Monday, May 10, 2010

Above and Below, what Lurks in Mulu Caves, Borneo?

Gunung Mulu National Park in the Sarawak Region of Malaysian Borneo is home to some of the world's most interesting caves. More than 200km of caves have been explored and more explorations continue to this day, deep into the mountains of Borneo.

In a world of easy access, Mulu remains a relatively inaccessible place, which makes that much more attractive to those who venture to this part of Borneo. A flight from nearby Miri is the easy way to get here. A multi-day longboat ride and challenging trek through the Borneo forest - trying to avoid leeches along the way - is the more rewarding, and recommended experience.

Upon arrival at Mulu there are dormitory and luxury accommodation options, with Royal Mulu Resort being base camp for most people who decide to venture to the world famous Mulu caves.

The caves here have been called the most spectacular on earth and are still largely unexplored. For the ones that have been explored, excitement and, well, some creepiness await.

One cave in particular attracts daily crowds. It is Deer Cave. Once deer roamed freely here at the entrance, however today it is the flying, and crawling, residents that get all the attention. The entrance is the largest cave entrance anywhere in the world. It is so immense with plenty of penetrating light that you forget you are in a cave until you venture deep into the darkness. The roof of the cave is almost always at least 100m high, so if you're claustrophobic, this is one cave you can probably feel comfortable exploring.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting my story here...Mulu is a magical place, as is the rest of Borneo!