Gunung Mulu National Park near Miri, Sarawak is the place to go if you want to see big caves and karst formations in the tropical rain forests of Borneo. It is about 53,000 hectares, gazetted as a national park in 1974 and was designated a World Heritage Site in 2000.
The highest peak here is Gunung Mulu with a height of 2,377 m with sandstone pinnacle. This mountain is the second highest in Sarawak and the fifth in Malaysia. The tallest mountain in Sarawak is Gunung Murud. The park has over 295 km of explored limestone caves. These caves are the home to millions of bats and swiftlets bird and you will most probably spot them here.
The Sarawak Chamber is the largest known cave chamber in the world with 600m X 415m X 80m in length, width and height. The world's longest cave passage at 51.5km is located at Clearwater Cave. Other caves are Lang Cave, Green Cave, Deer Cave, Racer Cave, Wind Cave, Lagang Cave, Black Rock Cave and Drunken Forest Cave. Other than that, there are rivers, canyons, flora and fauna that you will experience here.
The diverse vegetation here is an excellent place for botanist to study. Study showed that there are over 3,500 species of plants out of which 2,000 are flowering plants. The trees located up to 800 m above sea level include the Dryobalanops and Shorea. From 800 m to 1,200 m, you will find myrtles and oaks. Mosses, lichens and pitcher plants can be found above 1,200 m.
Bird watchers can spot some of the over 260 species of birds recorded here. Snakes, amphibian, lizards, fishes, Sumatran Rhinoceros, orang utan , wild cattle, monkeys, tarsiers, slow loris, deer, bearded pig and honey bear can be found here. Insects include the leaf insects, beetles and cicadas to name a few.
Over 200 species of bats have been found in the abundance of caves here. The bats in huge numbers come out of the caves in the evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
Activities At Gunung Mulu National Park
There are plenty of activities that you can do here.
Deer Cave with bats streaming out in the evening
Fees and Opening Hours
Entrance fee is RM10 per person.
8.00am to 5.00pm daily
There are quite a number of good accommodation at the park headquarters. You can choose to stay at the hostel, bungalows, rooms, long houses or even camping. Price ranges from about RM20 to RM230. Camping per person is RM5.
If you want a more comfortable stay, the Royal Mulu Resort provides 188 rooms fully air-conditioned with internet connection, spa, TV and other typical hotel facilities. Check and compare the price of this resort here.
Boat Ride within Gunung Mulu National Park
Getting to Gunung Mulu National Park
The best way to come to Gunung Mulu National Park is by taking a flight from Kota Kinabalu or Miri using MAS wings airline, a subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines that ply most internal routes in Sabah and Sarawak.
Coming here by bus and boat takes more time but is a unique experience. Head to Kuala Baram by bus from Miri followed by 3-hours express boat ride to Marudi. From Marudi, take another boat to Long Terawan and change to a smaller boat to Long Apoh if the water level is not high enough. Entire journey could take up to 10 hours. It is better to arrange the transportation with the tour agent.
Contact the park for further enquiries.
Gunung Mulu National Park
P.O. Box 2413
Tel : +6 085 792 300