Clearwater Cave

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Location: Gunung Mulu National Park, island of Borneo, Sarawak. (3°57' N, 114°47' E)
Open: A Park guide or a registered tour guide provided by a travel agency is required for all caves in the National Park.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: L=107,000m.
Guided tours:  
Bibliography: Hans P Hazebroek, Abang Kashim bin Abang Morshidi (2002): A Guide to the Gunung Mulu National Park, A world heritage site in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. with a foreword by Dato Sri Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg, Minister of Tourism 2002. 91 pp numerous colour photos. SB
Address: The Director of Forest, Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Perhutanan, Bangunan Wisma Sumber Alam, Jalan Stadium, Petra Jaya, 93660 Kuchung, Sarawak, Malaysia, Tel: +60-82-442180 Fax: +60-82-441377.
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Clearwater Cave can be reached either by longboat or on foot from the Park headquarters. The longboat takes about 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the water level in the river. On foot it takes about 2 hours along a 3.8km nature trail consisting partly of concrete paths and wooden walk ways.

The entrance to Clearwater Cave is 30m up a hillside overlooking the Clearwater River, just before it joins the Melinau River. The entrance is reached via a concrete staircase of about 200 steps and slopes down into the Lady's Cave. On the rocks on either side of the entrance grow "limestone-loving" one-leafed plants of the genus Monophyllaea. Lady's Cave is noted for its beautiful speleothems, including tall stalagmites, rising from the floor. Further down is the underground Clearwater River. The passage is of impressive dimensions, 30m high and 30m wide. High above the river, grooves in the rock indicate previous water levels.

Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.