Accessibility – the most convenient way to reach Mulu National Park is to take a MAS Wings morning flight from Miri to Mulu and it is best done as an overnight trip or longer.
Is one of nature’s most spectacular achievements and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the largest national park covering 544 square kilometres of primary rainforest criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and jungle streams and it has three mountains ‘Gunung Mulu, Gunung Api and Gunung Benarat. Yet many of Mulu’s greatest attractions lie deep below the surface. Lying underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave system in the world. This natural wonder contains a number of record-making caves where the ‘Deer Cave – is the world’s largest cave passage, Sarawak Chamber – is world’s largest natural chamber and Clearwater Cave – is the longest cave in south-east Asia’. These cave formations are millions of years old.
Above ground the park contains eight different types of forest including mixed dipterocarp, heath, peat swamp, moss forest and stunted upper montage vegetation and many species of ferns, fungi, mosses, flowering plants, 170 species of wild orchids and 10 species of pitcher plants. Mulu’s wildlife is equally impressive and includes 75 species of mammals, over 260 species of birds including 8 species of hornbills found in Sarawak, 458 species of ants, 281 species of butterflies, 74 species of frogs and 47 species of fish.
Mulu national park offers a whole range of nature-based activities like caving, jungle treks and mountain hikes besides bird watching for nature enthusiasts.
Day Trips to Show Caves
Can be done as day trips and are easily accessible by plank-walks and well-lit concrete paths A plank-walk leads through the forest to Deer cave and Lang cave while Clearwater cave and Wind cave can be reached by hiking up a four kilometres long nature trail or by a longboat up the Melinau river. There is no caving involved and visitors can view the beauty of the caves , its stalagmites, the Sarawak chamber, Garden of Eden , Deer cave is home to a variety of bats who cling to the cave roof. The lang cave has stunning stalactites and stalagmites and also magnificent helictites. The Wind cave has spectacular rock formations, helictites and rock corals and the main attraction is the king’s chamber and the unique sky garden in the middle of the cave. The Clearwater cave is a 200 steps climb and its entrance is surrounded by indigenous plants and its other features are a subterranean stream, and grey pinnacles.
Is challenging from intermediate to advanced levels and suitable for the fit adventure seekers. Racer cave (intermediate level) – physically challenging requires guided ropes for climbing up and down the passageways. Highlights are insects of curious shapes, bats and racer snakes (not poisonous). Lagang cave (intermediate level) – this cave has beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. Climbing is not required but visitors will scramble over boulders and along ancient riverbeds. Clearwater revival (intermediate level) – tour commences with visitors entering he water in the showcase clearwater cave and involves and involves wading, swimming and climbing to the far reaches of the cave and returning via the same passage. Clearwater Connection (Advanced) – is a more extended trip and tour commences from the showcase Wind cave into the rugged passageways, large boulders, muddy slopes along the way and requires crawling inn confined spaces, vertical rope work and swimming. Particularly challenging areas have ropes and guides carry additional lines if more are required. For advanced caving the participant should be a current member of speleological society and can provide written proof of previous caving experience in wild cave that has no lighting or pathways.
Canopy Sky Walk (Daytime)/ The Night-walk(After dusk) – is a tree based walkway and offers a fantastic opportunity to take a closer look at the dense forest around and underneath, the ferns and vines, the lucky ones can spot hornbills, other birdlife and monkeys, learn about the flora and fauna, admire the spectacular scenery of the jungle and mountains and the skywalk takes the visitors across the river where there are more vistas to savour and admire.
Visitors availing night walk will get to see some of the multitude of insects, spiders and frogs of varying sizes, experience the sounds of the jungle.
*Please note that this excursion involves walking over rope bridges that wobble hence it is not advisable for anyone who fears heights. Due to its popularity and limited space, it needs pre-booking.
Longer duration tours – lasting three to four days can also be availed namely Mulu Pinnacles and The Mulu Summit Walk.