During registration, we were given schedules on the activities carried out in the park. We had a free and easy trip, where we could pick and choose the activities that interest us the most. Signing up for the activities also depended on the number of people who have signed up for the particular activity. We have opted to go for the visits to two show caves (The Lang and Deer Caves) and the bat exodus (which usually, starts at 5.30 to 6.30 p.m. every day).
On top of the entrance fee accommodation, we had to pay the fees to each activities or visits that we signed on to . In addition, you will have to be accompanied by the park's guide during the trips to the caves and visitors are not advised to attempt the caves on their own.
The guides from the park are very knowledgeable and have a good command of the English and Malay language. It gives our visit to the caves more meaning as they will be able to explain details of each caves and the history behind the formation each one of them.
It was a good 45 minutes walk to both the caves. Therefore, a pair of comfortable hiking boots or sandals is a prerequisite. I was wearing a new pair of boots, which by the time it was the time to walk back, it nearly killed my feet. However, I decided to soldier on slowly back to our rooms.
- One our way to Lang & Deer Cave and Bat Exodus
A subject that I could never get tired of, big, tall and green trees.
A pair lantern flies, a green and yellow polka-dot insect that looks more like a cross between a butterfly and a beetle rather than a fly.
The Lara Crofts of Mulu ;-) My good friends from school who have decided to share this unforgettable experience with me. In the background, the location of Lang Cave.
- The Lang Cave
Another formation that makes me think of caramel ice-cream every time I look at it.
- The Deer Cave
Well, if you have smelled bat droppings before then the arrest to your olfactory will not be too shocking nor would you be left reeling from the intense smell, which suddenly filled your nostrils.
I recalled a part in the movie "Jurassic Park", where Jeff Goldblum and a few visitors to the park stumbled upon a small hill, which apparently are dinosaur's droppings. One of the characters exclaimed "That's one big pile of s**t", that was my exact sentiment when I saw tonnes and tonnes guano on the cave floor. A word of advice for the faint-hearted or rather those with low tolerance level of foul smelling odour, walking very quickly or a smidgen of Tiger Balm or Minyak Cap Kapak under the nose is highly recommended.
- The Bat Exodus
The bat exodus had already started. More than 2.5 millions bats from almost 12 species were making their out to look for food such as insects and fruits. It was an indescribable feeling and for the first time in Mulu I had my mouth gaping while looking up the sky. I could distinctively make out the "s" shaped-formation by millions of bats flying off to the place where food is readily available.
I could hear several clicks of the digital camera. Not one of us, wanted to lose the opportunity to record this once in a lifetime experience.
from Lang & Deer Cave.
My next entry will continue with our second day in 53 000 hectres of rain forest. For now, I wish everyone a good night and enjoy the long break.