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  • Gomantong Caves - Sandakan
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  • Gomantong Caves - Sandakan
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  • Gomantong Caves - Sandakan
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  • Gomantong Caves - Sandakan
      Gomantong Caves
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The Gomantong Caves has two complexes - Simud Hitam and Simud Putih. The easy accessible Simud Hitam, which rises to 90 meters high, produces inexpensive black nests made from hardened swiftlets saliva mixed with feathers, while Simud Putih is harder to reach but produces white nests, which can fetch as much as US$500 per kilo. There are four species of swiftlet that build their nests on the wall of the cave. But there are only two types that are edible.

We were lucky to see some monkeys on the walk to the caves and our guide told us that are a species of monkey its appearance look like orang utan but it has a black face. I read is in one of the VT page that a VT mentioned that the cockroach was so discipline as when you walk the roach will move away... I was kind of skeptical about it but its true the roach will move away as you steps on the flour of the cave.

Make sure you wear shoes which are covered or else it will be like my experiencing walking on guano in my sandals. As you walk on the guano your feet sink in and there are many bugs and dunk beetle which bite. It was an experience but most guides just ask you to walk on the plank or the normal walkway in the cave. The smell of guano is quite bad though.

Directions: 16km to Gomantong Caves

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2007
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