Mulu National Park
Home to the famous Mulu Caves, Mulu National Park remains one of the world's top destinations for nature lovers seeking Earth's most unique treasures.
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Named after the second highest peak in Sarawak, Mulu National Park was inaugurated as Malaysia's largest national park on October 3, 1974. Although the park only opened 11 years later, its geological structures, natural beauty and role as a natural habitat to a broad range of plants and animals have made it one of the most sought after destinations for tourists, and earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List in November 2000.
The park's main attraction is undeniably the extensive cave network that runs through Gunung Mulu. This includes one of the world's largest natural rock chambers, known as the Sarawak Chamber, and also the Deer Cave, the largest single cave passage to be discovered so far. The face and structure of the Mulu Caves are constantly changing – constantly dripping water creates new features on the rocks' surfaces and flowing underground rivers carve and sculpt the caves from within.
While most of these caves are only accessible with proper caving expeditions and trained guides, the park has four well-lit show caves which are open daily to visitors. These show caves have plankwalks and lit concrete paths which lead visitors into the depths of the caves and allow them the rare opportunity to catch glimpses of its inhabitants and their daily habits. To enhance the spectacular views of the caves' interior, spotlights are placed at strategic areas to highlight the caves' unique features.
More attractions not to be missed at Mulu National Park are the rock formations known as the Pinnacles, located half-way up the slopes of Gunung Api. These rock formations are about 45 metres high and resemble glass shards which have been carved and hollowed by rain over the centuries. The trek up to the summit of the Pinnacles is challenging but the rewards are worth the effort.
There is so much more to Mulu National Park than just cave explorations. Jungle trekking, mountain climbing and other nature oriented activities are available to those who are keen to remain above ground.
There are two main entry points to Mulu National Park – Miri and Limbang. As the park is located within the interiors of Borneo, travel is best done either by air or by river.
There are daily flights operated by MASwings Airline Services departing from Miri and Limbang to Mulu. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes.
For those who love the rugged outdoors, the park can be reached via the river. The ten hour journey begins from Marudi and ends at Long Terawan, a small community of the Berawan tribe. From there, visitors are required to charter a longboat to reach Mulu National Park.
Visitors who wish to reach the park via river are advised to consult local tour operators for assistance to arrange for longboats as the service is not totally reliable. One good tip is to plan to travel in groups when hiring a longboat as it is more economical to do so.
Accommodation is available within Mulu National Park. There are longhouses that come with air conditioning and ceiling fan as well as dormitory style beds with only ceiling fan. Camping is not allowed by the park authorities.