Nestled in a Sabah Forestry Department forest reserve, The Gomantong Caves are a part of a complex cave system inside Gomantong Hill in Sandakan Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Discovered in 1930, the caves and the surrounding area are a protected for wildlife, especially the endangered orangutans and land snail. For centuries, the caves have been known for their precious edible swiftlet nests, which are harvested for bird's nest soup. The birds' nest collection is an primitive tradition, and the trading of these nests has been done dating back since 500 AD.
There are two cave complexes, Simud Hitam (Black Cave), more accessible part of the cave, ascending up to 90 metres high while Simud Putih (White Cave), the larger part of the cave which is steep and requires some challenging rock climbing. The cave is home to many other animals, including vast populations of cockroaches and bats. Outside the cave, there are many other birds including crested serpent eagles, kingfishers, and Asian fairy-bluebirds.
The main means of transportation to reach Gomantong Cave from Kuala Lumpur is by flight. It is well connected domestically with the largest hub being at Sandakan Airport. From here, one can take a taxi straight to the park office.
Travelling by bus is the most economic mode of transportation to travel between cities and town in Sabah. From Kota Kinabalu, one can take an express bus to Sandakan from North City Bus Terminal with bus fare of approximately RM43.00. From the bus station, take a private vehicle or a taxi to reach reach park office which is located merely 5km from the main roadside.
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