wouldn't come back. It was interesting to see how they collected the bird nests but the caves were essentially a giant pile of bird poop and were quite smelly and gross to walk through

Thank imgettingannoyed
Reviewed 15 May 2017

This is a good stop over after the river trip and this cave is not crowed and you get a good look for the bird ness and the smell also. If you are lucky you will meet the orangutan on the way as it live...More

Thank kmittag
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The poor dogs rushed to our coach, probably in the hope of food. Skeletal, covered in mange and some injured. This is really a bad look to greet anyone. The bat cave wasn't as smelly as I expected, just an ammonia odour. You really need...More

Thank bevrobinson2015
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I would like to witness bats flying out during sunset. May I know what time does the place close. And even if the place is closed could a visitor still hang around to witness this spectacle? Thanks for the reply. 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!!
Can anyone recommend the best way to visit the caves? Is it cheaper to hire a driver from Sandakan? How much would this cost? Thanks
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
Hallo Grannie Steph. I am thinking about going to the Gomatong Caves in Borneo. (1) You are one of the very few reviewers who talk about birds fying about. What time of the day were you there? I believe that at sunrise or sunset, you can see massive numbers of birds flying in or out and that is the experience I want. Do you have any suggestions, comments or contacts. Can you recommend a guide? (2) There is plenty do to in Sandarkan, and I was thinking of staying for a few days there. Do you remember the drive time to and from Sandarkan? Regards. Chris
30 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