Mulu National Park - Caves and Nature

Trip Start Jul 05, 2009
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Trip End Jul 12, 2009


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Mulu National Park

Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Before i went on this trip, Wee had searched of this National Park in Mulu. As i had plannned a eight days trip to Miri, i did not wish to spend all the days diving and would like to combine it with a land tour.

Wee found this National Park in Mulu, which was a 30-min flight. journey away from Miri. We decided to go to this National Park, just like when we went Sipadan diving and stayed in Tawau National Park.

Initiately, i thought Mulu National Park was just like Tawau National Park. All natural and quiet, with nothing much to do.

When i reached there, i was amazed that it was a World Heritage Site and it was much bigger than Tawau National Park. There was a largest cave there as well (DEER cave), where millions of bats accomodated in.

We visited some of the caves and nature walk there.

Caves
- Deer Cave
- Lang Cave
- Clearwater Cave
- Wind Cave
- Mulu Canopy SkyWalk
- Night Shift (a walk through the rainforest at night)

Deer and Lang Caves are side by side. A walk of around 45 min was needed from the Park HQ to the entrance of the Cave. We started walking at 2 pm and slowly strolled in the two caves. Around 4.30 pm, all the visitors were seated at the Bats Exodus to await the wonderful sight of million of bats flying out from the cave to hunt for food. As it was raining, we waited for almost 2 hrs before the first batch of bats flew out from the cave. The bats grouped themselves and flew in circle near the entrance of the cave, before flying out in a swirling line out of the cave. We sat there for almost an hour to see batch by batch of bats flying out of the cave. I have attached videos and pictures of the wonderful sight. This is a must-see if you visit Mulu National Park.

It was dark by the time we finished seeing the bats. We walked back in a fast pace as the rainforest was getting dark.

Next day, we went to Wind and Clearwater Cave in the morning. There are two ways to reach these caves. One is by Longboat. which takes about 30 min. The other alternative is by foot but you will be expected to climb a 420-steps to the cave.

As i am not sure of my fitness, i opted for the Longboat in case i became a burden. We took the Longboat and the scenery was nice along the way. We stopped at a local village where there were setup shops by the villagers. They made crafts themselves and put them on display for sale.

After that, we took the Longboat again, to go to the Wind Cave. Wind Cave has its name due to the coolness and wind you feel when inside the Cave.

Next to it was the Clearwater Cave, but we walked for about 10 min before reaching the foot of the Cave. We needed to climb up a steep flight of stairs before reaching the entrance of the cave. The climb was tiring but it was all worth it as the Clearwater Cave was nice and has a river flowing in it. The water in the Cave was indeed clear.

In the afternoon, we went for the Mulu Canopy Skywalk. The Skywalk was about 25 - 30 m from the ground and we had to walk on the shaky bridge and it was a 480 m walk. From the top, the view was nice but we did not see any interesting animals which the guide claims we might see.
Near the end of the walk, it began to rain and we had to increase our pace to finish the walk.

At 7 pm, we joined the Night Shift Tour around the rainforest to experience nightlife of the insect. It was fun, as i got to see fireflies but not as much as when i was in Ahka Village in North Thailand. There was a big spider hiding in a hole, waiting for its prey as well. The Night Shift ended early as the weather was changing as well.

Overall, Mulu National Park is a good place to visit if you like nature. Caves are fun too.

For more information on Mulu National Park, you can visit the below link.

http://www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my/forweb/np/np/mulu.htm
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