Out Come The Bats
Trip Start Jun 12, 2011
114Trip End Oct 22, 2012
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While if you're feeling energetic and have the time, you can do the headhunters trail here which leads up to the pinnacles, huge shards of limestone rock jutting out from the jungle creating a mystical landscape which is quite unique and was created, just like the rest of Mulu’s star attractions, by centuries of slow erosion of the limestone by water. We didn’t have time for this though (honest!) and so settled for a photo in front of a giant photo of the pinnacles J
The show caves include the Winds Cave (so called due to the wind that can be felt in the narrower channels of the cave system); the Clearwater Cave (yep you guessed it, named so due the huge clear water river the runs through it), off to the side of this is the Lady cave (there is a limestone formation that casts the shadow which resembles the Virgin Mary); the Langs Cave (the smallest of the show caves and full of breathtakingly beautiful limestone formations, stalagmites (the ones that hang from the ceiling) and stalactites (the ones that form on the ground)); and last but by far from least the Deer cave which has the largest cave passage in the world. The show caves are amazing and unfortunately you’ll just have to take my word for it or look up some professional pictures of inside the caves on the net yourselves as the pictures just don’t do them justice. I have been in caves before but these are truely outstanding. Each being totally different from the last.
The star of the show is by far the Deer cave, home to over 12 species of bats (the most found in one place anywhere in the world). The reason its called Deer Cave and not bat cave is that it was once home to many deer but the deer were hunted and also moved on due to the footfall of visitors once the caves became popular
While at Mulu we also went on the longest tree based walkway in the world, sat in a bird watching tower for 2 hours and saw zero birds and went on another night walk albeit this one far more successful than the last and we spotted tonnes of jungle creepy crawlies.
On our last day our flight was early afternoon so we chilled out, used the last of our cash (no ATM in Mulu) to buy water and a cheap lunch (having run out of pot noodles by now – our staple budget busting food to counterbalance Borneo’s overspend)
We were left with only one day in KL so chilled out before our flight to Bali.