Gunung Mulu National Park: The Fast Lane in Lagang Cave
– The Fast Lane’ in Lagang Cave
A short boat ride, a 500 metre walk through the rainforest and a climb up the steps to the cave entrance brings you to the beginning of your 1.5km underground adventure. This tour is unlike any other offered in Mulu. The group is limited to 12 persons and as the only ones in the cave you can fully enjoy the story of the cave’s origins.
The tour begins by torchlight encouraging you to ‘discover’ for yourself. Cave fauna is easily seen at the beginning of this trip; twinkling spider eyes stare back at you, beautiful blue Racer snakes sit waiting to catch a bat flying by, white crabs feed blindly in the shallow pools of water and the long antennae of cave crickets pickup your movements as you pass by.
As the cave becomes larger some of the best formations in Mulu are presented to you via stunning lighting. The wide plank walk path allows you to look around you and thoroughly enjoy this amazing experience.”
After the Canopy Skywalk, dear buddy and dear Labuan girlfriend declared that they could not take another cave walk anymore! Both went to the office to cancel their participation; dear buddy with her knee problem and dear Labuan girlfriend having food poisoning! Huh?! Aiyah, anything to get back their refund lah!
Dear cousin and I wanted to pull out too, after our lunch, but were not allowed! We looked too fit and healthy to excuse ourselves. The person at the counter assured us we would love the place!
(For your information, we did not read the above website before we visited the Park.)
When the time to report ourselves, we found that there were only three person for this tour, a French guy who joined last minute, dear cousin and I! The same lady guide from the morning led us there!
We took a longboat ride along the Melinau river again this afternoon.
The water was so calm.
This time we headed straight to the destination.
Along the way, we intruded the locals in their daily life again.
This time, they were busy washing and taking their bath; ignoring tourists like us taking their pictures while they were in action.
This cave had Moon Milk too which was found at Clearwater Cave.
This cave was unique because this worm trap can be found in this cave!
It was interesting to find such a tiny worm could build such big curtain of sticky insect trap!
Found a spider in a bird’s nest and got us wondering if it had eaten the chick!
These were traces of water hitting the surface of the rock!
Signs of strong current used to flow through this cave! Wah!
Fossils found on the rock surface!
You can even find shark’s fin hanging in this cave!
The low ceiling of this cave allowed us to have better views of the bats hanging upside down.
Of course our lights disturbed their sleep!
Our guide stopped to find this crab for us.
“This crab is blind; never seen the sun and never had sun tan!”
“Take it out and it will die!”
Though we were as blind as the bat in this cave, its low ceiling allowed lights from our torchlight and camera flashlight to reflect brightness better than the high ceiling ones!
Also, thank goodness, we still had wooden plank for our feet!
Dear cousin was so excited when she saw this.
After awhile, she asked, “Is this thing dead ah?”
Guess so, dear, and that means you were taking pictures of a corpse!
This cave had columns too, just like the King’s Chamber.
It also had an interesting fountain from the top! Huh?
Really, the water just kept flowing from the top into this cuppa!
This place was so low that we could almost touch this nest if we dare step on the ground!
Baby swifts crying for food!
Our guide’s eyesight was so sharp!
She could see this spider on a rock which was about six feet away from the wooden plank!
Dear cousin had to zoom to get this picture of the spider!
I loved strolling through this cave.
So mysterious and exciting!
Could it be the quietness, the darkness or because it was still pretty virgin?
This cave was opened to the public only a few years ago and only 12 can be here at any one time.
This is definitely a great cave to visit!!
Both entrances of the cave, the in and the out, were fenced up and locked.
Only the licence guides have the keys.
So, don’t try to sneak in, okay?
Told you, the guide got to lock up before we leave!
Sunlight! And views of beautiful greens soon!
Back to the virgin jungle!
Beautiful tall trees, again!