11 Amazing Caves In Malaysia You Need To Explore At Least Once In Your Life

It's not just Batu Caves!

  • 1. Gua Niah

    • Location: Miri, Sarawak.
      How to get there: Gua Niah is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Miri city, by car. There are adequate signages that will lead you to the cave.
      Entrance fee: RM10 per person.
      Attractions: Divided into two sections - The Great Cave and The Painted Cave - both were home to the pre-historic humans and there is nothing better than threading the caverns and chambers here as you see what it was like to live in a subterranean!

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  • 2. Clearwater Cave

    • Location: Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak.
      Entrance fee: RM20 per person.
      How to get there: Gunung Mulu National Park is only accessible by flight (Check out ​Air Asia coupons for cheaper flights and discounts), more details about the park can be found here. Upon reaching, you'll also need to take a long boat to reach the cave.
      Attractions: Clearwater Cave is believed to be the largest interconnected cave system in the world by volume and the 8th longest cave in the world at 207 km. Clearwater is a fascinating cave to scroll around. Plank walks, paths and small floating bridges make this an easy and enjoyable experience for the whole family. There are also excellent photo opportunities for those who have the patience for cave photography.

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  • 3. Wind Cave

    • Location: Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak.
      How to get there: Gunung Mulu National Park is only accessible by flight.
      Entrance fee: RM1 per person.
      Attractions: Wind Cave Nature Reserve (also known as Lubang Angin) provides visitors with an authentic, but relatively safe, caving experience in pitch black, bat-infested tunnels. You can also see some of the 6.16 hectares of forest and rivers in the protected reserve surrounding the caves.

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  • 4. Dark Cave

    • Location: Batu Caves, Gombak, Selangor.
      How to get there: There's a direct KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral that stops at Batu Caves, the journey only takes about 15 minutes. If you opt to drive, it's just a 15 minute drive from the town of Gombak.
      Entrance fee: Varies from RM35 to RM80 per person, depending on the types of tour chosen.
      Attractions: Batu Caves not only houses one of the most famous Hindu temples in the world - The Sri Subramaniam Temple - but it also houses the Dark Cave - one of the main caves at the Batu Caves hill. It is home to an ancient animal community of 100 million years old, including the rarest spider in the world, the Trapdoor spider (Liphistius batuensis). Dark Cave has its own special features of magnificent cave formations – stalactite, stalagmite, flowstone, cave pearls and cave curtains.

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  • 5. Perak Cave

    • Location: Ipoh, Perak.
      How to get there: Drive along Jalan Kuala Kangsar, 6km to the north of Ipoh.
      Entrance fee: Free.
      Attractions: Perak Tong Cave Temple - The Perak Tong - is located just north of Ipoh and is one of the oldest temples and famous for the murals. The walls of the cavern are decorated with colourful murals depicting characters and events from Chinese mythology and Buddhist scriptures. Chinese calligraphy also adorns the walls some of which was painted by the afore-mentioned Chong Yin Chat.

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  • 6. Gua Nasib Bagus

    • Location: Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak.
      How to get there: Gunung Mulu National Park is only accessible by flight, more details can be found here.
      Entrance fee: RM10 per person.
      Attractions: This cave contains the worlds largest natural underground chamber. Lubang Nasib Bagus (Sarawak Chamber) is more than 600m long, 400m wide and 100m high. It is so big that it is commonly described as capable of holding up to 10 jumbo jets nose-to-tail within its walls and 60m high roof. A cave stream is likewise inviting and perfect for a quick splash to rejuvenate the senses.

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  • 7. Deer Cave

    • Location: Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak.
      How to get there: Just like Gua Nasib Bagus, Deer Cave is only accessible by flight.
      Entrance fee: RM20 per person.
      Attractions: What sets the Deer Cave apart from the others is its magnificent cave passage is the largest in the world. Discover the Garden of Eden with the aptly named Adam and Eve showers that shoot out 30m columns of water. It is also famous for the hundreds of thousands of bats that stream from its mouth every evening between 5.00pm to 6.30pm. It's also famous for the Abraham Lincoln silhouette hidden among the rocks!

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  • 8. Gua Payong

    • Location: Kampung Kalai, Kelantan.
      How to get there: Located along the East-West Highway, Gua Payong is approximately 15 minutes from Kampung Kalai by car.
      Entrance fee: Free.
      Attractions: The cave is situated inside Gunung Reng, a limestone hill. The cave also has the unique structure of stalactites and stalagmites. The fact is, certain rock formations, granite / limestone mountain are the same as found in Gua Niah. Also, expect to encounter bats and different species of insects.

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  • 9. Gua Kelam

    • Location: Kaki Bukit, Perlis.
      How to get there: Travel around 33km by car from the north of Kangar.
      Entrance fee: RM1 per person.
      Attractions: It's a 370m long limestone cave where it's famous for its 'cave walk'. You will enter from one end of the cave and come out at a different location. The only path in is via a wooden suspension bridge measuring 8ft wide. The hollow limestone path is believed to be the idea of an Englishman that converted this cave as a method of transporting tin from a mine near the stream entrance of Kaki Bukit.

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  • 10. Gua Tempurung

    • Location: Gopeng, Perak.
      How to get there: Located in Gopeng, about 24km south of the capital city of Ipoh in Perak.
      Entrance fee: Ranges from RM6 to RM9 per person, depending on the package chosen.
      Attractions: About 3km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there is a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty. A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6km through the hill.

      There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, each comprises of five huge domes with ceilings resembling coconut shells. Each of these domes has different calcium formations and marble there exists in differing temperatures and water levels.

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  • 11. Gua Gomantong

    • Location: Sandakan, Sabah.
      How to get there: Located at the outskirts of Lower Kinabatangan, which can be accessed by car.
      Entrance fee: RM5 per person.
      Attractions: There are two cave complexes - Simud Hitam (Black Cave) soaring up to 90m high and the more accessible of the two, and Simud Putih (White Cave), where the more valuable nests are found. The resident creatures of the caves include swiftlets (from which the nests are collected) and bats among others. Outside, other birds such as serpent eagles, bat hawks and kingfishers can be seen. You might even spot an orangutan or two!

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