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Private Full Day Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River Cruise with Lunch provided by MAM Holidays Malaysia

Private Full Day Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River Cruise with Lunch

Private Full Day Gomantong Cave and Kinabatangan River Cruise with Lunch
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
9h
Hotel pickup offered
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    9h
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Join this private day tour with your family if you are in Sandakan. You will get a chance to visit  Gomantong Cave (An intricate cave system inside Gomantong Hill) and 1 Afternoon River cruise at Kinabatangan River.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 29580P31
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Round trip transportation by Car/Minivan
  • English Speaking driver guide
  • local Lunch
  • 1 Afternoon Cruise at Kinabatangan River
  • Goods and Services tax
  • Entry/Admission - Gomantong Cave Sandakan
  • Entry/Admission - Kinabatangan Jungle Camp
  • Entry/Admission - Kinabatangan River
Exclusions
  • Any other food and drinks
  • Any other things not mentioned in the itinerary
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pickup and drop off any hotels located centrally Sandakan , Cruise ship port and Airport.
  • Sandakan, Sandakan, Sandakan Division, Sabah
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Up to 4 travelers we will use Driver guide, from 5 travelers to big group we will use Extra Tourist guide.
  • A discount price is available for children.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Round trip transportation by Car/Minivan
  • English Speaking driver guide
  • local Lunch
  • 1 Afternoon Cruise at Kinabatangan River
  • Goods and Services tax
  • Entry/Admission - Gomantong Cave Sandakan
  • Entry/Admission - Kinabatangan Jungle Camp
  • Entry/Admission - Kinabatangan River
Exclusions
  • Any other food and drinks
  • Any other things not mentioned in the itinerary
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pickup and drop off any hotels located centrally Sandakan , Cruise ship port and Airport.
  • Sandakan, Sandakan, Sandakan Division, Sabah
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Up to 4 travelers we will use Driver guide, from 5 travelers to big group we will use Extra Tourist guide.
  • A discount price is available for children.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Gomantong Cave Sandakan
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Kinabatangan Jungle Camp
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Kinabatangan River
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Fiona C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates49 contributions
Mixed review on this one as we were highly anticipating the day and had booked it as my birthday treat. Single mum 3 teens. The caves were worth the visit - smelly but great to see - disappointed nobody advised us the collecting nests would start the next day as we would have changed the date to see this. Arrived for lunch in loads of time and hung around for 3 hours for Boat trip. Didnt realise people were heading to the jetty to queue for the boat so we were last on and could not sit together. All the tourists who had been on the boat already knew the best seats were on the outside so everyone took these first leaving single seats left spread out. The boat was crammed with 20 guests whilst on the water we saw other companies with smaller boats and less people and this would have been our preference. The trip was great the wildlife was fab and we enjoyed it just disappointed not to be sitting together with my kids on my birthday when we were first to arrive at the venue. If you go queue up at the jetty ready to jump on the boat or book with another company with smaller numbers.
Written 10 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Townsville
Townsville, Australia21 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Our hotel concierge and I tried for several days to confirm the trip and pick up time, but received no response. On the day a local taxi turned up, complete with taxi sign on top and with non English speaking driver. We had no idea of how long it would take to get to the caves or when we would eat and received no information on route as the driver could not speak English. At the caves, we walked around with no information given at all and then set off for the river cruise. The river cruise part however, was enjoyable with a good boat driver/guide.

We certainly did not get an English speaking guide and would have been better off just hiring a local taxi, then we could at least have got aircon, an English speaking driver and saved quite a bit of money to boot! Quite disappointing really and a tour I would recommend you avoid.
Written 14 November 2019
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Ali
4 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Fantastic experience but sadly our tour guide Argus was really just a taxi driver. He had no knowledge of the caves or river... In fact I knew more about it all than he did but that didn't stop us having an amazing day. He didn't take us to the Kinabatangan river camp for our 2hr explore of the area so felt a bit cheated there but he did arrange a nice lunch in a family home right on the jetty which was a lovely experience. He was also a friend of the boat driver so sat at the back chatting to him the whole time. It didn't stop us enjoying the cruise though. We got to see loads of Probuscus monkeys, a crocodile and a pigmy elephant not to mention the many birds.
I think the tour needs to be 2hrs longer to fit it all in and we noticed the other tours offer this. All in all it was a great experience but would use another private tour guide if we did it again.
Written 29 September 2019
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yourfoodiate
2 contributions
Aug 2019
It was a trip to 3 places: Lunch, Guamantong Cave, and Kinabatangan River

The driver basically doubled as our tour guide. He was very friendly and tried to make us as comfortable as he possibly can. He was also very laid back. However, he doesn't really explain anything and only had basic knowledge of the animals/places. He drove us around in an old taxi, which would have been fine except that the journey to the cave and river was long and the roads were developing/under construction. The long drive back to our accommodation was particularly uncomfortable.

We had lunch in a local halal Chinese shop. It was noted that our tour guide wanted us to feel comfortable and there weren't a lot of restaurants along the way. For context, we are local Chinese from KL. The food tasted good but I didn't like that he didn't really bother ordering for us. The food is quite different from the food in KL. The waitress who took our order just told us what people normally ordered and we just ordered that. The food was individual (rice or noodle) dishes. They were also cheap.

