MIGHTY MULU

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Discover the rich, wondrous, startling natural beauty of Mulu.

Words JEFFREY LIM
Images TOURISM MALAYSIA

The exodus of millions of bats from the cave is a sight to behold. If that is not enough, imagine being in a cavern so huge it is thought to be able to accommodate 40 Boeing 747 airplanes. These are the caves of Gunung Mulu National Park, renowned for their natural splendour and startling beauty.

The Gunung Mulu National Park is one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in East Malaysia. The Park, covering 544sqkm, is the largest national park in Sarawak. It is also home to the world’s largest cave chamber (Sarawak Chamber), the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave), Asia’s longest cave (Clearwater Cave) and the spectacular razor-sharp limestone Pinnacle formation. It is a treasure trove of 2,000 varieties of plants and animals, from eight types of hornbills, 170 species of orchids to 10 species of pitcher plants. The Gunung Mulu National Park also covers the world’s longest tree-based walkway – a 480-metre rainforest canopy skywalk that lets you a unique access to the rainforest ‘web of life’.

Exploring the chambers is what makes visiting an adventure. For example, to get to the Sarawak Chamber, visitors must follow a river upstream from the cave entrance and take a journey along the passage with a roof height of up to 60 metres! When visiting the Deer Cave, be prepared to be spell-blinded by an evening extravaganza. Three million bats form clouds circling up the cliff like a tornado before leaving the cave to spiral majestically into the rainforest. This natural phenomenon can also be witnessed at the bat observatory deck.

A stone’s throw away from the Deer Cave is Langs Cave, home to rim stone pools and fascinating stalagmites and stalactites. Try spotting the rare white cave prawns hiding in the pool or the elusive cave snake.

At Asia’s longest cave passage, the Clearwater Cave, visitors will be mesmerised by the crystal clear pool created by the subterranean river. There are plank walls, paths and small bridges around the vicinity that makes this ideal for a spot of picnic.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer magnificence of the chambers – each with its own spectacular surprises. Thankfully there are a number of tours visitors can opt for to ensure they get to experience the best of the Park. There is the thrill of spelunking to discover, the Garden of Eden Valley Walk for the pool and trails, the Racer Cave’s many ropes for an endurance course and of course, adventure caving.

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kota Kinabalu 8x weekly for connections to Mulu.

 

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