Mulu Park Show Cave :: Bat Exodus at Deer Cave

The star of the caves is Deer Cave, which contains the world’s largest cave passage* – over 2km in length and 174m in height. The cave is reached from park headquarters by a fascinating 3km plankwalk. This is the area where deer used to shelter so the local Penan and Berawan people named the cave Gua Payau or Gua Rusa (Deer Cave).

The Deer Cave’s biggest attraction is the spectacular black cloud of wrinkle lipped bats that emerges from the entrance between 5 and 7 PM dusk hours and returns early in the morning.

The birds you see swooping through the darkness are the swiftlets returning to roost in the cave. The path continues to wind deeper into the blackness of the cave and suddenly the Garden of Eden appears in the distance, a green oasis shining in the sunlight. Nearby are Adam and Eve’s Showers spouting 30 metre columns of water to the river far below.

Another feature is the famous profile of Abraham Lincoln, which guards the southern entrance of the cave.

* A latest report says a cave in Vietnam has surpassed Deer Cave as the largest cave passage.