Guamantong Cave was pretty much just a bat cave with birds and cockroaches. Be ready for a lot of guano (bat excrement) and cockroaches. Our tour guide gave us face masks to help with the smell - but it really isn't that bad once you get used to it. Standing in front of a full dumpster is worse. Bring your best torchlight, the ones where the light can hit far away. Your phone lights won't do much except shine at guanos and cockroaches around you. Also, the walkway and railings were covered with guanos and cockroaces. If you are the type that feels icky cause of roaches, I suggest covering up a bit just to feel pseudo-"safe". Water drops down from the cave sometimes but because of the environment, you tend to question it. When we went, there were workers picking out birds' nests. It was quite something, watching them just chatting away and climbing up the cave in wooden ladders and ropes nonchalantly. Overall, while it was interesting, the visit was quite short (the cave wasn't very big). I felt like we could have just went there ourselves with a good car/four wheeler (cause of the roads). Because of the timing of the tour, we visited the cave early in the afternoon - in which, nothing was really happening. Apparently, if you visit the cave as the sun sets, you can see the bats leave the cave.

Kinabatangan River is just a massive river surrounded by jungle. The jungles look like they're mangrove swamps but I can't tell for sure. The boat ride was nice and scenic. The boat wasn't small and we weren't splashed by water the entire way. It also wasn't raining when we went but we were prepared with raincoats. If you have binoculars, bring them. We saw lots of monkeys (including the proboscis monkey) and birds (including the horn bill). Monkeys were easy to spot and seem fairly common. Orang utans, however, prefer to be deep in the jungle. Spotting the birds are harder seem to depend on luck. Apparently, you can also sometimes spot crocodiles but we were not lucky enough to have that happen in our trip. Our tour guide and the skipper/"boat driver" were very nice people and took their time to try showing us as many wildlife as they could. In the end, we were back at our accommodation at about 9-10pm.

Overall, I personally felt like the tour was alright but not worth the money.
Written 29 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Glen7_11
Gloucester, UK550 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We were a little surprised when a taxi turned up to take us on our day tour as there were 4 adults. Taxi is fine for 4 adults if you are only travelling short distances, but this trip involved about 5 hours travelling during the day.The roads were not the best with pot holes everywhere, and someone in the highways department decided to start work on turning the road into a duel carriage way all 10 miles of it at once. It was horrendous with ruts everywhere.
we stopped on the way to the caves at a roadside cafe. Food tasted OK but the one toilet was awful, and you had to use a saucepan for baling water as the flush did not work. This toilet was accessed through the kitchen, as it was sited in the kitchen. Not pleasent.

The caves were very good when we finally arrived, not as smelly as we thought they would be, but lots of bats and cockroaches.
Cockroaches were over the walkway, the handrails. Best to take a torch to see wher you walk and only touch the handrail if you really must.

back in the taxi we set off for the river cruise and it rained. It was torrential even with lights on you could not see the vehicles coming towards you added to which you could not see the ruts or potholes for floods.

The river trip went ahead even in the open boat, it did not stop raining the whole of the two hour trip.

We did however see proboscis monkeys (quite a lot of them) one even jumped out of the tree and into the water and swam across the river.

Finally we seen a wild urangutang in the trees building a bed for the night and some hornbills flying around.
We were literally soaked to the skin. If you do this trip take a good waterproof poncho that comes down over your knees.

the uncomfortable taxi was even more uncomfortable when you are soaked through and the air con is on and you have no space.

We would do this trip again but not with this tour qperator.The tour rating would have been higher had the taxi not been so badly uncomfortable.
Written 27 July 2019
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Wee Tung Christopher
Sandakan, Malaysia218 contributions
When we were on the way, we saw 2 monitors lizards crossing the road, we saw 2 big orangutans climbing on the trees in the Guamantong cave and with kingfisher flying over us. Inside the cave many birds were flying around. Very interesting and amazing period in the cave.
Written 17 July 2019
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Gabriele
2 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Everything was brilliant! The driver is one of the funniest and friendliest person that we met in this trip so far.
The caves are nice and we were lucky to spot a group of red leaf monkeys just outside the entrance. The lunch was very good and in an amazing location, right along the river. The cruise was spectacular, thunderstorm included. No elephants but we easily spotted proboscis monkeys, macaques, hornbill birds..
Wonderful!
Written 13 June 2019
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John T
9 contributions
Apr 2019
I would not recommend the caves as there was nobody there, and is not much to do. Caves are full of all sorts of insects which you need to stand on to get around.
River was good, saw many monkets, crocs, etc.
Written 15 April 2019
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MartInG1956
Brisbane, Australia95 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
We went on a one day tour to the river for a twilight cruise and had a rewarding day...while we missed out on seeing the much prized Pygmy Elephant and crocodiles we saw evident of them. But we did get up close and personal with Long Tail Macaques and Proboscis Monkeys...this is nature in the wild and one has not guarantees that animals will be seen but the trip was well worth it...as part of our tour we had lunch at one of the lodges which was a buffet and very good...after that we had a couple of hours to chill before afternoon tea then setting out for 2 hours on the river...
Written 10 January 2017
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