Mulu National Park
One of Nature’s most spectacular achievements and the ‘Jewels in the Crown’ of Sarawak.
Gunung Mulu National Park is an expanding network rainforest, flowing rivers and clear jungle streams.
The caves of Mulu are important for their classic features of underground geomorphology that demonstrates an evolutionary history of more than 1.5 million years.
A breath-taking natural wonder, this system contains a number of record-breaking caves.
Lang Cave is the smallest of 4 ‘Show Caves’ that has a spectacular display of stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, shawls and rimstone pools.
The geological development was influenced more by the action of standing groundwater dissolving the limestone rather than an active stream passage eroding it.
It was named after a guide who led an expedition in the late 70s to research the caves of Mulu.
In contrast, Deer Cave is not only the biggest show cave at Mulu, but it is also the largest cave passage in the world.
A powerful underground river once flowed through this area, dissolving and eroding the limestones the limestone to create this incredible space.
Deer Cave is simply huge – it is just over 2 kilometers in length and never less than 90 meters high and wide.
This is the area where deer used to shelter so the local Penan and Berawan people named the Gua Payau or Gua Rusa (Deer Cave).
Every evening (unless it’s raining), millions of bats exit the cave in spiraling, twirling clouds that look a bit like swarms of cartoon bees to go hunting.
They exited in waves, its corkscrew trajectory is designed to create a threatening-looking shape to ward off any predators.
Cruise up the Melinau river in a longboat and visit a Penan longhouse & handicraft market at Batu Bungan.
Cave of the Winds
The Wind Cave is a part of the Clearwater Cave System and its specialty is that the cool breezes flow through the narrow parts of the cave, hence the name.
The unique rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites illuminate the majestic column named ‘Kings Chamber’.
From Wind Cave, you can either follow a plank walk or take a boat to a picnic area near the entrance of Clearwater Cave.
Clearwater cave is one of the biggest cave systems in the world, measuring over 220km in length.
With its underground river, it is a fascinating cave to scroll around.
At the base of the steps, there is a crystal clear pool that is filled by water that flows out of the cave.
World Heritage Site
To be placed on the list of natural World Heritage Areas it must meet at least one of four natural criteria.
- It provides an outstanding example of the major stages of the Earth’s history
- It is an outstanding example representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes.
- It provides the most important natural habitats for in-situ conservation of species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science and
- It contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural
Mulu meets all four of these!