Mulu National Park, Borneo


You have to fly from Miro to Mulu on a small plane with weight allowances. Not only do they weigh your small bag but your must also declare your weight! The flight was less than 30 minutes over rainforest – dense vegetation, rivers and mountains.

The Royal Mulu Resort was a luxurious retreat built entirely on stilts and our home for two days . …View image… One sentence in their literature stated “…hike through a Dipterocarp rainforest past Belian (ironwood) trees that may be as ancient as 1,000 years old, immense buttressed figs and poison dart trees…” Can’t get away from those poison darts! …View image

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Mulu map

The first day, our guide….View image..took us by longboat to see Deer Cave, which boasts the world’s largest cave mouth. It is considered a “show cave”…open for public viewing with guides, lights and walkways. The Royal Mulu Resort longboat took you to the edge of this park from which you start walking on wooden boardwalks (for eco reasons) for a mile or so until you reach Deer Cave.
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to the bat cave in Mulu National Park

 

The Mulu caves are one of the longest networks of caves in the world and home to an estimated four million bats. This is a huge sight for everyone who visits Mulu, and there were benches, shelters and little stands selling food and soft drinks for all the tourists waiting to see the bats come flying out at sunset. …View image… It had already rained for four consecutive nights and bats don’t fly in the rain even though they must have been very hungry by now.
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mouth of Deer Cave in Mulu National Park, Borneo

 

Unfortunately, we never got to witness the sight of millions of bats flying out because it started raining while we were there . With the rain coming down in torrents, we walked as fast as we could without falling on the unbelievably slipper boardwalks, back to the boat and back to the Royal Mulu.
The Mulu Resort also had viewing platforms scattered around the grounds and we did spend some time in one, hoping to spot a wild orangutan. No luck with the orangs but plenty of other beautiful birds, monkeys and even the national butterfly of Malaysia, Troidus brookiana. A big black butterfly with iridescent emerald zig-zag marks on its wings…impossible to miss.

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viewing platform in Mulu National Park, Borneo
 

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pretty bird in Mulu National Park, Borneo

The next morning’s excursion involved riding the longboat upriver and stopping at a Penan settlement to see their basketry crafts. The Penan are formerly nomadic hunter-gatherers of Sarawak. Their basketry? Not to my taste…but other tourists were buying…

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Mulu river, Borneo

The “optional activity” for the afternoon was: “…wading through water, mud crawling and squeezing…” Come on, you don’t think we participated, do you? NO! And by now, I had serious heebie-jeebies over this entire trip and was wondering what did possess me to think of Borneo…
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this was definitely a proboscis monkey in Mulu National Park, Borneo

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