|With a magic that has fascinated geologists
and archaeologist from all over the world, Malaysia's caves are huge chambers inhabited by
bats and where one can witness beautifully sculpted stalagmites stalactites and Nature's
other marvels. |
Caves have played a role in the story of human civilisations rights from the Stone Age till today. Evidence from the past is clearly depicted in most great caves especially the ones in Sarawak, where some of the worlds most interesting caves may be found.
One will gasp and stare at the awesome sight of its cavernous interior, wall paintings archaeological remains, Flora and Fauna and breathtaking features. Some of the more spectacular caves in Sarawak are the Fairy Cave, Windy cave and Jambusan Cave, Niah Great Cave and Niah. Painted cave in Niah National Park. Miri Sarawak Chamber Beer Cave Green Cave, Clear Water Cave, Wind Cave and Turtle Cave in Mulu National Park.
The Mulu Cave, limestone formation, promises the ultimate challenge in cave exploring. The cave, located in Sarawak is considered to be the longest cave chamber in the world and the longest in South-East Asia. Winding as far as 52 km through the hills. Every expedition carried out produces new carried our produces new records and findings and there are still more passageways to be discovered in the future. Basically caves as divided into 2 categories-show caves and adventure caves. Caves that fall under the first category are Deer Cave, Lang Cave and Clear Water Cave .
Deer Cave is regarded as the world longest cave passage an estimated 2 to 6 millions bats call this cave home and cover the floor with guano. when mixed with water the wet guano can make movement slippery and dangerous.
Lang cave is known to have exquisite cave formations and one of the most beautiful is the King's Rooms. An underground river passes through Clear Water Cave, which is also the longest cave system in South-East Asia.
Good examples of adventure caves are the Drunken Forest
Cave and Legan's Cave. Unique natural formations of peculiar shapes can be found in the
Drunken Forest Cave while a legan's cave Explorer may stumble upon the extraordinary blind
catfish the numerous caves in Mulu can be segregated into common sites, namely the
Southern Hills-Deer Cave Deer Water Cave, Queen Daniel's Cave and surface Cave Next is the
area of Gunung Api- Legans Cave Clear Water Cave, Leopard Cave, Solom Cave, Drunken Forest
Cave, Cobra Caves, Good Wonder Cave and Black Rock Cave. The locals normally strongly
recommend the caves of the Benarat Cavern which consists of the Sakai's Cave' Tiger Cave,
Cobweh Cave Deception Terikan Rising West and East Caves and Moonlight Bay
Cave explorers may opt for scientific expedition trails previously explored by the Royal Geographic Society, London and the State Government of Sarawak. It is advisable for cave explorers to request assistance from experienced local experts such as Mr. Nilong Man from Alo Doda. he as been involved in cave exploration for nearly 15 years and is strongly recommended by the Royal Geographic Society due to his vast experience.
In Sandakan Sabah, Gomantong Cave is an exciting show cave housing the biggest birds, nest cave. Consisting of 2 large covers, the cave is the home of thousands of swifts, which nest on the roofs are a prized Chinese delicacy.
Peninsular Malaysia trough not as popular for cave
explorations as Sarawak, may well serve as an introduction for fist timers and foreigners
to acclimatise themselves. In Taman Negara, two caves, namely Daun Menari and Luas Caves
are suitable for exploration although the initial climb to the caves is slippery and
challenging. Cave exploration trips can also be arranged in Perak, namely the Kundu Cave
in Gopeng and the Tempurung Cave in Kampar . In Kelantan caving activities are often
organised at Ikan Cave in Kuala Krai. Within the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves is a
popular spot. with a couple of interesting limestone caves in the area. In Terengganu,
Kenyir lake holds the promise of more interesting explorations with the Taat and Bewah
Caves, besides other submerged caves in the surrounding area.
Cave exploring is a relatively new activity in Malaysia and as such, there are many surprises awaiting cave explorers. especially in the Mulu area since 1976,5 major expeditions have been conducted but less than 30% of the total caves passages have been explored. The previous major expeditions carried out were by the Royal Geographic Society, London : 78, Mulu 80, Sarawak 84 and Mulu 88, The total length of cave expeditions is 168 km.
Be prepared for the smell of guono, bats delicate
limestone rocks, swiftlets and even snakes, while exploring caves. As a safety precaution,
guides are recommended for all trips into the dark caves.