Wind Cave

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Location: Bau. Gunung Mulu National Park, island of Borneo, Sarawak. 8km walk from the National Park office. (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.
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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From the Park HQ it takes about 2 hours along a 3.8 km nature trail consisting partly of concrete paths and wooden walk ways. From the jetty near the entrance to Clearwater Cave, a wooden walk way leads along the steep limestone cliffs above the Melinau River. The easy stroll provides good views overlooking the river and also provides close encounters with metre long stalactites hanging from the cliff face. Soon the walk-way turns away from the river and up a gentle slope to the cave entrance.

Upon entering the cave you feel a cool draft, hence the name of the cave. Floodlights brighten up curved passages, narrow in places. The partly wooden walk-way passes under the bottom of a vertical shaft down which daylight falls, and eventually leads to King's Room. This is one of the most beautiful caves in Mulu and is a true wonder of nature. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites stand on the floor in all imaginable shapes and sizes. One of the entrances of the Cave of the Winds was used as a burial site between 3000 and 1500 years ago.

On the way to Wind Cave the visitor has to pass Gua Bulansusu (Moon-Milk Cave), a small through cave. The cave is close to the top of Batu Bungan and is reached via a flight of about 400 steps, some wood, some concrete. It takes only 5 minutes to pass through the cave, but is has some worth while features. Fig roots, some wrist-thick, others forming thin branching networks are seen at various points inside the cave. Speleothem hang beneath a low ceiling and form narrow passages. A hole in the ceiling allows sparse daylight to illuminate some of the passages.

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