Mulu, part II – caves

In the last post about Mulu, part I – people and a jungle you can find more about Mulu village and its residents, our trekking in the rainforest and a wildlife we spotted there. Mulu, part II is about the longest and biggest caves in the world.

Mulu National Park is one of the most interesting and beautiful parks not only in Malaysia but in whole S.E.A. It’s been on UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. It covers 204mi2 which is nearly as much as whole Singapore. It is well known for its longest and biggest caves. Place has less tourists than other regions thanks to its isolation from any town – it makes the place harder to reach. Most of tourists come here for 2-3 nights so locals were surprised when we were telling them about our plan of staying 8 nights. For many is just hard to cope in that place without modern world facilities. 😉 In the park there are many walking paths and what’s most important – the caves. We wanted to see the place without rush and spend some time away from modern civilization so we stayed there over a week. Below, map of the village and walking trails in the park.

 

We came to the headquarters in the early morning to meet with our guide and other visitors. Then went on the boat up the river to the Clearwater Cave and Cave of the Wind.

 

First to see was Cave of Wind and we could really tell that it was the right choice of the name for that cave. Light wind was cooling us so it was easy to go further and explore the cave. We walked few chambers to reach the biggest one, King’s Chamber.

 

Right next to Cave of the Wind there was another one. Clearwater Cave is 139 miles long or it’s better to say that what it was measured in 2012 but exploring process still goes on. Inside there is a river that carved through limestone and it is cristal clear.

 

Lady Cave is in a neighbourhood of Clearwater Cave.

 

After seeing all 3 caves there was a time to jump into a very cold and clear river that was slowly sipping from underneath the rocks. Refreshing! 😀

 

The next day was reserved for Lagang Cave. We walked over 1 mile on the track called “Fast Lane” in perfect darkness, with just head torches. We entered the cave in one place and after couple of houndred yards exited in another. There were stalagmites and stalactites everywhere, same as spiders, bats, and birds that could live without light. Sometimes passage was very narrow and we had to squeeze through the rocks. We had a little bit claustrophobic feel there.

 

Another day we started from Lang Cave – for us it was the most charming one with fantastic stone sculptures. Unique stalactites and trying to reach the ceiling, stalagmites, small and big in many colors. We’ve never seen anything like that before. 🙂

From the last cave we choose the best one – Deer Cave (no more deer live there anymore). It is second the biggest known cave in the world. It used to be number one until 2009 Son Doong in Vietnam was discovered. Deer Cave is 554ft wide and 480ft tall in its widest part. We don’t think that any of the pictures we took or are available to see are able to show the size of it. Try to look at the size of the hand rail posts for reference.

 

Cave is a home for over 3 million bats. When they in the mood of eating they all fly out for little hunt. It is so many of them, so sky near cave turned to black. They eat all insects around – we were not bitten by mosquito for 8 days and we didn’t use any repellents!

 

When we were walking out the cave Anna heard something in the grass. She walked closer to check what it was. When she was close enough, she noticed bright green snake chasing lizard. Poor animal was fighting for its life while snake was climbing up the tree with it.

24th of June was a time to say goodbye to Albert’s family and go the north to Kota Kinabalu. We must say that even it was good time without civilization, it was nice to come back to it so we jumped into the plane. Other thing is we love to be on the move and discover new places.