The show caves in the Mulu National Park offer adventure for people of all ages and fitness levels.
The easiest part is the Lang and Deer Caves which are reached from park HQ on a wooden plank walk. Since the bats exit the Deer Cave in the late afternoon the tours are scheduled to depart from HQ at around 2pm which leaves enough time to explore the caves. Concrete foot paths and sturdy wooden and metal stairs and bridges allow for easy exploration of the caves.
Unfortunately for us, there was a heavy downpour at around 4.30pm and the millions of bats did not exit the cave on that particular day.
Make sure you bring a rain poncho and a dry t-shirt for the return trip just in case you get drenched like we did. You will be back at park HQ by 7pm.
The trip to the Clearwater and Wind Caves takes a bit longer. The first part of the journey is by longboat from park HQ to the landing pier at the Melinau river at 8.30am. There is usually a stop over at a Penan long house so don't forget to bring some cash. The handicrafts are of high quality and we liked the leather wrist bands which were a big hit with our nieces and nephews.
Exploring the Clearwater and Wind Caves require climbing up a steep plank walk and wooden staircase through the limestone cliffs.
Inside the caves there are plank walks and stairs, including a new walkway along the top of Clearwater cave which offers a spectacular view. I used the setting for handheld night view on my Olympus camera and got great shots.
Lunch is usually served at the end of the tour on a wooden deck overlooking the Melinau river. Swimming in the clear and cool water fed by the underground river emerging from the cave is possible but be aware of submerged logs.
The return trip by long boat to park HQ usually takes 1/2 hour and one should reach there by 2pm.
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